The National Academy of Engineering elected 69 new members for 2013, including seven Indian Americans, and 11 foreign associates last month. Election to the NAE 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."
A list of the Indian newly-elected members and foreign associates follows, with their primary affiliations at the time of election and a brief statement of their principal engineering accomplishments: Anant Agarwal, president of edX, and professor, electrical engineering and computer science, Massachusetts Institute of Technology, Cambridge; for contributions to shared-memory and multicore computer architectures.
Murty P. Bhavaraju, senior consultant, PJM Interconnection, Norristown, Pa.; for probabilistic reliability evaluation tools for large electric power systems.
Ashok J. Gadgil, director and senior scientist, environmental energy technologies division, Lawrence Berkeley National Laboratory, and Andrew and Virginia Rudd Family Foundation Professor of Safe Water and Sanitation, University of California, Berkeley; for engineering solutions to the problems of potable water and energy in underdeveloped nations.
Ganesh Kailasam, research and development vice president and global research and development director, performance materials division, Dow Chemical Co., Freeport, Texas; for development of processes for production of high-performance polymers including polyetherimides.
Vijay Kumar, UPS Foundation Professor, School of Engineering and Applied Sciences, University of Pennsylvania; for contributions in cooperative robotics, networked vehicles, and unmanned aerial vehicles, and for leadership in robotics research and education.
Bal Raj Sehgal, emeritus professor of nuclear power safety, Royal Institute of Technology, Stockholm, Sweden; for contributions to predicting accident behavior of nuclear reactor systems.
Pradeep S. Sindhu, vice chairman, chief technical officer, and founder, Juniper Networks, Sunnyvale, Calif.; for contributions to technology and commercialization of Internet Protocol routing.
Krishna (Kris) P. Singh, president and chief executive officer, Holtec International, Marlton, N.J.; for engineering and business leadership for increased power plant efficiency and improved safety of spent nuclear fuel storage worldwide.
Named as a new Foreign Associate was Ratan N. Tata, chairman emeritus, Tata Group, Mumbai, India; for outstanding contributions to industrial development in India and the world.