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Glicksman, Martin

University Professor | Allen S. Henry Chair in Engineering, University Professor

I've greatly enjoyed my academic activities at Florida Tech, first as a professor, where I taught subjects in mechanical engineering related to materials science and its applications, and now as the dean, College of Engineering. As a senior academic, I take pride in the fact that Florida Tech continues to offer an unique environment for students who desire a modern education in STEM subjects, the humanities, business, and aeronautics. Our degrees in engineering are designed to prepare students for a lifetime of learning and innovation. Our College's academic programs involve them with a superb and caring faculty who individually are contributors to their fields of specialization in engineering and technology. 

Personal Overview

Allen S. Henry Chair and University Professor

Educational Background

B. Met. E. (1957) and Ph.D. (Physical Metallurgy, 1961) from Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute, and was selected for a National Academy of Sciences Postdoctoral Research Associateship (1961-63), during which he studied electronic transport in liquid metals, and growth of metallic single crystals.

Recognition & Awards

Dr. Glicksman held visiting professorships in the US, Germany, Switzerland, Spain, Israel, Greece, and Brazil, during his half-century career in metallurgy and materials science. He is a fellow of the American Society for Materials (ASM), the Metallurgical Society (TMS), the American Association for the Advancement of Science (AAAS), the American Institute of Astronautics and Aeronautics (AIAA), and is a member of the American Physical Society (APS). For his numerous research accomplishments in the solidification of metals he received ASM’s Marcus Grossman young author award and the Stanley P. Rockwell medal; TMS’s Bruce Chalmers Award, Case-Western’s Kent van Horn Award. His successful execution of three space flight experiments (Isothermal Dendritic Growth Experiment) flown by NASA in 1994, 1996, and 1997 on the Space Shuttle Columbia led to his selection as the 1998 National Space Processing Medal and Award of the AIAA. In 1996 he was elected to the National Academy of Engineering, where he recently served as Chair of the Materials Engineering section. Professor Glicksman was awarded an Alexander von Humboldt senior research prize, and worked in residence at the Institute for Metal Physics, RWTH-Aachen, Germany, 2002-2003. In 2003 he received ASM’s International Gold Medal, in recognition of his contributions to materials research and teaching, and 2009 ASM conferred their Honorary Membership Award, for his lifelong achievements in materials science and engineering. In 2010, Professor Glicksman was awarded the Sir Charles Frank Prize of the International Organization for Crystal Growth, for fundamental contributions to the subject of crystal growth. In 2011, he was selected as the ASM’s 89th Edward DeMille Campbell Lecturer, outlining his recent theory of dendritic pattern formation.

Professional Experience

In 1967 he formed and headed NRL’s Transformations and Kinetics Branch. Subsequently Dr. Glicksman was appointed Associate Superintendent of NRL’s Solid State Division. In 1975, he assumed the Chairmanship of the Materials Engineering Department at Rensselaer, and over the next decade helped RPI develop academic and research programs in electronic materials and materials processing. In 1986 he was appointed as the John Tod Horton Chair of Materials Engineering, pursuing full-time his interests in the kinetics of solidification, phase coarsening, atomic diffusion, and grain growth. In 2006, Professor Glicksman was selected as a Florida 21st Century Scholar, and served until 2011 as Professor of Materials Science and Engineering at the University of Florida, Gainesville, FL. In August 2011 he accepted the Allen S. Henry Chair at Florida Institute of Technology, Melbourne, FL, and is currently University Professor of Mechanical & Aerospace Engineering. He has co–authored over 300 technical papers and monographs, and is the author of two major materials science textbooks, Diffusion in Solids (Wiley, 2000), and Principles of Solidification (Springer, 2011).

Selected Publications

Co–authored over 300 technical papers and monographs, and is the author of two major materials science textbooks, Diffusion in Solids (Wiley, 2000), and Principles of Solidification (Springer, 2011).