February 10, 2006
The National Academy of Engineering (NAE) has elected five professors from Carnegie Mellon University, including Pradeep K. Khosla, Dean of the College of Engineering, Phillip and Marsha Dowd Professor of ECE and Robotics, and Co-Director of the CyLab. Other Carnegie Mellon faculty inductees are Cristina H. Amon, Egon Balas, Manuel Blum, and Krzysztof A. Matyjaszewski.
Membership in the NAE honors people who have made important contributions to engineering theory and practice and who have demonstrated unusual accomplishments in pioneering new and developing fields of technology. It is one of the highest professional distinctions an engineer can achieve. This year, Carnegie Mellon faculty join more than 2,000 NAE members and 186 foreign associates in an award process that began in 1964.
The NAE shares responsibility with the National Academy of Sciences to advise the federal government on questions of policy in science and technology. Carnegie Mellon awardees are scheduled to attend a gala celebration Oct. 15 at The National Academies building at 2101 Constitution Ave. in Washington, D.C.
"The National Academy's recognition of the outstanding engineering achievements of these five senior faculty members is well deserved, in each case," said Carnegie Mellon President Jared L. Cohon. "Their contributions to advancing knowledge are a source of pride to the entire university and we congratulate them on this honor."
All five professors are leaders in their respective research fields, which spans work in a variety of sectors, from the planning of industrial facilities and encryption of information on the Internet to designing sensor-based control in robotic systems.
Khosla was elected to the academy for his contributions to the design and sensor-based control in robotic systems for the assembly of precision electronics and for innovative leadership in engineering education.
Amon, the Raymond J. Lane Distinguished Professor of Mechanical Engineering and head of the Institute for Complex Engineered Systems (ICES), was elected to the academy for her contributions to engineering education and advances in heat transfer and thermal design.
Balas, University Professor of Industrial Administration and Applied Mathematics, and The Thomas Lord Professor of Operations Research at the Tepper School of Business, was elected to the academy for his contributions to integer programming and its applications to the scheduling and planning of industrial facilities.
Blum, the Bruce Nelson Professor of Computer Science, was elected to the academy for contributions to abstract complexity theory, cryptographic protocols and the theory and applications of program checkers.
Matyjaszewski, the J.C. Warner Professor of Natural Sciences and Director of the Center for Macromolecular Engineering, was elected to the academy for his work in expanding the capabilities of controlled/living polymerizations and developing ATRP, a robust catalytic process that allows precise, nanoscale control over the formation of polymers.
Additional Carnegie Mellon faculty who are members of the academy include Alfred Blumstein, Randal E. Bryant, Edmund M. Clarke, Robert F. Davis, Steven J. Fenves, Richard J. Fruehan, Ignacio Grossmann, Angel Jordan, Takeo Kanade, Mark H. Kryder, Harold W. Paxton, Raj Reddy, Daniel P. Siewiorek, Herbert L. Toor and Arthur W. Westerberg.
Source: Chriss Swaney, Carnegie Mellon News