The National Academy of Sciences has elected three University of Maryland Distinguished Academic Professors into its 2022 class of 120 and 30 international members in recognition of their outstanding and continued achievement in original research.
Katharine Abraham from the Department of Economics and the Joint Survey Methodology Program, Edward Ott from the Department of Electrical and Computer Engineering and the Department of Physics, and Richard J. Walker from the Department of Geology provide the number of faculty members of the UMD in the academy at 24, and the number in all national academies at 61.
“I am truly honored to have been elected a Fellow of the National Academy of Sciences. The academy has a well-deserved reputation for providing independent and objective analysis and advice to the nation. I hope I can contribute to this work” , said Abraham, who is also affiliated with the Maryland Population Research Center.
His research focuses on topics such as contingent labor, older Americans’ work and retirement decisions, labor market adjustment over the business cycle, unemployment and job vacancies, and measurement. of economic activity.
Among many honors, Abraham is a Fellow of the American Academy of Arts and Sciences, Distinguished Fellow of the American Economic Association, and Elected Fellow of the American Statistical Association and the Society of Labor Economists.
She is past president of the Society of Labor Economists and current president of the Conference on Research in Income and Wealth. She is also an advisor to the Congressional Budget Office, the Federal Reserve Bank of Chicago and the Bureau of Economic Analysis. In 2016, former President Barack Obama appointed Abraham to chair the bipartisan Commission on Evidence-Based Policymaking. From 2011 to 2013, she served as a member of the Presidential Council of Economic Advisers, and from 1993 to 2001, she served as Commissioner of the Bureau of Labor Statistics.
Abraham got his Ph.D. in Economics from Harvard University in 1982 and a BS in Economics from Iowa State University in 1976.
“Professor Abraham’s work provides insight into many critical topics, including unemployment,” said Wayne McIntosh, acting dean of the College of Behavioral and Social Sciences. “His research, teaching and public service have been transformative. Our community is proud of this milestone in his career.
Ott has spent his career conducting research in areas such as the basic theory and applications of nonlinear dynamics, wave chaos, chaos control, fractal basin boundaries, dynamics of large interconnected networks, chaotic fluid dynamics, brain dynamics and learning patterns, and weather. prediction.
About his election to NAS, he said: “I feel very honored by this recognition of my work, and I also consider it as recognition of the important role that the general field in which I mainly worked – the dynamics nonlinear and chaos – plays now in science and technology research.
He has a cross-appointment at the Institute for Research in Electronics and Applied Physics. He joined the University of Maryland in 1979, after more than a decade as a faculty member at Cornell University. He earned his BS in Electrical Engineering from Cooper Union and his MS and Ph.D. in Electrophysics at the Polytechnic Institute of Brooklyn, followed by a National Science Foundation postdoctoral fellowship at the University of Cambridge.
Ott was named a Foreign Member of Academia Europaea in 2020 and is a Fellow of the IEEE, American Physical Society, Society for Industrial and Applied Mathematics, and World Innovation Foundation. He received the A. James Clark School of Engineering Outstanding Faculty Research Award in 2005.
“We believe the world looks to Maryland Engineering for inspiration and ideas to help solve their challenges. Dr. Ott’s election validates that belief,” said Samuel Graham, Jr., dean of the Clark School. “Congratulations to Dr. Ott on his achievement. We are pleased to see his work recognized and feel fortunate that the students, faculty, and staff of Maryland Engineering will continue to benefit from his knowledge, experience, and expertise.”
Walker’s research focuses on the origin and evolution of early materials in the solar system and the geochemical evolution of Earth. His main area of research is the study of siderophile, or “iron-loving” elements, which are largely concentrated in planetary cores. He has published over 200 articles and book chapters, and he has advised and mentored dozens of undergraduate, graduate, and postdoctoral students, as well as junior faculty members.
“I am delighted that Dr. Ott and Dr. Walker have been elected to the National Academy of Sciences,” said Amitabh Varshney, Dean of UMD’s College of Computing, Mathematical, and Natural Sciences. “They are world-class scholars and leaders in their fields. This honor is well deserved, and we are proud to have them as colleagues here in Maryland.”
Walker joined UMD in 1990 as an assistant professor and was promoted to associate professor in 1993 and professor in 1998. He served as chair of UMD’s geology department from 2016-21.
“It is a great honor for my group’s research to be recognized at the national level. It is especially gratifying that the University of Maryland can maintain a small unit, such as the Department of Geology, to produce multiple NAS members,” he said.
Walker was elected to the American Academy of Arts and Sciences last week. He previously received the UMD Kirwan Faculty Research and Scholarship Award and was the first recipient of the Distinguished Faculty Award from the College of Computing, Mathematics and Physical Sciences Board of Visitors. in 2005. He received the Clarke Medal from the Geochemical Society in 1990.
Walker is a member of the Geochemical Society, the European Geochemical Association, and the American Geophysical Union. He received his bachelor’s degree in geology from the College of William and Mary and his master’s and doctoral degrees. in geology from the State University of New York at Stony Brook. He also holds an honorary doctorate from the University of Oulu, Finland.