Two ECE professors elected to National Academy of Engineering
Weng Cho Chew and Thomas J. Overbye, both professors in the Department of Electrical and Computer Engineering (ECE) at Illinois, have been elected to membership in the National Academy of Engineering (NAE).
“Having two Illinois faculty members inducted into NAE in the same year is truly an outstanding accomplishment for our institution, the College of Engineering and the Department of Electrical and Computer Engineering,” said Ilesanmi Adesida, the provost and vice chancellor for academic affairs of the Urbana campus. “Both Weng Chew and Tom Overbye are groundbreaking and innovative researchers whose work exemplifies the excellence that characterizes Illinois. I am proud to know them as colleagues, and today is another great day to be a part of the Illinois campus.”
“Election to the NAE is one of the highest professional honors an engineer can garner. Both of these individuals have long been recognized as leaders in their field, and it is great to see their accomplishments recognized in this way,” remarked Michael Bragg, interim dean in the College of Engineering.
Chew earned his PhD in electrical engineering at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology in 1980. He joined the faculty at Illinois in 1985. He is a fellow of the Institute of Physics, the Optical Society of America, the Institute of Electrical and Electronics Engineers and the Electromagnetic Academy. He also is affiliated with the Department of Computer Science at Illinois.
Overbye earned his bachelor’s, master’s and doctoral degrees in electrical engineering at the University of Wisconsin-Madison before joining the faculty at Illinois in 1991. He was a member of the U.S. Department of Energy’s investigation team for the Aug. 14, 2003, blackout. Overbye also is affiliated with the Information Trust Institute at Illinois.
Among the 69 new members and 11 foreign associates announced by the Academy on February 7 were three other members of the Engineering at Illinois family:
- John Tracy, chief technology officer and senior vice president of engineering, operations and technology, Boeing Co., Chicago; serves on the College's Board of Visitors
- Curtis W. Frank, William M. Keck Sr. Professor of Chemical Engineering, Stanford University; alumnus (MS ’69, PhD ‘72, Chemical Engineering)
- Sharon L. Wood, Robert L. Parker Sr. Centennial Professor and chair, department of civil, architectural, and environmental engineering, University of Texas, Austin; alumna (MS ’83, PhD ‘86, Civil and Environmental Engineering)
The NAE's 2,250 members and 211 foreign associates are an elite group distinguished by their outstanding contributions to the fields of technology and engineering.
Writer: Liz Ahlberg, physical sciences editor, U of I News Bureau, 217/244-1073.
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