Dean of Applied Science elected to National Academy of Engineering

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Marc Parlange, PEng, Dean of UBC’s Faculty of Applied Science, has been elected to the National Academy of Engineering (NAE).  

Election to the NAE is among the highest professional distinctions accorded to an engineer. Academy membership honours those who have made outstanding contributions to “engineering research, practice, or education, including, where appropriate, significant contributions to the engineering literature,” and to the “pioneering of new and developing fields of technology, making major advancements in traditional fields of engineering, or developing/implementing innovative approaches to engineering education.”  

Parlange, who is also a professor in the Department of Civil Engineering, was recognized “for fundamental contributions to land-atmosphere modeling and leadership in field measurement campaigns over complex terrain.”

“Marc’s accomplishments exemplify the research excellence that exists within the Faculty of Applied Science,” said UBC President Santa J. Ono. “In addition to his research, he is also an inspiring leader and educator who works tirelessly to increase diversity in engineering, create more professional development opportunities for students, and champion initiatives that promote sustainability, innovation, and entrepreneurship. He has taken his faculty in exciting new directions, raising the profile of UBC in the process, and I am very pleased to see some of his achievements acknowledged by the National Academy of Engineering.”

Among Parlange’s initiatives are reaching gender parity in engineering by 2020, increasing the international and entrepreneurial opportunities for students, developing a biomedical engineering program, creating professional leadership masters in engineering and health care, and opening an on-campus incubator called HATCH, where select UBC technology ventures are given resources to accelerate product development and otherwise jump-start their businesses.

Parlange joined UBC as dean and professor in 2013, having previously served as dean of the School of Architecture, Civil and Environmental Engineering at the École Polytechnique Fédérale de Lausanne, and held faculty appointments at Johns Hopkins University and the University of California at Davis. He holds a BSc in Applied Mathematics from Griffith University, an MSc in Agricultural Engineering from Cornell University, and a PhD in Civil and Environmental Engineering, also from Cornell. Among his awards are the Macelwane Medal of the American Geophysical Union and the Dalton Medal of the European Geosciences Union. 

The 84 new members and 22 foreign members selected by the NAE this year will be formally inducted during a ceremony on October 8, 2017, at the Academy’s annual meeting in Washington, D.C.