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Contact Information: Tanya Klein Public Relations 973-596-3433

AAAS and NJIT Announce 2009 Fellow: Sunil Saigal, PhD

Sunil Saigal, PhD, dean of NJIT’s Newark College of Engineering, has been awarded the distinction of AAAS Fellow. Election as a Fellow is an honor bestowed upon AAAS members by their peers.

This year 531 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 presented with an official certificate and a gold and blue (representing science and engineering, respectively) rosette pin on Feb., 20, 2010, from 8 a.m. - 10 a.m. at the AAAS Fellows Forum during the 2010 AAAS Annual Meeting in San Diego.

This year’s AAAS Fellows will be announced in the AAAS News & Notes section of the journal Science on Dec. 18, 2009.  Saigal was elected as an AAAS Fellow for distinguished contributions to the field of computational solid mechanics, particularly for meshless analysis methods, sensitivity formulations, glass failure simulations, and mesh generation.

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.

Each steering group then reviews the nominations of individuals within its respective section and a final list is forwarded to the AAAS Council, which votes on the aggregate list.

The Council is the policymaking body of the Association, chaired by the AAAS president, and consisting of the members of the board of directors, the retiring section chairs, delegates from each electorate and each regional division, and two delegates from the National Association of Academies of Science.

The American Association for the Advancement of Science (AAAS) is the world’s largest general scientific society, and publisher the journal, Science (www.sciencemag.org), Science Translational Medicine (www.sciencetranslationalmedicine.org) and Science Signaling (www.sciencesignaling.org). AAAS was founded in 1848, and includes some 262 affiliated societies and academies of science, serving 10 million individuals. Science has the largest paid circulation of any peer-reviewed general science journal in the world, with an estimated total readership of one million. The non-profit AAAS (www.aaas.org) is open to all and fulfills its mission to “advance science and serve society” through initiatives in science policy; international programs; science education; and more. For the latest research news, log onto EurekAlert!, www.eurekalert.org,  the premier science-news Web site, a service of AAAS.

Contact:

Sheryl Weinstein
Director, Public Relations, NJIT
sheryl.m.weinstein@njit.edu
973-596-3436

Molly Mc Elroy
AAAS Senior Communications Officer
Office of Public Programs
mmcelroy@aaas.org
202-326-6434. 

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