UC Davis Today: Engineering dean elected to National Academy


Engineering dean elected to National Academy

Enrique Lavernia, dean of the College of Engineering, has been elected to the National Academy of Engineering, the highest professional distinction for an engineer. Lavernia was chosen for his contributions to novel processing of metals and alloys, and for leadership in engineering education.

"This is a wonderful recognition of Enrique Lavernia's outstanding work, as a scientist, an educator, a leader in the engineering profession and as dean of the College of Engineering," said Chancellor Linda P.B. Katehi, who is also a professor of electrical engineering and a member of the academy.

Lavernia is the 13th current or retired member of the UC Davis faculty to be elected to the prestigious academy. It is one of four organizations that make up the National Academies of the U.S., established by Congress to advise the nation on a wide range of scientific issues.

"I am truly honored and humbled by this recognition," said Lavernia.

"I couldn't have accomplished so much without the tremendous efforts of my graduate students, postdoctoral scientists, research assistants, staff and academic colleagues. I have also been very fortunate to have outstanding support from the leadership of UC Davis, which has been critical to the growth of our college."

At UC Davis, a leading research institution, faculty members have received many awards and distinctions.

Engineering Dean Enrique Lavernia has published 500 journal and 200 conference publications on topics ranging from nanomaterials to extremely strong aluminum alloys. Gregory Urquiaga/UC Davis photo

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