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Four who have been affiliated with GCEP elected to National Academy of Engineering

Election to the National Academy of Engineering is among the highest professional honors an engineer can achieve.

Four technical leaders who have been affiliated with the Global Climate and Energy Project (GCEP) at Stanford University are among the newly elected National Academy of Engineering (NAE) members, the NAE announced on February 7, 2013.

"We have been extremely fortunate to have leaders of this caliber working with GCEP," said Sally M. Benson, the director of GCEP. "Election to the NAE is one of the absolute highest professional distinctions bestowed upon an engineer."

According to the NAE, its 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 four newly elected NAE members include GCEP principal investigators and two executives from ExxonMobil, one of the companies that has sponsored GCEP since its launch in 2002.

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Craig T. Bowman
Craig T. Bowman, professor of mechanical engineering, Stanford University, was honored for his contributions to understanding pollutant formation processes in combustion systems to reduce harmful emissions. Bowman was the lead principal investigator for two GCEP research efforts, Optimization of Synthetic Oxygenated Fuels and Controlled Combustion.
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Thomas J. Overbye
Thomas J. Overbye, the Fox Family Professor in Electrical and Computer Engineering, University of Illinois, Urbana-Champaign, was recognized by the academy for his integration of visualization and analysis tools for power systems. Overbye is currently a principal investigator on the GCEP research program, Scalable and Flat Controls for Reliable Power Grid Operation with High Renewable Penetration.
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Rex W. Tillerson
Rex W. Tillerson, chairman and chief executive officer of ExxonMobil, a GCEP sponsor, was honored for his engineering leadership in the production of hydrocarbons in remote and challenging environments.
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Thomas F. Degnan Jr.
Thomas F. Degnan Jr., manager, breakthrough and leads generation for ExxonMobil and a sponsor technical representative for GCEP, was recognized for his contributions to novel catalytic processes for improved lubricant, fuel and petrochemical production.

The NAE elected 69 new members and 11 foreign associates in 2013. This brings the total U.S. membership to 2,250 and the number of foreign associates to 211.

February 7, 2013

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