Prestigious Honorary Societies

The American Academy of Arts and Sciences

The American Academy of Arts and Sciences was founded in 1780, during the American Revolution, to gather knowledge and to advance learning for the public good.  Since its inception, more than 13,500 members have been elected to the Academy.  The AAAS is both an honorary society that recognizes the excellence of its members and an independent research center that brings together leaders from across disciplines, professions, and perspectives to address significant challenges to society. 

Membership is a prized honor, and only current members may submit nominations, vote for candidates, and serve on selection panels.  Members are experts and leaders from the full range of disciplines and professions related to the arts and sciences, as well as from business, government, public affairs, and philanthropy.  Among the Academy's members are more than 250 Nobel laureates and 60 Pulitzer Prize winners. 

  • Rakesh Agrawal, Winthrop E. Stone Distinguished Professor of Chemical Engineering
    AAAS Section: Mathematical and Physical Sciences; Specialty: Engineering Sciences and Technologies; Elected in 2013
  • Arden L. Bement, David A. Ross Distinguished Professor Emeritus of Nuclear Engineering
    AAAS Section: Mathematical and Physical Sciences; Specialty: Engineering Sciences and Technologies; Elected in 2004
  • R. Graham Cooks, Henry B. Hass Distinguished Professor of Chemistry
    AAAS Section: Mathematical and Physical Sciences; Specialty: Chemistry; Elected in 2010
  • Mitchell E. Daniels, Jr., President of Purdue University
    AAAS Section: Public Affairs, Business, and Administration; Specialty: Public Affairs and Public Policy; Elected in 2019
  • Kathleen C. Howell, Hsu Lo Distinguished Professor of Aeronautics and Astronautics
    AAAS Section: Mathematical and Physical Sciences; Specialty: Engineering Sciences and Technologies; Elected in 2017
  • Leah H. Jamieson, Ransburg Distinguished Professor of Electrical and Computer Engineering
    AAAS Section: Mathematical and Physical Sciences; Specialty: Engineering Sciences and Technologies; Elected in 2011
  • Freydoon Shahidi, Distinguished Professor of Mathematics 
    AAAS Section: Mathematical and Physical Sciences; Specialty: Mathematics, Applied Mathematics, and Statistics; Elected in 2010
  • Eugene H. Spafford, Professor of Computer Science, and Executive Director Emeritus of the Center for Education and Research in Information Assurance (CERIAS)
    AAAS Section: Mathematical and Physical Sciences; Specialty: Computer Sciences; Elected in 2020

In 1874, AAAS began selecting Fellows—individuals who have made significant contributions to research; teaching; technology; services to professional societies; administration in academe, industry, and government; and communicating and interpreting science to the public.  AAAS Fellows are elected annually by the AAAS Council from the list of approved nominations from the Section Steering Groups.

Here is a list of AAAS Active Fellows from Purdue , as of July 2020.   

The National Academies of Science, Engineering, and Medicine

To meet the government's urgent need for an independent adviser on scientific matters, President Lincoln signed a congressional charter forming the National Academy of Sciences in 1863 to "investigate, examine, experiment, and report upon any subject of science." As science began to play an ever-increasing role in national priorities and public life, the National Academy of Sciences eventually expanded to include the National Research Council in 1916, the National Academy of Engineering in 1964, and the National Academy of Medicine, which was established in 1970 as the Institute of Medicine. The National Academies of Sciences, Engineering, and Medicine are private, nonprofit institutions that provide expert, objective advice on current challenges in science- , engineering- , and health-related matters.

The National Academy of Sciences

Members are elected to the National Academy of Sciences in recognition of their distinguished and continuing achievements in original research. Membership is a widely accepted mark of excellence in science and is considered one of the highest honors that a scientist can receive. Current NAS membership totals approximately 2,380 members and nearly 485 foreign associates, of whom approximately 190 have received Nobel prizes. Nominations for membership occur throughout the year, culminating in a final ballot at the NAS's annual meeting in April.

Purdue faculty members who are current members of the National Academy of Sciences:

Year Won Name Primary Unit
2019 GREENE, CHRISTOPHER H Physics and Astronomy, Department of
2015 COOKS, ROBERT GRAHAM Chemistry, Department of
2010 ZHU, JIAN-KANG Horticulture and Landscape Architecture, Department of

The National Academy of Engineering

Election to National Academy of Engineering (NAE) membership is one of the highest professional honors an engineer can receive. Members have distinguished themselves in business, in technical positions, as university faculty, and as leaders in government and private engineering organizations. Members are nominated and elected to NAE membership by their peers (current NAE members). Those selected are inducted into NAE at the annual meeting in the fall.

Purdue faculty members who are current members of the National Academy of Engineering:

Year Won Name Primary Unit
2021 PYRAK-NOLTE, LAURA J Physics and Astronomy, Department of
2018 MALSHE, AJAY P Mechanical Engineering, Department of
2017 HOWELL, KATHLEEN Aeronautics and Astronautics, Department of
2014 ALLEBACH, JAN P Electrical and Computer Engineering, Department of
2013 CHEW, WENG C Electrical and Computer Engineering, Department of
2012 DATTA, SUPRIYO Electrical and Computer Engineering, Department of
2009 LUNDSTROM, MARK S Electrical and Computer Engineering, Department of
2009 RAMKRISHNA, DORAISWAMI Chemical Engineering, Department of
2008 SINHA, KUMARES C Civil Engineering, Department of
2008 WEINER, ANDREW M Electrical and Computer Engineering, Department of
2007 REKLAITIS, GINTARAS V Chemical Engineering, Department of
2006 AGRAWAL, RAKESH Chemical Engineering, Department of
2005 JAMIESON, LEAH H Electrical and Computer Engineering, Department of
2001 KIM, SANGTAE Chemical Engineering, Department of
1999 LADISCH, MICHAEL R Agricultural and Biological Engineering, Department of
1987 PIPES, R BYRON Materials Engineering, Department of

The National Academy of Medicine

The National Academy of Medicine (NAM), established in 1970 under the name Institute of Medicine, is an independent organization comprised of eminent professionals from health and medicine, as well as related fields in the natural, social, and behavioral sciences. Through its domestic and global initiatives, the NAM works to address critical issues in health, medicine, and related policy. The NAM currently has more than 2,200 members. The annual nomination cycle begins on November 1 and closes on February 1 (only current NAM members can forward nominations for new members); election of new members takes place in late summer with new members announced in conjunction with the NAM annual meeting in October.

Purdue faculty members who are current members of the National Academy of Medicine:

  • Connie M. Weaver, Distinguished Professor Emerita of Nutrition Science (2010)

The National Academy of Inventors

The National Academy of Inventors (NAI) recognizes academic inventors who have created or facilitated outstanding inventions that have made a tangible impact on quality of life, economic development, and the welfare of society.  The inaugural class of Fellows was announced in 2012.  Currently the NAI has 1060 Fellows worldwide, representing more than 250 prestigious universities and governmental and nonprofit research institutes. Collectively, the Fellows hold more than 36,000 issued U.S. patents, which have generated more than 9,400 licensed technologies and companies.  Nominations for new Fellows are typically open from May to July each year; then they are reviewed by the NAI Fellows Advisory and Selection Committees, and new fellows are officially announced in December each year.

Purdue faculty members who are current fellows of the National Academy of Inventors:

Year Won Name Primary Unit
2020 WANG, HAIYAN Materials Engineering, Department of
2020 BOLTASSEVA, ALEXANDRA Electrical and Computer Engineering, Department of
2019 HUBER, JESSICA E Speech, Language and Hearing Sciences, Department of
2019 JANICK, JULES Horticulture and Landscape Architecture, Department of
2018 CUSHMAN, MARK S Medicinal Chemistry and Molecular Pharmacology, Department of
2016 WEINER, ANDREW M Electrical and Computer Engineering, Department of
2015 BOUMAN, CHARLES A Electrical and Computer Engineering, Department of
2015 HARBIN, SHERRY L Biomedical Engineering, Department of
2014 COOKS, ROBERT GRAHAM Chemistry, Department of
2014 LOW, PHILIP S Chemistry, Department of
2014 ALLEBACH, JAN P Electrical and Computer Engineering, Department of
2013 LADISCH, MICHAEL R Agricultural and Biological Engineering, Department of
2013 AGRAWAL, RAKESH Chemical Engineering, Department of

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