Indian-Australian Prof. Chennupati Jagadish elected to prestigious Royal Academy of Engineering

Prof. Jagadish was elected by his peers for his pioneering work in applying nanotechnology to semiconductor optoelectronic sources and detectors.

Indian-Australian scientist Prof. Chennupati Jagadish AC PresAA FTSE, who is the President of the Australian Academy of Science, has been elected an International Fellow of the United Kingdom’s Royal Academy of Engineering.

The Royal Academy of Engineering, founded in 1976, is the UK’s national academy of engineering, providing leadership for engineering and technology and independent expert advice to the government in the UK and elsewhere. It is composed of a Fellowship of almost 1,700 eminent engineers.

The 72 new Fellows of the Royal Academy of Engineering elected in 2022. Image: Royal Academy of Engineering.

Sir Jim McDonald FREng, President of the Royal Academy of Engineering, said he was delighted to welcome such an array of enormously talented people to the Fellowship of the Royal Academy of Engineering.

“In an uncertain world, one thing is certain – engineering skills, vision and leadership will play a crucial part in addressing the escalating domestic and global challenges that we face today.”

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Sir McDonald added:

“The combined connectivity, professionalism, experience and wisdom of the new Fellows who join us today will greatly enrich the expertise and support we can provide to the government and to society in general,”

Prof. Jagadish is one of seven International Fellows elected this year, alongside 60 Fellows from within the United Kingdom and five Honorary Fellows.

He was elected by his peers for his pioneering work in applying nanotechnology to semiconductor optoelectronic sources and detectors, as well as his significant contributions to semiconductor lasers, optoelectronic integration and nanowire devices.

Further, Prof. Jagadish’s work is widely used in optical communication systems and infrared detectors used in the defence, biomedical and manufacturing industries.

Prof. Jagadish said it is a great honour to be elected to such an esteemed body. In a statement he said:

“I look forward to joining the Fellows of this national academy to champion excellence in engineering, both in practice and advocacy, and bringing its many benefits to the public.”

Prof. Jagadish has served as an advisor to the Australian Government on Nanotechnology, and also established the Australian Nanotechnology Network and the Canberra node of the Australian National Fabrication Facility to serve academic and industrial needs. He has also served as the President of the IEEE Nanotechnology Council (2008, 2009), IEEE Photonics Society (2018,2019), Australian Materials Research Society (2016-2019) and is currently serving as the President of the Australian Academy of Science (May 2022-May 2026).