Duke Members of the National Academy of Engineering

Election to the National Academy of Engineering is considered the greatest professional honor for an engineer in the United States.

More than 30 Duke alumni and faculty have been elected since the academy’s founding in 1964.

Faculty Members

11 members of the Duke Engineering faculty are members of the National Academy of Engineering

All Duke Members

Gabriel G. Katul


For advances in eco-hydrology and environmental fluid mechanics

Guillermo Sapiro


For contributions to the theory and practice of imaging

Robert L. Clark Jr.


For development of automated tools for rapidly identifying and indexing desirable genetic traits for next-generation seed and biotechnology product development

Dean of Engineering, 2007-2008

Kenneth C. Hall


For development of unsteady aerodynamic and aeromechanics theories and analysis for internal and external aerodynamic flows

Ana Barros


For contributions to understanding and prediction of precipitation dynamics and flood hazards in mountainous terrains

Alec D. Gallimore


For advanced spacecraft electric propulsion, especially Hall thruster technology

Vahid Tarokh


For contributions to space-time coding and its applications to multi-antenna wireless communications

Blake S. Wilson


For engineering development of the cochlear implant that bestows hearing to individuals with profound deafness

Class of 1974, Class of 2015

William A. Hawkins III


For leadership in biomedical engineering and translational medicine

Class of 1976

Kristina M. Johnson


For development and deployment of liquid crystal on silicon display technologies, the basis for high speed optoelectronic 3D imaging

Dean of Engineering, 1999-2007

Jennifer L. West


For developments in photothermal and theranostic therapies and bioabsorbed scaffolds for tissue regeneration

Fitzpatrick Family University Professor of Engineering, 2012-2021

Ingrid Daubechies


For contributions to the mathematics and applications of wavelets

Mark R. Wiesner


For contributions to membrane technologies for water treatment and understanding of environmental behavior and risk of nanomaterials

M. Katherine Banks


For contributions to phytoremediation of petroleum contamination, and for leadership in engineering education

Class of 1989

Fred Lee


For contributions to high-frequency power conversion and systems integration technologies, education, industry alliances, and technology transfer

Class of 1972, Class of 1974

Frank L. Bowman


For leadership in the design of nuclear-reactor propulsion plants to support the power requirements of evolving combat systems

Class of 1966, Class of 2003
NAE Gibbs Brothers Medal, 2022

Robert L. Cook


For building the motion picture industry’s standard rendering tool

Class of 1973

J. Turner Whitted


For contributions to computer graphics, notably recursive raytracing

Class of 1969, Class of 1970

A. Robert Calderbank


For leadership in communications research, from advances in algebraic coding theory to signal processing for wire-line and wireless modems

Edmund M. Clarke


For contributions to the formal verification of hardware and software correctness

Class of 1968

Douglas M. Chapin


For improvements in reliability and the prevention and mitigation of core damage accidents in nuclear reactors worldwide

Class of 1962

Joseph A. Yura


For research and educational contributions on bracing and stability for steel structures

Class of 1959

Theodore C. Kennedy


For leadership and innovation in advancing the nation’s construction industry

Class of 1952

Robert M. Koerner


For design and use of geosynthetics in the constructed environment

Class of 1968

Charles H. Townes


For development of the maser and laser

Class of 1937, Class of 1966
NAE Simon Ramo Founders Award, 2000

Henry Petroski


For books, articles, and lectures on engineering and the profession that have reached and influenced a wide range of audiences

John H. Gibbons


For leadership in a broad spectrum of initiatives toward the development and communication of national policies for technological issues

Class of 1954, Class of 1997
NAE Arthur M. Bueche Award, 1998

Charles B. Duke


For providing the theoretical foundations for developments in xerography

Class of 1959

Earl H. Dowell


For contributions to aeroelasticity and structural dynamics, which provide continuing insights into the behavior of complex structural systems

Dean of Engineering, 1983-1999

Robert E. Fischell


For pioneering contributions to satellite altitude control and for leadership and innovation in bringing aerospace technology to implantable biomedical devices

Class of 1951

Walter L. Brown


For the discovery of semiconductor surface channels crucial in field-effect transistors, and for contributions to ion beam uses in semiconductor diagnostics and processing

Class of 1953

Robert Plonsey


For the application of electromagnetic field theory to biology, and for distinguished leadership in the emerging profession of biomedical engineering

John Cocke


For leadership in high-performance computer design and contribution to the field of optimizing compilers

Class of 1945, Class of 1956, Class of 1988

Robert R. Everett


For pioneering of digital computers and their application to real-time control system

Class of 1942, Class of 1992

Frederick P. Brooks Jr.


For contributions to computer system design and the development of academic programs in computer sciences

Class of 1953

Charles H. Holley


For pioneering contributions to the evolution of turbine-generator design

Class of 1941

Lewis M. Branscomb


For leadership in advancing national and international science and technology

Class of 1945, Class of 1971
NAE Arthur M. Bueche Award, 1987