Prof. Ostrogorsky is with the Mechanical, Aerospace and Nuclear Engineering Department, Materials Science and Engineering Department, Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute, in Troy, New York. Prof. Ostrogorsky received his B.S. in Mechanical Engineering from University of Belgrade, M.S. Nuclear Engineering, Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute and Sc.D. in Mechanical Engineering from Massachusetts Institute of Technology, with Minor in Nuclear Engineering. Prior to joining Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute, he was a Director, Center for Microgravity and Materials Research (CMMR) and Professor at the Univ. of Alabama in Huntsville, Associate Professor at the Mechanical, Aerospace and Mechanics, Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute and Assistant Professor at the Mechanical Engineering, Columbia University. Prof Ostrogorsky was a Fulbright Fellow at the Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute, Nuclear Engineering Dept in 1980-81, and an Alexander von Humboldt Fellow: Universität Erlangen-Nürnberg, Electronic Materials Lab. In 1991. Prof. Ostrogorsky is an Associate Editor for the Journal of Crystal Growth, Member of the Executive Committee at the American Association for Crystal Growth (AACG); Fellow of the American Society of Mechanical Engineers (ASME), Associate Fellow at the American Inst. of Aeronautics and Astronautics (AIAA), and member of many other professional organizations. Prof. Ostrogorsky’s research encompasses heat and mass transfer phenomena occurring in solidification/crystal growth, crystals for gamma ray detectors (semiconductors and scintillators), ternary alloys, and the design of equipment for biomedical research.