3 campus professors inducted into National Academy of Engineering

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The National Academy of Engineering elected three UC Berkeley professors into its ranks, according to a campus press release Monday.

Professors Fiona Doyle, Shmuel Oren and David Sedlak were selected as members of the NAE, one of the highest honors for American engineers. Membership is awarded to those who have contributed to the field through their research, practice and teaching.

“I’m very proud to be elected,” Oren said of joining the NAE.

Oren, the Earl J. Isaac professor in the department of industrial engineering and operations research, was selected for his contributions to the field of market mechanisms in electrical power systems. He described his work as “bringing together economics and engineering and risk management to ensure that the market operates smoothly and efficiently.”

Doyle, the Donald H. McLaughlin chair of mineral engineering and dean of the Graduate Division, was recognized for her contributions to research and education. Her research has focused on environmentally benign hydrometallurgy — the separation of metals from solutions.

Sedlak, the Plato Malozemoff professor of mineral engineering, was elected for his accomplishments in the field of environmental aqueous chemistry, as it relates to areas such as water reuse and urban water infrastructure.

The NAE is a nonprofit institution that hopes to further the well-being of the nation by advancing the field of engineering and advising the U.S. government on engineering matters, according to its website.

“We are expected to have an impact on the welfare of the nation and within the community,” said Ramamoorthy Ramesh, a member of the NAE and campus professor of material science and engineering and physics.

The NAE conducts independent research by bringing together experts in the field of engineering to address initiatives and questions proposed by the U.S. government, said Randy Atkins, a spokesperson for the NAE. Additionally, the academy seeks to advance the profession in areas such as undergraduate education, diversity and public understanding of engineering.

This year, the NAE added 80 new members and 22 foreign members. The election process involves nomination by a current member, review by a peer committee and a final vote by the entire membership.

“To be elected as a member means that other engineers believe you to be an engineer worthy of high honor,” said Lisa Alvarez-Cohen, a member of the NAE and campus professor of environmental engineering.

The NAE belongs to a broader organization that includes the National Academy of Sciences and the National Academy of Medicine.

“It’s prestigious,” Atkins said. “Theoretically, they’re the best experts in science, engineering and medicine in the country …. In some cases, in the world.”

This year’s new members will be formally inducted into the NAE on Oct. 9.

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