Former MAE Professor and Ph.D. student inducted into the National Academy of Engineering

Raffaello D'Andrea and Pawan Goenka

A former MAE Professor, Raffaello D'Andrea and Ph.D. student, Pawan Goenka were recently inducted into the National Academy of Engineering (NAE).

The National Academy of Engineering is the major national body for members who have made a significant impact in Engineering The mission of the National Academy of Engineering is to advance the well-being of the nation by promoting a vibrant engineering profession and by marshaling the expertise and insights of eminent engineers to provide independent advice to the federal government on matters involving engineering and technology.

Professor Raffaello D'Andrea was hired in the Sibley School under the directorship of Sid Leibovich in the 1990s as a controls person. D'Andrea founded and led the famous Cornell RoboCup competition team that won four world championships in Sweden, Australia, Italy, and Japan. He easily attained tenure in the Sibley School as an associate professor and was a founding member of the Systems Engineering program at Cornell. He is a co-founder of Kiva Systems (now operating as Amazon Robotics) and a founder of Verity Studios.

Pawan Goenka received his Ph.D. in Mechanical Engineering after finishing his BS from I.I.T. Kanpur. He then went on to complete an Advanced Management Program at Harvard Business School. Goenka spent about 15 years at GM Research Labs, during which he won national awards from ASME for his research. He is currently the managing director of Mahindra & Mahindra, a multinational car manufacturing corporation headquartered in Mumbai, Maharashtra, India.

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