Elected in 1987
“For outstanding contributions in biomedical engineering,
fluid mechanics, and socio-technology, and for leadership
in technological education.”
BY RICHARD THORSEN
SUBMITTED BY THE NAE HOME SECRETARY
GEORGE BUGLIARELLO, a visionary leader who understood the role of engineering in improving the world, died on February 18, 2011, at the age of 83.
George, or Giorgio, as he was called by his family, was born in Trieste, Italy, on May 20, 1927. He studied engineering at the University of Padua, graduating summa cum laude in 1951, and then earned a master’s degree in civil engineering at the University of Minnesota in 1954 and a doctorate in civil engineering and hydrodynamics at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology in 1959. He joined the engineering faculty at Carnegie Mellon University (CMU) in 1959 as assistant professor of biotechnology and civil engineering and rose to the rank of professor. In 1964 he became the founding director of the bioengineering program at CMU, and in 1969 he became dean of engineering at the University of Illinois at Chicago Circle. George became the first president of Polytechnic Institute of New York (now Polytechnic Institute of New York University), formed by the merger of Polytechnic Institute of Brooklyn and the New York University’s School of Engineering and Science in 1973. He served for 21 years until 1994.