Glasser is a member of the American Chemical Society, recently serving as councilor for the Cellulose, Paper and Textile Division; the Bio/Environmentally Degradable Polymer Society; Sigma Xi; the Society of Wood Science and Technology; and the Technical Association of the Pulp and Paper Industry. Glassser credits his many and diverse research interests to his involvement in numerous research organizations worldwide: he spent one to 12-month research-study leaves in Sao Paulo, Brazil; Grenoble, France; Singapore; Kyoto, Japan; Toulouse, France; and Gothenborg, Sweden.
His degrees are from the University of Hamburg and, prior to joining the faculty at Virginia Tech in 1972, he was a post-doctoral fellow at the University of Washington.
Glasser's wife, Heidi R. Glasser, a mathematician, worked with him until 1985 on the programming aspects of his research. In 1974, the George Olmsted Award of the American Paper Institute was presented jointly to the Glassers recognizing "their original and outstanding research related to the paper industry, notably in the field of application of computer t echniques in the simulation of reactions with lignin. Through the extension and re finement of the techniques developed by the Glassers, much experimental work vital to the pulp andpaper industry can now be conducted more quickly and efficiently on computers rather than in laboratories. In 1986, the International Union of Forestry Research Organizations Scientific Acheivement Award recognized the international scope and impact of the Glassers' work.