Title: Professor Emeritus of Engineering
Company: Harvey Mudd College
Location: Pomona, California, United States
B. Samuel Tanenbaum, Professor Emeritus of Engineering at Harvey Mudd College, has been recognized by Marquis Who’s Who Top Educators for dedication, achievements, and leadership in physics.
Driven by his desire to contribute to the advancement of physics, Dr. Tanenbaum spent decades conducting research and teaching the younger generations. He started his journey as a staff physicist at Raytheon Co., and became a professor of engineering at Case Western University three years later. He then moved to join the staff of Harvey Mudd College, where he now holds the distinguished title of professor emeritus, and The Claremont Colleges. On the research side of the spectrum, Dr. Tanenbaum made great strides in acoustics, plasma physics, physics as related to the upper atmosphere, and bio-medical engineering. Some of the best-known work he did was with lasers. He was part of the team at the Beckman Laser Institute that figured out how to use lasers on blood vessels without burning the skin, and is the author of articles like “Laser-mediated cartilage reshaping with feedback-controlled cryogen spray cooling: biophysical properties and viability.”
Dr. Tanenbaum prepared for his endeavors by earning a Bachelor of Science, summa cum laude, from Brown University in 1956, a Master of Science from Yale University in 1957, and a PhD in physics from Yale University in 1960. During this time, he served as a National Science Foundation Fellow, a Woods Hole Oceanography Institute Fellow, and a Senior Sterling Fellow. To stay connected to his peers and professional community, he joined prominent organizations like the American Association of University Professors, the American Association for the Advancement of Science, the American Society for Engineering Education, the American Physical Society, Sigma Xi, and the IEEE. His efforts won him the Wittke Teaching Award from Case Western Reserve University and a research award from Sigma Xi. Additionally, he was honored with inclusion in numerous editions of Who’s Who in Finance and Business, Who’s Who in America, Who’s Who in American Education, Who’s Who in Science and Engineering, Who’s Who in the West, and Who’s Who in the World.
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