Two UCI Engineers Named AAAS Fellows

AAAS fellowsNov. 20, 2017 - The American Association for the Advancement of Science (AAAS) has awarded the distinction of fellow to two UC Irvine engineering professors − Efi Foufoula-Georgiou and Lizhi Sun  − in recognition of their efforts toward advancing science applications that are deemed scientifically or socially distinguished. Foufoula-Georgiou and Sun are among 10 UCI faculty receiving the designation this year.

As a member of the AAAS Section on Atmospheric & Hydrospheric Sciences, Foufoula-Georgiou, Distinguished Professor of civil and environmental engineering and associate dean of research and innovation, was elected for her seminal contributions to the field of surface hydrology and hydroclimatology, and her unselfish leadership in promoting Earth sciences.

“I am honored and humbled by this recognition, which I proudly share with all my former and current students, postdoctoral associates and collaborators,” said Foufoula-Georgiou. “I am also proud to be part of UCI’s excellent team in hydrologic sciences and engineering, an area whose importance is ever increasing under environmental sustainability concerns due to climate and human-induced change. Driving the discovery and innovation needed for solutions is not easy, and UCI has an important role to play.”

As part of the Section on Industrial Science & Technology, Sun, professor of civil and environmental engineering, was recognized for his distinguished contributions to the field of continuum mechanics, particularly for conducting innovative work in the area of heterogeneous composite materials.

“I am honored to receive the fellow recognition from AAAS,” said Sun, “and I’d like to thank (UCI) Provost Enrique Lavernia who nominated me for this honor.” 

Both professors will be presented with an official certificate and a gold and blue rosette pin during the 2018 AAAS Annual Meeting in Austin, Texas, in February when a total of 396 members will be named fellows.

The AAAS is the world’s largest general scientific society and publisher of the journal Science ( as well as Science Translational Medicine; Science Signaling, a digital, open-access journal; Science Advances; Science Immunology and Science Robotics. AAAS was founded in 1848 and includes nearly 250 affiliated societies and academies of science, serving 10 million individuals.

– Lori Brandt