Actors dream of winning an Academy Award, and musicians hope for a Grammy. What do engineers aim for? Definitely not a funny-looking trophy. But they can be elected to the National Academy of Engineering (NAE)—one of the highest professional distinctions for an engineer. And recently, Qualcomm Executive Chairman Paul Jacobs received that honor.
NAE membership is among the highest distinctions for an engineer… Jacobs was recognized for leadership in the design, development, and worldwide commercialization of wireless products and services.
Jacobs was recognized for “leadership in the design, development, and worldwide commercialization of wireless products and services.” He was among 80 new members and 22 foreign associates elected to the NAE, bringing the total U.S. membership to 2,275. New members must be elected by their engineering peers—it’s not a membership they can apply for.
NAE membership is accorded to engineers who have made outstanding contributions to “engineering research, practice, or education, including, where appropriate, significant contributions to the engineering literature” and to “the pioneering of new and developing fields of technology, making major advancements in traditional fields of engineering, or developing/implementing innovative approaches to engineering education.”
Jacobs and other new members will be formally inducted during a ceremony at the NAE’s annual meeting in Washington, D.C., in October 2016.