Georgia Tech Professor Elected to National Academy of Engineering

Two alumni also receive NAE honor

William J. “Bill” Cook, Chandler Family Chair and professor in the H. Milton Stewart School of Industrial and Systems Engineering, is one of 68 new members and nine foreign associates elected to the National Academy of Engineering (NAE).

Cook is known widely for his work with the traveling salesman problem and his research in combinatorial optimization and integer programming. In November, Cook was also elected fellow by the Institute for Operational Research and Management Sciences.

Cook joins two Georgia Tech alumni who were also selected for the NAE honor. Parker H. "Pete" Petit, who earned his bachelor’s degree in mechanical engineering and master’s degree in engineering mechanics, as well as Linda Griffith, a professor of teaching innovation at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology, who earned her bachelor’s degree in chemical engineering in 1982, were also elected.

William "Bill" Cook
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William "Bill" Cook, Chandler Family Chair and professor in the H. Milton Stewart School of Industrial and Systems Engineering.

Election to NAE is considered among the highest professional distinctions accorded to an engineer. According to NAE, 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 Georgia Institute of Technology is one of the world's premier research universities. Ranked seventh among U.S. News & World Report's top public universities and the eighth best engineering and information technology university in the world by Shanghai Jiao Tong University's Academic Ranking of World Universities, Georgia Tech’s more than 20,000 students are enrolled in its Colleges of Architecture, Computing, Engineering, Liberal Arts, Management and Sciences. Tech is among the nation's top producers of women and minority engineers. The Institute offers research opportunities to both undergraduate and graduate students and is home to more than 100 interdisciplinary units plus the Georgia Tech Research Institute.