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Professor James F. Pankow Elected to Prestigious National Academy of Engineering

Professor James F. PankowPortland State University is pleased to announce that Professor James F. Pankow was elected to the prestigious National Academy of Engineering (NAE) on February 6.

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 NAE shares responsibility with the National Academy of Sciences to advise the federal government on questions of policy in science and technology.

Pankow, a professor with a joint appoint in the Department of Civil and Environmental Engineering in the Maseeh College of Engineering and Computer Science and the Department of Chemistry in the College of Liberal Arts and Sciences, earned the honor for his extraordinary contributions to the fields of environmental analytical methods, and his internationally regarded work in the behavior of air pollutants and aerosol particles in the earth's atmosphere. His ground­breaking work on this theory, which is used in climate change re­search, resulted in his re­ceipt of the 1999 American Chemi­cal Society Award for Creative Advances in Environmental Science and Tech­no­logy, and of the 2005 Haagen-Smit Prize. He has been listed as a “highly cited researcher” since 2003.

Pankow is also very interested in contaminants in drinking water, and has recently secured a new five year project from the U.S.G.S on that topic. He is the author of more than 130 peer-reviewed publications, and four books. Pankow’s academic training combined basic chemistry (B.A., SUNY, 1973) with engi­neer­ing (Ph.D., Caltech, 1979).

Pankow’s election to this elite institution makes him the only professor currently active in the state of Oregon to belong to the NAE. Pankow joins an exclusive group; among the other NAE inductees for 2009 are Sergey Brin, co-founder of Google, and Dr. Matthew O'Donnell, Dean of Engineering at the University of Washington.

For more information about the National Academy of Engineering, please visit the NAE web site.

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