Posted June 16th, 2014
Kurt H. Becker, Professor of Applied Physics and Professor of Mechanical and Aerospace Engineering and Vice Dean for Academic Affairs.
Springer Science+Business Media, a leading global scientific, technical, and medical publisher, has selected Professor of Applied Physics and Professor of Mechanical and Aerospace Engineering and Vice Dean for Academic Affairs Kurt H. Becker for two editor positions. He will serve on the Board of Editors of the European Physical Journal ST (Special Topics) and will be a series editor for Graduate Texts in Physics.
As a board member of the European Physical Journal (EPJ ST), he will guide the peer-review process of special topics volumes in plasmas and microplasmas and atomic, molecular and chemical physics, as well as set editorial policy. The EPJ merged three traditional physics journals–Journal de Physique (EDP Sciences), Il Nuovo Cimento (Italian Physical Society) and Zeitschrift für Physik (Springer-Verlag)—into a single European platform of publications covering all areas of physics. EPJ is co-published by all three.
Graduate Texts in Physics publishes core learning/teaching material for graduate- and advanced-level undergraduate courses in pure and applied physics.
Becker also serves as editor-in-chief of the European Physical Journal D (atomic, molecular, optical, and plasma physics). He was recently appointed a fellow of the National Academy of Inventors. His pioneering work with atmospheric-pressure cold plasmas paved the way for new, more effective methods of sterilizing medical instruments and other biomedical and environmental applications, and he holds numerous patents on his discoveries.