Loudonville Resident Wins Prestigious Humboldt Award
Troy, N.Y. — Martin E. Glicksman, the John Tod Horton
Professor of Materials Engineering at Rensselaer, was selected
as a recipient of a coveted Humboldt Senior Research Prize by
the Alexander von Humboldt Foundation in Bonn, Germany.
As part of his prize, Glicksman will conduct research in
Germany for two six-month periods in 2002 and 2003. He will
meet the German president in a ceremony this July.
Glicksman was recognized for his lifelong research in
materials processing, including metals solidification, crystal
growth of electronic materials, microgravity science, and
control of microstructures. Glicksman developed Rensselaer's
Isothermal Dendritic Growth Experiment (IDGE), featuring a
series of microgravity crystal growth experiments successfully
flown on space shuttle missions in 1994, 1996, and 1997.
Applications of the IDGE results will help to improve
productivity in the metals industry.
Prior to joining the Rensselaer faculty, Glicksman was a
researcher at the Naval Research Laboratory's (NRL) Metallurgy
Division, then associate superintendent of the NRL's Solid
State Division. He established NRL's Transformations and
Kinetics Branch in 1967.
Glicksman received his bachelor's in metallurgical engineering
in 1957 and his doctorate in 1961 in physical metallurgy, both
from Rensselaer. He joined the Rensselaer faculty in 1975 as
chair of the materials science and engineering department, and
over the next 10 years helped Rensselaer develop new academic
and research programs in electronic materials processing. In
1986 he was named the John Tod Horton '52 Professor of
Glicksman is a fellow of the Metallurgical Society, the
American Society for Materials, and the American Association
for the Advancement of Science, and is a member of the American
Physical Society and the American Institute for Aeronautics and
Astronautics. He was elected to the National Academy of
Engineering in 1996.
He has received numerous awards throughout his career,
including NASA's Award for Technical Excellence and the
National Space Processing Award of AIAA for his work on
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