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PRESTIGIOUS NATIONAL ACADEMY
HONORS UK ENGINEERING PROFESSOR

By George Lewis

 

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Ho was cited for invention and commercialization of novel separation technologies and the development of new theoretical models for membrane separations.

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March 29, 2002 (Lexington, Ky.) -- Winston Ho, professor of chemical and materials engineering at the University of Kentucky, has been elected to the National Academy of Engineering.

Election to the National Academy of Engineering (NAE) is considered to be one of the highest professional distinctions that can be accorded an engineer. Academy membership honors those who have made important contributions to engineering theory and practice, and have demonstrated unusual accomplishment in the pioneering of new and developing fields of technology.

Ho was cited for invention and commercialization of novel separation technologies, and the development of new theoretical models for membrane separations.

Ho joined the UK chemical and materials faculty in 1999, after serving as senior vice president of technology at Commodore Separations Technology, Inc., Kennesaw, Georgia. Prior to that, he was a researcher with Exxon Research and Engineering Company, Corporate Research, in Annandale, New Jersey.

He received his bachelor's degree in chemical engineering from National Taiwan University and his master's and doctoral degrees from the University of Illinois. He is a member of the American Institute of Chemical Engineering, the American Chemical Society, the North American Membrane Society and Phi Lambda Upsilon, national chemical honor society.

Ho has published more than 55 refereed journal publications and has 57 awarded patents. He was the co-editor of Membrane Handbook which received the Professional and Scholarly Publishing Award for the most outstanding engineering work of 1993. The New Jersey Inventors Congress and Hall of Fame named him its Inventor of the Year in 1991.

The NAE was established in 1964 as an independent nonprofit organization. It operates under the same congressional act of incorporation, signed by President Lincoln in 1863 that established the National Academy of Science. Members are elected to NAE membership by their peers (current NAE members).

Ho was one of 74 members and seven foreign associates elected for 2002. This brings the total U.S. membership to 1,857 active members and 250 members emeriti, and the number of foreign associates to 158.

Ho will be formally recognized at the NAE annual meeting in Washington, D.C., on October 6, 2002.


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