Six Princeton CBE alums elected into the National Academy of Engineering

Feb. 8, 2023

Six graduate alums of Princeton CBE have been elected into the 2023 class of the National Academy of Engineering (NAE), according to a Feb. 7 announcement.

This year the NAE elected a total of 106 new members and 18 international members. This brings the total U.S. membership to 2,420 and the number of international members to 319.

The Princeton CBE alums are:

Claire Adjiman, a Ph.D. alumna, for developing the fundamental principles for advanced thermodynamic modeling of complex fluids and improving industrial productivity using these models. She is a professor in the Department of Chemical Engineering, Imperial College London.

Dimitris Collias, a Ph.D. alumnus, for innovations in sustainable plastics used in consumer products to lower the carbon intensity of high-volume polymers. He is now a senior director research fellow at Procter & Gamble.

Jennifer Sinclair Curtis, a Ph.D. alumna, for work on particle-laden flows and industrially used algorithms for dilute and dense-phase gas-solid flow. She is now a distinguished professor in the Department of Chemical Engineering, University of California-Davis.

Goldfarb, Donald, Alexander and Hermine Avanessians Professor, Industrial Engineering and Operations Research, Columbia University, New York City. For the development of widely used algorithms and methodologies for linear, quadratic, and nonlinear optimization.

Lisa Perez Jackson, an M.S. alumna, for sustainability leadership in government and business to protect air and water quality and limit greenhouse gas emissions. She was the first African American to serve as Administrator of the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency, under President Barack Obama. She is now vice president, Environmental, Policy, and Social Initiatives at Apple.

Miriam John, a Ph.D. alumna, for national-level contributions to systems and technology for nuclear deterrence and homeland security. She was vice president of Sandia National Laboratories, and now serves on the Board of Advisors for the School of Science and Engineering at Tulane University.

*Editor's note: An earlier version of this article misidentified the number of departmental alumni included in this NAE class. The above list is comprehensive.