Christoph Beckermann, Ph.D.
University of Iowa Foundation Distinguished Professor of Mechanical Engineering
Director, Solidification Laboratory
Department of Mechanical and Industrial Engineering
The University of Iowa
2402 Seamans Center
Iowa City, IA 52242
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Grundschule Hellern (Elementary School),
Germany, 1965 to 1969
Gymnasium Carolinum (High School), Osnabrueck, Germany, 1969 to 1978
Military Service, Germany, 1978 to 1979 (I guess, this
was no education...)
University of Hannover (Maschinenbau), Germany, 1979 to 1982 (Vordiplom,
Purdue University ( Mechanical Engineering), USA, 1982 to 1987 (M.S.M.E., 1984;
University of Iowa, USA, 1987 to present
Assistant Professor, 1987
Associate Professor, 1992
UI Foundation Distinguished Professor, 2000 to present
Memberships, Editorial Activities and Conference Organization
Professional Societies: ASME (Fellow), TMS (Life Member), ASM, ASEE, AFS
Board of Review, Metallurgical and Materials Transactions, 1992 to 2012
Associate Editor, ASME J. Heat Transfer, 1998 to 2001
Editorial Board, International Journal of Cast Metals Research, 1999 to present
Editorial Board, Modelling and Simulation in Materials Science and Engineering, 2006 to present
Advisory Board and Board of Review, International Journal of Metalcasting, 2007 to present
Co-Chair, Modeling of Casting, Welding, and Advanced
Solidification Processes VIII conference, 1998
Member of Scientific or Organizing Committees of 16 International Conferences
Symposium Organizer or Session Chair at 17 International Conferences
Awards and Honors
National Science Foundation Presidential Young
Investigator Award, 1989
M.A.Grossmann Young Author Award for Best Paper in
Metallurgical Transactions by authors under 40 years of
Chairman's Award, The American Metalcasting Consortium, 2001
Acta Materialia Outstanding Referee Award, 2003
College of Engineering Exceptional Service Award, 2002
Sir Humphrey Davy Scientific Merit Award, American Foundry Society (AFS), 2009
Thomas E. Barlow Award of Honor, Steel Founders Society of America (SFSA), 2009
Bruce Chalmers Award, The Minerals, Metals and Materials Society (TMS), 2010
College of Engineering Faculty Excellence Award for Research, 2011
Life Member, The Minerals, Metals and Materials Society (TMS), 2012
9 Invited Conference Keynote Lectures
24 Other Invited Lectures at International Conferences
10 Invited Journal Papers and Book Chapters
16 Ph.D. Students and 19 M.S. Students Graduated
10 Post-docs and 16 Visiting Scholars Supervised
14 Times Instructor in "Solidification Course" in Switzerland
$10 Million (roughly) in External Research Funding Secured
Thermal and Fluid Sciences
130 refereed journal papers, 132 conference papers, 6
edited books, other
For a list of publications, click
here As of January 2014, the papers have been cited about 5,000 times in the literature (h-index: 37)
Some of my favorite sites:
Experience Iowa Winter
...playing tenor saxophone (on the right) at the 2003 departmental picnic.
...sailing on the Baltic Sea in 2004.
...skiing in Colorado in 2005.
...playing the Alphorn in Switzerland in 2006.
...on the cover of Iowa Engineer in 2007.
...receiving the 2010 Bruce Chalmers Award from 2009 TMS President Ray Peterson.
...paragliding in Les Diablerets, Switzerland, 2010.
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