Yale Professors Elected to Prestigious National Academy of Engineering

Two Yale professors are among 77 new members and nine foreign associates elected to the National Academy of Engineering, one of the highest professional distinctions that can be accorded an American scientist or engineer.

Edward H. Kaplan, the William N. and Marie A. Beach Professor of Management Sciences and professor of public health at Yale School of Management, was elected for his “assessment of needle-exchange programs and for generally bringing engineering perspectives to the design of public health policies.”

Tso-Ping (T.P.) Ma, the Raymond John Wean Professor and chair of electrical engineering, was elected for his “contributions to the development of complementary metal-oxide-semiconductor transistors (CMOS) gate dielectric technology.” His work looks at advanced semiconductor transistor technology, which are building blocks of all modern and future microelectronic chips.

Academy membership honors those who have made “important contributions to engineering theory and practice and those who have demonstrated accomplishment in “the pioneering of new fields of engineering, making major advancements in traditional fields of engineering, or developing/implementing innovative approaches to engineering education.”

Kaplan, the first Yale School of Management professor ever to be elected to the National Academy of Engineering, is an expert in operations research and statistics who has developed novel methods for quantitatively evaluating HIV intervention programs. Author of about 100 peer-reviewed publications, he co-edited the book “Modeling the AIDS Epidemic: Planning, Policy and Prediction.” His applications of mathematical and statistical modeling to the study of HIV prevention were rewarded with the 1994 Lanchester Prize and the 1992 Franz Edelman Management Science Achievement Award. He won the Institute for Operations Research and the management Sciences President’s Award in 2002, and he has twice received the Lady Davis Visiting Professorship at the Hebrew University of Jerusalem.

Kaplan has most recently focused his research on bioterror preparedness and response logistics. One of his recent papers questioned the interim response policy in the event of a smallpox attack and has been influential in changing national and international policy in this area. He has provided advice to high-level U.S., Israeli and Canadian officials on this subject. Kaplan received a bachelor’s degree from McGill University and three master’s degrees and a Ph.D. from the Massachusetts Institute of Technology.

Ma, who is also co-director of the Yale Center for Microelectronics and professor of applied physics, has focused on researching microelectronics, semiconductors, MOS interface physics, ionizing radiation and hot electron effects, advanced gate dielectrics, flash memory device physics, and ferroelectric thin films for memory applications. He is a patent holder, co-editor of a book, has given numerous invited talks at international conferences, and contributed to several book chapters as well as over 180 research papers.

After graduating from Yale with a Ph.D. in 1974, Ma conducted research at IBM on advanced silicon device technology and ionizing radiation effects in MOS devices until joining the Yale faculty in 1977. He has served on many committees at Yale and is actively involved in organizing, chairing or serving as a committee member at numerous technical conferences.

Ma is an honorary professor at the Chinese Academy of Sciences and an honorary guest professor at Tsinghua, Tianjin and Shandong Universities. He has served as a consultant for industry worldwide and has also been the principal investigator of joint research and development projects with numerous international high-tech companies.

Some of his many awards and honors include the Harding Bliss Prize from Yale University, GE Whitney Lectureship from General Electric, Yankee Ingenuity Award from the State of Connecticut, BF Goodrich Collegiate Inventor’s Winner’s Advisor Award (twice), and the Paul Rappaport Award from the Institute of Electrical and Electronics Engineers, Inc.’s (IEEE) Electron Device Society. Ma is a Fellow of IEEE, a member of the Connecticut Academy of Science and Engineering, a life member of American Physical Society and a member of the Electrochemical Society, the Materials Research Society, Sigma Xi, and Yale Science and Engineering Association.

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