Hashash elected to National Academy of Engineering

2/10/2022 3:37:11 PM

Youssef Hashash
Youssef Hashash

Professor Youssef Hashash has been elected to the National Academy of Engineering (NAE).

Hashash is the William J. and Elaine F. Hall Endowed Professor and John Burkitt Webb Endowed Faculty Scholar in civil and environmental engineering. He was selected “for contributions to geotechnical engineering, seismic safety and the evaluation, design and construction of underground infrastructure,” according to the NAE.

Hashash’s research focus includes deep excavations and tunneling in urban areas, earthquake engineering, soil-structure interactions, and the resiliency and sustainability of built infrastructure. He also works on geotechnical engineering applications involving deep learning, artificial intelligence, visualization, augmented reality, imaging and drone technologies. His research group developed the software program DEEPSOIL, which is used worldwide for the evaluation of soil response to earthquake shaking.

Additional University of Illinois faculty who were elected this year are William Hammack, the William H. and Janet G. Lycan Professor in chemical and biomolecular engineering; and Klara Nahrstedt, the Grainger Distinguished Chair of Engineering in computer science and the director of UIUC’s Coordinated Science Laboratory.

Youssef Hashash, center, with CEE Department Head Ana Barros and Grainger College of Engineering Dean Rashid Bashir.
Youssef Hashash, center, with CEE Department Head Ana Barros and Grainger College of Engineering Dean Rashid Bashir.

The three are among 111 new members and 22 international members elected to the academy this year. This brings the total U.S. membership to 2,388 and the number of international members to 310. According to the NAE, “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.”

The new members will be formally inducted Oct. 2 during the NAE’s annual meeting in Washington, D.C.

Read more about Hashash here.