APSIH congratulates Dr. Najmedin (Najm) Meshkati for receiving the 2015 Arnold M. Small President's Distinguished Service Award from The Human Factors and Ergonomics Society (HFES). Named in 1985 after Arnold Small, founding father of the human factors in the US, and former USC Viterbi professor, this award recognizes individuals whose career-long contributions have brought honor to the profession and society. Professor Meshkati’s work is wide-ranging, from Bhopal and Chernobyl to Fukushima and Deep Water Horizon. For the past 25 years, he has been teaching and conducting research on risk reduction and reliability enhancement of complex technological systems, including nuclear power, aviation, petrochemical and transportation industries.
Time magazine has released their list of the 100 Most Influential People 2015. The list was divided into 5 categories: Titans, Pioneers, Artists, Leaders and Icons and Dr. Sabeti is front and center as one of the top pioneers. When the Ebola epidemic began in West Africa, Dr. Pardis Sabeti led a team that did something critically important: it sequenced virus samples from infected patients almost as soon as the outbreak began. This marked the first in-depth use of real-time DNA sequencing in the midst of such a deadly pandemic. Pardis and her team were able to work out clearly that the virus was spreading human to human—not from mosquito bites or some pig vector or something else.
The National Academy of Inventors (NAI) has named Dr. Khoshnevis to NAI Fellow status.
Included among all of the NAI Fellows are 61 presidents and senior leadership of research universities and non-profit research institutes, 208 members of the other National Academies (NAS, NAE, IOM), 21 inductees of the National Inventors Hall of Fame, 16 recipients of the U.S. National Medal of Technology and Innovation, 10 recipients of the U.S. National Medal of Science, 21 Nobel Laureates, 11 Lemelson-MIT prize recipients, 112 AAAS Fellows, and 62 IEEE Fellows, among other awards and distinctions. Collectively, the 414 NAI Fellows hold nearly 14,000 U.S. patents.
Election to NAI Fellow status is a high professional distinction accorded to academic inventors who have demonstrated a highly prolific spirit of innovation in creating or facilitating outstanding inventions that have made a tangible impact on quality of life, economic development, and the welfare of society.