February 10, 2017

Daniel J. Scheeres, CU Boulder professor, added to National Academy of Engineering roster

John Bear
The Daily Camera

The National Academy of Engineering has elected a University of Colorado aerospace engineering professor to its 2017 class. 

Daniel J. Scheeres joined CU in 2008, and was previously on the faculty at Iowa State University and the University of Michigan, according to a CU news release. 

He was also a member of the technical staff for the NASA Jet Propulsion Laboratory and a visiting fellow at the Institute of Space and Astronautical Science in Japan. He is a fellow of the American Institute of Aeronautics and Astronautics and the American Astronautical Society and has an asteroid named in his honor.

Membership in the academy honors people who have made contributions to engineering research, practice or education and is considered one of the highest professional distinctions an engineer can receive, according to a news release from the NAE.

Scheeres was named to the academy for his "pioneering work on the motion of bodies in strongly perturbed environments such as near asteroids and comets." He is the leader of the radio science team on the NASA's OSIRIS-REx mission, which will collect samples from an asteroid and return them to Earth. 

This year, the academy elected 84 new members and 22 foreign associates to its 2017 class, bringing the number of members to 2,281 and the number of foreign associates to 249.

Scheeres joins seven other faculty members in the College of Engineering and Applied Sciences who have been named to the academy. An adjunct professor, Philippe Spalart, was also named to the academy this year.