Kurt Becker

Director—Vice Dean for Research, Innovation, and Entrepreneurship, NYU Tandon School of Engineering

Kurt Becker was appointed Founding Director of the Institute for Invention, Innovation, and Entrepreneurship (IIIE) at NYU Tandon in April of 2018. He is the Vice Dean for Research, Innovation, and Entrepreneurship at NYU Tandon and a Professor of Applied Physics and of Mechanical and Aerospace Engineering. Prior to joining NYU in 2007, he was on the faculty of Lehigh University (1984-1988), the City College of CUNY (1988-1997) and Stevens Institute of Technology (1997-2007). At Stevens, he served as Head of the Department of Physics and Engineering Physics and he was Associate Director of the Stevens Center for Environmental Systems. He earned a MS and PhD degree from the Universität des Saarlandes, Saarbrücken, Germany in 1978 and 1981, respectively. As a physicist, he worked extensively in the area of low-temperature plasma physics and technology and published more than 230 papers in peer reviewed journals. He pioneered the field of microplasmas and holds numerous US and international patents on the stabilization of atmospheric-pressure plasma and their technological applications, particularly 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. He is a Fellow of the American Physical Society and of the National Academy of Inventors, and the recipient of the Dr. Eduard-Martin Prize for Excellence in Research from the Universität des Saarlandes (1982), the Thomas Edison Patent Award (2001), the SASP Erwin Schrödinger Medal (2010), and the New York City & State Sustainability and Environmental Impact Award (2017). He also holds an honorary Professorship at the Leopold Franzens Universität Innsbruck, Austria.


The Institute for Invention, Innovation, and Entrepreneurship (IIIE@Tandon) serves as the focal point for all research, educational, and service activities in support of Tandon’s goal to integrate Invention, Innovation, and Entrepreneurship into its academic culture and to advance student and faculty appreciation of and skills in inventiveness, innovation, creativity, and entrepreneurial and design thinking.


Kurt Becker
Vice Dean for Research, Innovation and Entrepreneurship