Two faculty members from the UCLA Henry Samueli School of Engineering and Applied Science
have been elected to the National Academy of Engineering
, among the highest professional distinctions that can be awarded to an engineer in the U.S.
Chandrashekhar Joshi, distinguished professor of electrical engineering, and Alan N. Willson Jr., distinguished professor emeritus of electrical engineering and holder of the Charles P. Reames Chair in Electrical Engineering, were among 67 new members elected to the NAE for their outstanding contributions to engineering research, practice or education, the academy announced today.
was recognized by the academy for "contributions to the development of laser and beam-driven plasma accelerators."
is known as the founder of the experimental field of plasma accelerators.
in the 1980s, he
established the first group that proposed to significantly shrink the size and cost of particle accelerators by using charged density waves in plasmas (or ionized gas) using powerful laser pulses or particle beams.
UCLA group remains at the forefront of its field, and the lab has nurtured many students and researchers who have gone on to form their own research teams.
In addition to plasma accelerators, Joshi
has advanced the understanding of nonlinear optics of plasmas, laser fusion and basic plasma physics.
The ultimate goal of Joshi's research
is to provide a paradigm-changing technology for building particle accelerators for fundamental research, as well as for medical and industrial applications.
"This is a great honor," Joshi
"I have been fortunate to have spent my research career at UCLA
with supportive colleagues and staff and to have had continuous support from the Department of Energy
I have worked with many generations of brilliant students and researchers whose effort is being recognized by this election to the National Academy of Engineering
Joshi, who received his Ph.D. from Hull University in the United Kingdom, came to UCLA in 1980 as a researcher after a postdoctoral appointment at the National Research Council Canada.
He has been a full professor in the electrical engineering department since 1989.
Joshi has received numerous previous awards for his work, including the American Physical Society's James Clerk Maxwell Prize and Excellence in Plasma Physics Award, the IEEE's Particle Accelerator Science and Technology Award, the USPAS Prize for Accelerator Physics and Technology, and the AAC Prize for Advanced Accelerator Concepts.