Pol Spanos, the Lewis B. Ryon Professor in Mechanical and Civil Engineering, has been named a foreign fellow of the Indian National Academy of Engineering (INAE).
The INAE honors Indian and foreign nationals elected by ”peer” committees in recognition of personal achievements in engineering that are of exceptional merit and distinctive eminence in developing fields of technology.
Spanos was cited by the INAE for developing methods of predicting the dynamic behavior and reliability of structural systems in diverse environments. No more than 50 fellows are elected annually, and the total number can never exceed 800. The INAE currently has 586 Indian and 46 foreign members.
Spanos has had a sustained relationship with the Indian technical and scientific communities, having visited frequently as a distinguished lecturer and served as a mentor/host for graduate students, postdoctoral fellows and junior and senior faculty members.
Spanos is a member of the National Academy of Engineering in the United States and of the National Academy of Greece, his native country. Since joining Rice in 1984, he has received numerous awards from the American Society of Civil Engineers, the American Society of Mechanical Engineers, the International Association for Structural Safety and Reliability and the Alexander von Humboldt Foundation in Germany.
Spanos expects to attend the INAE induction ceremony in New Delhi next fall.