The Research Laboratory of Electronics (RLE) at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT) announces that Professor James G. Fujimoto, a principal investigator in RLE and a member of MIT’s Department of Electrical Engineering and Computer Science (EECS), was elected to the National Academy of Sciences (NAS) yesterday for his distinguished and continuing achievements in original research. Professor Fujimoto was elected to the National Academy of Engineering (NAE) in 2001.
Professor Fujimoto’s area of research involves the development and application of femtosecond laser technology, studies of ultrafast phenomena, and laser medicine and surgery. His research group in RLE and collaborators invented optical coherence tomography (OCT), and pioneered its development into innovative diagnostic and treatment strategies in medicine.
Said Jeffrey H. Shapiro, RLE Director and Julius A. Stratton Professor of Electrical Engineering, “Professor Fujimoto’s career has been marked by extraordinary research achievements and scholarship, and I congratulate him for earning yet another distinguished honor. His work has been, and continues to be, ground-breaking. Professor Fujimoto represents the best distinctive qualities of RLE research: on one hand, he has made fundamental discoveries unlocking our understanding of basic phenomena; on the other, he has been a leader and innovator in taking these discoveries into the realm of real engineering applications that change the way people live and work.”
The NAS is an honorific society of distinguished scholars engaged in scientific and engineering research, dedicated to the furtherance of science and technology and to their use for the general welfare. The election was held yesterday morning during the business session of the NAS’s 143rd annual meeting.