Two Nigerian-Americans elected to US national engineering academy

Two Nigerian-Americans Oyekunle Olukotun and Oluwole Soboyejo have been elected to the United States’ National Academy of Engineering (NAE).

A statement by the academy said they were among 104 members and 24 international members elected to the academy this month.

The new members bring the academy’s total US membership to 2,353 and the number of international members to 299.

The academy membership honours 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”.

Individuals in the newly elected class will be formally inducted during the NAE’s annual meeting on October 3, 2021.

Olukotun is the Cadence Design Systems professor in the School of Engineering and professor of electrical engineering and computer science at Stanford University and he has been on the faculty since 1991.

Olukotun is well known as a pioneer in multicore processor design and the leader of the Stanford Hydra chip multiprocessor research project. Olukotun currently directs the Stanford Pervasive Parallelism Lab, which seeks to proliferate the use of heterogeneous parallelism in all application areas using domain specific languages.

On the other hand, Soboyejo is the senior vice-president and provost, Worcester Polytechnic Institute, Northborough.

He is a materials scientist whose research focuses on biomaterials and the use of nanoparticles for the detection and treatment of disease, the mechanical properties of materials, and the use of materials science to promote global development.