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Volume 68, Issue 109, Wedenesday, March 12, 2003


UH engineer professors get Academy tap

Cougar News Services

Bringing more accolades to an already decorated engineering program, two UH professors have been elected to the National Academy of Engineering, one of the most highly regarded engineering organizations in the world.

John Lienhard and Christine Ehlig-Economides were picked among 77 other new members announced by the NAE last month. Both will be officially inducted into the prestigious society in a ceremony Oct. 11 in Washington, D.C.

"It certainly feels good to join in the process of bringing credit to the university, which has been a good place for me," Lienhard on the Cullen College of Engineering Web site. "It feels great to know that I'm a member of a department that has sufficient stature to draw this award to it."

Lienhard, a M.D. Anderson Professor of Technology and Culture, Emeritus in the Cullen College of Engineering, was picked "for creating the awareness of engineering in the development of cultures and civilizations, and for the development of basic burnout theories in boiling and condensation," his NAE citation reads.

Lienhard is better known as the voice of "The Engines of Our Ingenuity," a radio program broadcast by KUHF-FM and syndicated to more than 20 stations nationwide via National Public Radio. It is also heard abroad to areas served by the U.S. Armed Forces Radio Network. The show has aired since 1988, producing nearly 2,000 episodes. Episode topics range from cable cars to Civil War submarines, from the connection between Romantic poets and Victorian science to the invention of the bar code. He is the author of hundreds of papers and several books, including his newest, Inventing Modern: An Engineer Looks at Twentieth Century America, to be published this year by Oxford Press.

Ehlig-Economides, the petroleum engineering director who last fall welcomed UHis first class of Mexican engineering graduates through an international masteris degree program, was picked for her developments in testing of oil wells and reservoirs, "including the management, integration and visualization of data from multiple disciplines," according to her NAE citation.

The engineering college is working to expand the international distance program she pioneered to offer masteris degrees in petroleum engineering to students in the Middle East and Asia. Ehlig-Economides wants to push the program, to offer streaming video lectures.

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