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Glickman earns 2021-2022 IEEE Life Member Fellowship in the History of Electrical and Computing Technology
Wednesday, July 21, 2021 9:26:00 AM

Susannah Glickman has earned The IEEE Life Member History Fellowship which supports one year of full-time graduate work or one year of post-doctoral research for a scholar who has received his or her PhD within the past four years in the history of IEEE designated fields. Glickman is a PhD candidate in the American History track at Columbia University, New York, US. She has a background in mathematics and anthropology, and works between the fields of science and technology studies and history, mixing archival and ethnographic methods. Specifically, she is interested in how institutions deal with the category of the future. Most of her research focuses on the history of quantum computation and information through the transformations in global American science that occurred at the end of the Cold War. She also writes about risk and uncertainty in other fields (for example, in history of economics) where those topics intersect theoretically with her interest in forecasting and speculative futures.

Before Columbia, she received her B.A. from Reed College (2015) in mathematics and anthropology. She worked as an Research Assistant at Harvard researching the history of biomarkers (2013-2016) and continued her thesis research (2015-2016) on quantum algorithms, specifically on optimal queries for algorithms like the dihedral hidden subgroup problem, with her undergraduate advisor Jamie Pommersheim.

The IEEE History Fellowship, funded by the IEEE Life Members’ Committee via the IEEE Life Members Fund, provides a stipend of US$25,000, with an historical research budget of up to US$3,000. The Fellowship has been awarded since 1978 and counts among its recipients such history of technology notables as W. Bernard Carlson (1980) author of “Tesla: Inventor of the Electrical Age”, Mary Ann Hellrigel (1993) IEEE Archivist and Institutional Historian, and Leslie Berlin (2003) author “Troublemakers: Silicon Valley's Coming of Age”.

The IEEE Life Members Fund (LMF) of the IEEE Foundation supports programs in various areas of interest that enhance the activities of Life Members, potential engineers, engineering students and professionals worldwide. The LMF is able to support the next generation of innovators thanks to your donations. During the Realize the Full Potential of IEEE Campaign, 8,368 donors provided US$1.5 million in donations to the LMF.

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