Department of Applied Physics and Materials Science - Materials Science

Four Caltech Professors Elected to the National Academy of Engineering

February 05, 2015

Professors Harry Atwater, Morteza Gharib, Guruswami Ravichandran, and Robert H. Grubbs have been elected to the National Academy of Engineering (NAE). Professor Atwater was elected for contributions to plasmonics. Professor Gharib was elected for contributions to fluid flow diagnostics and imagery, and engineering of bioinspired devices and phenomena. Professor Ravichandran was elected for contributions to mechanics of dynamic deformation, damage, and failure of engineering materials. Professor Grubbs was elected for developments in catalysts that have enabled commercial products. [Caltech story]

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."

Other members of the 2015 class include Dan M. Goebel and Graeme L. Stephens from the Jet Propulsion Laboratory, and EAS alumnus Vigor Yang (ME ’84).

From left to right: Mory Gharib, Robert Grubbs, Guruswami Ravichandran, and Harry A. Atwater (photo by Cable Risdon for NAE)

From left to right: Mory Gharib, Robert Grubbs, Guruswami Ravichandran, and Harry A. Atwater (photo by Cable Risdon for NAE)

From left to right: Charles O. Holliday, Jr., Guruswami Ravichandran, and C. D. Mote, Jr. (photo by Cable Risdon for NAE)

From left to right: Charles O. Holliday, Jr., Guruswami Ravichandran, and C. D. Mote, Jr. (photo by Cable Risdon for NAE)

From left to right: Charles O. Holliday, Jr., Harry A. Atwater, and C. D. Mote, Jr. (photo by Cable Risdon for NAE)

From left to right: Charles O. Holliday, Jr., Harry A. Atwater, and C. D. Mote, Jr. (photo by Cable Risdon for NAE)

From left to right: Charles O. Holliday, Jr., Robert Grubbs, and C. D. Mote, Jr. (photo by Cable Risdon for NAE)

From left to right: Charles O. Holliday, Jr., Robert Grubbs, and C. D. Mote, Jr. (photo by Cable Risdon for NAE)

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