Edward Vicenzi is a research scientist at the Smithsonian Institution’s Museum Conservation Institute (MCI). His work involves using microbeam techniques to study of museum specimens and related materials to understand their history and origin. Before taking up his position at MCI he served as the Director of the Analytical Laboratories in the National Museum of Natural History’s (NMNH) Department of Mineral Sciences and as the co-manager of the Imaging and Analysis Center at Princeton University.
He has served as President and Director of the Microanalysis Society, principal and co-organizer of MAS topical conferences, chair of the NMNH Senate of Scientists, co-chair for M&M conferences, MAS tour speaker, as well as an organizer for M&M symposia. He is the past-president for the International Union of Microbeam Analysis Societies (IUMAS), an editorial board member for Heritage Science, a Fellow of the Microanalysis Society, and has served as a panel member for science funding agencies as well as Chair of the IUMAS-6 congress.
His publications are focused on inorganic microscale chemistry of heritage science materials, in addition to minerals and glasses related to Earth and planetary science studies. He obtained a PhD from Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute, an MS from the University of Oregon, and a BSc from McGill University, all in Earth Sciences.