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Charles M. Vest, president of the Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT), has been named the recipient of the National Academy of Engineering's (NAE) 2000 Arthur M. Bueche Award. The award recognizes statesmanship in science and technology, as well as active involvement in determining science and technology policy, promoting technological development, and contributing to the enhancement of the relationship between industry, government, and universities. Vest will receive the award on October 22, during the NAE's Annual Meeting.
Vest is the eighteenth recipient of the Bueche Award and is honored for his outstanding university leadership, commitment and effectiveness in helping mold government policy in support of research, and forging linkages between academia and industry.
Inaugurated as the fifteenth president of MIT in May 1991, Vest is credited with pioneering work in holographic interferometry and the application of this technology to thermal systems and flows. His work included the development of sophisticated techniques to obtain 3-D holographic interferograms of refractive indices in thermal flows, facilitating the determination of fluid properties of complex and hard-to-access flow systems, such as, combustion flows.
The NAE established the award 1982 to honor Arthur M. Bueche, who was senior vice president for corporate technology at General Electric and a member of the NAE Council who spoke out for the advancement of technology. Presented annually, the honoree receives a gold medallion, a $2,500 cash award, and a hand-scribed certificate.
Also, on October 22, the National Academy of Engineering will present the Founders Award to Charles H. Townes, the inventor of the laser. The Founders Award is presented annually to NAE members for lifetime engineering achievement.
Each year the NAE salutes leaders in engineering for their lifetime dedication to their field and their commitment to advancing the human condition through great engineering achievement. The NAE dedicates more than $1 million to recognize these leaders and to bring better understanding of the importance of engineering to society.
The National Academy of Engineering is an independent, nonprofit institution that provides leadership and guidance to government on the application of engineering resources to social, economic, and security problems. It was established in 1964 and operates under the congressional charter granted to the National Academy of Sciences.