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


Lyndsay Meyer
The Optical Society

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

WASHINGTON, May 18 – Six 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 2011.

OSA fellows elected to the National Academy of Sciences are:

  • H. Vincent Poor, Dean of Engineering and Applied Science and Michael Henry Strater University Professor of Electrical Engineering, Princeton University, USA
  • Jun Ye, National Institute of Standards and Technology fellow, JILA fellow  and adjunct professor, University of Colorado, Boulder, 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 2,113 and the total number of foreign associates to 418. 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 and members elected to the National Academy of Engineering are:

  • James S. Harris Jr., James and Ellenor Chesebrough Professor of Electrical Engineering, Materials Science, and Applied Physics, Stanford University, USA
  • Mark J. Kushner, George I. Haddad Collegiate Professor and Director, Michigan Institute for Plasma Science and Engineering, University of Michigan, Ann Arbor, USA
  • Richard B. Miles, Professor, Department of Mechanical and Aerospace Engineering, Princeton University, USA
  • Terrence J. Sejnowski, Francis Crick Professor and Director of the Computational Neurobiology Laboratory, Salk Institute for Biological Studies, 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.

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