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OSU Alumnus Honored with Highest Professional Distinction

Tuesday, February 12, 2019

Behrokh Khoshnevis elected by the National Academy of Engineering as new member

The National Academy of Engineering (NAE) has elected Behrokh Khoshnevis, Oklahoma State University alumnus in industrial engineering and management (IEM), as one of 86 new members. The newly elected class will be inducted during a ceremony at the NAE's annual meeting in Washington, D.C., on Oct. 6, 2019. 

Khoshnevis graduated with his master’s degree in 1974 and Ph.D. in 1979, both in IEM from OSU. He received the Lohmann medal in 2005, is a member of the Cowboy Academy of Industrial Engineering and Management, and is the second Cowboy Academy member to be elected to the NAE. 

Dr. Khoshnevis is currently a Dean’s Professor of engineering at the University of Southern California and will soon be appointed to the Louise L. Dunn Professorship there. He is a Fellow of the National Academy of Inventors and a Member of the EU Academy of Sciences. Through his passion driven inventive research activities, Dr. Khoshnevis has made many useful inventions and innovations in different domains including robotics, biomedical, oil and gas, renewable energy, fabrication, construction and space systems. His automated construction inventions, Contour Crafting is regarded as the most promising approach for planetary construction of human outposts. In 2014 NASA awarded Contour Crafting the Grand Prize of the 'Create the Future' Design Contest among more than 1,000 globally competing technologies. In 2016 another invention of Khoshnevis, SSS, received the top NASA prize in an international competition on in-space fabrication technologies.

Election to the National Academy of Engineering is among the highest professional distinctions accorded to an engineer. Academy membership honors those who have made outstanding contributions to "engineering research, practice, or education, including, where appropriate, significant contributions to the engineering literature" and to "the pioneering of new and developing fields of technology, making major advancements in traditional fields of engineering, or developing/implementing innovative approaches to engineering education."

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