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Duke Members of the National Academy of Engineering
Nine Duke Engineering faculty have been elected to the NAE—including six since 2015
Election to the National Academy of Engineering (NAE) is considered the greatest professional honor accorded an engineer in the United States.
Since its founding in 1964, more than 30 Duke alumni and faculty have been elected to the Academy. At present, the Duke Engineering faculty includes nine NAE members.
Citations for Duke faculty and alumni members are inscribed onto the Recognition Wall in the Fitzpatrick Center atrium—creating a visible and permanent source of inspiration for all Duke Engineers.
Edmund T. Pratt, Jr. School Professor of Civil and Environmental Engineering
For contributions to understanding and prediction of precipitation dynamics and flood hazards in mountainous terrains.
Rhodes Family Professor in Electrical and Computer Engineering
For contributions to space-time coding and its applications to multi-antenna wireless communications.
Blake S. Wilson, '74, '15
Adjunct Professor of Surgery
For engineering development of the cochlear implant that bestows hearing to individuals with profound deafness.
William A. Hawkins III, '76
For leadership in biomedical engineering and translational medicine.
Dean of Engineering, 1999-2007
For development and deployment of liquid crystal on silicon display technologies, the basis for high speed optoelectronic 3D imaging.
Fitzpatrick Family University Professor of Engineering
For developments in photothermal and theranostic therapies and bioabsorbed scaffolds for tissue regeneration.
James B. Duke Professor of Mathematics
Professor of Electrical & Computer Engineering
For contributions to the mathematics and applications of wavelets.
Mark R. Wiesner
James B. Duke Professor of Civil & Environmental Engineering
For contributions to membrane technologies for water treatment and understanding of environmental behavior and risk of nanomaterials.
M. Katherine Banks, '89
For contributions to phytoremediation of petroleum contamination, and for leadership in engineering education.
Fred Lee, '72, '74
For contributions to high-frequency power conversion and systems integration technologies, education, industry alliances, and technology transfer.
Frank L. Bowman, '66, '03
For leadership in the design of nuclear-reactor propulsion plants to support the power requirements of evolving combat systems.
Robert L. Cook, '73
For building the motion picture industry's standard rendering tool.
J. Turner Whitted, '69, '70
For contributions to computer graphics, notably recursive raytracing.
Charles S. Sydnor Professor of Computer Science
Professor of Electrical & Computer Engineering
For leadership in communications research, from advances in algebraic coding theory to signal processing for wire-line and wireless modems.
Edmund M. Clarke, Jr. '68
For contributions to the formal verification of hardware and software correctness.
Douglas M. Chapin, '62
For improvements in reliability and the prevention and mitigation of core damage accidents in nuclear reactors worldwide.
Joseph A. Yura, '59
For research and educational contributions on bracing and stability for steel structures.
Theodore C. Kennedy, '52
For leadership and innovation in advancing the nation's construction industry.
Robert M. Koerner, '68
For design and use of geosynthetics in the constructed environment.
Charles H. Townes, '37, '66
For development of the maser and laser.
Aleksandar S. Vesic Professor of Civil Engineering
For books, articles, and lectures on engineering and the profession that have reached and influenced a wide range of audiences.
John H. Gibbons, '54, '97
For leadership in a broad spectrum of initiatives toward the development and communication of national policies for technological issues.
Charles B. Duke, '59
For providing the theoretical foundations for developments in xerography.
Earl H. Dowell
William Holland Hall Professor of Mechanical Engineering
Dean of Engineering, 1983-1999
For contributions to aeroelasticity and structural dynamics, which provide continuing insights into the behavior of complex structural systems.
Robert E. Fischell, '51
For pioneering contributions to satellite altitude control and for leadership and innovation in bringing aerospace technology to implantable biomedical devices.
Walter L. Brown, '53
For the discovery of semiconductor surface channels crucial in field-effect transistors, and for contributions to ion beam uses in semiconductor diagnostics and processing.
Pfizer-Pratt Professor Emeritus
For the application of electromagnetic field theory to biology, and for distinguished leadership in the emerging profession of biomedical engineering. Read a remembrance of Bob Plonsey »
John Cocke, '45, '56, '88
For leadership in high-performance computer design and contribution to the field of optimizing compilers.
Robert R. Everett, '42, '92
For pioneering of digital computers and their application to real-time control systems
Frederick P. Brooks. Jr. '53
For contributions to computer system design and the development of academic programs in computer sciences.
Charles H. Holley, '41
For pioneering contributions to the evolution of turbine-generator design.
Lewis M. Branscomb, '45, '71
For leadership in advancing national and international science and technology.