Peter Cummings named as a member of the National Academy of Engineering

Vanderbilt scholar Peter T. Cummings, the John R. Hall Professor of Chemical Engineering, emeritus, has been elected to the National Academy of Engineering. 

In an announcement released February 7, 2023, the Academy cited Cummings for his “simulation-based solutions to chemical engineering problems, and for innovations and leadership in modeling and computational nanoscience.”

Cummings spent 20 years at Vanderbilt as a faculty member and administrator for the School of Engineering before retiring in the fall of 2022. His work has made a significant impact on the field, resulting in numerous publications, patents, and innovations.

“This recognition is most well-deserved,” said Philippe Fauchet, the Bruce and Bridgitt Evans Dean of Engineering. “Peter’s contributions to the field of engineering and his dedication to education are a testament to his exceptional work as a researcher and his commitment to advancing the discipline.”

The National Academy of Engineering is a highly selective organization that recognizes the most outstanding engineers in the world. Election to the academy is among the highest honors that can be bestowed upon an engineer, and it recognizes individuals who have made exceptional contributions to engineering research, practice, or education.

“I am deeply honored to be elected to the National Academy of Engineering,” Cummings said. “I am grateful for the opportunities I had at Vanderbilt to work with talented students and colleagues and am proud to be part of a global community of engineers who are dedicated to the field and to improving the world.” Since his retirement from Vanderbilt, Cummings has been living in Edinburgh, Scotland, where he is affiliated with Heriot-Watt University.

Newly elected NAE members will be formally inducted during the Academy’s annual meeting on Oct. 1, 2023.