Office of the Vice President for Global Communications

Wednesday, February 9, 2011

Three from CoE elected to National Academy of Engineering

Three College of Engineering professors are among the 68 new members and nine foreign associates newly elected to the National Academy of Engineering, NAE President Charles Vest announced Tuesday.

This is among the highest professional distinctions accorded to an engineer, according to an NAE statement.

The U-M faculty members are:

• John Allison, professor in the Department of Materials Science and Engineering. Allison formerly was a senior technical leader with Ford Motor Co. He is recognized for contributions to automotive casting technology and computational materials engineering.

• Lawrence Burns, a professor of engineering practice in the Department of Industrial and Operations Engineering. Before joining IOE, Burns was vice president of research and development and strategic planning at General Motors. He is recognized for his leadership and technical contributions to automotive technologies.

• Mark Kushner, the George I. Haddad Collegiate Professor in the Department of Electrical Engineering and Computer Science, and Department of Nuclear Engineering and Radiological Sciences. Kushner, who also is director of the Michigan Institute for Plasma Science and Engineering, is recognized for his contributions to low-temperature plasmas for semiconductors, optics and thin-film manufacturing.

The NAE honors researchers for outstanding contributions to engineering research, practice or education including pioneering new fields of technology, making major advancements in traditional engineering fields and developing and implementing innovative approaches to engineering education.

"This is one of the greatest honors an engineer can receive," says David Munson, the Robert J. Vlasic Dean of Engineering. "We congratulate these inspiring faculty members and we sincerely thank our other NAE colleagues for their outstanding efforts with the nominations."

The new elections bring the total U-M NAE membership (including emeritus professors) to 24. The NAE now has a total of 2,290 U.S members and 202 foreign associates.