EVANSTON, IL – Dr. Gregory P. Olson, QuesTek Innovation LLC’s Chief Science Officer and company co-founder, was inducted into the American Academy of Arts and Sciences. Of the 220 inductees inducted into the academy in 2012, he was one of only nine within the Engineering Sciences and Technologies section. Olson is also a Walter P. Murphy Professor of Materials Science and Engineering at Northwestern University, where he teaches, leads a group researching computational materials design and directs the Materials Technology Laboratory/Steel Research Group.

The academy cited Olson as the “father of materials design” and recognized his many achievements: pioneering the field of computational design of materials as dynamic multi-scale systems (integrating the disciplines of materials science, applied mechanics and quantum physics); co-founding QuesTek in 1997 in order to commercialize materials design services and computationally designed materials; founding the Steel Research Group research consortium in 1985; creating the first undergraduate course in computational materials design; and co-founding many initiatives in design education at undergraduate and graduate levels.