Environmental Engineer Elimelech elected to National Academy of Engineering
Elimelech, who is chair of the Department of Chemical Engineering, is a specialist in the physiochemical processes for water quality control. He directs the Yale Environmental Engineering Program, emphasizing a multidisciplinary approach to solving environmental problems.
His research addresses four areas: transport and fate of microbial pathogens in aquatic environments; fundamentals and applications of membrane filtration processes for desalinization and water reuse; processes involving nanoparticles in engineered and natural aquatic systems; and, more recently, the link between water, sanitation, and health in developing countries. In his election to the NAE, he was recognized for his contributions to the theory and practice of advanced filtration technologies for the treatment and reuse of potable water.
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. The new members bring the total U.S. membership in NAE to 2,216 and its foreign associate membership to 186 people.
“While ten years ago, Yale University did not have a single NAE member, over the past few years, we have added nine Academy members, giving us one of the nation’s highest per faculty ratios with this prestigious recognition,” said Paul Fleury, Dean of the Faculty of Engineering at Yale. “Meny Elimelech adds luster to this august group and we are delighted with his well deserved honor.”
Elimelech’s numerous honors include the W.M. Keck Foundation Engineering Teaching Excellence Award, the Walter L. Huber Civil Engineering Research Prize of the American Society of Civil Engineers, the Outstanding Paper Award of the Association of Environmental Engineering and Science Professors, and the Excellence in Review Award of the journal Environmental Science & Technology. In 2004 he received Yale’s Graduate Mentor Award and in 2005 he received the Athalie Richardson Irvine Clarke Prize for outstanding achievement in water science and technology.
A native of Israel, Elimelech served in the Israeli Air Force before earning his B.S. and M.Sc. at The Hebrew University in Jerusalem and his Ph.D. at Johns Hopkins University (1989). He taught 1989–1998 at the University of California at Los Angeles, where he was professor and vice chair in the Department of Civil and Environmental Engineering before coming to Yale as professor of Environmental Engineering. He has written over 120 journal articles and is principal author of the book “Particle Deposition and Aggregation.” Elimelech has held visiting posts at the California Institute of Technology, the Swiss Federal Institute of Technology and the Gwangju Institute of Science and Technology in Korea. In summer of 2002, he was the Exxon–Mobil Professor at the National University of Singapore.