Dr. Thomas J. R. Hughes, an aerospace engineering professor, was elected a foreign member in the Mathematics section of Italy’s Lombard Institute, Academy of Sciences and Letters. Hughes was elected for his work in computational mechanics. The Lombard Institute was founded in 1797 by Napoleon Bonaparte with the goal of discovering and refining three distinct areas: physical science and mathematics, political sciences, and literature and fine arts. Hughes will attend his first meeting as a member at the institute next year.