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February 11, 2005

National Academy of Engineering inducts 2 from Purdue


WEST LAFAYETTE, Ind. – The National Academy of Engineering has inducted two Purdue University professors into its society.

Leah H. Jamieson and David A. Landgrebe, both professors of electrical and computer engineering, are among 74 new members and 10 foreign associates inducted into the academy this year.

"Induction into the National Academy of Engineering is one of the highest professional distinctions accorded to an engineer," said Provost Sally Mason. "It is well deserved by both individuals, and we are all very proud of their career success and the distinction that Leah and David have brought to themselves and Purdue. "


The induction of Jamieson and Landgrebe to the NAE brings to 17 the number of Purdue engineering faculty elected to the academy.

"Our membership in the National Academy of Engineering is a great recognition and having more of our faculty receive this honor is an integral part of our strategic plan," said Purdue College of Engineering Dean Linda P.B. Katehi. "These kinds of honors speak about the exceptional quality and impact that our faculty have on the learning, discovery and engagement across the country and beyond."

Jamieson is the Ransburg Professor of Electrical and Computer Engineering, associate dean for undergraduate education and co-founder and director of Engineering Projects in Community Service, or EPICS, a program recognized for innovations in engineering education and community service.

"I am very honored to be inducted into the academy," said Jamieson. "It is especially gratifying because it's in recognition of our work in EPICS, and represents the growing importance of education to the NAE."

EPICS, established in 1995, works with not-for-profit organizations to help solve community engineering problems. It helped create computer-controlled and electro-mechanical toys for preschool children with disabilities through the Greater Lafayette Area Special Services, an environmental monitoring system for the Art Museum of Greater Lafayette and design systems and structures to minimize home construction and energy costs for Habitat for Humanity. The program has been adopted by several academic institutions, including Iowa State University, University of Notre Dame, Butler University, University of Wisconsin-Madison, Georgia Institute of Technology and Case Western Reserve University.

Jamieson earned a bachelor's degree in mathematics from the Massachusetts Institute of Technology and doctoral degree in electrical engineering from Princeton University. She is the recipient of several awards in research and teaching, including the 2002 Indiana Professor of the Year and a National Science Foundation Director's Award for Distinguished Teaching Scholars.

Landgrebe, professor emeritus of electrical and computer engineering, is recognized "for contributions to the development of multispectral technology for remote Earth sensing." Multispectral technology uses measurements made from high-flying aircraft or satellites to take detailed images of the Earth's surface by detecting a wide range of colors in the light spectrum. These "colors" allow specific information to be determined about surface composition and its texture to make maps of crops, rooftops, roads, vegetation and other features. His work involved developing computer algorithms for making highly detailed satellite imaging a practical tool for the everyday world in applications such as agriculture and transportation planning.

"I am very honored," said Landgrebe. "I am proud to be inducted into the academy, especially since it is an honor bestowed by one's own peers." He holds bachelor's, master's and doctoral degrees from Purdue, wrote numerous technical papers, several books, and has been a member of the editorial board of the journal Remote Sensing of Environment since its inception in 1970.

Landgrebe received the NASA Exceptional Scientific Achievement Medal in 1973 for his work in the field of machine analysis methods for remotely sensed Earth observational data. In 1976, on behalf of Purdue's Laboratory for Applications of Remote Sensing, which he directed, he accepted the William T. Pecora Award, presented by NASA and the U.S. Department of Interior. He was the 1990 individual recipient of the William T. Pecora Award for contributions to the field of remote sensing. He was the 1992 recipient of the Institute of Electrical and Electronics Engineers Inc., or IEEE, Geoscience and Remote Sensing Society's Distinguished Achievement Award and the 2003 recipient of the IEEE Geoscience and Remote Sensing Society's Education Award. In 2003, a workshop organized by the IEEE and held at the NASA Goddard Space Flight Center was held in his name with more than 100 researchers from nearly 20 counties in attendance.

The National Academy of Engineering has 2,195 peer-elected members and 178 foreign associates who are among the world's most accomplished engineers in academia, business and government. Inductees are chosen for their 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."

Writer: Cynthia Sequin, (765) 494-4192, csequin@purdue.edu

Sources: Leah Jamison, (765) 494-4966, ihj@purdue.edu
David Landgrebe, (765) 463-6047

Purdue News Service: (765) 494-2096; purduenews@purdue.edu


Note to Journalists: The picture of David Langrebe is courtesty of Vincent Walter.

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