Panagiotopoulos, Tsui elected to membership in the NAE
distinguished faculty members were honored with a reception
at Palmer House to celebrate their induction into the National
Academy of Engineering (NAE).
Athanassios Panagiotopoulos, professor
of chemical engineering, and Daniel Tsui, Arthur Legrand
Doty Professor of Electrical Engineering, were recently
elected to membership in the NAE.
The reception was hosted by Maria Klawe, dean of the School
of Engineering and Applied Science (SEAS).
Dean Klawe congratulated the honorees and thanked them for
their professional contributions to their respective fields.
“The honor of being elected to the NAE reflects positively
on the SEAS because it affirms the superior scholarship of
our faculty and highlights the collegial spirit that is needed
to support these nominations,” she said.
Many of the best and brightest from
the SEAS were in attendance, sipping drinks, nibbling hors
d’oeuvres, and toasting
Fellow NAE members from SEAS were
eager to welcome the inductees into this elite club. The
welcoming party included Professors Brian Kernighan of
computer science, Ignacio Rodríguez-Iturbe
of civil and environmental engineering, Chung K. Ed Law of
mechanical and aerospace engineering, Dudley Saville of chemical
engineering, and Bede Liu and H. Vincent Poor of electrical
engineering. University President Shirley Tilghman also
stopped by to offer her congratulations.
Professor Tsui was inducted for his contributions to the
understanding of quantum physics of two-dimensional electron
systems at semiconductor interfaces.
Professor Panagiotopoulos was inducted for inventing the
Gibbs ensemble method of molecular simulation of phase equilibrium
and developing computational techniques for studying complex
He thanked his research group and everyone who helped him
earn the honor, and had a particular thank-you for Professor
“I would like to thank Dan Tsui for being inducted
this year as well,” he said. “Because when I
need to explain this honor to my friends and family who don’t
really know what the NAE is, I can just say ‘Well the
other guy who got it this year also won the Nobel Prize.’”
Membership in the NAE is one of
the highest distinctions in the field of engineering. Membership
is reserved for those who have made “important contributions to engineering
theory and practice” and those who have demonstrated “accomplishment
in the pioneering of new fields of engineering, making major
advancements in traditional fields of engineering, or developing
and or implementing innovative approaches to engineering
The election of Professors Panagiotopoulos and Tsui bring
to nine the number of SEAS faculty members elected to the
NAE in the four years of this decade. A total of 20 SEAS
faculty members are now fellows of the NAE.
by Frank Wojciechowski
Maria Klawe, dean of the School
of Engineering and Applied Science, left, and Princeton
University President Shirley Tilghman, third from
left, congratulate Daniel Tsui and Athanassios Panagiotopoulos
on their election to the National Academy of Engineering.
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