Michael Escuti Selected to Participate in NAE's 2012 U.S. Frontiers of Engineering Symposium

July 02, 2012

Dr. Michael Escuti in his lab at the Monteith Research Center on Centennial Campus.  Photo by Marc Hall 
Dr. Michael Escuti in his lab at the Monteith Research Center on Centennial Campus. Photo by Marc Hall

Seventy-eight of the nation's brightest young engineers have been selected to take part in the National Academy of Engineering's (NAE) 18th annual U.S. Frontiers of Engineering symposium.  Engineers ages 30 to 45 who are performing exceptional engineering research and technical work in a variety of disciplines will come together for the 2 1/2 day event. The participants -- from industry, academia, and government -- were nominated by fellow engineers or organizations and chosen from approximately 300 applicants.

"Our nation's health, quality of life, and security will depend on the engineering achievements of the 21st century," said NAE President Charles M. Vest.  "The Frontiers of Engineering program gives young engineering pioneers the opportunity to collaborate and share approaches across fields. We believe those interactions will generate new ideas for improving the future."

The symposium will be held on Sept. 13-15, 2012, at the General Motors Technical Center in Warren, Mich., and will examine serious games, vehicle electrification, climate engineering, and engineering materials for the biological interface.  Alan I. Taub, retired vice president of General Motors global research and development, will be a featured speaker at the symposium.

The following engineers were selected as general participants:

Pieter Abbeel - University of California, Berkeley

Andrea Armani - University of Southern California

Muhannad Bakir - Georgia Institute of Technology

Billy Bardin - Dow Chemical Co.

Halil Berberoglu - University of Texas, Austin

Alexandra Boltasseva - Purdue University

David Brumley - Carnegie Mellon University

Xi Chen - Columbia University

Gian Colombo - Carpenter Technology

Xiquan Cui - Qualcomm Inc.

Frank DelRio - National Institute of Standards and Technology

Zhiqun (Daniel) Deng - Pacific Northwest National Laboratory

Jennifer Dionne - Stanford University

Nathan Domagalski - Bristol-Myers Squibb

Ayman EL-Refaie - GE Global Research

Michael Escuti - North Carolina State University

Joelle Frechette - Johns Hopkins University

Yan Fu - Ford Motor Co.

Weiying Gao - DuPont

David Garrett - Broadcom Corp.

Brian Gerkey - Willow Garage

Sayata Ghose - Boeing Co.

Anindya Ghoshal - U.S. Army Research Laboratory

Jordan Green - Johns Hopkins University

Piyush Gupta - Bell Labs, Alcatel-Lucent

Robert Hampshire - Carnegie Mellon University

Jessica Harrison - DNV KEMA Energy and Sustainability

Steve Hartmann - Medtronic

Reed Hendershot - Air Products and Chemicals Inc.

Elizabeth Hillman - Columbia University

Jeremy Hollman - Aurora Flight Sciences

Mona Jarrahi - University of Michigan

Michael Jewett - Northwestern University

Suzette Johnson - Northrop Grumman

Anupama Kaul - National Science Foundation

Scott Klemmer - Stanford University

LaShanda Teresa Korley - Case Western Reserve University

Christopher Kruegel - University of California, Santa Barbara

T.C. Michael Law - Mueser Rutledge Consulting Engineers

Chunhao Lee - General Motors

Steven Little - University of Pittsburgh

Xiang Liu - Bell Labs, Alcatel-Lucent

Jason Lyons - Arkema Inc.

Brian MacCleery - National Instruments

Youssef Marzouk - Massachusetts Institute of Technology

Kristyn Masters - University of Wisconsin, Madison

Meagan Mauter - Carnegie Mellon University

Jason May - HRL Laboratories

Timothy McKnight - Oak Ridge National Laboratory

Brett McMickell - Honeywell Aerospace

W. David Merryman - Vanderbilt University

Rahul Mital - General Motors

Mohammad Mofrad - University of California, Berkeley

Nathan Moody - Los Alamos National Laboratory

Elisabeth Nguyen - Aerospace Corp.

Nicholas Peters - Applied Communication Sciences

Desiree Plata - Duke University

Yadunandana Rao - Motorola Solutions

David Reeder - Cargill Inc.

Kate Riggins - Procter & Gamble Co.

Wallace Sawyer - University of Florida

Charles Schroeder - University of Illinois, Urbana-Champaign

Stephanie Severance - Cummins

Behrouz Shafei - University of Massachusetts, Amherst

Leena Singh - Charles Stark Draper Laboratory

Shukri Souri - Exponent Inc.

Joshuah Stolaroff - Lawrence Livermore National Laboratory

Tong Sun - Xerox Webster Research Center

Kevin Turner - University of Pennsylvania

Kimberly Turner - University of California, Santa Barbara

Chris Urmson - Google

Peter van Beek - SHARP Laboratories of America Inc.

Sergei Vassilvitskii - Yahoo!

Kuansan Wang - Microsoft

Kevin Wasson - Corning Inc.

Ulrike Wegst - Dartmouth College

Jianzhong Wu - University of California, Riverside

Miao Yu - University of Maryland


Speakers at this year's event are:

Matthew Gevaert - KIYATEC Inc.

Christopher Jones - Georgia Institute of Technology

Eli Kintisch - Science Insider

Ben Kravitz - Stanford University

Helen Lu - Columbia University

Arindam Maitra - Electric Power Research Institute

Rahul Mangharam - University of Pennsylvania

Richard Marks - Sony

Cory Ondrejka - Facebook

Zoran Popovic - University of Washington

Lynn Russell - Scripps Institution of Oceanography

Jeff Sakamoto - Michigan State University

David Schaffer - University of California, Berkeley

Constance Steinkuehler - Office of Science and Technology Policy

Matthew Willard - Naval Research Laboratory


The organizers of the 2012 symposium are:

Kristi Anseth (chair) - University of Colorado, Boulder

Karen Burg - Clemson University

Li-Te Cheng - IBM

Michael Degner - Ford Motor Co.

Ali Khademhosseini - Harvard University

Sanjeev Naik - General Motors

Ben Sawyer - Digitalmill

David Sholl - Georgia Institute of Technology

Armin Sorooshian - University of Arizona


Sponsors for the 2012 U.S. Frontiers of Engineering are General Motors, the Grainger Foundation, Defense Advanced Research Projects Agency, National Science Foundation, Microsoft Research, and Cummins Inc.

The mission of NAE is to advance the well-being of the nation by promoting a vibrant engineering profession and by marshalling the expertise and insights of eminent engineers to provide independent advice to the federal government on matters involving engineering and technology. The NAE is part of the National Academies (along with the National Academy of Sciences, the Institute of Medicine, and the National Research Council), an independent, nonprofit organization chartered by Congress to provide objective analysis and advice to the nation on matters of science and technology.