C.R. Houska, ScD

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Title: Materials Engineering Educator
Location: Blacksburg, Virginia, United States

C.R. Houska, ScD, Materials Engineering Educator, has been recognized by Marquis Who’s Who Top Educators for dedication, achievements, and leadership in physics education.

Never one to run away from a challenge, Dr. Houska always wanted to pursue a career in education. In 1951, he earned a Bachelor of Science in metallurgy and physics from the Massachusetts Institute of Technology, remaining at the university to earn a Master’s and, later, a Doctor of Science. He began his career as a member of the research staff at the Union Carbide Research Institute in Tarrytown, New York. In 1963, he accepted a position at the Virginia Polytechnic Institute and the State University at Blacksburg, which is where he found much of his success. By 1971, he had been promoted to the title of professor of materials engineering and later earned recognition as a professor emeritus in 1992.

Outside of Dr. Houska’s classroom success, he has contributed myriad articles to professional journals and has participated in numerous international conferences. An active member of his industry, he maintains affiliation with the American Institute of Mining, the Metallurgical and Petroleum Engineers, and the American Crystallographic Association. He considers the highlight of his career to be his experience in working with graduate students, many of whom have gone on to be successful professionals in their own right. As a testament to Dr. Houska’s success, he is featured in multiple editions of Who’s Who in America.

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