Steve W. Martin received his Ph.D. in Physical Chemistry from Purdue University in 1986 as a Sohio Graduate Research Fellow and won an NSF Graduate Student International Travel and Department of Chemistry’s Outstanding Teaching Assistant Awards. He joined the faculty of Materials Science & Engineering at Iowa State University and was promoted to Associate Professor in 1991, Full Professor in 1996, University Professor in 2006, and Anson Marston Distinguished Professor in Engineering in 2009.
Dr. Martin has been awarded outstanding teaching, research, and service awards in the Department of Materials Science. He has won the George W. Morey Award in glass science from the Glass and Optical Materials Division of The American Ceramic Society, where he is a named Fellow. He has been a visiting professor at universities around the world including being named as the 2006 Chalmers University 150th Celebration Jubilee Professor of Applied Physics.
His research specialization is the study of ionically conducting glassy solid electrolytes for batteries and fuel cells, optical materials and fibers. He has published more than 190 refereed articles, given more than 225 invited talks around the world. He has served as numerous international conference and meetings chairs and is the past chair of the Glass and Optical Materials Division, past President of the ISU Sigma XI Chapter and is a member of ACerS, MRS, ECS, ASEE, and Sigma XI professional societies. He is the current co-Chair of the 2015 Annual Meeting of the Glass and Optical Division of the American Ceramic Society to be held in Miami, FL in May 2015.