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Release: Oct. 16, 2001
UI professor named Fellow of International Engineering Society
CITY, Iowa -- Christoph Beckermann, University of Iowa Foundation Distinguished
Professor of Mechanical Engineering in the College of Engineering, has been
elected a Fellow of ASME (The American Society of Mechanical Engineers) International.
Beckermann is internationally known for his research in the solidification
of metal alloys and composites. Among his continuing research activities is
a NASA-funded project to test fundamental solidification theories 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 plans 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. In addition
to ASME, his scientific and professional memberships include the American
Institute of Aeronautics and Astronautics; the American Society of Engineering
Education; Minerals, Metals and Materials Society; and the American Society
of Metals. 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.
ASME International is a 125,000-member organization focused on technical,
educational and research issues. ASME conducts one of the world's largest
technical publishing operations, holds some 30 technical conferences and 200
professional development courses each year, and sets internationally recognized
industrial and manufacturing standards.