UT Dallas NAE and Nobel Members

UT Dallas is home to faculty whose research has achieved national and international recognition. The following researchers are members of the National Academy of Engineering (NAE) and/or Nobel prize winners.

The National Academy of Engineering (NAE) works to advance the federal government’s knowledge and leadership in engineering and technological matters for the betterment of the nation and the Nobel Prize is an annual collection of international awards to recognize advances academic, cultural, and/or science. Categories are awarded in the following categories: physics, chemistry, medicine, literature, peace, and a price in economic sciences.

The Office of Research would like to recognize these faculty members for their contributions to national and international engineering and technological advancements.

Dr. Ray Baughman (NAE) is a professor of chemistry, the director of the Alan G. MacDiarmid NanoTech Institute, and the Robert A. Welch Distinguished Chair in Chemistry. He is a member of The National Academy of Engineering and The Academy of Medicine, Engineering, and Science of Texas, as well as a foreign member of the European Academy of Sciences, a Fellow of the Royal Society of Chemistry, the National Academy of Inventors, and The American Physical Society. An advisory and editorial board member, he is also an Academician of The Russian Academy of Natural Sciences. His research focuses on R&D activities including, nanotechnology, photonic crystals, sensors and actuators, ferroelectrics, novel forms of carbon (especially carbon nanotubes), and conducting polymers. He also studies solid-state reactions, electrochemical processes, and devices, as well as materials with unusual mechanical properties. Lastly, his research also involves design, synthesis, and application of materials with novel electrical, optical, or magnetic properties.

Dr. Brian Berry (NAE) is a Lloyd Viel Berkner Regental Professor in the School of Economic, Political and Policy Sciences. He has served on several editorial boards, principal planning activities, and major advisory positions, as well as board and committee roles. He is also a member of the National Academy of Sciences and the National Research Council. His research interests include early urban and regional research, long-wave rhythms in the economy, society and polity, and he is involved in urban and regional planning across the world.

Dr. David Daniel (NAE) was the fourth president of The University of Texas at Dallas (2005-2015) and currently the Deputy Chancellor and Chief Operating Officer at The University of Texas System. He has participated in several advisory boards and major study groups, as well on the board of directors for many research organizations, including the Engineering Deans Council for the American Society for Engineering Education and a member of The National Academy of Engineering. Also, he was the Editor-in-Chief for the Journal of Geotechnical and Geoenvironmental Engineering, American Society of Civil Engineers and a member of the Board of Editors for Geotextiles and Geomembranes. In his current role, he works to implement UT System’s major goals and operational aspects.

Dr. Larry Hornbeck (NAE) is a professor in the Erik Jonsson School of Engineering and Computer Science. He is a Texas Instruments (TI) fellow, IEEE fellow, and a fellow of the International Society for Optical Engineering, Dr. Hornbeck is also an elected member of the National Academy of Engineering. His research focuses on optical microelectromechanical systems, the invention of the digital micromirror device (DMD), and the inventor of the digital light processing (DLP) imaging chip a major advancement in cinema technology.

Dr. Russell Hulse (Nobel) is a regental professor and an associate vice president for strategic initiatives in the School of Natural Sciences and Mathematics. He is involved with the American Association for the Advancement of Science, American Physical Society, American Astronomical Society, and the Institute of Physics. In addition, he is on the Engineering Advisory Council for the Cooper Union School of Engineering, Program Advisory Committee for the Plasma Science Advanced Computing Institute, a consultant for the Institute for Defense Analysis, and the DoD Missile Defense Advisory Committee. His research interests include science education focusing on science museums and “informal” science education, project-based learning systems, and other approaches to integrated STEM learning, as well as science policy and the interdisciplinary advancement of science and technology.

Dr. Don Shaw (NAE) is professor emeritus of materials science and electrical engineering in the Erik Jonsson School of Engineering and Computer Science. He is an associate editor of the Journal of Crystal Growth, principal editor of the Journal of Materials Research, and was elected to the National Academy of Engineering in 1988. His research focuses include crystal growth and dissolution, the kinetics of vapor phase epitaxial growth, materials for solid-state microwave devices, and preparation and properties of gallium arsenide.