Sunday, December 28, 2014
YOLO COUNTY NEWS
99 CENTS

Engineering dean elected to National Academy

Enrique Lavernia is the 13th current or retired member of the UC Davis faculty to be elected to the prestigious National Academy of Engineering, which also includes Chancellor Linda Katehi as a member. Courtesy photo

By
From page A1 | February 19, 2013 |

Enrique Lavernia, dean of the UC Davis College of Engineering, has been elected to the National Academy of Engineering, the highest professional distinction for an engineer. Lavernia was elected for “contributions to novel processing of metals and alloys, and for leadership in engineering education.”

“This is a wonderful recognition of Enrique Lavernia’s outstanding work, as a scientist, an educator, a leader in the engineering profession and as dean of the College of Engineering,” said Chancellor Linda Katehi, who is also a professor of electrical engineering and a member of the academy.

Lavernia is the 13th current or retired member of the UCD faculty to be elected to the prestigious academy. It is one of four organizations that make up the National Academies of the United States, established by Congress to advise the nation on a wide range of scientific issues.

“I am truly honored and humbled by this recognition,” Lavernia said in a news release. “This is a tremendous acknowledgment of the research achievement, teaching excellence and public service accomplishments of UC Davis and our College of Engineering.

“I couldn’t have accomplished so much without the tremendous efforts of my graduate students, postdoctoral scientists, research assistants, staff and academic colleagues. I have also been very fortunate to have outstanding support from the leadership of UC Davis, which has been critical to the growth of our college.”

Lavernia also holds the position of distinguished professor in the department of chemical engineering and materials science. His research interests are principally in processes to make nanomaterials, which are materials made up of very small particles whose size gives them unusual properties. He has published 500 journal and 200 conference publications on topics ranging from nanomaterials to extremely strong aluminum alloys.

During Lavernia’s tenure as dean, the College of Engineering has seen its research expenditures grow from $37.3 million in 2001-02 to more than $87.1 million in 2011-12. During that same time, undergraduate enrollment has increased from 3,317 to 3,852 while graduate student enrollment has grown from 768 to 1,252.

Lavernia has also demonstrated a significant commitment to faculty, staff and student diversity, resulting in the College of Engineering ranking sixth (of 309) in the United States for percentage of female faculty.

Under Lavernia’s leadership, the College of Engineering has been extensively engaged in outreach to schools, including the efforts of the Center for Computing and STEM Education led by professor Harry Cheng, and the Renewable Energy Systems Opportunity for Unified Research Collaboration and Education program led by professor Jean VanderGheynst.

Lavernia earned his bachelor’s degree with honors in solid mechanics from Brown University in 1982, his master’s degree in metallurgy from the Massachusetts Institute of Technology in 1984 and his Ph.D. in materials engineering from MIT in 1986.

He became dean of the UCD College of Engineering in 2002, after serving at UC Irvine as chair and chancellor’s professor in the department of chemical engineering and materials science. He served as provost and executive vice chancellor of UCD from January 2009 to December 2010.

Among other honors, Lavernia is a fellow of the American Association for the Advancement of Science, the American Society of Mechanical Engineers, ASM International, Materials Research Society and the Alexander von Humboldt Foundation. Earlier in his career, he was named as a Presidential Young Investigator by the National Science Foundation and also received a Young Investigator Award from the Office of Naval Research.

In 2011, he received the Hispanic Engineer National Achievement Award and the Society for the Advancement of Chicanos and Native Americans in Science Distinguished Scientist Award. Lavernia is also the recipient of the 2013 Edward DeMille Campbell Memorial Lectureship, and the 2013 ASM International Gold Medal Award.

He was named the 1998 Biochemical and Biochemical Engineering Materials Science “Science Teacher of the Year” at UC Irvine.

— UC Davis News Service

Comments

comments

Special to The Enterprise

  • Recent Posts

  • Enter your email address to subscribe to this newspaper and receive notifications of new articles by email.

  • .

    News

     
     
    Yolo makes hydrogen connection

    By Elizabeth Case | From Page: A1 | Gallery

    NYC officer mourned at funeral as tensions linger

    By The Associated Press | From Page: A2

     
    N. Korea uses racial slur against Obama over hack

    By The Associated Press | From Page: A2

    AirAsia plane with 162 aboard missing in Indonesia

    By The Associated Press | From Page: A2

     
    Sacramento man convicted for 2011 bar shooting

    By Enterprise staff | From Page: A2

     
    Drugs, stolen car lead to women’s arrests

    By Enterprise staff | From Page: A2

    Pedal around Davis on weekly bike ride

    By Enterprise staff | From Page: A3

     
    Nominate teens for Golden Heart awards

    By Enterprise staff | From Page: A3

    USA Weekend calls it quits

    By Enterprise staff | From Page: A3

     
    Supplies collected for victims of abuse

    By Enterprise staff | From Page: A3

    Sweet success: Cancer Center helps young patient celebrate end of treatment

    By Special to The Enterprise | From Page: A3 | Gallery

     
    Reserve tickets soon for Chamber’s Installation Gala

    By Enterprise staff | From Page: A3

    Holiday hours continue at The Enterprise

    By Enterprise staff | From Page: A3

     
    Covell Gardens hosts New Year’s Eve dance

    By Enterprise staff | From Page: A3

    UC Davis debate team wins national championship

    By Kathy Keatley Garvey | From Page: A3 | Gallery

     
    Portuguese breakfast set for Jan. 25

    By Enterprise staff | From Page: A3

    At the Pond: It all started with kayaking on Putah Creek

    By Jean Jackman | From Page: A5 | Gallery

     
    Find the first cabbage white butterfly, and win a pitcher

    By Kathy Keatley Garvey | From Page: A6 | Gallery

    Does pre-eclampsia raise autism risk?

    By Phyllis Brown | From Page: A6

     
    Long will talk about value of hedgerows for adjacent farms

    By Special to The Enterprise | From Page: A6 | Gallery

     
    It’s a wonderful life — and a wonderful state

    By Special to The Enterprise | From Page: A8 | Gallery

    College sees benefits in loan guarantees

    By The Associated Press | From Page: A9

     
    Tickets for New Year’s Eve party going fast

    By Enterprise staff | From Page: A12

    .

    Forum

    This cat is on life No. 7

    By Creators Syndicate | From Page: B4

     
     
    It was a busy, black-eye year for disease control

    By The Associated Press | From Page: B4

    Say thanks to the caregivers

    By Creators Syndicate | From Page: B5

     
    Rifkin’s statement is offensive

    By Letters to the Editor | From Page: A10

    Bombing is not the answer

    By Special to The Enterprise | From Page: A10

     
    Just Us in Davis: Despair and hope for the new year

    By Jonathan London | From Page: A10

    Commission’s list needs vetting

    By Letters to the Editor | From Page: A10

     
    Writer’s arguments fall flat

    By Letters to the Editor | From Page: A11

    Cuba policy changes highlight a momentous opportunity

    By Special to The Enterprise | From Page: A11 | Gallery

     
    .

    Sports

    DHS boys get good film in tournament loss

    By Enterprise staff | From Page: B1

     
    Sacramento survives Knicks in OT

    By The Associated Press | From Page: B1 | Gallery

    Kings cruise past Sharks

    By The Associated Press | From Page: B1

     
    Lady Blue Devils top Tigers to reach Ram Jam title game

    By Spencer Ault | From Page: B1 | Gallery

    Sports briefs: Republic FC to host camp series

    By Enterprise staff | From Page: B2

     
    College bowl roundup: Sun Bowl goes to the Sun Devils

    By The Associated Press | From Page: B10 | Gallery

    .

    Features

    .

    Arts

    .

    Business

    Kaiser’s trauma center in Vacaville earns verification

    By Enterprise staff | From Page: A9

     
    Rob White: Davis tech community is growing

    By Rob White | From Page: A9

    Yolo County real estate sales

    By Zoe Juanitas | From Page: A9

     
    First Northern adds Peyret to agribusiness loan team

    By Enterprise staff | From Page: A9

    .

    Obituaries

    Ruth Allen Barr

    By Special to The Enterprise | From Page: A4

     
    Charles ‘Bud’ Meyer

    By Special to The Enterprise | From Page: A4

    .

    Comics

    Comics: Sunday, December 28, 2014

    By Creator | From Page: B8