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Dr. John L. Anderson
Dr. John L. Anderson

President of the National Academy of Engineering

Dr. John L. Anderson

John L. Anderson became president of the National Academy of Engineering in July 2019. He previously served as president of the Illinois Institute of Technology, and as provost and executive vice president at Case Western Reserve University. His 28-year tenure on the faculty of Carnegie Mellon University included eight years as dean of the College of Engineering and 11 years as head of the Chemical Engineering Department. His first faculty appointment was in Chemical Engineering at Cornell University.

Dr. Anderson was elected to the NAE in 1992 for contributions to the understanding of colloidal hydrodynamics and membrane transport phenomena. In addition to his NAE membership, he is a fellow of the American Academy of Arts and Sciences and the American Association for the Advancement of Science, and he was a Presidential appointee to the National Science Board between 2014 and 2020. His awards include the Acrivos Professional Progress Award of the American Institute of Chemical Engineers (AIChE), a Guggenheim Fellowship, and an award from the Pittsburgh Section of AIChE for “Outstanding Professional Accomplishments in the Field of Academics.” In 2012 he received the National Engineering Award from the American Association of Engineering Societies. He has held visiting professor positions at MIT, University of Melbourne (Australia), and Wageningen University (the Netherlands).

Dr. Anderson’s NAE service includes membership on the NAE Council and chair of the Committee on Membership. He has been actively involved in numerous activities for the National Academies, including cochair of the Board on Chemical Sciences and Technology, member of the Ford Foundation Minority Postdoctoral Review Panel on Physical Sciences, Mathematics, and Engineering, and chair of two consensus studies and one workshop.

Dr. Anderson was born and raised in Wilmington, Delaware. He received a bachelor’s degree from the University of Delaware and a Ph.D. degree from the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign, both in chemical engineering. He is married to Patricia Siemen Anderson. They have two children and five grandchildren.

Dr. John L. Anderson