Five OSA Members Elected to the National Academy of Sciences and the National Academy of Engineering




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Five OSA Members Elected to the National Academy of Sciences and the National Academy of Engineering

WASHINGTON, June 3 – Five members of the Optical Society (OSA) were elected to the National Academy of Sciences (NAS) and the National Academy of Engineering (NAE) in recognition of their distinguished and continuing achievements in scientific research and engineering. They were among the 72 new members elected to the NAS and 68 new members of the NAE in 2010.

The OSA members elected to the National Academy of Sciences are:

Terrence J. Sejnowski, investigator, Howard Hughes Medical Institute, and professor of biology, Salk Institute for Biological Studies, USA

David A. Weitz, Mallinckrodt Professor of Physics and Applied Physics, Harvard University, USA

Members and foreign associates are elected to the NAS annually. The current election brings the total number of active members of the National Academy of Sciences to 2,097 and the total number of foreign associates to 409. For more information on the selection process, view an overview of the nomination and election process, published in Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences.

The OSA fellows elected to the National Academy of Engineering are:

C. Randy Giles, director of optical subsystems and advanced photonics research department, Bell Labs, Alcatel-Lucent, USA

David A.B. Miller, W. M. Keck Foundation Professor of Electrical Engineering, and professor of applied physics, Stanford University, USA

Xiang Zhang, professor of mechanical engineering, University of California, Berkeley, USA

According to the NAE, 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."

For a list of all of this year’s elected members and associates, view the full National Academy of Sciences and National Academy of Engineering press releases.

About OSA
Uniting more than 106,000 professionals from 134 countries, the Optical Society (OSA) brings together the global optics community through its programs and initiatives. Since 1916 OSA has worked to advance the common interests of the field, providing educational resources to the scientists, engineers and business leaders who work in the field by promoting the science of light and the advanced technologies made possible by optics and photonics. OSA publications, events, technical groups and programs foster optics knowledge and scientific collaboration among all those with an interest in optics and photonics. For more information, visit www.osa.org.

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