Gregory Hager and K.T. Ramesh, members of the engineering faculty at Johns Hopkins University, are among 416 fellows elected this year to the American Association for the Advancement of Science.
Founded in 1874, the AAAS recognizes scholars whose research is considered by their peers to be scientifically or socially distinguished. The distinction is unrelated to the annual list of fellows announced each spring by the American Academy of Arts and Sciences.
Hager is a professor of computer science in the Whiting School of Engineering. His research centers on computer vision and robotics, and he directs the Malone Center for Engineering in Healthcare. Currently he is working to develop intelligent robotic assistants.
Hager was elected to the AAAS for his contributions to vision-based robotics and to computer-enhanced interventional medicine.
"I'm honored to be named an AAAS Fellow," Hager says. "I look forward to advancing the mission of AAAS to promote science and engineering, and to articulating the importance of computing research as it pertains to all areas of science."
Ramesh is the director of the Hopkins Extreme Materials Institute and a professor of mechanical engineering in the Whiting School. He was nominated for his distinguished contributions to the study of the behavior of materials under extreme conditions and the dynamic fragmentation of brittle solids, as well as his impact in planetary science and biomechanics.
"I am honored—and absolutely delighted—to be asked to join such a distinguished group of scientists," Ramesh says. "As with most such honors for academics, the honor actually arises from the work of my students and postdocs. The people in my research group are extremely bright, work incredibly hard, and have a lot of fun doing their research, and this is a recognition of their scholarship."
The newly elected fellows will each be awarded a certificate and a rosette pin during the AAAS Fellows Forum on Saturday, Feb. 16, in Washington, D.C.