as head of the high-temperature alloys group at the Naval Research Laboratory in Washington, D.C.
In early 1950, Blickwede accepted employment as a research engineer at Bethlehem Steel Corporation in Bethlehem, Pennsylvania. By 1963 he had advanced to the position of vice president of research, a job he held until his retirement in 1983. During 1969 he took a sabbatical to attend Harvard University’s Advanced Management Program.
Among his many accomplishments at Bethlehem Steel, Blickwede was instrumental in developing a process for continuously galvanizing sheet steel and the invention and production of a new grade of steel suitable for the application of a fired ceramic porcelain coating. During the 1970s he was involved in the invention and patenting of a corrosion-resistant sheet steel particularly suitable for prefabricated buildings. The latter product, now known as Galvalume, has become the standard throughout the world for commercial and residential siding and roofing. In addition, Blickwede worked with architects and construction engineers to design and build Bethlehem Steel’s Homer Research Laboratories during the 1960s, which upon its completion and for many years afterward was considered to be the premier metallurgical research facility in the world.
During his career, Blickwede was active in various professional organizations, most notably the Industrial Research Institute, of which he was president in 1978, and the American Society for Metals (ASM, now the American Society for Materials), of which he was president in 1983. In 1977 he was awarded the ASM William Hunt Eisenman Award.
Blickwede was also a renowned orator. During the course of his career, he presented two distinguished lectures: the Campbell Memorial Lecture at the 1968 meeting of the ASM in Detroit and the Yukawa Memorial Lecture for the Japan Iron & Steel Institute in Tokyo in 1983. He was elected a member of the National Academy of Engineering in 1976.
Apart from his professional activities, Blickwede enjoyed a wide variety of activities with his family, including trout and salmon fishing, golf, and watercolor painting. In his later years