Dr. Nannaji Saka is a former Research Affiliate and Principal Research Scientist in the Department of Mechanical Engineering and the Laboratory for Manufacturing and Productivity at MIT. He holds a bachelor's degree in Mechanical Engineering (First class Honors), a master's degree in Metallurgical Engineering, and a Doctoral degree in Materials Science and Engineering. Over the past three decades he has collaborated with Professors Ernest Rabinowicz and Nam P. Suh in research on a variety of tribological problems and phenomena.
Saka has co-authored over 100 technical papers in tribology, mechanical behavior of materials, and manufacturing processes. He has co-edited, with Professor Suh, the proceedings of an international conference on the Fundamentals of Tribology held at MIT. He holds seven U.S. patents on electrical contacts and chemical-mechanical polishing and has several patents pending. Over the years he has supervised 30 bachelor's, master's and doctoral theses, and has been a committee member for a dozen doctoral theses. He has been the principal or co-principal investigator of numerous projects sponsored by several government agencies (DARPA, NSF, ONR) and by many industrial firms (Control Data, DEC, Draper Laboratory, Hoya Electronics, Intel, New England Instruments, NGK, Omron, Pratt & Whitney, Semiconductor Research Corporation, SVG, Teradyne, and others).
Saka has been a member of ASME, ASM-International, STLE, ECS, AAAS, and Sigma Xi and has been an associate editor of the journal STLE Tribology Transactions and of the ASME press Series monographs Advances in Information Storage Systems. He has been a frequent reviewer of technical papers for STLE Tribology Transactions, Journal of Tribology/ ASME, Wear, and the Journal of Engineering for Industry/ASME.