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.