Council of the National Academy of Engineering

The Council is the governing board of the National Academy of Engineering. It is comprised of six officers (chair, president, vice president, home secretary, foreign secretary, and treasurer) and twelve members (councillors) elected by the Academy membership.

During intervals between meetings of the members, The Council is responsible for the general policies and programs of the Academy and for the control of all funds administered by the Academy.

(Term ends June 30 of year indicated in parentheses)


  • Charles O. Holliday
    Chair: Charles O. Holliday (2016)
    Retired Chairman of the Board and CEO, E. I. du Pont de Nemours and Co.
  • C. D. Mote, Jr.
    President: C. D. Mote, Jr. (2019)
    President, National Academy of Engineering
    Vice Chairman, National Research Council
  • Corale L. Brierley
    Vice President: Corale L. Brierley (2018)
    Principal, Brierley Consultancy LLC
  • Thomas F. Budinger
    Home Secretary: Thomas F. Budinger (2016)
    Professor of the Graduate School, University of California, Berkeley
    Senior Consulting Scientist, E. O. Lawrence Berkeley National Laboratory
  • Venkatesh (Venky) Narayanamurti
    Foreign Secretary: Venkatesh (Venky) Narayanamurti (2015)
    Benjamin Peirce Professor of Technology and Public Policy, Harvard School of Engineering and Applied Science
    Director, Science, Technology and Public Policy Program, Harvard Kennedy School
  • Martin B. Sherwin
    Treasurer: Martin B. Sherwin (2017)
    Retired Vice President, W. R. Grace & Co.
  • Wanda M. Austin
    Wanda M. Austin (2015)
    President and Chief Executive Officer, The Aerospace Corporation
  • Uma Chowdhry
    Uma Chowdhry (2016)
    Chief Science and Technology Officer Emeritus, E.I. du Pont de Nemours and Co.
  • Paul Citron
    Paul Citron (2016)
    Retired Vice President of Technology Policy and Academic Relations, Medtronic, Inc.
  • David E. Daniel
    David E. Daniel (2016)
    President, The University of Texas at Dallas
  • Anita K. Jones
    Anita K. Jones (2015)
    University Professor Emerita, School of Engineering and Applied Science, University of Virginia
  • Frances S. Ligler
    Frances S. Ligler (2017)
    Lampe Distinguished Professor of Biomedical Engineering, Joint Department of Biomedical Engineering, UNC-Chapel Hill School of Medicine and North Carolina State University College of Engineering
  • Arunava Majumdar
    Arunava Majumdar (2017)
    Vice President for Energy, Google, Inc., Jay Precourt Provostial Chair Professor, Department of Mechanical Engineering, Stanford University
  • Richard A. Meserve
    Richard A. Meserve (2017)
    President , Carnegie Institution for Science
  • H. Vincent Poor
    H. Vincent Poor (2017)
    Dean of Engineering and Applied Science; and Michael Henry Strater University Professor, Princeton University
  • C. Paul Robinson
    C. Paul Robinson (2016)
    President Emeritus, Sandia National Laboratories
  • Arnold F. Stancell
    Arnold F. Stancell (2015)
    Retired Vice President, Mobil Oil
    Turner Professor of Chemical Engineering, Emeritus, Georgia Institute of Technology
  • Richard H. Truly
    Richard H. Truly (2015)
    Retired Vice Admiral, United States Navy
    Retired Director, National Renewable Energy Laboratory
  • Ralph J. Cicerone
    Ex-Officio: Ralph J. Cicerone (2017)
    President, National Academy of Sciences