In front of the National Academy of Sciences building on Constitution Avenue in Washington D.C., the Albert Einstein Memorial sits as a tribute to one of society’s greatest contributors. The Einstein Society within the National Academies of Sciences, Engineering and Medicine honors those whose financial generosity has contributed to the betterment of society.
In April, Florida Tech engineering professor and Allen S. Henry Chair Martin Glicksman, a 22-year member of the National Academy of Engineering, and his wife, Lucinda, were inducted into the Einstein Society at the Presidents’ Council Meeting in Washington.
The Einstein Society recognizes those who have given a cumulative amount of $100,000 or more. The inductees are presented a replica of the Einstein Memorial and recognized on a donor wall in the National Academies building, among other honors.
For the Glicksmans, the philanthropic activities The Einstein Society funds, particularly opportunities for young engineers and scientists, make their past two decades of steady giving worthwhile.
“We don’t have kids of our own, but helping our younger generation is important to us,” he said. “Giving back in this area particularly gives us satisfaction.”
The Glicksmans are also heavily involved in the TMS Foundation, a charitable unit of The Minerals, Metals & Materials Society, which supports scholarships, awards and leadership development for students and young professional in materials science and engineering. The couple was the first to be named Diamond Level members of the TMS Foundation, meaning they have donated over $100,000. At Florida Tech, Glicksman not only works with young engineers as a professor, but also through the seminars the institute hosts as part of the Martin & Lucinda Glicksman Seminar Series in the Department of Mechanical and Aerospace Engineering.
“I’ve been working a long time – I just had my 81st birthday – and if one works long enough, one can accumulate enough resources to live comfortably and be generous,” Glicksman said.