Election to the academy is considered one of the highest professional distinctions granted to an American engineer. The National Academy of Engineers was founded in 1964 as a private, independent, nonprofit institution that provides engineering leadership and service to the country. According to the academy themselves, “the mission of the National Academy of Engineering is to advance the well-being of the nation by promoting a vibrant engineering profession and by marshaling the expertise and insight of eminent engineers to provide independent advice to the federal government on matters involving engineering and technology”.[ii] The NAE membership honors those that have made significant contributions to engineering research, practice or education. This may include contributions to literature, developing new technology, making advancements in existing fields of technology, expanding into new technology fields, or developing innovative approaches to engineering education.
Professory Carlos Daganzo was recognized for engineering contributions to traffic, transportation and logistic systems and operations. Professor Daganzo received his Ph.D. from the University of Michigan and briefly taught at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT) before joining UC Berkeley’s Department of Civil and Environmental Engineering in January 1977. Daganzo’s first Ph.D. student, Yossi Sheffi, who serves as the director of MIT’s Center for Transportation and Logistics, considers Daganzo the most innovative transportation researcher of his generation.[iii] J. Karl Hedrick was recognized for his analysis and control methods for nonlinear systems with applications to practical problems. Prior to joining the faculty at UC Berkeley, Hedrick also taught at MIT where he directed the Vehicle Dynamics Laboratory. A recognized expert in transportation systems, Hedrick has made significant contributions to nonlinear estimation and control, from describing functions to sliding mode observations, sliding mode control and dynamic surface control. He has concentrated his research on the development of nonlinear control theory and on its application to various transportation systems including automated highway systems, power train control, formation flight of autonomous vehicles and active suspension systems.[iv] The third Berkeley faculty member elected to the NAE is Jack Moehle. He was elected for contributions to earthquake-resistant design and analysis of building structures and for leadership in engineering education. After receiving his Ph.D. from the University of Illinois in 1980, Moehle joined UC Berkeley as an associate professor. During is career researching design, behavior, and analysis of reinforced building, bridges, and lifelines constructions, professor Moehle has published over 170 reports and papers and has given over 160 presentations both nationally and internationally.[v] All of these distinguished professors have made great contributions to their fields, contributions that have not only impacted the engineering community, but have benefited the general community as well.
UC Berkeley is special to GEC because our very own Dr. Alexander Glew is a UC Berkeley alum, earning his B.S. and M.S. in mechanical engineering there. Glew Engineering is proud to be located so close to a center of innovation and discovery.