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National Academy of Engineering members with USC Faculty Affiliation:
Leonard M. Adleman
Distinguished Professor of Computer Science and the Henry Salvatori Chair in Computer Science, Dr. Adleman co-invented the RSA public key crypto-system and has worked on primacy testing algorithms. His 1992 paper in Science, demonstrating that DNA can be used as a computing medium, introduced the field of molecular computing, which he has subsequently developed. Adleman and collaborators received the Association for Computing Machinery's A.M. Turing Award for their RSA innovations. Elected 1996.
Mihran S. Agbabian
Emeritus Professor of Civil and Environmental Engineering, Dr. Agbabian made fundamental contributions to the application of advanced methods of applied mechanics to structural design, and contributions to the field of structural response to blast and shock and the reduction of seismic hazards to existing structures. Among his many activities and awards, Agbabian received the 2000 Caltech Alumnus of the Year award and is the Founding President and President Emeritus of the American University of Armenia. Elected 1982.
Wanda M. Austin
Dr. Austin, CEO of The Aerospace Corporation, holds a research professor appointment in the Viterbi School’s Daniel J. Epstein Department of Industrial and Systems Engineering. Her distinguished career includes stints as head of the National Systems Group and senior vice president of the Engineering and Technology Group of the corporation, an independent, nonprofit organization dedicated to the objective application of science and technology toward the solution of critical issues affecting the nation's space program. Dr. Austin earned her Ph.D. in industrial and systems engineering from the Viterbi School. Elected 2007.
George A. Bekey
Emeritus Professor of Computer Science, Dr. Bekey is known for his distinguished work in biomedical engineering, man-machine systems and robotics. Dr. Bekey founded the robotics research and teaching program at USC. He was one of the founders of the Institute of Electrical and Electronics Engineers (IEEE) Robotics and Automation Society and the first editor of its IEEE Transactions on Robotics and Automation. Elected 1982.
Barry W. Boehm
The TRW Professor in Software Engineering and Professor of Computer Science, Dr. Boehm has made fundamental contributions to computer and software architectures and to techniques for modeling of cost, quality and risk for aerospace systems. He has published extensively on software architectures, software metrics and cost models, software engineering environments and knowledge-based software engineering. Boehm is director of USC's Center for Software Engineering and research director of the USC-Stevens Systems Engineering Research Center. Elected 1996.
Dr. Cohen is a computer scientist distinguished for his early work at the USC Viterbi School's Information Sciences Institute on real-time interactive applications over the ARPAnet and the Internet. He holds an adjunct professor appointment in the Department of Computer Science. His USC/ISI ATOMIC LAN was the research prototype of Myrinet developed by Myricom Company, which he founded. Elected 2006.
Malcolm R. Currie
Dr. Currie contributed major innovations to the design of electron devices and to large systems in research and development. Currie held top leadership positions at Hughes Aircraft Company, Beckman Instruments and Delco. In 1973, he was appointed Director (Under Secretary) of Defense for Research and Engineering by the U.S. Department of Defense. Currie has had a special interest in developing environmentally friendly and effective modes of personal transportation. He is a Fellow of the American Academy for the Advancement of Science and a Commandeur of the French Legion. He holds a research faculty appointment in the Daniel J. Epstein Department of Industrial and Systems Engineering. Elected 1971.
P. Daniel DapkusAlbert A. Dorman
The William M. Keck Chair in Engineering with a joint appointment in the Ming Hsieh Department of Electrical Engineering Electrophysics and the Mork Family Department of Chemical Engineering and Materials Science, and director of the Photonics Center at USC, Dr. Dapkus has provided leadership and made fundamental contributions to the development of materials and technologies for photonic devices. Prior to his arrival at USC, Dapkus was on the technical staffs at Bell Laboratories and Rockwell International. His leadership in the demonstration of the viability of MOCVD at Rockwell led to its status as the most widely used process for the research and manufacture of photonic materials and devices. Among his other awards and honors, Dapkus is a recipient of the OSA Nick Holonyak, Jr. Award and a Fellow of AAAS. Elected 2004.
Albert A. Dorman (MSCE ‘62) is the founding chairman of AECOM Technology Corporation, one of the largest private U.S. corporations and a global company responsible for large-scale public works projects. He is the first person to become both a Fellow of the American Institute of Architects and an Honorary Member of the American Society of Civil Engineering (ASCE). He is the winner of the ASCE Outstanding Lifetime Achievement Award in Leadership. He holds a research faculty appointment at the Sonny Astani Department of Civil and Environmental Engineering. Elected 1998.
Solomon W. Golomb
Distinguished University Professor of Mathematics, Andrew and Erna Viterbi Chair in Communications, and Professor of Electrical Engineering in the Ming Hsieh Department of Electrical Engineering Systems, Dr. Golomb is a specialist in communications theory whose work in shift register sequences, both in their basic mathematics and in their electronic applications, has become a key tool in applications ranging from radar to cellular telephones. He is an internationally known expert and inventor of mathematical games and puzzles, and a winner of the Claude E. Shannon Award of the IEEE Information Theory Society. Among his other awards and honors, Golomb is a member of the National Academy of Sciences, the American Academy of Arts and Sciences and a Foreign Fellow of the Russian Academy of Natural Sciences. Elected 1976.
Robert W. Hellwarth
A University Professor of Physics, the George T. Pfleger Chair in Electrical Engineering and a professor in the Ming Hsieh Department of Electrical Engineering Electrophysics, Dr. Hellwarth made major contributions to the understanding of quantum electronics and the invention of new laser devices. He is also a member of the National Academy of Sciences and the American Academy of Arts and Sciences. He received the L. A. Hyland Patent Award, the Charles Hard Townes Award of the Optical Society of America, and the Quantum Electronics Award of the IEEE. Elected 1977.
W. Daniel Hillis
Dr. Hillis pioneered the concept of parallel computers that is now the basis for most supercomputers, as well as the RAID disk array technology used to store large databases. Hillis is the founding chairman and chief technology officer of the research and development company Applied Minds, Inc. He holds joint research faculty appointments with the USC Keck School of Medicine and the USC Viterbi School of Engineering. Hillis is a Fellow of the American Association for the Advancement of Science. Elected 2001.
Mark S. Humayun
Dr. Humayun, a professor of opthalmology, cell biology, neurology and bioengineering, is co-creator of an implantable artificial device that has restored light perception and form distinction to blind individuals. He directs the NSF Engineering Research Center on Bio-Mimetic Electronics Systems, and holds joint appointments at the Keck School of Medicine at USC, the Doheny Eye Institute, and the USC Viterbi School of Engineering. Dr. Humayun is also an elected member of the Institute of Medicine. Elected 2011.
Ralph L. Keeney
Emeritus Professor of the Daniel J. Epstein Department of Industrial and Systems Engineering, Dr. Keeney is noted for analyses of the theory and engineering practice of decision and risk analysis applied to complex public problems with conflicting objectives in such areas as large-scale siting studies (e.g., airports, power plants and nuclear waste repositories), energy policy, environmental studies and corporate-management problems. Elected 1997.
Paul J. Kern
General Kern (retired) brought modern digitization technology to bear on military effectiveness, training, and procurement. He holds an adjunct professor appointment in the Daniel J. Epstein Department of Industrial and Systems Engineering. Elected 2005.
William C. Lindsey
A professor of electrical engineering in the Ming Hsieh Department of Electrical Engineering Systems, Dr. Lindsey is an internationally known expert in deep space, satellite and terrestrial communications, known particularly for his contributions to a unified theory of phase-locked loops and applications of this theory. Elected 1997.
Alexis C. Livanos
Dr. Livanos, a research professor of electrical engineering, is corporate vice president and chief technology officer of the Northrop Grumman Corporation. He is responsible for leading the company’s development of cutting-edge technologies to include in new systems that address evolving requirements. Livanos formerly served as president of Northrop Grumman Space Technology, which developed a broad range of systems at the leading edge of space, defense, and electronics technology. He earned a bachelor’s degree in mechanical engineering, a master’s degree in engineering science, and a Ph.D. in engineering science and physics from the California Institute of Technology. Elected 2008.
Alfred E. Mann
Chairman of the Board of Trustees of the Alfred Mann Foundation and of the Alfred Mann Institute, Member of the Board of Trustees of the University of Southern California and Member of the Board of Overseers of the Keck School of Medicine, Mr. Mann is a well-known entrepreneur and inventor who developed lifesaving products in icardiac pacing technology, insulin delivery, and neural prostheses. Elected 2001.
Sanjit MitraE. Phillip Muntz
The Stephen and Etta Varra Professor and a professor in the Ming Hsieh Department of Electrical Engineering Systems, Dr. Mitra is internationally known for his work in analog and digital signal processing and image processing. Mitra has published over 640 papers, is the author or co-author of 12 books, and holds five patents. Mitra is a fellow of IEEE, AAAS, and SPIE. Elected 2003.
The Arthur B. Freeman Professor of Engineering and Professor of Aerospace and Mechanical Engineering and Radiology, Dr. Muntz is a pioneer in the study of electron beam fluorescence techniques who has shown sustained, innovative technical and academic leadership in investigating rarefied gas dynamics and non-equilibrium flow phenomena. Muntz is a fellow of the American Institute of Aeronautics and Astronautics, the AAAS, the American Physical Society, and the holder or co-holder of more than 25 patents. Elected 1993.
Emeritus Professor of the Daniel J. Epstein Department of Industrial and Systems Engineering, IBM Chair Emeritus in Engineering Management, Gerald Nadler is a technical and educational leader in industrial engineering, noted for work in interdisciplinary systems planning and design methodologies, and for technological literacy programs for non-engineers. Nadler served as president of the International Institute of Industrial Engineers and is the author of 14 books, 225 articles, and 800 lectures and keynote addresses. Elected 1986.
C. L. Max Nikias
The University of Southern California's 11th President, holder of the Robert C. Packard Presidential Chair and the Malcolm R. Currie Chair in Technology and the Humanities, and Professor in the Ming Hsieh Department of Electrical Engineering, Dr. Nikias is an inventive scholar and visionary academic leader. Nikias, the former Executive Vice President and Provost, has made seminal contributions to the field of adaptive signal processing. Elected 2008.
George A. Olah
A Nobel Laureate in Chemistry, Distinguished USC Professor of Chemistry, and the Donald P. and Katherine B. Loker Chair in Organic Chemistry with a joint appointment in the Viterbi School's Mork Family Department of Chemical Engineering and Materials Science, Dr. Olah has made significant contributions to the development of chemical technologies for environmentally favored and carbon-neutral energy conversion. Elected 2009.
Dr. Puckett is the Chairman Emeritus of the Hughes Aircraft Company and a Life Member of the Board of Trustees of the University of Southern California. He also holds a research faculty appointment in engineering. In addition to his distinction as a captain of industry, Puckett has made several seminal contributions to aerodynamics, beginning with his landmark Caltech thesis, "Supersonic Wave Drag of Thin Airfoils." He has been awarded the National Medal of Technology for his contributions. Elected 1965.
A holder of the USC Presidential Chair and Founding Member of the National Academy of Engineering, Dr. Ramo is a world-famous engineer and industrial leader. The “R” in TRW, a company Ramo co-founded, he formerly served as the chief scientist for the U.S. ICBM program, leading it to its development as a defense bulwark and a critical element of the U.S. effort in space. Prior to that, he pioneered research in microwaves and developed General Electric’s electron microscope. Among his many other distinctions, Ramo is a recipient of the National Medal of Science. Elected 1964.
Aristides A.G. Requicha
Dr. Requicha, the Gordon S. Marshall Professor of Engineering, is a pioneer in nanorobot technology, 3-D geometric modeling, computer graphics and artificial intelligence. He is a Life Fellow of the Institute of Electrical and Electronics Engineers, a Fellow of the Association for Computing Machinery, and a Fellow of the American Association for the Advancement of Science. Elected 2011.
Steven B. Sample
President Emeritus of the University of Southern California and a University Professor, Dr. Sample is a member of the Ming Hsieh Department of Electrical Engineering Electrophysics whose pioneering work in engineering included the development of new controls for consumer electronics. As a university president he was recognized for his leadership in interdisciplinary research and education and in international cooperation between universities, notably through his work with the Association of Pacific Rim Universities. Elected 1998.
Robert A. Scholtz
The Fred H. Cole Professor of Engineering and a professor in the Ming Hsieh Department of Electrical Engineering Systems, Dr. Scholtz's contributions to ultra-wideband and spread-spectrum communications revolutionized the field. He formed the Ultrawideband Radio Laboratory (UltRa Lab) to provide facilities for the design and test of impulse radio systems and other novel high-bandwidth, high-data-rate wireless mobile communication links. He is an IEEE fellow and a co-recipient of the IEEE Eric E. Sumner Award for "pioneering contributions to ultra-wide band communications science and technology." Elected 2009.
F. Stan Settles
The IBM Chair in Engineering Management and Professor in the Daniel J. Epstein Department of Industrial and Systems Engineering, Dr. Settles contributed to the development of sophisticated techniques of industrial engineering and manufacturing practice during his tenure in industry, and excelled in bringing the techniques he developed in the market to USC for refinement and teaching to students. He has served as a program director for the National Science Foundation and on the National Science and Technology Council for the NSF and White House Office on Science and Technology Policy. Among his other awards and honors, Settles is a Fellow of the Institute of Industrial Engineers. Elected 1991.
Leonard M. Silverman
The Fred W. O'Green Chair in Engineering and Professor in the Ming Hsieh Department of Electrical Engineering Systems, Dr. Silverman served as dean of the USC Viterbi School of Engineering for 18 years. He has made classic contributions to systems and control theory and applications and built a national reputation for guiding exemplary engineering research and education. Elected 1988.
John Brooks SlaughterRichard J. Stegemeier
Dr. Slaughter, Professor of Engineering and Education, is renowned for his work in the design of digital control systems and for his endeavors to dramatically increase the number of underrepresented groups in the science, technology, engineering and mathematics disciplines. He has been a leader in formulating national technology policy. Prior to rejoining the faculty of USC in 2010, Dr. Slaughter served as president and CEO of the National Action Council for Minorities in Engineering, president of Occidental College, chancellor of the University of Maryland, and director of the National Science Foundation. Elected 1982.
Richard J. Stegemeier served as chairman, president, and chief executive officer of the Unocal Corporation from 1990-95. He holds seven patents and was elected to the Academy for his leadership in research leading to improved oil recovery and the discovery of new oil and gas fields. He holds a research faculty appointment in the Mork Family Department of Chemical Engineering and Materials Science. Elected 1992.Andrew J. Viterbi
A holder of the USC Presidential Chair and a professor in the Ming Hsieh Department of Electrical Engineering Systems, Dr. Viterbi is creator of the Viterbi Algorithm, co-developer of CDMA cell phone technology and co-founder of Qualcomm. A recipient of the National Medal of Science, Dr. Viterbi is a Laureate of the Millennium Technology Prize Foundation of Finland. He is also a recipient of the IEEE Claude E. Shannon Award, the Marconi Foundation Award, the Christopher Columbus Award and the IEEE Alexander Graham Bell Medal. Dr. Viterbi is an elected member of the National Academy of Science and a member of the American Academy of Arts and Sciences. Elected 1978.
Michael S. Waterman
Professor Waterman researches molecular sequence data using computational approaches. His work concentrates on the creation and application of mathematics, statistics and computer science to molecular biology, particularly to DNA, RNA, and protein sequence data. Professor Waterman is the co-developer of the Smith-Waterman algorithm for sequence comparison and of the Lander-Waterman formulas for physical mapping and sequencing.
Lloyd R. Welch
Emeritus Professor of the Ming Hsieh Department of Electrical Engineering Systems, Dr. Welch's career has advanced the fields of digital communications, coding theory and signal processing by establishing parameters based on fundamentals of information theory to guide the design of communications coding for reliability, security and synchronization. He is known for the Baum-Welch Algorithm, the Welch Bound, and other classic work. He is a winner of the Claude E. Shannon Award of the IEEE. Elected 1979.
Yannis C. Yortsos
The Zohrab A. Kaprielian Chair in Engineering and the Chester F. Dolley Professor of Chemical and Petroleum Engineering, Dr. Yortsos is the current dean of the USC Viterbi School of Engineering. He has contributed fundamental advances in fluid flow, transport, and reactions in porous and fractured media applied to the recovery of subsurface hydrocarbons. He has been actively involved in peer review of the Yucca Mountain Project for the disposal of high-level radioactive waste. A co-organizer of the National Academy of Engineering's annual Grand Challenges Summit, Yortsos is also a Foreign Member of the Russian Academy of Natural Sciences. Elected 2008.