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Faculty named AAAS Fellows

The American Association for the Advancement of Science (AAAS) has awarded the distinction of Fellow to 308 members, including six MIT faculty members.

Fellows are recognized for their efforts advancing science or fostering applications that are deemed scientifically or socially distinguished. New Fellows will be presented with the society's gold and blue (representing science and engineering, respectively) rosette pin on Feb. 19, at the annual meeting in Washington, D.C. The following people from MIT are new AAAS Fellows:

Carl Wunsch, professor in the Department of Earth, Atmospheric, and Planetary Sciences and director of the Program in Atmosphere, Oceans and Climate, was cited for "fundamental advancements in theory and observation of ocean circulation and for outstanding leadership of the oceanographic community over many years."

Elias Gyftopoulos, professor emeritus in nuclear engineering, was named a Fellow for his "distinguished contributions to the field of energy conversion, with particular emphasis on nuclear and thermionic systems."

Bora Mikic, professor of mechanical engineering, was named to the AAAS for "pioneering contributions in two-phase flow experimentation and electronics cooling and for leadership in engineering education and academia."

Morgan Sheng, the Menicon Professor of Neuroscience, was cited for "fundamental studies of the molecular architecture of brain synapses and the dynamic mechanisms of synaptic modification."

James Fujimoto, professor of electrical engineering and computer science, received the honor for "distinguished contributions to the field of nonlinear interactions of laser light with matter and their application."

Gerald Jay Sussman, the Matsushita Professor of Electrical Engineering, was named a Fellow for "pioneering the design and implementation of the Digital Orrery, an artificial intelligence-based, special-purpose computer for astrophysics, which enabled discovery of chaotic motions in the outer solar system."

A version of this article appeared in MIT Tech Talk on November 3, 2004 (download PDF).

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