Richard J. Gambino

Richard J. Gambino
Richard J. Gambino
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Associated organizations
Stony Brook University
IEEE Morris N. Liebmann Memorial Award


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Richard J. Gambino received the 1992 IEEE Morris N. Liebmann Memorial Award, along with Praveen Chaudhari and Jerome J. Cuomo, for their "discovery of amorphous magnetic films used in magneto-optic data storage systems."

He earned his B.S. in chemistry from the University of Connecticut (1957) and his M.S. from the Polytechnic Institute of New York (1976). In 1961, he joined IBM Research, and eventually became the Manager of Amorphous Magnetism and Visiting Scientist at the Zurich Research Laboratory. In 1993, Gambino joined the faculty of Stony Brook University, where his research focused on materials for electronics and for sensor applications including magnetic, temperature and strain sensors. He is the author of 160 publications, and holds over 40 patents.

Gambino became involved with the Center for Thermal Spray Research during the early years of the National Science Foundation Materials Research Science and Engineering Centers program. He was interested in using electrical and magnetic measurements to characterize metastability and defect structures in spray coatings. In 1999, he joined the Defense Advanced Research Project Agency’s Mesoscale Integrated Conformal Electronics (MICE) program within introduced thermal spray into the arena of electronics circuits and sensors. The MICE project led to the formation of Mesoscribe Technologies which he co-founded and served as its President and CTO.

In addition to the Liebmann Award, Gambino received the National Medal of Technology from Bill Clinton in 1995. The National Academy of Engineering elected Gambino to join in 2005.

Gambino passed away on August 3, 2014.