Two MIT professors are among the 74 new members of the National Academy of Engineering.
Election to the NAE is among the highest professional distinctions an engineer can receive. Academy membership honors those who have made "important contributions to engineering theory and practice" and who have demonstrated accomplishment in "pioneering new fields of engineering, making major advancements in traditional fields of engineering, or developing/implementing innovative approaches to engineering education."
MIT's new members are:
Dimitris J. Bertsimas, the Boeing Professor of Operations Research in the Sloan School of Management, "for contributions to optimization theory and stochastic systems and innovative applications in financial engineering and transportation."
Shafrira Goldwasser, the RSA Professor of Computer Science and Engineering, "for contributions to cryptography, number theory and complexity theory, and their applications to privacy and security."