07/15/2003 Archived Entry: "Dr. Stephen M. Lipka Joins the CAER"

Dr. Stephen Lipka recently joined the CAER to work in the area of Carbon Materials. He was formerly an Associate Professor in the Department of Ocean Engineering at Florida Atlantic University where he had been since 1989. He taught Materials Science and Engineering related courses; conducted and directed research on Secondary Batteries, Supercapacitors, Fuel Cell Catalysts, Degradation of Composite Materials, Electrodeposited Metal/Alloy Coatings and Stress Corrosion Cracking.

From 1988 to 1989 Dr. Lipka was a Principal Scientist with Physical Sciences Incorporated Technology Co. in Andover, MA. From 1984 to 1988 he was a Research Electrochemist with the American Cyanamid Co. in Stamford, CT. During these periods he was involved in ion exchange membranes for fuel cells, applied research on corrosion of metal coated carbon fiber, the development of fiber-based battery structures and the electro deposition of metals and alloys onto carbon fiber. He also spent two periods as Summer Faculty Fellow at the NASA Lewis Research Center in Cleveland, OH.

Dr. Lipka has consulted and collaborated widely with industries in his field and has been involved in 32 sponsored projects, many of which as the PI, including projects from the CIA, NASA, the Army Research Office, DOE and various companies. He has authored 75 publications, papers and presentations and holds two patents.

He received a B.S. in Materials Engineering from Wilkes College in 1978. His M.S. and Ph.D. in Materials Science are from the University of Virginia in 1981 and 1985 respectively. His Ph.D. thesis was entitled "A Fundamental Study of the Kinetic Behavior of Ensembles of Carbon-Based Microelectrodes."

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