Wednesday, April 18, 2012

F.I.T. Scientist Earns Japanese Fellowship For ISS Research Project

MELBOURNE, FLA.—Florida Institute of Technology Allen S. Henry Chair and University Professor of Engineering Martin E. Glicksman has been awarded an Invitational Fellowship for Research in Japan for 2012-2013 through the Japan Society for the Promotion of Science (JSPS). A noted scientist and metallurgist, Glicksman joined Florida Tech in fall 2011.

The fellowship will enable Glicksman to visit the Institute for Low Temperature Science in 2013, advising researchers located at Hokkaido University, Sapporo, Japan. He will advise in preparing a new Japanese experiment for the International Space Station (ISS) on the scientific aspects of ice crystallization. The intended spaceflight experiments are to be performed on the new Japanese ‘Kibo’ (hope) laboratory module aboard the ISS.

“The Japanese have a long tradition studying snow and ice crystals. They plan to investigate the possibility of integrating new microgravity experiments on ice crystal growth, guided in part, by my new theory of capillary-mediated deterministic branching,” said Glicksman.

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. His 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 is chair of the Materials Engineering Section for 2011-2012.

The JSPS Invitation Fellowship for Research in Japan is offered to promote international scientific cooperation and exchange. It allows researchers employed at designated Japanese research institutions and laboratories to invite fellow researchers from other countries to Japan for short periods of time to participate in discussions, attend seminars, give lectures or perform similar duties at their institutions.