UW-Madison engineer elected to National Academy of Sciences
James A. Dumesic, the Steenbock and Michael Boudart Professor of Chemical and Biological Engineering at the University of Wisconsin-Madison, has been elected to the National Academy of Sciences, an honor reserved for scientists who have made distinguished and continuing contributions in original research. Dumesic is among three UW-Madison faculty elected this year, and 84 new NAS members overall.
Widely recognized as a leading researcher in the fields of catalysis and chemical engineering, Dumesic has co-founded two companies and pioneered new processes for creating bio-derived fuels and chemicals. His most recent major research breakthrough came in 2013, when, along with colleagues at the Wisconsin Energy Institute, he created an efficient, scalable process for producing sugars that can then be converted into biofuels.
Dumesic’s series of major advances have previously earned him other of the highest honors awarded to scientists and engineers. He was elected to the National Academy of Engineering in 1998; named a fellow of the National Academy of Inventors in 2013; and named a fellow of the American Academy of Arts and Sciences in 2009.