U.Va.'s Hudson Elected to National Academy of Engineering

February 11, 2008 — University of Virginia engineering professor John Hudson was named to the National Academy of Engineering on Feb. 8. Hudson is the Wills Johnson Professor in the School of Engineering and Applied Science’s Department of Chemical Engineering.

According to the NAE, election to its membership is among the highest professional distinctions awarded to engineers. It 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."

"Jack's election to the National Academy of Engineering honors his steadfast commitment to advancing the engineering of complex dynamic chemical reaction systems," said James H. Aylor, dean of U.Va.’s engineering school. "For more than 30 years, Jack has been an esteemed member of U.Va.'s chemical engineering department; this honor is well-deserved."

Hudson thanked his students and fellow faculty for their support.

"Being elected to the National Academy of Engineering is highly gratifying,” Hudson said. “Scientific and engineering work is to a large extent done in teams; I am truly thankful to all my students and colleagues, both here at the University of Virginia and at other institutions in the U.S. and abroad, who have contributed to the work cited in the award and who have made this possible. It is wonderful to have one's work recognized in this manner."

Hudson’s research studies the complexities in chemical and biological systems. It involves both experiments and mathematical modeling. One study is focused on understanding the role of synchronization in diseases such as epilepsy.

To see a complete list of the 65 new members and nine foreign associates of the NAE, visit: http://www8.nationalacademies.org/onpinews/newsitem.aspx?RecordID=02082008.