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Clarkson University's Wilcox Inducted Into International Academy Of Astronautics
William R. Wilcox of Potsdam, professor of engineering at Clarkson University, was inducted into membership in the International Academy of Astronautics (IAA) in ceremonies held recently in Amsterdam, Holland. The induction ceremony was part of the International Astronautical Congress, which is held annually.
Wilcox is one of 21 international scientists elected to full membership in the basic sciences section of the IAA this year, and one of nine Americans so honored.
“It's quite an honor to be elected as a full member to the organization,” Wilcox said. “Incidentally, Professor Liya Regel was the first person from Clarkson ever to be selected as a full member of IAA.”
Founded in 1960, IAA seeks to foster the development of astronautics for peaceful purposes; recognize individuals who have distinguished themselves in a related branch of science or technology; provide a program through which members may contribute to international endeavors; and encourage cooperation in the advancement of aerospace science.
Wilcox has worked at Clarkson since 1975, serving as department chair, dean of engineering, founding director of the New York State Center for Advanced Materials Processing (CAMP) and founding director of the Consortium for Commercial Crystal Growth.
Together with Regel, his research interest involves the processing of materials in space and on large centrifuges. Recently, they have been concentrating on a new technique for coating materials with diamond. Wilcox received a bachelor’s degree in chemical engineering from the University of Southern California and a doctorate from the University of California at Berkeley. He has published over 240 scientific papers, as well as edited several books.