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Four NAKFI Alumni Elected to National Academy of Engineering

NAKFI Alumni Mark S. Humayun, Cato T. Laurencin, Aristides A.G. Requicha, and Terrence J. Sejnowski were recently elected to the membership of the National Academy of Engineering. Election to the National Academy of Engineering is among the highest professional distinctions accorded to an engineer. 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.”

On February 8, 2011, the National Academy of Engineering (NAE) announced the election of 68 new members and nine foreign associates – bringing the total U.S. Membership to 2,290, and the number of foreign associates to 202. Four NAKFI Alumni were among those elected.
Mark S. Humayun was a speaker at the NAKFI Conferences on Nanotechnology and Smart Prosthetics. He is a professor of ophthalmology, biomedical engineering, and cell neurobiology at the University of Southern California. He was elected to the NAE for contributions to development and clinical implementation of the visual prosthesis for restoration of sight.
Cato T. Laurencin served on the NAKFI Steering Committees on Nanotechnology and Smart Prosthetics. He is Van Dusen Endowed Chair in Academic Medicine; Distinguished Professor of Orthopaedic Surgery and Chemical Materials, and Biomolecular Engineering; dean, School of Medicine; and vice president for health affairs at the University of Connecticut, Farmington. He was elected to the NAE for biomaterial science, drug delivery, and tissue engineering involving musculoskeletal systems, and for academic leadership.
Aristides A.G. Requicha was selected to attend the NAKFI Conferences on Smart Prosthetics and Complex Systems. He is Gordon Marshall Chair in Engineering at the University of Southern California, Los Angeles. He was elected to the NAE for contributions to solid modeling and programmable automation at the macro- and nano-scales.