2017 Chuck Fiori Award
Richard L. Martens
University of Alabama
Richard L. Martens began his electron microscopy career at “the turn of the century.” After receiving his BA in English in 1995 from The University of Wisconsin, Madison and an AD in Electron Microscopy from the Madison Area Technical College in Madison, Wisconsin, Richard worked at Imago Scientific Instruments, (now Cameca Instruments, Inc.) developing instrumentation and specimen preparation techniques for the local electrode atom probe microscope.
Richard became manager of the Central Analytical Facility (CAF) at The University of Alabama in 2006. The CAF has a mission of support to the teaching, research and service missions of The University of Alabama. Providing analytical and materials characterization services, the CAF enables and facilitates multi-investigator and interdisciplinary research for both regional & national institutions as well as industry. The CAF maintains major research instrumentation and is a “hands-on” user facility – training and educating students, faculty and staff on using research instrumentation. The CAF is a premier microanalytical and microstructural characterization facility within the Southeast region.
In 2012, Richard was on the local organizing committee for the 53rd International Field Emission Symposium, (IFES) that was held at the University of Alabama.
In 2013, he was elected to leader of the MSA Atom Probe Focused Interest group.
In 2016, Richard became the Editor of the M&M Onsite Program Guide, helped organize the NSF sponsored 1st Atom Probe Tomography (APT) Workshop for Earth Sciences and the 1st MSA Pre-Meeting Congress on APT. He was also on the organizing committee for the MAS 5th Topical Conference on EBSD.