Zuhair A. Munir is a Distinguished Professor, Emeritus in the Department of Materials Science and Engineering and Dean, Emeritus of the College of Engineering at the University of California, Davis. He received his BS (Honors) in Chemical Engineering and his MS and PhD in Materials Science (Ceramics) from the University of California, Berkeley.

Professor Munir received many honors and awards including from ACerS: The W. David Kingery Award, the John Jeppson Award, and the Outstanding Educator in Ceramic Engineering Award. Other awards include the Gold Medal from the Russian Academy of Science, the Nano50 Award, the Medal of Honor from the International Organization of SHS, the von Humboldt Prize (Germany), the UC Davis Prize, the Japan Government Award for Foreign Scientists, and twice NSF’s Creativity in Research Award. He is a Life Member of the American Society for Metals, a Fellow of ACerS, and Member of the World Academy of Ceramics.

The Fourth International Workshop on Spark Plasma Sintering (2018) and its Proceedings Book were dedicated to Professor Munir. Also dedicated to Professor Munir was a Symposium in PacRim 10, and a Workshop at the Universite de Valenciennes (France).

He was a consultant for international companies (Belgium, Brazil) and national organizations (Lawrence Livermore National Lab, IBM, Rockwell International, the California State Energy Commission, and others).

Professor Munir has published more than 500 journal papers, edited nine proceedings volumes, co-authored 16 US Patents and one German Patent. He is listed as Author of One of the Top 1% Most Highly Cited Papers in Materials Science in the World (SciVerse Scopus Database).

He served as Editor of the Journal of Materials Science, Editor-in-Chief of the Journal of the Journal of Materials Synthesis and Processing, Associate Editor of the Journal of the American Ceramic Society, Principal Editor of the Journal of Materials Research, Divisional Editor of the Journal of the Electrochemical Society, and others.