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Four Georgia Tech Faculty Members Named AAAS Fellows

Four Georgia Tech faculty members have been named 2018 fellows of the American Association for the Advancement of Science (AAAS). Election as AAAS Fellow is an honor bestowed upon AAAS members by their peers. 

This year 416 members have been awarded this honor by AAAS because of their scientifically or socially distinguished efforts to advance science or its applications. New fellows will be recognized during the 2019 AAAS Annual Meeting in Washington, D.C.

The new fellows from Georgia Tech are:

David Gottfried, principal research scientist in Georgia Tech’s Institute for Electronics and Nanotechnology, for “distinguished contributions to the field of nanoscale science and engineering, particularly for management of user research facilities and networks at the regional and national level.” Gottfried is deputy director for the Southeastern Nanotechnology Infrastructure Corridor (SENIC) which is a member site of the National Nanotechnology Coordinated Infrastructure (NNCI); he is also deputy director for the NNCI Coordinating Office located at Georgia Tech. His research areas of interest include surface functionalization and characterization, chemical and biological sensors and ink-jet printing and applications.

Diana Hicks, professor in the School of Public Policy, for “distinguished contributions to the evaluation of national and international research and development enterprises, and for outstanding leadership in science and technology policy education.” Hicks specializes in metrics for science and technology policy, and was the first author on the Leiden Manifesto for research metrics published in Nature, which has been translated into 20 languages and which won the 2016 Ziman award of the European Association for the Study of Science and Technology (EASST) for collaborative promotion of public interaction with science and technology.

Satish Kumar, professor in the School of Materials Science and Engineering, for “distinguished contributions to the field of fibers, nanocomposites, and carbon materials, for their synthesis, functionalities, and properties, and for tailoring the interphase in nanocomposites.” Kumar’s research interests are in high performance materials, biomaterials, energy storage, nanomaterials, functional materials, as well as fibers including carbon fibers and composites. Other research areas include polymer/carbon nanotube composites, polymeric nanocomposites, carbon nanotube-based fibers and electrochemical supercapacitors.

Zhiqun Lin, professor in the School of Materials Science and Engineering, for “distinguished contributions to the field of precision synthesis of a rich variety of nanocrystals using nonlinear block copolymer nanoreactors for energy conversion and storage.” Lin’s research focuses on nanostructured functional materials. His group creates nanostructures in a precisely controllable manner and exploits the structure-property relationships in the development of multifunctional materials for potential use in energy conversion and storage, electronics, optics, optoelectronics, magnetic materials and devices, nanotechnology and biotechnology.

The tradition of AAAS Fellows began in 1874. Currently, members can be considered for the rank of fellow if nominated by the steering groups of the Association’s 24 sections, or by any three fellows who are current AAAS members (so long as two of the three sponsors are not affiliated with the nominee’s institution), or by the AAAS chief executive officer. Fellows must have been continuous members of AAAS for four years by the end of the calendar year in which they are elected. AAAS fellow’s lifetime honor comes with an expectation that recipients maintain the highest standards of professional ethics and scientific integrity.

The American Association for the Advancement of Science (AAAS) is the world’s largest general scientific society and publisher of the journal Science ( as well as Science Translational Medicine, Science Signaling, a digital, open-access journal, Science Advances, Science Immunology, and Science Robotics. AAAS was founded in 1848 and includes nearly 250 affiliated societies and academies of science, serving 10 million individuals.

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