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02/18/92

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Two Stanford professors named to engineering academy

STANFORD -- Two Stanford University professors have been named to the prestigious National Academy of Engineering, the academy has announced.

They are John L. Hennessey, the Willard R. and Inez Kerr Bell Professor of Electrical Engineering, and Robert W. MacCormack, professor of aeronautics and astronautics. They were among 79 U.S. engineers and seven foreign associates whose selection was announced Feb. 13, bringing total U.S. membership to 1,628 and the number of foreign associates to 136.

Their selection brings to 66 the number of Stanford professors who are members of the academy.

Hennessey, who is associated with the Stanford Center for Integrated Systems, does basic research in parallel processing. He also is a co-founder of MIPS Computer Systems Inc, a chip design company. His innovations include developing computer architecture and software techniques for RISC - reduced instruction set computers.

MacCormack's research is centered on computational fluid dynamics. He is known for devising new numerical techniques for simulating complex fluid mechanics problems. His techniques have radically decreased the amount of computer time required to solve problems and increased the physical insight obtained in solutions.

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