Professor elected to US National Academy of Engineering for outstanding contributions to engineering



Prof. Cummings
Professor Peter Cummings

Professor Peter Cummings has been elected to membership in the US National Academy of Engineering (NAE) for his prolific contributions to engineering.

Election to the NAE is one of the highest professional honours accorded an engineer. It recognises outstanding engineering contributions in business, education, research, government, and other organizations.

He is cited “[f]or simulation-based solutions to chemical engineering problems, and for innovations and leadership in modeling and computational nanoscience.”

Prior to joining Heriot-Watt University, Prof. Cummings held many leadership positions in the US in government laboratories, universities, and professional organizations. Members of the NAE are expected to contribute to the mission of the National Academies of Sciences, Engineering, and  Medicine in advising the US federal government and industry about the critical issues facing the country and the planet.

On his election to the NAE, Prof. Cummings, who joined Heriot-Watt University's School of Engineering and Physical Sciences last year, said “I am incredibly honoured to have been elected to the NAE. This recognition reflects the stellar work of the hundred-plus MS and PhD students, and post-doctoral researchers fellows who, along with many senior collaborators, have been with me on this journey. I am very excited to continue this journey at Heriot-Watt University with a new generation of research students and collaborators.”

In a separate honour, Professor Cummings has also been elected as a Fellow of the American Society of Mechanical Engineers (ASME).

Only members who have been responsible for “significant engineering achievements” can be elected as Fellows to the organisation

 Prof. Cummings contiunues: “Election as ASME Fellow has special significance for me, since I now belong to the university that bears the name of one of the most celebrated early mechanical engineers – James Watt.”

Prof. Cummings is also an elected fellow of the American Physical Society (APS), the American Institute of Chemical Engineers (AIChE), the American Association for the Advancement of Science (AAAS), and the Royal Society of Chemistry (FRSC).


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