February 16, 2017

Purdue professor the latest to be honored with NAE membership

WEST LAFAYETTE, Ind. — Purdue University has added another College of Engineering faculty member to the list of professionals elected to the National Academy of Engineering.

Kathleen Howell, the Hsu Lo Distinguished Professor of Aeronautics and Astronautics and associate dean for engineering, was announced as one of only 100 new national and international members elected to the national academy.

“It’s a big honor for me to be elected to the NAE,” Howell said. “It’s particularly notable to be elected by your colleagues. I’m grateful to other NAE members at Purdue that I now have the honor of joining.”

The announcement makes Howell the 24th faculty member from the College of Engineering honored with membership to the National Academy of Engineering. Total membership for the NAE stands at only 2,500 people worldwide.

Howell was elected to the NAE for her contributions in dynamical systems theory and invariant manifolds, culminating in optimal interplanetary trajectories and the Interplanetary Superhighway.

NAE honorees are recognized for their contributions to engineering research, practice or education, including literature, as well as developing new fields of technology and making advanced in traditional engineering fields.

“Election to the National Academy of Engineering is one of the highest recognitions that can be bestowed on an engineer,” said Leah Jamieson, the John A. Edwardson Dean of Engineering. “Kathleen Howell’s research in astrodynamics epitomizes the bold vision and grand impact that is signified by NAE membership. The fact that she is also a stellar educator, mentor to both students and faculty, and valued colleague makes us all the more fortunate that Kathleen is a part of Purdue.” 

Writer: Brian L. Huchel, 765-494-2084, bhuchel@purdue.edu

Source: Kathleen Howell, 765-494-5786, howell@purdue.edu

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