Albert Carnesale, UCLA Chancellor Emeritus and professor of public policy and mechanical and aerospace engineering, was elected to the National Academy of Engineering (NAE) on February 8.

Election to the NAE is among the highest professional distinctions accorded to an engineer. Academy membership honors 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.”

Carnesale was elected for “bringing engineering excellence and objectivity to international security and arms control, and for leadership in higher education.”

From July 1, 1997 through June 30, 2006, Carnesale served as Chancellor of UCLA. During his tenure, he led Campaign UCLA, which raised more than $3 billion for the university, and was then the largest and most successful fundraising endeavor in the history of higher education. The university’s academic excellence was strengthened under his leadership.

Carnesale is an expert in many areas including national security strategy, arms control, nuclear proliferation, the effects of technological change on foreign and defense policy, domestic and international energy issues, as well as higher education.

“Albert is very deserving of this most distinguished honor,” said Vijay K. Dhir, Dean of the UCLA Henry Samueli School of Engineering and Applied Science. “His broad technological expertise has always brought a critical perspective to the nation’s important public policy issues, while his vast experience in public policy adds a unique dimension here at UCLA Engineering. And certainly, Albert’s leadership of this world-class public university is greatly admired.”

Prior to joining UCLA in 1997, Carnesale was at Harvard for 23 years, serving as the Lucius N. Littauer Professor of Public Policy and Administration, Dean of the John F. Kennedy School of Government, and Provost.

His biography is available here: http://publicaffairs.ucla.edu/albert-carnesale

In addition to Carnesale, three distinguished alumni of UCLA Engineering were also elected to the NAE including Mark J. Kushner ’76; Asad M. Madni ’69, MS ’72; and Joanne M. Maguire MS ’78. To read more about them, click here.