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March 6: Carnegie Mellon's Nadine Aubry Awarded Lane Professorship for Outstanding Research and University Citizenship


Chriss Swaney                   

Carnegie Mellon's Nadine Aubry Awarded Lane Professorship
For Outstanding Research and University Citizenship

AubreyPITTSBURGH—Carnegie Mellon University's Nadine Aubry has been named the Raymond J. Lane Distinguished Professor in Mechanical Engineering. Aubry, head of Carnegie Mellon's Department of Mechanical Engineering, received the prestigious professorship for her outstanding research contributions and her leadership in mechanical engineering.  The appointment was effective Feb. 1, 2009.  
"I am deeply honored by this recognition, and I plan to continue championing change and innovation throughout my department and the highly ranked College of Engineering," said Aubry, who was recently awarded the distinction of fellow by the American Association for the Advancement of Science (AAAS).
University Provost and Senior Vice President Mark S. Kamlet praised Aubry for "raising the stature and visibility of the university through her many achievements."
Ray Lane, a university trustee and managing partner of Kleiner Perkins Caufield & Byers, said this professorship is awarded to individuals with entrepreneurial spark and leadership abilities that are endemic to the problem-solving environment at Carnegie Mellon. "Professor Aubry is an outstanding researcher and an excellent role model for young women seeking to enter the important fields of science and technology, where much of the business economy's innovation is created," said Lane, who also is chairman of  "Inspire Innovation: The Campaign for Carnegie Mellon University." The public phase of the  $1 billion comprehensive campaign began in October 2008.
Pradeep K. Khosla, dean of Carnegie Mellon's College of Engineering, praised Aubry for leading-edge work in improving technologies involving fluid flows in areas ranging from aerospace and tissue engineering to biotechnology. "The Department of Mechanical Engineering is growing, and this latest accolade reflects her hard work and outstanding vision and leadership."
In addition to being a pioneer in the field of fluid dynamics research, she is also part of a research team developing new materials with special properties to increase the efficiency of drug delivery patches, solar cells and the next generation of high-performance computing.
Aubry's interdisciplinary research and close partnerships with industry have landed her several other impressive awards, including the National Science Foundation's Presidential Young Investigator Award. She also was chair of the U.S. National Committee on Theoretical and Applied Mechanics, a National Research Council committee that serves as a national forum for defining major issues in mechanics research, technology and education. The committee represents the U.S. internationally in scientific matters related to the field of mechanics.
Aubry earned a bachelor's degree in 1984 from the National Polytechnic Institute of Grenoble, France, and a master's degree from the Scientific and Medical University, also in Grenoble. In 1987, she received her Ph.D. from Cornell University.


Pictured above is Nadine Aubry, head of Carnegie Mellon's Department of Mechanical Engineering.