National Academy of Engineering elects 106 members and 23 international members

February 10, 2021

The National Academy of Engineering (NAE) President John L. Anderson announced that the Academy has elected 106 new members and 23 international members. This brings the total U.S. membership to 2,355 and the number of international members to 298.

Among those elected are SME members Jim Arnold, Gary Goldberg, Wayne “Nick” Hazen and Nikhil C. Trivedi. 

Jim Arnold, principal, is currently principal at Taproot Construction LLC, Fort Mill, S.C. and was 2007 SME President. He was elected to NAE for commercial application of processes for gold and silver recovery and implementation of advanced environmental controls.

Gary J. Goldberg, director is Board of Directors, BHP Group Limited and former CEO of Newmont Corp. (2013-2019). Prior to leading Newmont he was president and chief executive officer at Rio Tinto Minerals (2006-2011). He was elected to NAE for promoting safety, sustainability, inclusion, value, ethics and responsibility in the mining industry.

Wayne W. "Nick" Hazen is president and CEO, Hazen Research Inc., Golden, CO. Hazen was elected to NAE for leadership in the commercial development of hydrometallurgical processes for recovering metals from ores.

Nikhil C. Trivedi is senior partner, Idekin International, Easton, PA and was President of SME in 2010. He was elected for development of minerals processing technologies and mineral products for the paper, polymer and building industries.

Election to the National Academy of Engineering is among the highest professional distinctions accorded to an engineer. Academy membership honors those 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." Election of new NAE members is the culmination of a yearlong process. The ballot is set in December and the final vote for membership occurs during January.

Individuals in the newly elected class will be formally inducted during the NAE's annual meeting on Oct. 3, 2021. A list of the new members and international members follows, with their primary affiliations at the time of election and a brief statement of their principal engineering accomplishments.

The full list on nominees can be found at



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