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Release: Feb. 24, 2000
UI names Christoph Beckermann UI Foundation Distinguished Professor
IOWA CITY, Iowa -- Christoph Beckermann, internationally known for his research
in the solidification of metal alloys and composites, has been named University
of Iowa Foundation Distinguished Professor of Mechanical Engineering, effective
Anthony Hines, dean of the College of Engineering, said, "Dr. Beckermann
is highly regarded on an international level for his research contributions
in solidification phenomena and materials processing. His efforts in teaching,
research, and curriculum development have had a significant, positive impact
on the Mechanical Engineering Department and the College of Engineering."
Among Beckermann's current research activities is a NASA-funded project
to test fundamental theories of solidification. These theories are important
to the improved manufacture and properties of metals used in such applications
as automobiles, airplanes and machine tools. In conjunction with the project,
he is planning to use the International Space Station as a laboratory to investigate
solidification patterns in the near-weightless environment of space. A transparent
material will be used as a substitute for metals as scientists observe and
photograph interior crystal growth.
Beckermann, who joined the UI faculty in 1987, received his undergraduate
degree from the University of Hannover, Germany in 1981 and his master's and
doctorate from Purdue University in 1984 and 1987, respectively. His scientific
and professional memberships include the American Institute of Aeronautics
and Astronautics; the American Society of Engineering Education; Minerals,
Metals and Materials Society; the American Society of Metals; and the American
Society of Mechanical Engineers.
His honors and awards include a National Science Foundation Presidential
Young Investigator Award from 1989 to 1994 and the 1996 American Society of
Metals Marcus A. Grossmann Young Author Award. He currently serves on the
editorial boards of three international journals.
The UI Foundation Distinguished Professorships are funded by undesignated
gifts to the UI Foundation from alumni and friends of the University of Iowa.