Date: May 15, 2008
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Elected for a two-year term, Irwin M. Jacobs, chairman of the board of Qualcomm Inc., will become the Academy's ninth chair. The chair works with the NAE president and Council to pursue the mission of the Academy to support the technological welfare of the nation. Jacobs has served as chief executive officer and president of Qualcomm, which he co-founded in 1985. From 1968 until 1985, he was co-founder, president, chief executive officer, and chairman of LINKABIT Corp., which merged with M/A-COM in 1980. He has also served as professor of computer science and engineering at the
Elected to a four-year term as home secretary is Thomas F. Budinger, professor at the
Newly elected to three-year terms as councillors are Alice M. Agogino, professor of mechanical engineering at the University of California, Berkeley; Paul R. Gray, executive vice chancellor and provost emeritus at the University of California, Berkeley; and Julia M. Phillips, director of the Physical, Chemical, and Nano Sciences Center at the Sandia National Laboratories. Re-elected to a three-year term is Bradford W. Parkinson, Edward C. Wells Professor of Aeronautics and Astronautics Emeritus at
The National Academy of Engineering was established in 1964 under the charter of the National Academy of Sciences as a parallel organization of outstanding engineers. It is autonomous in its administration and in the selection of its members, sharing with NAS the responsibility for advising the federal government.
NAE promotes the technological welfare of the nation by marshalling the knowledge and insights of eminent members of the engineering profession.
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