AddThis ShareCONTACT: Jade BoydPHONE: 713-348-6778E-MAIL: [email protected] bioengineer elected to National Academy of EngineeringRichards-Kortum honored for cancer research, educational leadershipRice University Bioengineering Professor Rebecca Richards-Kortum has been elected to the National Academy of Engineering (NAE), one of the highest professional distinctions accorded an engineer.Richards-Kortum, the Stanley C. Moore Professor and chair of the Department of Bioengineering, is one of 65 new members named by the NAE this month. She was selected for “research on the diagnosis and treatment of cancer in women, and for leadership in bioengineering education and global health initiatives.”Richards-Kortum becomes the 15th NAE member on Rice’s faculty.“Rebecca Richards-Kortum is one of the most gifted engineering researchers and educators in the country, and her election to the NAE is well-deserved,” said Sallie Keller-McNulty, dean of engineering at Rice. “Dr. Richards-Kortum has a unique vision for applying technology and education in ways that directly impact peoples’ lives. I’m pleased that her insight and hard work are drawing national and international acclaim from her peers.”The NAE was established in 1964 under the charter of the National Academy of Sciences as an organization of outstanding engineers. It is autonomous in its administration and in the selection of its members, sharing with the National Academy of Sciences the responsibility for advising the federal government. The NAE also sponsors engineering programs aimed at meeting national needs, encourages education and research and recognizes the superior achievements of engineers.NAE membership honors those who have made important contributions to engineering theory and practice, including significant contributions to the literature of engineering theory and practice, and those who have demonstrated unusual accomplishments in the pioneering of new and developing fields of technology. The academy has 2,227 members in the United States and 194 foreign associates.Richards-Kortum joined Rice in 2005. Her research group is developing miniature microscopes and spectrometers to enable early detection of precancerous changes in living tissue. Her awards and honors include recognition as a Howard Hughes Medical Institute Professor, the Presidential Young Investigator and Presidential Faculty Fellow awards from the National Science Foundation and the Becton Dickinson Career Achievement Award from the Association for the Advancement of Medical Instrumentation. She served on the inaugural National Advisory Council for Biomedical Imaging and Bioengineering for the National Institutes of Health.Richards-Kortum also directs “Rice 360°: Technology Solutions for World Health,” a major new Rice initiative to develop technologic and educational approaches to prevent disease in vulnerable populations. The initiative was announced Sept. 28 during the 2007 annual meeting of the Clinton Global Initiative in New York.