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Two members of the prestigious National Academy of Engineering (NAE) have joined the faculty of Old Dominion University's Frank Batten College of Engineering and Technology, Dean Oktay Baysal announced.

Martin Mikulas, professor emeritus of the University of Colorado, and John Samuels, senior vice president of operations planning and support at Norfolk Southern Corp., will become the first NAE members on the Old Dominion faculty.

"The addition of Martin Mikulas and John Samuels to the Batten College faculty is yet another testimonial for the college's exciting developments in research and industrial partnering," Baysal said. "Our research spans from bioelectrics to advanced transportation and space exploration. Distinguished individuals such as Drs. Mikulas and Samuels bring even greater strength to our rapidly growing research enterprise."

Mikulas joined the University of Colorado faculty in 1990, where he taught aerospace engineering. Prior to that, he held several positions at NASA, including as head of the space station structures design team, structural concepts branch, and the structural mechanics branch.

He holds nine patents and is a fellow of the American Institute of Aeronautics and Astronautics. He earned bachelor's and master's degrees and a Ph.D. in engineering mechanics from Virginia Tech.

Prior to joining Norfolk Southern in 1998, Samuels spent nearly two decades at Conrail, where he quickly climbed the ranks from director of industrial engineering to vice president of operating assets. Prior to that, he was on the faculty of the Pennsylvania State University and held positions at General Motors Corp.

Samuels is a fellow of the World Academy of Productivity Science and the Institute of Industrial Engineers, a senior member of the American Railway Engineering Association, and a member of the National Council of Industrial Engineering.

He earned a bachelor's degree in industrial engineering from the General Motors Institute (now Kettering University), a master's degree and a Ph.D. from the Pennsylvania State University.

The National Academy of Engineering is a private, independent research institution that serves as an advisor to the federal government. Election to the NAE is among the highest professional distinctions accorded to an engineer. Academy membership honors those who have made important contributions to engineering theory and practice, including significant contributions to the literature of engineering theory and practice, and those who have demonstrated accomplishment in the pioneering of new fields of engineering, making major advancements in traditional fields of engineering, or developing/implementing innovative approaches to engineering education.

This article was posted on: November 17, 2004

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