Two faculty members elected to National Academy of Engineering
The accomplishments of two engineering faculty members were recognized in February with election to the National Academy of Engineering. They are Wisconsin Distinguished Professor Michael L. Corradini, engineering physics, and Steenbock Professor James A. Dumesic, chemical engineering.
Corradini was honored for his work to further the safety of nuclear power plants worldwide and safety in emerging waste-processing technology. He directs the college's Wisconsin Institute of Nuclear Systems and his international consulting work has included analysis of the nuclear plant accident at Chernobyl. He also serves as the college's associate dean for academic affairs.
Dumesic was honored for his experimental and theoretical research on the microkinetics of catalytic processors. He is also an acknowledged expert in the areas of surface chemistry and in situ spectroscopy. He is currently studying the surface properties of materials that may be used as future generations of heterogeneous catalysts for prevention of pollution during selective processing of hydrocarbons, as well as for reduction of nitric oxide emissions. He also serves as chair of the Department of Chemical and Biological Engineering.
Also achieving NAE election this year is UW-Madison Computer Sciences Professor David J. DeWitt.
Election to the National Academy of Engineering is among the highest professional distinctions accorded to an engineer. Academy membership honors those who have made "important contributions to engineering theory and practice, including significant contributions to the literature of engineering theory and practice," and who have demonstrated "unusual accomplishment in the pioneering of new and developing fields of technology."
Corradini and Dumesic bring to 15 the number of college faculty members who have achieved NAE membership.