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Four Engineers Elected to National Academy of Engineering

One of the highest professional honors accorded an engineer is election to the National Academy of Engineering. “I am very pleased that the research contributions of four engineers affiliated with the Jacobs School have been recognized by the academy this year,” said Frieder Seible, Dean of the Jacobs School of Engineering at UC San Diego.

Juan C. Lasheras

Juan C. Lasheras

Juan C. Lasheras' contributions to the field of mechanics have led to major advances in the efficiency of jet engine propulsion; 44 patents in medical device technology; and increased understanding of some of the biological processes that contribute to diseases. Lasheras led the mechanical and aerospace engineering department's foray into non-traditional medical and biological applications and helped to create the new Master of Advanced Study (MAS) program in Medical Device Engineering. Lasheras is the director of the Center for Medical Devices and Instrumentation at the Institute of Engineering in Medicine at UC San Diego. He is the Stanford S. and Beverly P. Penner Professor of Applied Sciences at the Jacobs School.


Robert Skelton

Robert Skelton

Robert Skelton is a leading theorist, whose work combines the disciplines of structures and controls. His research has focused on unifying structures and controls through a discipline called tensegrity. The term, derived from tension and integrity, describes combinations of strings and rods of various materials and sizes, assembled to create deformable bridges, buildings and other alternatives to current structural technologies. Skelton has been involved with Skylab and the Hubble Space Telescope as well as a variety of projects here on Earth, from robots to red blood cells. He is a professor emeritus in the Department of Mechanical and Aerospace Engineering.


Mike Baskes

Mike Baskes

Mike Baskes uses computational methods to investigate material properties. He has developed models that predict the behavior of helium in metals as well as a model that explains hydrogen isotope recombination. An adjunct professor in the Department of Mechanical and Aerospace Engineering, Baskes is also a laboratory associate-fellow at Los Alamos National Laboratory. He and researcher Murray Daw developed the embedded atom method, which allows scientists to describe the cohesive energy of solids and liquids. This method has now become the standard used for calculating complex applications in materials science, especially for fission, fusion and nuclear weapons materials. Baskes co-authored more than 190 technical publications that have been cited more than 13,670 times – three have more than 1,000 citations.


Peter C. Farrell

Peter C. Farrell

Peter C. Farrell has been elected to the academy for research and development of devices for treatment of sleep-disordered breathing. Farrell is the founder, chairman and CEO of San Diegobased ResMed, a leading developer, manufacturer and distributor of medical equipment for treating, diagnosing, and managing sleep-disordered breathing and other respiratory disorders. ResMed is dedicated to developing innovative products to improve the lives of those who suffer from these conditions and to increasing awareness among patients and healthcare professionals of the potentially serious health consequences of untreated sleep-disordered breathing. Farrell is a member of the Council of Advisors of the Dean of the Jacobs School.

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