Florida Tech to Welcome Award-winning Scientist Glicksman as Allen S. Henry Chair

MELBOURNE, FLA.—Noted scientist and metallurgist Martin E. Glicksman will join Florida Institute of Technology in the fall as the Allen S. Henry Chair and university professor of engineering. Glicksman is a recognized expert on the solidification of metals and semiconductors, atomic diffusion processes, the energetics and kinetics of material interfaces, and microstructure evolution.

“We are privileged to welcome Dr. Glicksman to Florida Tech,” said T. Dwayne McCay, executive vice president and chief operating officer. “He will be a mentor and inspiration to both students and faculty, augmenting our offerings in the College of Engineering.”

Glicksman graduated from Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute with a bachelor’s degree and doctoral degree in physical metallurgy. He was appointed by the National Academy of Sciences as a postdoctoral associate in metal physics at the Naval Research Laboratory, where he eventually became Head, Transformations and Kinetics Branch and Associate Superintendent, Solid-State Division. Glicksman then joined the faculty of Rensselaer as Chair, Materials Science & Engineering Department, and Horton Professor of Engineering. In 2006, he was appointed as a Florida 21st Century Scholar at the University of Florida.

Glicksman co-authored more than 300 technical papers, reviews and monographs and authored two major textbooks: Diffusion in Solids and Principles of Solidification. He is currently chair, Materials Engineering Section, National Academy of Engineering in Washington, D.C.; and a Fellow of the Metallurgical Society, American Society for Materials International, American Association for the Advancement of Science, and the American Institute for Aeronautics and Astronautics. He has held visiting professorships in the United States, Germany, Switzerland, Spain, Israel, Greece, and Brazil. In 2002-2003 he was selected for an Alexander von Humboldt senior research prize at the Metal Physics Institute, Rhine-Westphalian Technical University, Aachen, Germany.

Glicksman’s experiments aboard Space Shuttle Columbia led to his receiving NASA’s Award for Technical Excellence and the 1998 National Space Processing Medal. In 2010 he was awarded the Sir Charles Frank Prize of the International Organization for Crystal Growth for his fundamental contributions to dendritic crystal growth.

He is a member of the National Academy of Engineering and was recently elected chair of the Materials Engineering Section for 2011-2012.

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