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Release: Oct. 16, 2001

UI professor named Fellow of International Engineering Society

IOWA 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.