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03/09/93

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Two Stanford faculty named to National Academy of Engineering

STANFORD -- Two Stanford University faculty members have been named to the prestigious National Academy of Engineering, the academy has announced. The two are John W. Fondahl, Charles H. Leavell Professor Emeritus of Civil Engineering, and Nicholas Rott, a visiting professor of aeronautics and astronautics.

Fondahl, an expert and innovator in construction engineering and management, is a former president and chairman of the Project Management Institute, an international professional society, and former director of Stanford's graduate program in construction engineering and management. He previously won the Golden Beaver Award, one of the highest awards of the heavy construction industry.

Fondahl was cited by the engineering academy for his "innovations in methods of instruction project controls and in graduate education." He pioneered "critical path" manual and computerized construction planning and management techniques, especially networking for scheduling of construction.

Fondahl joined the Stanford faculty in 1966 after working extensively abroad on construction management and education.

Rott, an expert in thermoacoustics, retired in 1983 as professor of fluid dynamics from the Swiss Federal Institute of Technology in Zurich and joined the Stanford Department of Aeronautics and Astronautics, where he continues his research. He also was a professor at Cornell University in the 1950s. Rott, originally from Hungary, was cited by the academy for "teaching and research leading to fundamental advances in aerodynamics, acoustics and fluid mechanics."

Rott and his colleagues in Zurich developed a theoretical foundation for thermoacoustics, which has applications in refrigeration and ventilation, especially in space capsules, where thermo-oscillation is used to replace the natural convection that occurs in gravity environments.

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