Thomas J. R. Hughes, an aerospace engineering professor, was elected a foreign member in the Mathematics section of Italy’s Lombard Institute, Academy of Sciences and Letters. Hughes was elected for his work in computational mechanics. The Lombard Institute was founded in 1797 by Napoleon Bonaparte with the goal of discovering and refining three distinct areas: physical science and mathematics, political sciences, and literature and fine arts. Hughes also delivered the 2007-2008 Newmark Distinguished Lecture at the University of Illinois, Urbana-Champaign. The lecture is given annually in honor of the late Dr. Nathan Newmark, a prominent consultant and national leader in civil engineering education and research. Hughes was chosen by the structures faculty at the University of Illinois through an independent nomination and selection process.