Posted on 01. May, 2013 by perspective in Academic Departments, Alumni, Chemical and Biological Engineering, Electrical and Computer Engineering, Energy Independence, Environment and Sustainability, Healthcare and Medicine, Industrial and Systems Engineering, Issues, Magazine, People
In February, the National Academy of Engineering (NAE) named David Gustafson to its 2013 class of new members. Gustafson is director of the UW-Madison Center for Health Enhancement Systems Studies and a professor emeritus of industrial and systems engineering.
The academy cited Gustafson for industrial and systems engineering methods to improve care for aging patients and those who suffer from lung cancer, severe asthma or drug addiction.
Gustafson joined UW-Madison in 1967 after earning his PhD in industrial engineering from the University of Michigan. He founded the UW-Madison Center for Health Systems Research and Analysis (CHSRA). He and other researchers began developed the Comprehensive Health Enhancement Support System (CHESS), a computer-based health support network, and created a center of the same name to focus on similar research. Gustafson also developed a computerized system that helps organizations implement quality improvement.
He is the director of the national program office of the Network for the Improvement of Addiction Treatment (NIATx) and leads two federally designated centers of excellence at UW-Madison in cancer communications research and in active aging.
Four College of Engineering alumni also were among those named members of NAE. Tom Overbye (BSECE ‘83, MSECE ‘88, PhDECE ‘91) is the Fox Family Professor in Electrical and Computer Engineering at the University of Illinois, Champaign-Urbana. NAE cited him for his integration of visualization and analysis tools for power systems. James Liao (PhDChE ‘87) is the Ralph M. Parsons Foundation Chair Professor of the Department of Chemical and Biomolecular Engineering at the University of California, Los Angeles. NAE cited him for advances in metabolic engineering of microorganisms to produce fuels and chemicals. Lorenz (Larry) Biegler (MSChE ‘79, PhDChE ‘81) is the Bayer Professor of Chemical Engineering at Carnegie Mellon University. NAE cited him for contributions in large-scale nonlinear optimization theory and algorithms for application to process optimization, design and control. And David Dornfeld (BSME ’72, MSME ’73 and PhDME ’76) is the Will C. Hall Family Chair in Engineering and professor of mechanical engineering at the University of California, Berkeley. NAE recognized him for contributions to sustainability in advanced manufacturing, sensors and precision material processing.
The four are among 69 new members and 11 foreign associates elected to the NAE in 2013. The designation is among the highest professional distinctions accorded to an engineer, and membership honors those who have made outstanding contributions to engineering research, practice or education.