Membership in the National Academies is one of the highest honors afforded to scientists and engineers. Past members include Albert Einstein, Thomas Edison, and Alexander Graham Bell. 

Historically, 20 Virginia Tech affiliates have held Academy membership, including current, emeritus, former, retired, and deceased faculty.

Here are the faculty members who have been named to either the National Academy of Sciences or the National Academy of Engineering (by their election date):

National Academy of Sciences

  • Patricia M. Dove (2012), Geosciences
  • * James K. Mitchell (1998), Civil and Environmental Engineering (also a member of the National Academy of Engineering, 1976)
  • John Cairns Jr. (1991), Biological Sciences
  • Bruce Wallace (1970), Biological Sciences
  • * * Robert E. Marshak deceased (1958), Physics (elected while at the University of Rochester, joined Virginia Tech in 1979)

National Academy of Engineering

  • Gerald “Jerry” H. Luttrell (2013), Mining and Minerals Engineering
  • Fred C. Lee (2011), Electrical and Computer Engineering
  • Roe-Hoan Yoon (2008), Mining and Minerals Engineering
  • * * * Kenneth L. Reifsnider (2004), Engineering Science and Mechanics
  • Thomas M. Murray (2002), Civil and Environmental Engineering
  • Hanif D. Sherali (2000), Industrial and Systems Engineering
  • James S. Thorp (1996), Electrical and Computer Engineering
  • James E. McGrath (1994), Chemistry
  • Arun G. Phadke (1993), Electrical and Computer Engineering
  • George E. Keller (1988), Chemical Engineering
  • Paul E. Torgersen (1986), Industrial and Systems Engineering
  • J. Michael Duncan (1985), Civil and Environmental Engineering
  • * * Arthur M. Squires deceased (1977), Chemical Engineering
  • * James K. Mitchell (1976), Civil and Environmental Engineering (also a member of the National Academy of Sciences, 1998)
  • * * Milton C. Edlund deceased (1976), Mechanical Engineering
  • * * Walter R. Hibbard Jr. deceased (1966), Mining and Minerals Engineering

    *   member of both Academies
  * *  deceased
* * * former faculty

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