Newly elected members to the American Academy of Arts and Sciences include EECS faculty, alumni

EECS Professor Alberto Sangiovanni-Vincentelli has been elected to the American Academy of Arts and Sciences. Lenore Blum, professor in residence, and alumna Nancy Amato, (M.S. 88; advisor: Manuel  Blum) were also named on the list of 250 newly elected members.

Founded in 1780, the American Academy is one of the nation’s oldest learned societies and a prestigious honor for scholars, engineers, innovators, and leaders. Election to the Academy recognizes distinguished and continuing achievements in a wide range of disciplines and professions.

Sangiovanni-Vincentelli, elected to the Class I, section 6 (Computer Sciences) is the Edgar L. and Harold H. Buttner Chair of Electrical Engineering and Computer Sciences. He develops and improves a variety of modern electronics systems, including tools for wireless sensor networks, embedded systems, hybrid systems, cyber-physical systems, systems of systems, and electronic design automation.

Lenore Blum, elected to Class I, section 1 (Mathematics, Applied Mathematics, and Statistics) is currently the Distinguished Career Professor of Computer Science, Emeritus at Carnegie Mellon University. Blum is also the founding director of Project Olympus and was previously a senior researcher at the International Computer Science Institute and deputy director of the Mathematical Sciences Research Institute, both in Berkeley.

Nancy Amato, also elected to Class I, section 6 is Head of the Computer Science Department and Abel Bliss Professor of Engineering at the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign. She received undergraduate degrees in Mathematical Sciences and Economics from Stanford, and M.S. and Ph.D. degrees in Computer Science from UC Berkeley and the University of Illinois, respectively. Amato is known for her algorithmic contributions to robotics task and motion planning, computational biology and geometry, and parallel and distributed computing.