Nancy Allbritton, dean of the University of Washington College of Engineering and professor of bioengineering, has been elected to the prestigious National Academy of Engineering (NAE), as announced on February 6. Being a member of the National Academy of Engineering is among the highest professional distinctions accorded to an engineer.

Allbritton’s election acknowledges her groundbreaking work in innovating and commercializing technologies such as single-cell analysis and gut-on-chip platforms for drug screening, as well as her significant contributions to engineering education. Her interdisciplinary research spans engineering, chemistry, physics, and materials science, focusing on developing cutting-edge technologies for biomedical research and clinical applications. Her expertise lies in areas such as single-cell assays, microfabricated platforms for cytometry, and stem-cell-based systems for mimicking human organ function, with notable impacts on treating diseases like cancer, macular degeneration, and HIV.

In addition to being elected to the NAE, Allbritton was designated a fellow of the American Association for the Advancement of Science and the National Academy of Inventors in 2015 and the Washington State Academy of Science in 2021.

Read more about Allbritton’s accomplishments and the NAE on the UW News website.