Naomi Halas, M.A. ’84, Ph.D. ’87, was elected to the National Academy of Engineering earlier this month. Academy membership honors 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."
Halas is the Stanley C. Moore Professor in Electrical and Computer Engineering; Professor of Biomedical Engineering, Chemistry, Physics & Astronomy; and the
Director of Laboratory for Nanophotonics at Rice University. She was elected for her work with nanoscale engineering of optical resonances and lineshapes. In 2013, Halas was also named to the National Academy of the Sciences.