FACULTY AWARD: Three professors elected to National Academy of Engineering

Alexander Smits and Richard Miles, professors of mechanical and aerospace engineering, and Christodoulos Floudas, professor of chemical and biological engineering, have been elected as 2011 members of the National Academy of Engineering. Smits, the University's Eugene Higgins Professor of Mechanical and Aerospace Engineering and the chair of the Department of Mechanical and Aerospace Engineering, was elected for his contributions to the measurement and understanding of turbulent flows, fluids engineering and education; Miles was elected for development of laser-based flow field diagnostics and contributions to hypersonic testing technologies; and Floudas, the Stephen C. Macaleer '63 Professor in Engineering and Applied Science, was chosen for contributions to theory, methods, and applications of global optimization in process systems engineering, computational chemistry and molecular biology.