The Academy of Transdisciplinary Learning and Advanced Studies(TheATLAS) is pleased to present the following list of distinguished people with its highest honor, "the Academy Gold Medal of Honor" for distinguished contribution to the advancement of Transdisciplinary Foundational ideas and activities. The award comes with Honorary lifetime Membership in the Academy. The Academy Gold Medal of Honor recognizes unusual accomplishment in transdisciplinary education and research, public service, and other allied pursuits beneficial to design and process science.

This award, the only award given by the Academy, will normally be presented to one person each year. However, in 2001, because it was the first time this award was presented, three individuals who have demonstrated exceptional vision, have worked diligently, and have been instrumental in developing and implementing the concepts and philosophy of transdisciplinary education and research have been unanimously selected as recipients. The award consists of the Academy Gold Medal and a $1,000 honorarium. Awards were presented during the Workshop on Transdisciplinary Education, Research, and Training dinner in Pasadena, California, June 11, 2001.

Nobel Laureate Herbert A. Simon
Carnegie Mellon University
Date of Honor Received: June 11, 2001

Carnegie Mellon University Professor Herbert A. Simon, winner of the 1978 Nobel Prize in Economics and many prestigious international scientific awards for his work in cognitive psychology and computer science, died Feb. 9, 2001 at the age of 84. Herbert A. Simon’s research has ranged from computer science to psychology, administration, and economics. The thread of continuity through all his work has been his interest in human decision-making and problem-solving processes, and he has made use of the computer as a tool for simulating human thinking.

Born in 1916 in Milwaukee, Wisconsin, Simon was educated at the University of Chicago. Since 1949, he has been on the faculty of Carnegie Mellon University, where he is the Richard King Mellon University Professor of Computer Science and Psychology. In 1978, he received the Alfred Nobel Memorial Prize in Economic Sciences, and in 1986 the National Medal of Science. Simon’s writings include "Administrative Behavior, Human Problem Solving (jointly with Alen Newell), and Models of my Life (autobiography).

Dr. Steadman Upham
President of the University of Tulsa
Date of Honor Received: June 11, 2001

Steadman Upham was named president of The University of Tulsa in June 2004, after having served as president of Claremont Graduate University for six years. Prior to this time, he served as vice provost for research and dean of the Graduate School and professor of archaeology at the University of Oregon. He has provided extensive service to the scholarly professions. He has been president of both the National Physical Science Consortium and the Western Association of Graduate Schools. He was the 1999 chair of the Council of Graduate Schools’ Board of Directors, and has served in the executive committees of the Association of Graduate Schools of the Association of American Universities and the Council on Research Policy and Graduate Education of the National Association of State Universities and Land-Grant Colleges. He also served as commissioner for the Western Association of Schools and Colleges Accrediting Commission. President Upham is currently a director of the American Mutual Funds.

Dr. Upham has written numerous books and scholarly articles on the prehistory and archaeology of the American Southwest. He is a fellow of the American Anthropological Association and a member of Sigma Xi, the international honor society of scientific and engineering research. President Upham received numerous awards for his teaching and research while serving as a faculty member at New Mexico State University and the University of Oregon.Dr. Upham received his Ph.D. degree from Arizona State University

Dr. George Kozmetsky
IC2 Institute, University of Texas at Austin
Date of Honor Received: June 11, 2001

Dr. George Kozmetsky is the Executive Associate for Economic Affairs, The University of Texas System. He also serves as Chairman of the Advisory Board and is a Senior Research Fellow of the IC2 Institute. In addition, Dr. Kozmetsky is a Professor in the Management and Computer Science Departments, holds the Murray S. Johnson Chair in Economics and the IC2 E.D. Walker Centennial Fellowship at The University of Texas at Austin. He is also a Professor in the Department of Medicine of The University of Texas Health Science Center at San Antonio. Dr. Kozmetsky served from 1966-1982 as Dean of the College of Business Administration and the Graduate School of Business at The University of Texas at Austin.

His business acumen spans service, manufacturing, and technology based industries. He is the co-founder and was a Director, and former Executive Vice President of Teledyne, Inc. He has assisted in developing over 100 technology based companies as well as serving on numerous boards including Gulf Oil, La Quinta, Heizer Inc., and DELL Corporation.Dr. Kozmetsky is a Fellow of the American Association for the Advancement of Science and Society for Design and Process Science (SDPS). He is a charter member and served as president of The Institute of Management Sciences (TIMS). Dr. Kozmetsky has served both state and federal governments as an advisor, commissioner, and panel member of various task forces, commissions, and policy boards.

He writes extensively. His articles and papers have appeared in major professional journals, magazines, and newspapers. His four most recent books are Creating the Technopolis [co-editor] (Ballinger, 1988), Pacific Cooperation and Development [co-editor] (Praeger Publishers, 1988), Modern American Capitalism [co-author] (Quorum Books, 1990), and Zero time [co-author] (John Wiley & Sons, Inc.)

Dr. Kozmetsky received the 1987-88 Dow Jones Award from the American Assembly of Collegiate Schools of Business for his outstanding contributions to management education; the 1988 Thomas Jefferson Award from the Technology Transfer Society for his work in advancing technology transfer; and was inducted into the Texas Business Hall of Fame for his business contributions to the State of Texas. In 1989, he received the University of Washington Alumnus Summa Dignatus Award. He was Austin’s 1992 Entrepreneur of the Year Supporter of Entrepreneurship. Dr. Kozmetsky is one of nine recipients of the 1993 National Medal of Technology. He is the first recipient of the Entrepreneurial Leadership Award from the MIT Enterprise Forum of Cambridge, Inc.

A native of Seattle, WA, Dr. Kozmetsky received the Bachelor of Arts degree from the University of Washington in 1938, the Master of Business Administration degree in 1947 and the Doctor of Commercial Science degree in 1957 from Harvard University. He received an honorary Doctor of Humane Letters from St. Edward’s University in 1988.

Dr. Michael Anthony Arbib
Fletcher Jones Professor of Computer Science
University of Southern California
Date of Honor Received: June 24, 2002

Dr. Michael A. Arbib is the Fletcher Jones Professor of Computer Science, as well as a Professor of Biological Sciences, Biomedical Engineering, Electrical Engineering, Neuroscience and Psychology at the University of Southern California (USC), which he joined in September of 1986. He has also been named as one of the eleven University Professors at USC in recognition of his contributions across many disciplines.

Born in England in 1940, Arbib grew up in Australia (with a B.Sc.(Hons.)) in Pure Mathematics from Sydney University), and received his Ph.D. in Mathematics from MIT in 1963. After five years at Stanford, he became chairman of the Department of Computer and Information Science at the University of Massachusetts at Amherst in 1970, and remained in that Department until his move to USC in 1986.

At the University of Massachusetts he helped found the Center for Systems Neuroscience, the Cognitive Science Program, and the Laboratory for Perceptual Robotics, for each of which he served as director. At USC, he was founder and first Director of the Center for Neural Engineering. He now directs the USC Brain Project, an interdisciplinary effort in neuroinformatics.

He has published more than 250 papers and author or editor of more than 30 books. His edited volume, The Handbook of Brain Theory and Neural Networks (The MIT Press, 1995) is a massive compendium embracing studies in detailed neuronal function, system models of brain regions, connectionist models of psychology and linguistics, mathematical and biological studies of learning, and technological applications of artificial neural networks. Neural Organization: Structure, Function, and Dynamics (The MIT Press, 1998), co-authored with Peter Erdi and the late John Szentagothai, provides a comprehensive view of the working of the brain. His latest book is Computing the Brain: A Guide to Neuroinformatics (co-edited with Jeffrey Grethe; Academic Press, 2001).

C.V. Ramamoorthy
Emeritus Professor
University of California, Berkeley
Date of Honor Received: June 24, 2002

Professor Ramamoorthy’s distinguished career traces back to the 1960s. In 1961, while working as a scientist for Honeywell, Ramamoorthy developed the entire microcode to handle instruction sequencing and control for the H290, Honeywell’s first transistorized system. The H290 was a general-purpose, stored-program digital computer designed for process monitoring and control.

In the late 1960s, Ramamoorthy joined the University of Texas, Austin, as a professor of electrical engineering and computer science, later becoming chair of the computer science department. He developed, with his students, the FACES System for automated test generation and evaluation techniques. These test techniques were successfully applied to discover programming errors in Bell laboratories’ Safeguard Missile Defense System for the US Army and were intended to defend Minuteman silos located around the US from enemy attack. In 1971, these techniques were modified for reuse at NASA’s Space Shuttle Structural Test Facility in Huntsville, Alabama.

At UC Berkeley, where he joined the faculty in 1972, Ramamoorthy is an emeritus professor of Electrical Engineering and computer science. Most recently, his research investigations have focused on service industries-functions, features, and control-and the relationships between software and service engineering.

IEEE Society has honored Ramamoorthy’s acheivements with the Taylor L. Booth Education Award in 1989, the Richard E. Merwin Distinguished Service Award in 1993, Golden Core recognition in 1966, and Tsutomu Kanai Award in 2000. He also received the IEEE Centennial Medal and the IEEE Third Millennium Medal. He has been an IEEE Fellow since 1978 and is a Fellow of the Society for Design and Process Science, from which he received the R.T. Yeh Distinguished Achievement Award in 1997.

A longtime Computer Society volunteer, Ramamoorthy was founding editor in chief of IEEE Transactions on Knowledge and Data Engineering and served as editor in chief of IEEE Transactions on Software Engineering, He has published more than 150 papers, co-edited three books, and holds patents in computer architecture, software engineering, computer testing and diagnosis and databases.

He holds two undergraduate degrees in Physics from India. He obtained two graduate degrees in Mechanical Engineering from University of California at Berkeley, and two graduate degrees in Applied mathematics and Computer Sciences from Harvard.

Dr. Raymond T. Yeh
Date of Honor Received: December 4, 2003

Dr. Yeh taught computer science at Pennsylvania State University, the University of Texas at Austin, the University of Minnesota, and the University of Maryland at College Park. He was also Chairman of the Department of Computer Sciences at both Texas and Maryland. Under his leadership, he helped both departments to gain top-ten ranking nationally (the only top-ten ranking department at Maryland then). He was the Control Data Corporation Distinguished professor at the University of Minnesota, and is an honorary professor at four leading universities in China. He is founding editor-in-chief of IEEE Transactions on Software Engineering as well as Journal on Systems Integration and is on the editorial board of various journals. He also founded the Technical Committee on Software Engineering as well as the International Software Engineering Conference (ICSE) within the IEEE.

He has published 10 books, including the four volume classic on Programming Methodology published by Prentice-Hall, and more than 120 scientific articles. Most recently, he co-authored his first business book “Zero Time” published by John Wiley & Sons. in August, 2000.

In 1983, he turned down an offer to head up the software division of Microelectronics and Computer Company (MCC)- a company set up by 20 large companies to counter the threat of Japanese’ 5-generation technology, to become an entrepreneur. He founded three successful software companies during the time of 1983 to 1999. Dr. Yeh served as a board member to several organizations. He has also served as a management consultant to many nations including United Nations, US, Sweden, Japan, China, Taiwan, and Singapore as well as to world-class organizations including IBM, AT&T, Siemens (Germany), Agribusiness (Brazil), Fujitsu (Japan), NEC (Japan), Hatachi (Japan), Price Waterhouse, Singapore Housing and Economic Development Boards, etc. In 1979, he helped Dr. K.T.Li—long time economic and finance minister of Taiwan, to design the Institute of Information Industries (III) as a means to help Taiwan in its second economic transformation based on IT.

In 1981, he chaired a blue-ribbon committee for the US Department of Defense to develop its software vision, which later become the STARS program with more than $100 million invested. The British ministry of defense also copied the concept with a similar project.

In 1983, Premier Zhao of China asked his help to transform China into a software export country. Dr. Yeh was working with researchers in 13 elite institutions in China with two training centers set up at the Beijing University in Beijing and Fu Dan University in Shanghai as well as the design of two software factories in Beijing and Shanghai, respectively. The project produced an integrated Software Engineering Environment in 1986, on a par with the commercial product in the US. Dr. Yeh withdrew from this project shortly after completion of this technology and training of several hundred software engineers to focus on his second company with the Department of Defense as its primary customer.

He is a fellow of Institute of Electrical and Electronic Engineers (IEEE), Society for Design and Process Science (SDPS), and a senior research fellow at the ICC Institute at the University of Texas at Austin. He was an honorary research fellow at Fujutsu from 1976 to 1985. He is a founder of the Society for Design and Process Science and its first President, and co-founder of the Software Engineering Society.

Dr. Yeh is a recipient of the IEEE Centennial Medal, the IEEE Golden-core award, Special Award of the IEEE Computer Society, the SDPS Awards for Scholarship and Lifetime Achievement, as well as Visionary Leadership in Information Technology Award from the government of Taiwan, among others.Dr. Yeh also practices energy healing and is currently working on his second business book.

Lu yong xiang
Prof. Dr.-Ing. Mult.hon.Dr. Eng.
Academician of CAS, CAE, TWAS
President of CAS
Date of Honor Received: June 13, 2005

Education and Family: Born in Ningbo/Zhejiang,China on 28 April 1942;Educated and graduated at Zhejiang Uni.(ZU), China,1959 - 1964; Dr.-Ing. RWTH, Aachen, Germany, 1981; m. Diao linlin 1966, one d., one s.;

Professionals: Uni.Prof. Gover. Acad. Officer. Assi., and Lect. Dept. of Mech.Eng., ZU, 1964-1978; Research Fellow of AvH, IHP,TH Aachen,Germany,1979-1981; Asso.Prof.,Dept. of Mech.Eng., ZU,1981-1983; full Prof., Dept. of Mech.Eng., ZU, Director of Institute of Fluid Power transmission and Control, ZU 1983-1985, Vice-President of ZU, 1985-1988; President of ZU 1988-1995, vice-President of Chinese Academy of Sciences (CAS),1993-1994; Executive Vice-President of CAS, 1994-1997; President of CAS, 1997- date; Vice-President of TWAS,1998- date;Member of Academic Degree Comm. Of State Council, 1986-date; Vice Chairman of ADCoSC 1998-date; Member of CNSF 1986-2000; Vice President of China Association for Science & Technology, 1986-1996; Vice President of Chinese Mechanical Engineering Society 1996-2001 and President of CMES 2001-; Chairman of Chinese Society for the History of Science and Technology 1995-2004; Chairman of organizing Committee of IFAC��99; Chairman of the higher Education Consultative Committee of sate education committee, 1988-1993; Member of UGC HK 1996-date; Special Advisor of Council of Advisors on Innovation and Technology HK; member of Association for Research and Application of Fluid Power, Germany 1981-date; Vice-President of International Association for Continuing Engineering Education 1990-1992; Vice- President of CACEE 1990 - 1994; Consultative Prof. Shanghai Uni. 1990 -; 1994 - ; council Prof. Uni. Of Hong Kong 1999 –date; Co-Chair of Inter - Academy Council, 2005-date;

Awarded: Two times of National Innovation Prize of China, 1988, 1989; National Engineering higher Education Prize of China, 1989; Guanghua Super Prize, 1993; Rudolf- Diesel Medal in Gold, Germany, 1997; Alexander von Humboldt Medal, Germany, 1998; Knight Commander��s Cross ( badge and Star ), Federal President of Germany,2000; 2000 TWAS Medal Lecture (Engineering Science),2000; Werner Heisenberg Medal, Germany, 2001; More than 16 advanced Ministerial or Provincial Awards; Fellow of Third World Academy of Sciences, 1990; Member of Chinese Academy of Sciences, 1991; Member of Chinese Academy of Engineering, 1994; Honorary Foreign Member of The Korean Academy of Science and Technology, 1999; Honorary Dr. Eng. of HKUST 1995; Honorary Dr. Eng. of CityUHK 1997; Honorary Dr. Sc. Of CUHK 2003; Honorary Dr. law of Melb. Uni. Austl.2003; Honorary Dr. Sc. Of Uni. Of Nottingham UK. 2004; Honorary Dr. Sc. Of OUHK 2004; Honorary Dr. Sc. Of Loughborough Uni. UK. 2005;Honorary Foreign Fellow IMechE,UK 2004; Honorary Foreign Member of the Hungary Academy of Sciences, 2004��Corresponding Member of the Australian Academy of Science 2005��Member of the German Academy of Natural Scientists Leopoldina 2005;

Research Area and Contributions: Mechanical and Control Engineering, concerning Fluid Power Transmission and Control; In 60�� Lu designed a electro – hydraulic driven and controlled manufacturing power unit and automotive manufacturing complex, which was contributed to The Second Automobile Factory in China; In 70�� Lu designed and developed the first hydraulic power wheel for the lamp down / round nets fish boot, which had been designed as a creative principle with the constant pressure difference to adapting the real load waving, and the electro – hydraulic servo - remote control rock drilling Machine, which has been early introduced the electro – hydraulic servo – control with a multi - load - adaptive concept to getting energy saving, higher drilling efficiency, and best reliability; In 80��, Lu as AvH Fellow went to IHP,TH Aachen, F. R. Germany, here he obtained a series of the most important inventions, Lu introduced the multi – loop feedback and the modern control conception into electro – hydraulic proportional components and systems and innovated a series of fluid power control equipments, which integrated inner fluid volume and/or pressure measurement and multi electro- mechanical- fluidic feedback getting much better static and dynamic performances compared to the traditionals, Lu also constructed a non - linier mathematic modeling of the Fluid power control System for digital simulation and realized the multi – targets optimizing for the MI/MO fluid power system; his work were published and selected into many technical handbooks and Textbooks of universities for the post graduate students in Germany, Japan, Sweden, China and etc; In 80�� –90�� Lu return to P. R. China and founded the Institute of Fluid Power Transmission and Control at ZU, latter which became a national key Laboratory, Lu as leader and supervisor still make intensive research and development on the Electro – Fluid power transmission and control Technology, various advanced components and applied systems have been developed and transferred to application, the design theory and Methodology were described, the testing standards were drafted for national and international, the CAD package and computer aided specialized testing instrument with process program have been built up, a series of applied basic research on fluid mechanics, system analyze and control optimizing, e – Hydraulic servo – simulator, the CAD/CAE lab, the water hydraulics, and the digital and servo – Pneumatic Lab have been well installed, the Institute hosts a regular international conference ( ICFPTC) from 1985, Lu as academic Program��s Chairman of ICFPTC, Hangzhou, China, in 1985,1989,1993,1997,2001,2005�� he won 25 Patents, more than 280 Published academic Papers, 6 Monographs and scientific Books, many invited Presentations/Lectures in the international academic or educational Conferences, Editor or co-Editor of many scientific and technical magazines; During 1988 – 1995, As President of Zhejiang University Lu encouraged and promoted developing of Researches, the post graduate school and International exchanges, it promoted ZU to became as one of the top research universities in China; In 1997, Lu Chairs the Presidium of CAS initiated a proposal to the Top Leaders of China titled ��Facing the Knowledge driven Era, Shall be built up a national innovation System in China��, In 1998 CAS started a new reforming and developing process, to goal to response the frontiers of world sciences and to make creative contributions, which is basic, strategic and foresighted to the national economic sustainable development and social progress, it will be to become a world level bases for knowledge and technology innovation, training and nurturing of advanced S&T talents and incubating high – tech industries. The situation and potentials have been looked vary well since 1998, many frontier, inter – disciplinary and the most strategic research projects, active younger scientists and international cooperation and collaborations have been encouraged and supported, the institute structures, running mechanisms, such as the institute autonomies, academic freedoms, the innovation cultures and the academic evaluation process, as well as the research infrastructures and the research funds have been significantly improved and renewed, CAS steps a new developing stage.

Professor Nam P. Suh
The Ralph E. & Eloise F. Cross Professor
Director, The Park Center for Complex Systems
MIT, Cambridge, MA
Date of Honor: will receive June 26, 2006

Dr. Nam P. Suh is the Ralph E. & Eloise F. Cross Professor, and Director of the Park Center for Complex Systems (formerly the Manufacturing Institute) at MIT. He was the Head of the Department of Mechanical Engineering at MIT for ten years from 1991 to 2001.

He has been on the MIT faculty since 1970. During this period he was the Founding Director of the MIT Laboratory for Manufacturing and Productivity (1977-1984). He was also the Founder and Director of the MIT-Industry Polymer Processing Program (1973-1984), Head of the Mechanics and Material Division of the Mechanical Engineering Department (1975-1977), and a member of the Engineering Council of MIT (1980-1984 and 1991-2001).

In October 1984, Professor Suh took a leave of absence from MIT to accept a Presidential Appointment at the National Science Foundation where he was in charge of engineering. President Ronald Reagan appointed him to this position and the U.S. Senate confirmed his appointment. During his tenure at NSF, he created a new direction for Engineering Directorate and introduced a new organizational program structure for supporting engineering research in order to strengthen engineering education and research and "to insure that the United States will occupy a leadership position in engineering well into the 21st century." He returned to MIT in January 1988.

During his tenure (from 1991 to 2001) as the Head of the Department of Mechanical Engineering at MIT, the Department was engaged in redefining the discipline of mechanical engineering for the era of information and biology revolution. His goal was to transform the mechanical engineering discipline from that of a largely physics based one into one that is based on physics, information, biology, and design science. A new curriculum was created and an endowment fund was created to support book-writing and teaching material development activities of the faculty. Oxford University Press under the MIT/Pappalardo Series of Mechanical Engineering Books publishes these books in perpetuity. In addition, new endowed undergraduate laboratories, including the Pappalardo Laboratories, Der Torossian Computational Laboratory, Cross CAD/CAM Laboratory, and the AMP Laboratory, were created that changed the quality of undergraduate education at MIT. To strengthen research activities of the Department, the d'Arbeloff Laboratories for Information Systems and Technology, the Laboratory for Bio-instrumentation System, the Rohsenow Heat and Mass Transfer Laboratory, the Laboratory for 21st Century Energy, the Hatsopoulos Microfluids Laboratory, and the Center for Innovation in Product Development were established. He significantly increased the number of endowed faculty chairs, the endowment, and the research volume of the Department. Twenty outstanding young faculty members joined the department during his tenure, a half of whom had degrees outside of the mechanical engineering field.

Dr. Suh has received many awards and honors. He received three honorary doctoral degrees: Doctor of Humane Letters from the University of Massachusetts-Lowell in 1988, Doctor of Engineering from Worcester Polytechnic Institute in 1986, and Honorary Doctor (Tekn. Hedersdoktor) from Royal Institute of Technology (KTH), Stockholm, Sweden, in 2000. He also received the Gustus L. Larson Memorial Award, the Blackall Award, the Best Tribology Paper Award, and the William T. Ennor Manufacturing Technology Award from ASME; the F.W. Taylor Research Award of SME; an SPE Best Paper Award; Federal (NSF) Engineer of the Year Award from NSPE; and the American Society for Engineering Education Centennial Medallion. He was also awarded the National Science Foundation's Distinguished Service Award. In 1994, he was awarded the KBS Korean Compatriot Award for Scholarly Achievements. He is also the winner of the 1997 Ho-Am Prize for Engineering. In 2000, he was the recipient of the Mensforth International Gold Medal of the Institution of Electrical Engineers of the United Kingdom. In 2001, he received the Hills Millennium Award from the Institution of Engineering Designers of the United Kingdom.

Listed in Who’s Who in The World, Who's Who in America, Who's Who in Science and Technology, and others, he is a Fellow of ASME and SME. He is a member of Pi Tau Sigma, Sigma Xi, Phi Kappa Phi, ASEE, SPE, and AAAS. He is also a Foreign member of the Royal Swedish Academy of Engineering Science (IVA), a member of International Academidy for Production Research (Collége International pour l'Etude Scientifique des Techniques de Production Mécanique -- CIRP), and the Life Fellow of the Korean Academy of Science and Technology.

His research interests are broad. His current research projects are in the fields of design, manufacturing, tribology, and materials processing.

He is the author of about 300 papers and seven books, holds more than 50 patents, and edited several books. Among the books he has authored are Elements of the Mechanical Behavior of Solids (with A.P.L. Turner published by McGraw-Hill, 1975), Tribophysics (Prentice-Hall, 1986; translated into Chinese), The Principles of Design (Oxford University Press, 1990; translated into Japanese and Korean), The Delamination Theory of Wear (Elsevier, 1974), Axiomatic Design: Advances and Applications (Oxford University Press, 2001, also translated into Japanese and Chinese), Complexity: Theory and Applications (Oxford University Press, 2004), and Axiomatic Design and Fabrication of Composite Structures, (with D. G. Lee, Oxford University Press, 2004).

His contributions to the field of tribology include the delamination theory of wear, the solution wear theory, a theory on the genesis of friction, coated cutting tools, the use of undulated surfaces to lower friction and wear, and new woven electrical connectors. His paper on delamination theory of wear was chosen as the citation classic by the Institute of Scientific Information (ISI). He also invented new kinds of electric connectors that have low friction and low contact resistance (manufactured by Tribotek, Inc.), which received the Product of the Year award of the Power Electronics Technology magazine, in 2005. In the field of design, he has developed Axiomatic Design, which is widely taught and required for certification of Master Black Belts by the American Society of Quality. He also advanced a theory of complexity and the concept of Functional Periodicity. In the field of polymer processing, he invented many industrially-important processes and devices, including microcellular plastics (commercially known as MuCell), the USM foam molding process, the Axiometer for moisture measurement in polymers, the Electrostatic Charge Decay NDE technique, and the foam/straight plastic lamination/forming process (sold in billions). In metal processing, he is the inventor of a new metal processing technique called the Mixalloy Process. He has designed and is currently developing fuel efficient, low emission engines.

Professor Suh has taught axiomatic design, polymer processing, and tribology to many university professors and a large number of industrial engineers at major corporations all over the world. He taught axiomatic design at Ford, Mercedes Benz, Corning Glass, Alcoa, SAAB, Tetrapak, Ericsson, ABB, Daewoo, SVG, GM, Telemecanique, Lockheed Martin, NASA, DoD, Delphi, and others. Many of these organizations have adopted the axiomatic design principles to a varying degree in their work. MuCell technology has been licensed to many companies worldwide.

Professor Suh is a Series Editor for the Advanced Manufacturing Series and an Editor of the MIT/Pappalardo Series in Mechanical

Engineering of Oxford University Press. He was also the Founding Co-Editor-in-Chief of the International Journal, Robotics and Computer-Integrated Manufacturing from 1981 to 1996, and also serves on editorial boards of many journals.

He is a member of the Board of Directors of Integrated Device Technology, Inc., Axiomatic Design Software, Inc., Triboteck, Inc., ParkerVision, Inc., and Therma Wave, Inc. He is a consultant for many industrial firms. He was a member of the board of directors of Silicon Valley Group, Inc. until its merger with ASM Lithography in 2001, and the founder and member of the board of directors of Trexel, Inc.

He is an Honorary Professor at Yanbian University of Science and Technology, China; Honorary Professor of the University of Hong Kong; Advisory Professor of Shanghai Jiaotong Univeristy, China; and an Eminent Visiting Professor at the Korea Advanced Institute of Science and Technology, Korea. He has been on visiting committees of Georgia Institute of Technology, Stanford University, the University of Michigan, and the University of California - Berkeley. He was a member of the DoD Panel on “Global War on Terrorism”. He also served on a research award committee of ASEE. He was also a consultant of the Lawrence Livermore National Laboratory and Korea Electric Power Research Institute. He was a member of the Visiting Committee for the National Institute of Standards and Technology (a statutory committee). In addition, he was a member of the Development and Advisory Council of the Texas A&M University Department of Mechanical Engineering, a member of the Science Board of MacroChem Corporation. He served on advisory committees of the Lawrence Livermore National Laboratory, the Idaho National Engineering Laboratory, and Alcan Aluminum Corporation. He was a member of several NRC and NAE committees. He was also the chairman of the ASME Productivity Committee. He was a member of the Scientific Committee of the ENDREA Program of Sweden. He also evaluated a Kplus Center in Austria. Inc.

He has consulted extensively for governments, the World Bank, the United Nations, universities, and many industrial firms throughout the world on various technical matters, the development of economic policies, and the creation of new products and processes. He was the architect of the Five-Year (1980-85) Economic Development Plan of the Republic of Korea.

Professor Suh was educated at Buckingham, Browne and Nichols School (1955), MIT (S.B., 1959, and S.M., 1961) and Carnegie-Mellon University (Ph.D., 1964).

Prior to joining the MIT faculty, Professor Suh was with the University of South Carolina (1965-1969), USM Corporation (1961-1965), and Guild Plastics, Inc. (1958-1960, part-time). He was also a Visiting Professor at Tokyo University, Japan (1989) and Yonsei University, Korea (2001). He was the William Mong Distinguished Fellow at the University of Hong Kong (2002). While at Guild Plastics during his undergraduate years, he invented the foam/straight lamination/forming process, which became a major industrial process, having produced over tens of billions of plastic parts. At USM he invented the high-pressure USM foam molding process. USM Corporation sponsored his doctoral study and research at Carnegie-Mellon University. Other industrial firms are using his other inventions.

Professor Nam P. Suh is married to Young J. Suh (née Surh). They have four daughters (Mary, an Editor at New York Times; Helen, a professor at Harvard University; Grace, Program Manager at IBM Foundation; and Caroline, a Producer of documentaries), three sons-in-law, and five grandchildren (Kristian, Nicholas, Madeleine, Henry, and Connor).
(May 2005)

Dr. Herbert Weber
Director of the Fraunhofer Institute for Software and Systems Engineering
Technical University of Berlin, Germany
Date of Honor: will receive June 26, 2006

Dr. Herbert Weber is a chair professor of computer science at the Technical University of Berlin and Director of the Fraunhofer Institute for Software and Systems Engineering with locations in Berlin and Dortmund, Germany. In this capacity he acts as a mediator between research organizations and the industry in government sponsored activities, in industry initiatives, in domestic and foreign projects and in the conceptualization of technology development and transfer policies. He initiated and supported numerous technology transfer initiatives and projects on behalf of and with many industrial companies in Europe and the USA and acted as the chief information and communication technology advisor to the state government of North-Rhine Westfalia in the Federal Republic of Germany. He received a Diploma-Degree and a PhD in Numerical Mathematics and Applied Physics from the Technical University of Berlin in 1967 and 1970, respectively. Since then he has been affiliated with the Technical University of Berlin as an Assistant Professor, as a Visiting Assistant Professor with the Massachusetts Institute of Technology (M.I.T.) in Cambridge, Massachusetts, with IBM Research in San Jose, with the Hahn- Meitner-Institut in Berlin, as a full professor with the University of Bremen in 1980 and with the University of Dortmund in 1984. In 1978 he taught as a Distinguished Visitor at the University of Texas at Austin and in 1979 as a Visiting Professor at INRIA/France. During his career he conducted research on Communication based Systems, Data Management Systems, Software Engineering and Software Development Environments. In his various affiliations in the US and in Europe he has been working mostly in software engineering, on the development of data base systems and distributed data management systems. He has published a large number of papers on his work and presented his research results in many lectures in Europe, the United States and Japan.

He has actively participated in the organization of a large number of international conferences, was General Chairman of the “4. International Conference on Very Large Data Bases” (1978) and General Chairman of the “7. International Conference on Distributed Computing Systems” (1987). He was a member of the editorial board for the IEEE-CS “Transaction on Software Engineering”, IEEE “Transactions on Data and Knowledge Engineering” and IEEE “Computer” and served the IEEE Computer Society as a member of the governing board. He carries the most prestigeous IEEE- Computer Society¹s Golden Core Member award.

Dr. Günter Valet
Max-Planck-Institut für Biochemie, Am Klopferspitz 18, D-82152 Martinsried, Germany
Date of Honor: will receive June 26, 2006

Professor Günter Valet studied theoretical physics (1961-62) and medicine (1962-68) in Munich, Freiburg and Montpellier, graduated as MD with subsequent clinical formation and research work at the Max-Planck-Institut für Biochemie (MPIB) in Munich (1968-71). A research fellowship concerning the biochemistry of the human complement system at Scripps Clinic & Research Foundation, La Jolla, CA (1972-73) was followed by habilitation at the Ludwig-Maximilian-University, Munich in 1974. Appointments as professor for experimental medicine in 1981, head of the independent Mildred-Scheel Laboratory for cancer cell research at MPIB, Martinsried (1981-1989) and as head of the cell biochemistry group since 1989 provided the possibility for medicine directed transdisciplinary molecular cytometry research work.

The development of sensitive fluorescence cell function assays and of multiparameter flow cytometers opened the way for the analysis of single cell functions as fast indicators for alterations of disease activity in patients (1981-95). The establishment of algorithms data pattern analysis (“data sieving”) for cytometric and other multiparameter data (1987) represents the basis of the predictive medicine by cytomics concept (2001). It permits therapy dependent disease course predictions for individual patients, thus representing a new potential for the improvement of medical services in everyday medicine. It seems also suitable for the discovery of new drug targets. The proposal of a human cytome project (2004) has the potential for the establishment of a generalized molecular cell and disease classification system since cells represent the elementary function units of organisms with diseases emerging as consequence of molecular alterations in cells and cell systems (cytomes).
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Bruce R. Korf, MD., Ph.D.
Wayne H. and Sara Crews Finley Professor
Chairman, Department of Genetics University of Alabama at Birmingham, AL

Dr. Korf received his M.D. degree from Cornell University Medical College and his Ph.D. degree in genetics and cell biology from Rockefeller University. He then completed training in pediatrics, pediatric neurology, and genetics at Children’s Hospital, Boston. He served as clinical director in the Division of Genetics at Children’s Hospital from 1986 to 1999 and as the medical director of the Harvard-Partners Center for Genetics and Genomics from 1999-2002. Currently he is the Wayne H. and Sara Crews Finley Professor of Genetics and Chairman, Department of Genetics at University of Alabama at Birmingham. In his previous appointment at Harvard Medical School he served as co-director of the course Genetics, Developmental and Reproductive Biology, taught to all first year students at Harvard Medical School. His book based on this course, Human Genetics: A Problem-Based Approach, published by Blackwell Science is currently in its second edition, and has been translated into Italian and Korean. He is also co-editor of the fourth edition of Emery and Rimoin’s Principles and Practice of Medical Genetics. Dr. Korf is past president of the Association of Professors of Human and Medical Genetics, and has completed a term as Vice-President for Clinical Genetics of the American College of Medical Genetics. He also serves as a member of the Liaison Committee on Medical Education, which accredits U.S. and Canadian medical education programs. His research interests focus on the natural history and treatment of neurofibromatosis type 1. He is also active in the integration of genetics and genomics into routine medical practice, including education of clinicians and development of informatics approaches.