Julie Schoenung and Andrei Shkel Named 2021 National Academy of Inventors Fellows

Dear colleagues,

We are pleased to congratulate Julie Schoenung and Andrei Shkel on being named fellows of the National Academy of Inventors.

Julie Schoenung, professor and chair of the Department of Materials Science and Engineering, leads research into new materials to meet the demands of ballistics, energy and transportation applications. Her group is involved in a green engineering initiative to investigate the impacts of materials manufacturing and use on human health and environmental quality. Professor Schoenung has won numerous awards and distinctions and holds fellowships with Alpha Sigma Mu, the American Ceramic Society, ASM International and the Minerals, Metals & Materials Society.

Andrei Shkel, professor of mechanical and aerospace engineering, heads the Microsystems Laboratory at UCI. He and his fellow researchers specialize in designing micro-electro-mechanical systems including chip-scale gyroscopes and inertial measurement devices. His work has applications in fields as diverse as transportation, space exploration and medicine. Professor Shkel is an Institute of Electrical and Electronics Engineers fellow and he was awarded the 2013 Office of the Secretary of Defense Medal for Exceptional Public Service, the 2009 IEEE Sensors Council Technical Achievement Award, and a National Science Foundation CAREER award in 2005.

The National Academy of Inventors Fellows Program is the organization’s highest professional distinction awarded solely to academic inventors to recognize innovation that has made a tangible difference in quality of life, economic development and society’s wellbeing.

UCI now has 14 National Academy of Inventors fellows and 662 active U.S. patents. On behalf of Chancellor Gillman, please join us in congratulating Professors Schoenung and Shkel on this outstanding recognition.

Sincerely,Hal SternProvost and Executive Vice ChancellorChancellor’s Professor, Department of Statistics

Magnus EgerstedtStacey Nicholas Dean of Engineering, Samueli SchoolProfessor, Electrical Engineering and Computer Science