Two professors from the University of California at Davis have been elected members of the National Academy of Engineering. Professors Kate Scow and Daniel Sperling join 13 other current UC Davis faculty members who are part of the academy. (See the list here.)
Election to the NAE is one of the highest professional honors bestowed on an engineer. Members are selected for their outstanding contributions to the field of engineering, including research, practice, or education, as well as to new and developing fields of technology or innovative approaches to engineering education. engineering.
Kate Scow is Emeritus Professor Emeritus of Soil Microbial Ecology in the Department of Land, Air and Water Resources. The academy honored her for “elucidating the role of soil microbial communities in polluted ecosystems and their responses to agricultural management practices,” according to a NAE statement.
His research focuses on the relationships between native soil microbial communities and critical ecosystem processes such as biogeochemical cycling and biodegradation. It has been applied in low-cost approaches that promote biological solutions for cleaning up contaminated groundwater and for sequestering carbon in soil. Over the past decade, she has collaborated with partners in Uganda and Kenya on participatory research on small-scale irrigation, soil health and integrated soil management.
Scow chairs the UC Davis International Agricultural Development graduate group and was director of the Russell Ranch Sustainable Agriculture Facility, a long-term experiment studying the relationships between agricultural management, belowground biodiversity and the sustainability of row crop agroecosystems. Previously, she was director of the Kearney Foundation of Soil Science during the “Soil Carbon and California Terrestrial Ecosystems” mission.
Scow earned his bachelor’s degree in biology from Antioch College and his master’s and doctoral degrees in soil science from Cornell University.
Daniel Sperling is Emeritus Professor of Civil and Environmental Engineering and Environmental Sciences. He is founding director of the Institute of Transportation Studies and the Institute for Energy, Environment and Economic Policy at UC Davis.
Sperling is a leading international transportation expert whose work has helped pioneer new areas of study to create more efficient, low-carbon, and environmentally friendly transportation systems. Sperling co-led the 2007 study that designed California’s landmark low-carbon fuel standard. He has testified several times before the United States Congress, and has authored or co-authored over 250 technical articles and 13 books, including two billion cars and Three Revolutions: Leading Automated, Shared and Electric Vehicles into a Better Future.
Since February 2007, Sperling has served on tThe California Air Resources Board, appointed by the governors. Schwarzenegger, Brown and Newsom. In this role, he oversees policies and regulations on climate change, low-carbon fuels and vehicles, and sustainable cities. In 2013, he was chairman of the California Fuel Cell Partnership and, in 2015, chairman of the Transportation Research Board (National Academies). In 2019 he received the prestigious Roy Crum Award from the Transportation Research Board and in 2013 he received the Blue Planet Award.
Sperling received his undergraduate degree in engineering and urban planning from Cornell University and his doctorate. in Transportation Engineering from UC Berkeley.
The newly elected class will be formally inducted at the NAE’s annual meeting on October 2.