Role: Professor of Materials Science and Engineering
Partner: University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign
Professor Averback received his PhD for work in low-temperature, solid-state physics at Michigan State University in 1972. He became interested in materials science and ion-solid interactions while a postdoctoral fellow at Cornell University.
Before coming to the University of Illinois as professor in 1987, he was a staff physicist at Argonne National Laboratory for 13 years. Professor Averback spent one year as a guest scientist at the Julich Research Center in Germany.
He was a co-recipient of the Department of Energy award for sustained outstanding research in 1985 for his work on radiation-induced segregation and is an Alexander von Humboldt Senior Research Fellow.
He is a member of the American Physical Society, Materials Research Society, TMS and Bohmische Physicalishe Society. He was named the Donald Burnett Teacher of the Year (2002) and holds the Donald W. Hamer Professorship in Materials Science and Engineering (2002-present).