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The National Academy of Engineering has elected 74 new members and seven new foreign associates to its membership. This brings the total U.S. members.

Election to the National Academy of Engineering is one of the highest professional distinctions that can be accorded an engineer. Academy membership honors those who have made "important contributions to engineering theory and practice" and those who have demonstrated "unusual accomplishment in the pioneering of new and developing fields of technology." A list of the 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.

Of the individuals elected to membership eight work in fluid mechanics and flow engineering. They are:
  • Subrata K. Chakrabarti, President, Offshore Structure Analysis Inc., Plainfield, Ill. For major contributions to the field of hydrodynamics and fluid structure interaction in the design of harbor, coastal, and offshore structures.

  • James C. Keck, Ford Professor of Engineering Emeritus and senior lecturer, Massachusetts Institute of Technology, Cambridge. For developing innovative, widely used new concepts for modeling coupled chemical and physical phenomena in engine combustion and high-temperature flows.

  • Chung K. (Ed) Law, Robert H. Goddard Professor, Department of Aerospace and Mechanical Engineering, Princeton University, Princeton, N.J. For outstanding contributions to the understanding of the fundamentals of combustion processes and theory and the applications in propulsion systems.

  • Norbert Peters, Center for Turbulence Research, Stanford University, Stanford, Calif. For contributions to the field of combustion modeling of turbulent flames and the development of chemical kinetic mechanisms for hydrocarbon oxidation.

  • William A. Sirignano, Professor of Mechanical and Aerospace Engineering, University of California, Irvine. For contributions to the science and technology of spray combustion systems for propulsion.

  • Rodney J. Tabaczynski, Director, Powertrain and Vehicle Research, Ford Research Laboratory, Ford Motor Co., Dearborn, Mich. For major contributions to the understanding of processes in internal combustion engines resulting in improved performance and pollution control.

  • Warren M. Washington, Senior Scientist and Head, Climate Change Research Section, National Center for Atmospheric Research, Boulder, Colo. For pioneering the development of coupled climate models, their use on parallel supercomputing architectures, and their interpretation.

  • M. Gordon Wolman, Professor, Department of Geography and Environmental Engineering, Johns Hopkins University, Baltimore. For outstanding contributions in fluvial processes, water resources management and policy, and environmental education.

  • Congratulations to our colleagues for receiving this singular honor.
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