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C. Sheldon Roberts ’48
Materials and Processes
C. Sheldon Roberts ’48, a retired materials and processes consultant and a skilled aircraft pilot, earned a B.S. in Metallurgical Engineering from Rensselaer and master's and doctoral degrees in metallurgy from MIT. He holds several patents for his inventions in the semiconductor field, has authored numerous articles for professional journals, and has written a book on magnesium and its alloys.
Roberts was chairman of the Presidential Search Committee in 1975 and 1976 that resulted in the selection of George M. Low '48 as Rensselaer's president. Roberts was president of Timelapse, Inc., from 1971 to 1973. Before that he was head of materials at two companies he co-founded, Amelco Semiconductor (a division of Teledyne, Inc.) and Fairchild Semiconductor Corporation. Earlier, Roberts conducted technical research at the Naval Research Lab, at Dow Chemical Company and at the Shockley Semiconductor Lab. He served on the board of the San Francisco Conservatory of Music and as a Trustee for ASM International. Roberts received the Rensselaer Alumni Association's Alumni Key Award in 1968, The Distinguished Service Award in 1983, and a Rensselaer Doctor of Engineering Degree (Honorary) in 1988. He is a member of The Stephen Van Rensselaer Society of Patroons of Rensselaer.