UBC grad elected to National Academy of Engineering

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A UBC graduate has been elected to the National Academy of Engineering (NAE), one of the highest professional honours an engineer can receive.

Omkaram Nalamasu (PhD ‘86, Chemistry) is senior vice president and chief technology officer of Applied Materials, Inc and president of Applied Ventures, LLC. An award-winning researcher in the areas of nanotechnology, nanopatterning, electronic and photonic materials, and lithography, Nalamasu has been recognized by the NAE for “technical innovation spanning materials development, atomically controlled thin film fabrication, and commercialization in microelectronics and energy generation and storage.”

Each year, the NAE elects to membership individuals of professional integrity who “have distinguished themselves [in the discipline of engineering] in business and academic management, in technical positions, as university faculty, and as leaders in government and private engineering organizations.”

“Om is a deeply valued friend of the Faculty of Applied Science and has served on the Advisory Council,” said Marc Parlange, PEng, Dean of the Faculty of Applied Science, who was also elected to the Academy this year. “Drawing from his experiences in industry and academia, he played an instrumental role in helping this faculty adapt to changes — cultural, economic, technological — in society and the marketplace. He was especially important in creating opportunities for our students and faculty to collaborate with colleagues in Silicon Valley. It comes as no surprise that his exceptional achievements are being recognized by the Academy.”

Nalamasu studied chemistry and biology in India before pursuing his doctorate in chemistry at UBC. After graduating in 1986, he began working at AT&T Bell Laboratories — later Lucent Technologies — where he held key leadership positions (including Director of Materials Research and Director of the Nanofabrication Lab) over the next 15 years. He then served as Vice President of Research and NYSTAR Professor of Materials Science and Engineering at Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute prior to joining Applied Materials in 2006.

The NAE elected 84 new members and 22 foreign members this year. Voted in by the entire NAE membership in a confidential process, the “Class of 2017” will be formally inducted during a ceremony on October 8, 2017, at the Academy’s annual meeting in Washington, D.C.