Longtime ABET Expert John H. Koon has been elected to the National Academy of Engineering (NAE), one of the highest professional distinctions an engineer can receive, and one reserved for less than 2,600 people worldwide. This year, the Academy elected 86 new members and 18 foreign members. They will be inducted during a ceremony at the NAE’s annual meeting in October.

NAE 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.” The Academy is recognizing Koon “for contributions to the design of systems to treat chemically complex industrial wastewaters.”

Koon is currently a professor of practice in the School of Civil and Environmental Engineering at the Georgia Institute of Technology and the president of John H. Koon & Associates. He has been involved with ABET since the early 2000s as a member of American Academy of Environmental Engineers and Scientists (AAEES). Currently, he serves on the 2018-2019 ABET Board of Delegates and is a member of the Global Council.