Dr. Kurt Becker is the Vice Dean for Research, Innovation, and Entrepreneurship at the NYU Tandon School of Engineering and a Professor of Applied Physics and Mechanical and Aerospace Engineering. His responsibilities include the growth of the research portfolio of the Tandon faculty, the promotion of cross-school research collaborations, and the development of an academic innovation and entrepreneurship environment at Tandon. He oversees the four NYU Tandon Future Labs, which are hybrid incubation/acceleration programs aimed at accelerating the market entry of new products and processes conceived from science and engineering breakthroughs.
Dr. Becker is a Fellow of the American Physical Society and of the National Academy of Inventors, and he is the recipient of the Dr. Eduard-Martin Prize for Excellence in Research from the Universität des Saarlandes, the Thomas Edison Patent Award, the SASP Erwin Schrödinger Medal from the University of Innsbruck, and the New York City & State Sustainability and Environmental Impact Award. He has served on numerous scientific Advisory Boards and Editorial Boards. Dr. Becker earned his MS and PhD degrees from the Universität des Saarlandes, Saarbrücken, Germany in 1978 and 1981, respectively. He also holds an Honorary Professorship at the Leopold Franzens Universität Innsbruck in Austria. As a physicist, he worked extensively in low-temperature plasma physics and technology and published more than 230 peer-reviewed papers. He pioneered the field of microplasmas and holds numerous patents on the stabilization of atmospheric-pressure plasma and their technological applications in the areas of environmental remediation and biomedicine. He was involved in two startup companies that commercialized this technology, one of which was acquired by Stryker Instruments in 2005.