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  Five Indian-Americans Elected To National Academy  
by: Francis C. Assisi

15 February 2005 -- Five Indian American pioneers in engineering -- recognized as leaders in such areas as electronic materials, fuel cell technology, molecular nanomechanics, design of innovative buildings, and for providing safety to coal miners --are among the 74 new members elected by the U.S. National Academy of Engineering (NAE) for the year 2005.

According to the Academy´s announcement February 11, the following are the names of the Indian Americans, their primary affiliations at the time of election and a brief statement of their principal engineering accomplishments.

Subhash Mahajan, chair, department of chemical and materials engineering, Arizona State University, Tempe. For advancing our understanding of structure-property relationships in semiconductors, magnetic materials, and materials for light-wave communication.

Arunava Majumdar, Almy and Agnes Maynard Professor of Mechanical Engineering, University of California, Berkeley. For contributions to nanoscale thermal engineering and molecular nanomechanics.

R. Shankar Nair, senior vice president, Teng & Associates, Chicago. For contributions to the art and science of engineering through the design of innovative bridges and building structures.

Raja V. Ramani, Professor Emeritus, mining and geoenvironmental engineering, Pennsylvania State University, University Park. For improvements in the health and safety of miners through a better understanding of the nature and control of airborne particulates.

Subhash C. Singhal, Battelle Fellow and director of fuel cells, Pacific Northwest National Laboratory, Richland, Wash. For the development and promotion of solid oxide fuel cells for clean and efficient power generation.

Election to the National Academy of Engineering is among the highest professional distinctions accorded an engineer. Academy membership honors those who have made 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."

The new members will be inducted at a ceremony at the NAE annual meeting on Oct. 9 at its headquarters in Washington, D.C.

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