Three OSA Members Elected to National Academy of Engineering

Lyndsay Meyer
The Optical Society

Three OSA Members Elected to National Academy of Engineering

WASHINGTON, Feb. 13, 2013 – Three members of the Optical Society (OSA) were named new members of the U.S. National Academy of Engineering (NAE) last week.  Being elected to the NAE is one of the highest professional honors in the engineering community. The three OSA members were among the 69 new members and 11 foreign associates elected by the NAE this year.
Weng Cho Chew of the University of Illinois, Urbana-Champaign, was selected for his contributions to large-scale computational electromagnetics of complex structures.
Eric R. Fossum of Dartmouth College was recognized for inventing and developing the CMOS active-pixel image sensor and camera-on-a-chip.
Charles E. Kolb of Aerodyne Research Inc. was chosen for his work on instruments that advanced measurements of air pollution and aerosols.
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."

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