CSE Dean Andrew G. Alleyne elected to National Academy of Engineering

NAE election is the highest professional honor awarded to an engineer

MINNEAPOLIS / ST. PAUL (02/07/2023) – University of Minnesota Twin Cities Professor and Dean of the University’s College of Science and Engineering Andrew G. Alleyne has been elected to the National Academy of Engineering.

Election to the National Academy of Engineering is among the highest professional distinctions awarded to an engineer. The National Academy of Engineering elected only 106 new members nationwide and 18 international members this year.

An accomplished researcher, educator, and academic leader, Alleyne has been dean of the University’s College of Science and Engineering and a faculty member in the Department of Mechanical Engineering since January 2022. As dean, Alleyne is the college’s chief executive officer and chief academic officer. He provides collaborative leadership to maintain and enhance the college's excellence as a global leader in research and education encompassing the physical sciences, engineering, mathematics, and computer science.

He is a nationally renowned expert on modeling and control of dynamic thermal systems, with applications in aerospace, automotive systems, and buildings. He is responsible for developing tools and methodologies used by government and industry to create more effective and efficient energy systems, particularly those that change as a function of time.

Prior to coming to the University of Minnesota, Alleyne was a faculty member in mechanical science and engineering at the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign from 1994 through 2021 and served in multiple academic leadership roles at all levels of the institution.

Prior to becoming dean, he led the National Science Foundation Engineering Research Center on Power Optimization of Electro Thermal Systems (POETS), an ambitious multidisciplinary center based at the University of Illinois in partnership with three other U.S. universities, two international institutions, and many industry and government partners. Bringing together electrical engineers, mechanical engineers, materials scientists, and physicists, the center focused on developing new ways to control the flow of energy in the mobile electrified systems needed for cars, ships, and planes using a systems-based approach. The ultimate goal of the research was to make transportation more efficient and environmentally sustainable.

In addition to his on-campus work, Alleyne was involved in the support of multiple government agencies including the Department of Defense and the Department of Energy.  In these roles, he supported the development of technology to maintain and improve national capabilities for the support of the U.S. He was the recipient of the Chief of Staff of the Air Force Exceptional Public Service Award which is the most prestigious award granted by the U.S. Air Force to non-employee civilians.

Alleyne holds Ph.D. and master’s degrees in mechanical engineering from the University of California at Berkeley as well as an undergraduate degree in mechanical and aerospace engineering from Princeton University. He is a Fellow of the Institute of Electrical and Electronics Engineers (IEEE), American Society of Mechanical Engineers (ASME), and American Association for the Advancement of Science (AAAS).

Membership to the National Academy of Engineering 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."

Alleyne and other individuals selected for membership this year will be formally inducted at the NAE annual meeting on Oct. 1 in Washington, D.C.

To see a full list of inductees, visit the National Academy of Engineering website.