CU-Boulder Professors Elected To National Academy Of Engineering

Published: Feb. 21, 2002

Two University of Colorado at Boulder professors have been elected members of the National Academy of Engineering, joining 11 other faculty from the campus who have been elected since the academy's formation in 1962.

Ross B. Corotis, former dean of the College of Engineering and Applied Science and professor of civil, environmental and architectural engineering, and Fred W. Glover, professor of operations management and operations research in the Leeds School of Business, were among 74 new members of the academy announced Feb. 15. 

Election to the National Academy of Engineering is among the highest professional honors bestowed on an engineer. Academy membership recognizes those who have made "important contributions to engineering theory and practice" and engineers who have demonstrated "unusual accomplishment in the pioneering of new and developing fields of technology."

Corotis was recognized for the application of probabilistic modeling in design, new methods of reliability assessment and optimization of structures, and innovations in engineering education."

Glover was recognized for contributions to optimization modeling and algorithmic development, and for solving problems in distribution, planning and design.

Corotis holds the Denver Business Challenge Professorship in the College of Engineering and Applied Science. He served as dean of the college from 1994 to 2001, presiding over the construction and opening of the Integrated Teaching and Learning Laboratory and the beginning of construction of the Discovery Learning Center, both hailed as innovative programs in engineering education. 

Corotis came to CU-Boulder in 1994 from Johns Hopkins University, where he had established the department of civil engineering and served as associate dean. Prior to that he was a faculty member at Northwestern University. He received his bachelor's, master's and doctoral degrees in civil engineering from the Massachusetts Institute of Technology.

Corotis, whose background is in structural mechanics, is a member of the American Society of Civil Engineers and was awarded the ASCE Walter L. Huber Civil Engineering Research Prize in 1984 for his work on stochastic modeling of structural loads. 

Glover is the Media One Chaired Professor of Systems Science in the Leeds School of Business. He has been a member of the business faculty at CU-Boulder since 1970 and also served as director of research for the Center for Applied Artificial Intelligence from 1984 to 1990. He previously held faculty positions at the University of Texas and the University of California at Berkeley.

Glover received his undergraduate degree in management systems from the University of Missouri and his doctorate in operations research at Carnegie-Mellon University.

His research interests are in real-world applications computer decision support systems, including industrial planning, financial analysis, systems design, energy and natural resources planning, logistics, transportation and large-scale allocation models. He received the John Von Neumann Theory Prize in 1998 for distinguished lifetime contributions to optimization and the fields of operations research and management science.

Other CU-Boulder faculty who have been elected members of the National Academy of Engineering, and their years of election, are: Frank Barnes, 2001; Delores Etter, 2000; Martin Mikulas, 1999; Valerian Tatarskii, elected a foreign associate in 1994; Earl Gossard, 1990; Don Hearth, 1989; Richard Strauch, 1989; Jacques Pankove, 1986; Richard Seebass (deceased), 1985; Klaus Timmerhaus, 1975; and Max Peters, 1969.