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March 25, 2010

National Academy of Engineering Elects 32 Sigma Xi Members

RESEARCH TRIANGLE PARK, NC - Thirty-two Sigma Xi members were among the 68 new members and nine foreign associates elected in February to the National Academy of Engineering. This brings the total U.S. membership to 2,267 and the number of foreign associates to 196.

Election to the National Academy of Engineering is among the highest professional distinctions accorded to an engineer.

Academy membership honors those who have made outstanding contributions to "engineering research, practice or education, including, where appropriate, significant contributions to the engineering literature," and to the "pioneering of new and developing fields of technology, making major advancements in traditional fields of engineering, or developing/implementing innovative approaches to engineering education."

A list of newly elected Sigma Xi members and foreign associates follows, with their primary affiliations at the time of election and a brief statement of their principal engineering accomplishments.

New Members

Ilhan A. Aksay (SX 1974), professor of chemical engineering, Princeton University. For advances in ceramic processing methods, biologically inspired materials processing and field-induced layering of colloidal crystals.

Lisa Alvarez-Cohen (SX 1991), Fred and Claire Sauer Professor and chair of civil and environmental engineering, University of California, Berkeley. For discovery and application of novel microorganisms and biochemical pathways for microbial degradation of environmental contaminants.

John David Anderson Jr. (SX 1962), curator of aerodynamics, National Air and Space Museum, Smithsonian Institution, and professor emeritus of aerospace engineering, University Maryland, College Park. For aerospace engineering and history textbooks and for contributions to hypersonic gas dynamics.

Daniel N. Baker (SX 1974), director, Laboratory for Atmospheric and Space Physics, University of Colorado, Boulder. For leadership in studies, measurements, and predictive tools for the Earth's radiation environment and its impact on U.S. security.

Jacobo Bielak (SX 1966), university professor of civil and environmental engineering and director, Computational Seismology Lab, Carnegie Mellon University. For advancing knowledge and methods in earthquake engineering and in regional-scale seismic motion simulation.

Clyde Leonard Briant (SX 1995), Otis E. Randall University Professor and vice president for research, Brown University. For elucidation of microstructural effects on high-temperature mechanical performance of metals.

Andrei Z. Broder (SX 1984), fellow and vice president, search and computational advertising, Yahoo! Research. For contributions to the science and engineering of the World Wide Web.

Gang Chen (SX 1993), Warren and Towneley Rohsenow Professor of Mechanical Engineering, Massachusetts Institute of Technology. For contributions to heat transfer at the nanoscale and to thermoelectric energy conversion technology.

Robert E. Cohen (SX 1974), St. Laurent Professor of Chemical Engineering, Massachusetts Institute of Technology. For research on polymer morphology and surfaces, commercial products and processes, successful entrepreneurship and novel educational programs.

John P. Connolly (SX 1977), senior technical advisor, Anchor QEA LLC, Montvale, New Jersey. For development of integrated water-quality models used for remediation and management planning for large, contaminated water bodies.

Richard C. Flagan (SX 1970), executive officer of chemical engineering, Irma and Ross McCollum-William H. Corcoran Professor of Chemical Engineering and professor of environmental science and engineering, California Institute of Technology. For leadership in invention, measurement, production and technology of aerosols.

Paul G. Gaffney II (SX 1991), vice admiral, U.S. Navy (retired); and president, Monmouth University. For technical leadership in naval research and development and its impact on U.S. defense, ocean policy and the Arctic.

Arthur Gelb (SX 1960), president, Four Sigma Corp.; and co-founder, retired chairman and CEO, TASC (The Analytic Sciences Corp.), Belmont, Massachusetts. For leadership in applying Kalman filtering techniques to the solution of critical national aerospace problems.

Irene Greif (SX 1971), IBM Fellow and director, collaborative user experience, IBM Thomas J. Watson Research Center. For founding the field of Computer-Supported Cooperative Work and for leading research teams to shape and commercialize the field.

Eugene E. Haller (SX 1992), professor of materials science and Liao-Cho Innovation Endowed Chair of Materials Science and Engineering, University of California, Berkeley. For improvements in semiconductor performance through contributions to synthesis of ultrapure and doped crystals.

Brewster Kahle (SX 1983), digital librarian, director and co-founder, Internet Archive, San Francisco. For archiving and making available all forms of digital information.

Thomas F. Kuech (SX 1992), Milton J. and A. Maude Shoemaker Professor and past chair of chemical and biological engineering, University of Wisconsin, Madison. For contributions to chemical vapor deposition of compound semiconductors.

Hau L. Lee (1984), Thoma Professor of Operations, Information and Technology, Graduate School of Business, Stanford University. For contributions demonstrating the impact of information-sharing on supply chain design and management.

Anthony Leonard (SX 1962), Theodore von Kármán Professor of Aeronautics Emeritus, California Institute of Technology. For contributions to simulation of turbulence, new vortex methods of flow simulation and understanding of flow-induced vibration.

Dennis P. Lettenmaier (SX 1976), Robert and Irene Sylvester Professor of Civil and Environmental Engineering, University of Washington, Seattle. For contributions to hydrologic modeling for stream water quality and hydro-climate trends and models for improved water management.

David L. Morse (SX 1976), senior vice president and director of corporate research, Corning Inc. For contributions to photochromic materials and leadership in fiber-optic technology.

William New Jr. (SX 1980), principal, The Novent Group, Palo Alto, California. For developing applications of pulse oximetry technology to clinical problems of blood oxygen monitoring and for innovations in neonatal audiology.

Paul D. Nielsen (SX 2003), CEO and director, Software Engineering Institute, Carnegie Mellon University. For leadership of the systems engineering and design of advanced national satellite programs, including restructuring and upgrades of MILSTAR.

Gregory H. Olsen (SX 1969), principal, GHO Ventures, Princeton, New Jersey. For research and commercialization of optical components for fiber communications and national defense.

Roderic I. Pettigrew (SX 1976), director, National Institute of Biomedical Imaging and Bioengineering, National Institutes of Health. For the use of MRI in human blood-flow studies and leading advancements in bioengineering research and education as the initial director of NIBIB.

George F. Pinder (SX 1966), director, Research Center for Groundwater Remediation Design and professor of civil and environmental engineering and of mathematics, University of Vermont. For leadership in groundwater modeling applied to diverse problems in water resources.

Stephen B. Pope (SX 1982), Sibley College Professor of Engineering, Cornell University. For contributions to the modeling of turbulent flow, including the development of probability distribution function methodologies for turbulent combustion.

Arthur H. Rosenfeld (SX 1953), commissioner, California Energy Commission. For leadership in energy efficiency research, development and technology deployment through the development of appliance and building standards and public policy.

John C. Wall (SX 1975), vice president and chief technical officer, Cummins Inc., Columbus, Indiana. For leadership and management of research, design, development and production of low-emission, fuel-efficient heavy-duty diesel engines.

Alan S. Willsky (SX 1973), Edwin S. Webster Professor of Electrical Engineering and Computer Science and co-director, Laboratory for Information and Decision Systems, Massachusetts Institute of Technology. For contributions to model-based signal processing and statistical inference.

New Foreign Associates

José M. Aguilera (SX 2003), professor of chemical engineering and bioprocesses, Pontificia Universidad Católica de Chile, Santiago. For advancing food material technology and the understanding of structure functions in foods.

L.K. Doraiswamy (SX 1994), Anson Marston Distinguished Professor Emeritus of Chemical and Biological Engineering, Iowa State University. For outstanding leadership in the development of the Indian chemical industry and contributions to organic synthesis engineering, heterogeneous reactions and reactors.

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