February 10, 2017 - Michael Strano, who earned his doctorate at the University of Delaware in 2001, has been elected to the National Academy of Engineering. Currently the Carbon P. Dubbs Professor of Chemical Engineering at Massachusetts Institute of Technology, Strano was recognized "for contributions to nanotechnology, including fluorescent sensors for human health and solar and thermal energy devices." Strano is principal investigator of the MIT Energy Initiative, which was recently selected as a collaborator in the Rapid Advancement in Process Intensification Deployment (RAPID) Manufacturing Institute. Strano has won a number of awards and honors, including being named a top young innovator by MIT Technology Review in 2004, when he was an assistant professor at the University of Illinois. He was cited for arriving at a new understanding of carbon nanotube surface chemistry, a breakthrough that paved the way for the use of nanotubes use in devices. Strano joins 25 other UD alumni, as well as 10 current and former faculty, elected to the National Academy of Engineering.