Rutgers School of Engineering Professor, Alumnus Elected to National Academy of Engineering

The National Academy of Engineering (NAE) has elected Martin L. Yarmush, Paul and Mary Monroe chair and distinguished professor in the Department of Biomedical Engineering at Rutgers University-New Brunswick, along with School of Engineering alumnus Mir Imran as members of this preeminent academy.

Election to the academy is among the highest professional distinctions bestowed upon an engineer. Academy membership honors those who have made outstanding contributions to engineering research and practice, pioneering new and developing fields of technology. NAE announced 84 new members and 22 foreign members, bringing the total U.S. membership to 2,281 and the number of foreign members to 249.

Yarmush’s accomplishments include pioneering advances in cellular, tissue, and organ engineering and for leadership in applying metabolic engineering to human health. He is an internationally recognized bioeningeer and translational scientist whose laboratory has been a pioneer and leader in multiple fields including tissue engineering and regenerative medicine, applied immunology and biotechnology, BioMEMs and nanotechnology, and metabolic engineering and functional genomics.

“Dr. Yarmush exemplifies engineering leadership and the Rutgers University community is fortunate to have him as a colleague and educator,” said Rutgers School of Engineering dean Thomas N. Farris. 

Yarmush holds a bachelor’s degree in biology and chemistry from Yeshiva University, doctoral degrees in chemical engineering and biophysical chemistry from Massachusetts Institute of Technology, and a medical degree from Yale University.

Electrical engineering alumnus Mir Imran ENG’77 has also been elected a member of the NAE for his role in creating the first implantable cardiac defibrillator, and for developing multiple other technologies as inventor and entrepreneur.