NYU-Poly Professor Receives Prestigious Physics Honor

Associate Provost for Research Kurt Becker Awarded Erwin Schrödinger Medal

Polytechnic Institute of New York University’s Kurt Becker has been honored with the 2010 SASP Erwin Schrödinger Medal, which was announced by the Leopold Franzens University, Innsbruck, Austria, in conjunction with the prestigious Symposium of Atomic, Cluster, and Surface Physics (SASP) held in Obergurgl, Austria.

Dr. Becker was cited for his “outstanding scientific achievements and contributions to research in molecular physics – specifically, the interaction of electrons with molecules and clusters – as well as in the properties and applications of plasmas.”

He is the associate provost for research and technology initiatives and professor of physics at Polytechnic Institute of New York University, as well as the editor-in-chief of the European Physical Journal. 

Becker has been collaborating with the Institute for Ion and Applied Physics in Innsbruck for 20 years as a visiting professor. Among other projects, the team is working on research in fusion plasmas. Dr. Becker has authored hundreds of articles and conference papers. In 2007, he received an honorary professorship from the University of Innsbruck.

The medal is named after the Austrian theoretical physicist Schrödinger, who won the Nobel Prize in 1933 for his work on the development and formulation of quantum mechanics.

About Polytechnic Institute of New York University

Polytechnic Institute of New York University (formerly Polytechnic University), an affiliate of New York University, is a comprehensive school of engineering, applied sciences, technology and research, and is rooted in Polytechnic’s 155-year tradition of invention, innovation and entrepreneurship – i2e. The institution, founded in 1854, is one of the nation’s oldest private engineering schools. In addition to its main campus at MetroTech Center in downtown Brooklyn, it offers programs at sites throughout the region and around the globe. NYU-Poly has centers in Long Island, Manhattan and Westchester County; globally, it has programs in Israel, China and will be an integral part of NYU's campus in Abu Dhabi opening in autumn 2010.