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. 

The following faculty of Purdue are current members of the American Academy of Arts and Sciences: 

  • 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
  • H. Jay Melosh, Univ. Distinguished Professor of Earth, Atmospheric, and Planetary Sciences
    AAAS Section: Mathematical and Physical Sciences; Specialty: Astronomy and Earth Sciences; Elected in 2011
  • Ei-ichi Negishi, Herbert C. Brown Distinguished Professor of Chemistry
    AAAS Section: Mathematical and Physical Sciences; Specialty: Chemistry; Elected in 2011
  • Freydoon Shahidi, Distinguished Professor of Mathematics 
    AAAS Section: Mathematical and Physical Sciences; Specialty: Mathematics, Applied Mathematics, and Statistics; Elected in 2010

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 

  • R. Graham Cooks, Henry B. Hass Distinguished Professor of Chemistry (2015)
  • Chris Greene, Albert Overhauser Distinguished Professor of Physics and Astronomy (2019)
  • H. Jay Melosh, University Distinguished Professor of Earth, Atmospheric, and Planetary Sciences (2003)
  • Ei-ichi Negishi, Herbert C. Brown Distinguished Professor of Chemistry (2014)
  • Jian-Kang Zhu, Distinguished Professor in Horticulture & Landscape Architecture (2010)

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:

  • Rakesh Agrawal, Winthrop E. Stone Distinguished Professor of Chemical Engineering (2002)
  • Jan P. Allebach, Hewlett-Packard Distinguished Professor of Electrical and Computer Engineering (2014)
  • Arden L. Bement, David A. Ross Distinguished Professor Emeritus of Nuclear Engineering (1983)
  • Weng Cho Chew, Distinguished Professor of Electrical and Computer Engineering (2013)
  • Supriyo Datta, Thomas Duncan Distinguished Professor of Electrical and Computer Engineering (2012)
  • Milton E. Harr, Professor Emeritus of Civil Engineering (1997)
  • Kathleen C. Howell, Hsu Lo Distinguished Professor of Aeronautics and Astronautics (2017)
  • Leah H. Jamieson, Ransburg Distinguished Professor of Electrical and Computer Engineering (2005)
  • Sangtae Kim, Distinguished Professor of Chemical Engineering (2001)
  • Michael R. Ladisch, Distinguished Professor of Agricultural and Biological Engineering (1999)
  • David A. Landgrebe, Professor Emeritus of Electrical and Computer Engineering (2005)
  • Mark S. Lundstrom, Don and Carol Scifres Distinguished Professor of Electrical and Computer Engineering (2009)
  • R. Byron Pipes, John L. Bray Distinguished Professor of Engineering (1987)
  • Doraiswami Ramkrishna, Harry Creighton Peffer Distinguished Professor of Chemical Engineering (2009)
  • Gintaras V. Reklaitis, Burton and Kathryn Gedge Distinguished Professor of Chemical Engineering (2007)
  • John R. Rice, W. Brooks Fortune Distinguished Professor Emeritus of Computer Science (1994)
  • Kumares C. Sinha, Edgar B. and Hedwig M. Olson Distinguished Professor of Civil Engineering (2008)
  • James Solberg, Professor Emeritus of Industrial Engineering (1989)
  • Raymond Viskanta, Professor Emeritus of Mechanical Engineering (1987)
  • Andrew M. Weiner, Scifres Family Distinguished Professor of Electrical and Computer Engineering (2008)

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:

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:

  • Rakesh Agrawal, Winthrop E. Stone Distinguished Professor of Chemical Engineering (2013)
  • Jan P. Allebach, Hewlett-Packard Distinguished Professor of Electrical and Computer Engineering (2014)
  • Charles A. Bouman, Showalter Professor of Electrical and Computer Engineering and Biomedical Engineering (2015)
  • R. Graham Cooks, Henry B. Hass Distinguished Professor of Chemistry (2014)
  • Mark S. Cushman, Distinguished Professor of Medicinal Chemistry (2018)
  • Ronald L. Elsenbaumer, Chancellor of Purdue University Fort Wayne and Professor of Chemistry (2013)
  • Sherry L. Harbin, Professor of Biomedical Engineering (2015)
  • Michael R. Ladisch, Distinguished Professor of Agricultural and Biological Engineering (2013)
  • Philip S. Low, Presidential Scholar for Drug Discovery and Ralph C. Corley Distinguished Professor of Chemistry (2014)
  • Andrew M. Weiner, Scifres Family Distinguished Professor of Electrical and Computer Engineering (2016)

 

 

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