Aubry and Hendrickson Earn Highest Distinction at Carnegie Mellon
Two College of Engineering professors, Nadine Aubry and Chris Hendrickson, have received the elite distinction of University Professor, the highest academic accolade a faculty member can achieve at Carnegie Mellon. Jaime Carbonell, the Allen Newell Professor of Computer Science and director of the Language Technologies Institute in the School of Computer Science, also received the distinction.
"Professors Aubry, Carbonell and Hendrickson represent the intellectual foundation on which this university is built. They are esteemed, award-winning scholars who are committed to advancing their fields through education, groundbreaking research and their impact on the world. They have earned this most distinguished honor through their academic pursuits and service to the university, and we are most fortunate and proud to have them as part of our community," said Provost and Executive Vice President Mark Kamlet.
Aubry is the Raymond J. Lane Distinguished Professor and head of the Mechanical Engineering Department. Hendrickson is the Duquesne Light Company Professor of Engineering in the Civil and Environmental Engineering Department. He also is co-director of the Green Design Institute.
"These accolades are well deserved for two outstanding academic leaders and innovative researchers dedicated to pushing the boundaries of knowledge both here at CMU and globally," said College of Engineering Dean Pradeep K. Khosla, the Philip and Marsha Dowd University Professor.
A member of the National Academy of Engineering, Aubry is internationally known for her pioneering work in the field of fluid dynamics, specifically on reduced models of turbulence and for her contributions to the field of microfluids, which plays a crucial role in the advancement of both large and miniature aerospace vehicles.
Aubry was recently selected as an associate fellow in the American Institute of Aeronautics and Astronautics (AIAA), joining the ranks of 186 associate fellows among more than 35,000 AIAA members worldwide.
Aubry's interdisciplinary research and close ties to industry have helped her garner other important awards, including the National Science Foundation's Presidential Young Investigator Award and the Ralph R. Teetor Educational Award from the Society of Automotive Engineers. She was elected a fellow of the American Physical Society, the American Society of Mechanical Engineers and the American Association for the Advancement of Science.
She earned her bachelor's degree from the National Polytechnic Institute of Grenoble, France, and a master's degree from the Scientific and Medical University, also in Grenoble. She received her Ph.D. from Cornell University.
A member of the National Academy of Engineering, Hendrickson’s research, teaching and consulting are in the areas of engineering planning and management, including design for the environment, project management, transportation systems, finance and computer applications. Some of his latest research endeavors involve life-cycle assessment methods, assessment of alternative construction materials, economic and environmental implications of e-commerce and infrastructure for alternative fuels. He was recently appointed to the executive committee of the Transportation Research Board (TRB), which provides expert advice on national transportation policy and leadership in transportation innovation.
Hendrickson, former head of CMU's Civil and Environmental Engineering Department, is a distinguished member of the American Society of Civil Engineering, a fellow of the American Association for the Advancement of Science, and an emeritus member of the TRB standing committee on the application of emerging technologies to design and construction.
He has co-authored several textbooks, two monographs and numerous articles. He is editor-in-chief of the American Society of Civil Engineers' Journal of Transportation Engineering.
Hendrickson earned bachelor's and master's degrees from Stanford University, a master's degree from Oxford University and his Ph.D. from the Massachusetts Institute of Technology.