Elaine S. Oran, Glenn L. Martin Institute professor of engineering, University of Maryland, United States, has been elected to the American Academy of Arts and Sciences, one of the oldest and most prestigious honorary societies in the United States. Professor Oran is among 213 new members of the academy, recognized for their accomplishments as scholars, scientists, writers, artists, and civic and philanthropic leaders.

“I am really honored by this recognition,” Oran said. “It is something I did not at all expect to happen and it was quite a surprise. In fact, it came on my birthday and fortunately not a couple weeks earlier (which would have been April 1.) Also, I’m looking forward to meeting [former U.S. President] Barack Obama and Tom Hanks at the induction ceremony, but more so, to seeing many good friends who I hope will be there.”

In an article posted by the University of Maryland, “Oran is widely recognized for her contributions to the advancement of science and engineering. She pioneered computational technology for the solution of complex reactive flow problems, unifying concepts from science, mathematics, engineering, and computer science in a new methodology. Oran has received many awards and honors, including the Fluid Dynamics Prize of the American Physical Society, the Zeldovich Gold Medal of The Combustion Institute, and the Society of Women Engineers Achievement Award. In addition, Oran is a member of the National Academy of Engineering, which is among the highest professional distinctions accorded to an engineer. She has published extensively in journals, and her research has garnered significant media coverage.” Visit the University of Maryland website for the full article.

“Membership in the Academy is not only an honor, but also an opportunity and a responsibility,” said Jonathan Fanton, President of the American Academy. “Members can be inspired and engaged by connecting with one another and through Academy projects dedicated to the common good. The intellect, creativity, and commitment of the 2018 Class will enrich the work of the Academy and the world in which we live.”

Since its founding in 1780, the American Academy has served the United States as a champion of scholarship, civil dialogue, and useful knowledge. As one of the nation’s oldest learned societies and independent policy research centers, the Academy convenes leaders from the academic, business, and government sectors to address critical challenges facing the global society.

Please join The Combustion Institute in congratulating Elaine S. Oran on being elected to this prestigious society.