New NAE Members
More computer scientists are elected to the academy
Dan Mote, the President of the National Academy of Engineering (NAE), just announced this year’s class of members elected to the NAE.
Today, I am thrilled to see that several computer scientists were among the class.
Actually in putting together the list below of computer science members I had some difficulty. If I made an error I apologize in advance. One of the interesting results of looking at the whole list of 80 members is that computing played a major role in many member’s citations. Yet for many of these I would not classify them as computer scientists. This is just another example of the importance of computing in all of engineering. So if I left out someone from what I considered another area, well I am sorry.
Congratulations to all on your election.
The New Members
Here are the new members, along with their citations. The NAE likes pithy citations that start with the word “For.”
- Anderson, Thomas, University of Washington, Seattle. For contributions to the design of resilient and efficient distributed computer systems.
- Boneh, Dan, Stanford University, Stanford, Calif. For contributions to the theory and practice of cryptography and computer security.
- Chang, Frederick, Southern Methodist University, Dallas. For leadership in cybersecurity research in the intelligence community and advancing the importance of cybersecurity science in academia.
- Cornuéjols, Gérard, Carnegie Mellon University, Pittsburgh. For contributions to the theory, practice, and application of integer programming.
- Greenberg, Albert, Microsoft Corp., Redmond, Wash. For contributions to the theory and practice of operating large carrier and data center networks.
- Hinton, Geoffrey, Google Inc., Toronto (foreign member). For contributions to the theory and practice of artificial neural networks and their application to speech recognition and computer vision.
- Jain, Anil, Michigan State University, East Lansing. For contributions to the engineering and practice of biometrics.
- Johnson, David, Columbia University, New York City. For contributions to the theory and practice of optimization and approximation algorithms.
- Leiserson, Charles, Massachusetts Institute of Technology, Cambridge. For theoretically grounded approaches to digital design and parallel computer systems.
- Lindsay, Bruce, IBM Almaden Research Center, San Jose, Calif. For the design and implementation of high-performance distributed and extensible database systems.
I cannot resist to say that I have a personal connection to both Boneh and Leiserson. I was honored to be the graduate advisor of Dan and the undergraduate advisor to Charles: the former at Princeton and the latter at Yale. Both were a delight to work with, and I am very excited that they are now in the academy.
I also noticed that areas that were selected for recognition were concentrated into three. Security was covered several times; large scale systems of several kinds was also; and theory was key for two new members.
Ken points out that all ten precede me in the alphabet—indeed they run snugly up to “Lip—.” As a member I voted but had no effect there.
The main issue that confronts computer science is to get more members into the NAE. Many deserving researchers are not yet members and I hope that will be solved in the future. But for today let’s congratulate all those who did get into the NAE this year.
Ken: We are leaving yesterday’s post “unrolled” on the front page since this comes so soon after. To keep it short we elided material on deep learning and big data including this interview that would have brought “engineering” into the “science” versus “magic” issue.