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.”
- Cynthia Barnhart is the associate dean for academic affairs for the MIT School of Engineering, professor of civil and environmental engineering and engineering systems and director of Transportation@MIT. She was honored for her professional leadership, and for contributions to optimization and transportation models, algorithms, and applications.
- Gang Chen is the Carl Richard Soderberg Professor of Power Engineering and director of Pappalardo Micro and Nano Engineering Laboratories in the Department of Mechanical Engineering. He was acknowledged for his contributions to heat transfer at the nanoscale and to thermoelectric energy conversion technology.
- Robert E. Cohen is the St. Laurent Professor, co-director of the DuPont-MIT Alliance, and chair of the PhD CEP Steering Committee in the Department of Chemical Engineering. He was honored for his research on polymer morphology and surfaces, commercial products and processes, successful entrepreneurship and novel educational programs.
- Andrew Whittle is head of the Department of Civil and Environmental Engineering and a SMART Research Professor. He was acknowledged for his development of soil models and numerical analyses that advance the design of braced excavations and offshore structures.
- Alan Willsky is the Edwin S. Webster Professor of Electrical Engineering and Computer Science and co-director of Laboratory for Information and Decision Systems. He is being honored for his contributions to model-based signal processing and statistical inference.
- Art Gelb is president of Four Sigma Corp. and co-founder, retired chairman, and chief executive officer of TASC (The Analytic Sciences Corp.) in Belmont, Mass. He is being honored for his leadership in applying Kalman filtering techniques to the solution of critical national aerospace problems.
With this week's announcement, NAE's total U.S. membership expands to 2,267 and the number of foreign associates to 196.
A number of MIT alumni were also named to the NAE, including Montgomery M. Alger ’78, Richard C. Flagan PhD ’73, Irene Greif PhD ’75, Brewster Kahle ’82, David J. Mooney PhD ’92, David L. Morse PhD ’76, Gregory B. Olson, ScD ’74, Roderic I. Pettigrew PhD ’77, and John C. Wall ’73, ScD ’78.