C. D. Mote, Jr. is President of the National Academy of Engineering. His science policy work includes serving on the committee that authored the National Academies’ “Rising above the Gathering Storm” report and chairing the committee on Global Science and Technology Strategies and Their Effect on the U.S. National Security that published the report “S&T Strategies of Six Countries” among others.
He is internationally recognized for his research on the dynamics of gyroscopic systems and the biomechanics of snow skiing. He has produced more than 300 publications and is a Fellow of the American Academy of Arts and Sciences, the American Academy of Mechanics, the American Association for the Advancement of Science, the Acoustical Society of America, and an Honorary Fellow of the American Society of Mechanical Engineers. He is the 2005 recipient of the Founders Award from the National Academy of Engineering and the 2011 recipient of the American Society of Mechanical Engineers ASME Medal in recognition of his comprehensive body of work on the dynamics of moving flexible structures and his leadership in academia. He served as President of the University of Maryland for 12 years and on the University of California, Berkeley faculty for 31 years where he held an endowed chair in Mechanical Systems, was Chair of Mechanical Engineering, and served as Vice Chancellor.