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Two Illinois professors elected to National Academy of Engineering

James E. Kloeppel, Physical Sciences Editor
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CHAMPAIGN, Ill. — Two University of Illinois researchers – Joseph E. Greene and Peter W. Sauer – have been elected to membership in the National Academy of Engineering, the academy announced today.

Greene and Sauer were among 77 engineers selected for membership in the NAE, which was established in 1964 under a charter from the National Academy of Sciences as a parallel organization of outstanding engineers.

Election to the NAE is among the highest professional distinctions in engineering. The current NAE membership includes 2,138 U.S. engineers and 165 foreign associates.

Greene, the Donald B. Willett Professor of Materials Science and the director of the Frederick Seitz Materials Research Laboratory, was cited for his pioneering studies in the synthesis and characterization of epitaxial and highly ordered polycrystalline materials.

Sauer, Grainger Chair in Electrical Engineering and professor of electrical and computer engineering, was cited for his technical contributions to the modeling, simulation, and dynamic analysis of power systems and for leadership in power engineering education and research.