Handspring Chief Product Officer Jeff Hawkins has been elected in to the National Academy of Engineering for his role in helping to establish the handheld device market. Hawkins invented the original PalmPilot devices in 1994, and founded Palm Computing. In 1998, he co-founded Mountain View, Calif.-based Handspring with Donna Dubinsky and Ed Colligan. Hawkins holds 12 patents for various handheld devices and features, and is also the executive director and founder of the nonprofit Redwood Neuroscience Institute, which studies theories and mathematical models of brain function.
The NAE is an independent, nonprofit organization that provides leadership and guidance to government on the application of engineering resources to social, economic and security problems. Members elect fellow engineers who have made contributions to engineering theory and practice, and who have pioneered new areas in engineering.