Joseph Goldstein, a professor in the Mechanical and Industrial Engineering Department and the former dean of the College of Engineering, received one of six Awards for Outstanding Accomplishments in Research and Creative Activity being presented to “nationally acclaimed faculty members” at the Seventh Annual Faculty Convocation on September 16. During his prominent career, Professor Goldstein has been presented with numerous awards and honors, including the 1999 Henry Clifton Sorby Award from the International Metallographic Society, the 2005 Leonard Medal honoring outstanding contributions to the science of meteoritics and closely allied fields, and the 2008 Duncumb Award for Excellence in Microanalysis, presented by the Microbeam Analysis Society.
Goldstein is also a Fellow of the Microscopy Society of America and a Fellow of the American Society of Metals.
He has even had an asteroid named after him, “Joegoldstein,” a heavenly body five-to-15-kilometers-in-diameter located in the asteroid belt between the orbits of Mars and Jupiter.
Professor Goldstein’s research interests include the use of electron probe microanalyzers, scanning electron microscopes, and analytical electron microscopes applied to problems in materials science and engineering. In that context, Goldstein has studied hundreds of meteorites over the years, collected from extremely cold locations such as Antarctica, or extremely dry places such as deserts, where their extraterrestrial formation and characteristics can be preserved with minimal weathering.
“This is sort of like a detective story,” Goldstein once explained about his work. “You weren't there to see who done it, or in this case, what done it? But from the metals in these rocks, you can make many deductions about the formation of asteroids and planetary surfaces.” (September 2011)