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National Academy of Engineering elects two UT faculty to membership

Two University of Texas at Austin engineering professors received the engineering profession’s highest honor when they were elected to the National Academy of Engineering on Feb. 13. The College of Engineering now has a total of 39 faculty who are NAE members. It is among the top five engineering schools in percentage of faculty who have been elected to the NAE.

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AUSTIN, Texas — Two University of Texas at Austin engineering professors received the engineering profession’s highest honor when they were elected to the National Academy of Engineering on Feb. 13. The College of Engineering now has a total of 39 faculty who are NAE members. It is among the top five engineering schools in percentage of faculty who have been elected to the NAE.

Academy membership honors those who have made “important contributions to engineering theory and practice, including significant contributions to the literature of engineering theory and practice” and those who have demonstrated “unusual accomplishment in the pioneering of new and developing fields of technology.”

The two professors honored are Dr. David W. Fowler and Dr. Mary F. Wheeler.

Fowler is the T.U. Taylor Professor in Engineering for the development and application of concrete-polymer materials.

Wheeler is director of the Center for Subsurface Modeling and holder of the Ernest & Virginia Cockrell Chair in Engineering for the computer simulation of subsurface flow and the underlying mathematical algorithms. Wheeler was one of two women of the 91 elected to membership this year. She also is one of 44 women of the 1,941 NAE members.

NOTE to EDITORS: Photos of David Fowler and Mary Wheeler are available upon request.