February 14, 2014
The Hertz Foundation is proud to share the news that Lieutenant General USAF Ellen M. Pawlikowski and Stanford Professor Stephen P. Boyd have been elected to the National Academy of Engineering (NAE). The Academy has elected 67 U.S. and 11 Foreign Associate new members. Academy membership honors those who have made outstanding contributions to engineering research, practice or education. Membership is one of the highest professional honors accorded an engineer. There are over 30 Hertz Fellows who have been elected to the NAE or the National Academy of Science.
General Pawlikowski, Hertz Fellow 1979, was elected for her leadership in the development of technologies for national security programs including spacecraft operations and the Airborne Laser. She is the first woman to assume command of the Space and Missile Systems Center at the Los Angeles Air Force Base. She is responsible for more than 5,000 employees nationwide and an annual budget of $10 billion. As the Air Force Program Executive Officer for Space, General Pawlikowski manages the research, design, development, acquisition, and sustainment of satellites and the associated command and control systems. Her extensive portfolio includes military satellite communication, missile warning, navigation and timing, space-based weather, space launch and test ranges, certification for launch, space superiority, responsive space and other emerging evolutionary space programs. She has previously served as commander of the Air Force Research Laboratory, managing the scientific research and development operations of the Air Force. General Pawlikowski is a career Air Force officer who entered active duty in 1982 after completing her PhD in Chemical Engineering from the University of California, Berkeley.
Professor Boyd, Hertz Fellow 1980, was elected for contributions to engineering design and analysis via convex optimization. He is a Samsung Professor in the School of engineering; and professor, Information Systems Laboratory, department of electrical engineering, Stanford University. He currently teaches graduate courses on Linear Dynamical Systems and Convex Optimization, each attracting around 250 students from many departments. His website, which makes available past papers, books, software, lecture notes, and selected lecture videos, is visited more than 1.6 million times per year, not counting accesses to iTunes U, YouTube, Stanford Engineering Everywhere, or MIT Open Course Ware, each of which include courses developed and delivered by Boyd. His research focus is on convex optimization applications in control, signal processing, and circuit design. Boyd is listed in the Ten Best Professors at Stanford University by Business Insider Magazine. Professor Boyd received his PhD in Electrical Engineering Computer Science from the University of California, Berkeley in 1985.
The National Academy of Engineering is part of the National Academies, along with the National Academy of Science and the Institute of Medicine. Members have distinguished themselves in engineering research, practice, or education, business and academic management, in technical positions, as university faculty, and as leaders in government and private engineering organizations. Many are pioneering new and developing fields of technology, making major advancements in traditional fields of engineering, or developing and implementing innovative approaches to engineering education.