At least 10 Indian American outstanding engineers and two of Indian origin were elected by the National Academy of Engineers Feb. 7 as the organization’s newest members and foreign members.
A total of 83 engineers were selected within the U.S. with another 16 elected from abroad.
The latest group of members brings the NAE total to 2,293 U.S. members and 262 foreign members.
Election to the National Academy of Engineering is among the highest professional distinctions accorded to an engineer, the academy said.
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," NAE said.
Among the Indian American members are Lallit Anand, Amit Goyal, Sanjay Jha, Ajay P. Malshe, Jayadev Misra, Raj Nair, Chandrakant D. Patel, Mukul M. Sharma, Chanan Singh and Bipin V. Vora.
Ashok Jhunjhunwala of Chennai and Sushil K. Soonee of New Delhi were among the foreign members elected.
Anand is the Warren and Towneley Rohsenow professor of mechanical engineering at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology in Cambridge, Mass. Anand was elected for contributions to the development of plasticity for engineering technology including theory, experiment and computation.
Goyal is the director of research and education in energy, environment and water institute, and ‘Empire Innovation’ professor at the University of Buffalo in the departments of chemical and biological engineering, electrical engineering, physics and materials, design and innovation. He was selected for materials science advances and contributions enabling commercialization of high-temperature superconducting materials.
Santa Clara, Calif.-based Globalfoundries Inc. chief executive Jha was elected for leadership in the design and development of semiconductor technology enabling universal digital access.
Malshe is the founder, executive vice president and chief technology officer at NanoMech Inc. and distinguished professor and 21st century endowed chair in materials, manufacturing and integrated systems at the University of Arkansas. NAE selected Malshe for innovations in nanomanufacturing with impact in multiple industry sectors.
Misra, the Schlumberger Centennial chair emeritus in computer science and university distinguished teaching professor emeritus at the University of Texas at Austin, was chosen for contributions to the theory and practice of software verification of concurrent systems.
Nair, an executive vice president and president of North America at Ford Motor Co., was elected for leadership in the design and development of automotive vehicles and the transition to autonomous and electrified vehicles.
Patel, chief engineer and senior fellow of Palo Alto, Calif.-based HP Inc., was elected for contributions in thermal and energy management of information technology systems.
Sharma is the W.A. "Tex" Moncrief Jr. Centennial chair in petroleum, geosystems and chemical engineering and professor at the UT Austin Cockrell School of Engineering. He was chosen for contributions to the science and technology of production from unconventional hydrocarbon reservoirs.
Singh, a regents professor and Irma Runyon chair professor at the department of electrical and computer engineering at Texas A&M University, was elected for advancement of theory, practice and education in electric power system reliability.
Vora, the founder and principal consultant of Naperville, Ill.-based Vora International Process Corp., was elected by NAE for catalytic process innovations leading to commercialized petrochemical technologies.
On the foreign side selection of the members, Jhunjhunwala, a professor at the Indian Institute of Technology in Madras, was elected for innovation and development of affordable technology solutions in communications and energy.
Soonee is an adviser, retired chief executive officer and founder of New Delhi-based Power System Operation Corp. NAE elected Soonee for development of operational methods that enabled the interconnection of India's electric power grid.
The new members will be formally inducted during a ceremony at the NAE's annual meeting in Washington, D.C., on Sept. 30.