Four MIT researchers are among the 87 new members and 18 foreign associates elected to the National Academy of Engineering for 2020.
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.”
The four elected this year include:
Joel Emer, professor of the practice in the Department of Electrical Engineering and Computer Science, for quantitative analysis of computer architecture and its application to architectural innovation in commercial microprocessors.
Muriel Médard, the Cecil H. Green Professor of Electrical Engineering and Computer Science, for contributions to the theory and practice of network coding.
Peter Shor, the Morss Professor of Applied Mathematics, for pioneering contributions to quantum computation.
Dick K.P. Yue, the Philip J. Solondz Professor of Engineering and professor of mechanical and ocean engineering, for contributions to ocean engineering and innovation of OpenCourseWare to make higher education freely available worldwide.
Including this year’s inductees, 142 members of the NAE are current or retired members of the MIT faculty and staff, or members of the MIT Corporation.