Engineers selected to participate in NAE's 2011 US Frontiers of Engineering Symposium

Eighty-five of the nation's brightest engineers have been selected to take part in the National Academy of Engineering's (NAE) 17th annual U.S. Frontiers of Engineering symposium. The participants -- engineers ages 30 to 45 who are performing exceptional engineering research and technical work in industry, academia, and government -- were nominated by fellow engineers or organizations and chosen from approximately 315 applicants. They will come together for the three-day event later this summer.

"The young engineering innovators of today are solving the grand challenges that face us in the coming century," said NAE President Charles M. Vest. "We are proud that our Frontiers of Engineering program brings this diverse group of people together and gives them an opportunity to share and showcase their work."

The symposium will be held Sept. 19-21, 2011, at Google headquarters in Mountain View, Calif., and will examine additive manufacturing, engineering sustainable buildings, neuroprosthetics, and semantic processing. Alfred Z. Spector, vice president of research and special initiatives at Google, will be a featured speaker.

The following engineers were selected as general participants:

* Maneesh Agrawala, University of California, Berkeley
* Hatice Altug, Boston University
* Shorya Awtar, University of Michigan
* Timothy Barckholtz, ExxonMobil Corp.
* Robert Barsotti, Arkema Inc.
* Jennifer Benaman, Anchor QEA LLC
* Christopher Bettinger, Carnegie Mellon University
* Chad Bouton, Battelle Memorial Institute
* Mark Brongersma, Stanford University
* Shawn Brueggemeier, Bristol-Myers Squibb R&D
* Luca Carloni, Columbia University
* Ioannis Chasiotis, University of Illinois, Urbana-Champaign
* Kevin Chen, Google Inc.
* Whitney Colella, Pacific Northwest National Laboratory
* Neiyer Correal, Motorola Solutions
* Todd Danko, Lockheed Martin Advanced Technology Laboratories
* Virginia Davis, Auburn University
* Tao Deng, GE Global Research
* Jaydev Desai, University of Maryland
* Douglas Eck, Google Inc.
* John Ehrgott, U.S. Army Engineer Research and Development Center
* Bryan Eisenhower, University of California, Santa Barbara
* Audrey Ellerbee, Stanford University
* Nick Feamster, Georgia Institute of Technology
* Adam Fontecchio, Drexel University
* Sam Geckler, Cummins Inc.
* Claudia Gunsch, Duke University
* Craig Hamer, 3M Co.
* Jeffrey Hansbro, Dow Chemical Co.
* Alexander Harkness, Westinghouse Electric Co.
* Kim Hazelwood, University of Virginia
* Jamie Hestekin, University of Arkansas
* Robert Hopkins, Oracle Labs
* Jonathan Hui, Cisco Systems Inc.
* Masaya Iwamoto, Agilent Technologies Inc.
* Madhusudan Iyengar, IBM Corp.
* Alan Jacobsen, HRL Laboratories LLC
* Anurag Jain, Weidlinger Associates Inc.
* Dan Jiao, Purdue University
* Steven Johnson, SAIC
* John Johnson, STV Inc.
* Nirmal Keshava, Draper Laboratory
* Ali Khademhosseini, Harvard University
* Tracy Kijewski-Correa, University of Notre Dame
* Nitin Kolhapure, DuPont
* Dana Komin, General Motors Co.
* Elisa Konofagou, Columbia University
* Jeffrey Koplow, Sandia National Laboratories
* Katherine Kuchenbecker, University of Pennsylvania
* Mitchell Loescher, ConocoPhillips
* Christopher Loose, Semprus BioSciences
* Lonnie Love, Oak Ridge National Laboratory
* Michael McAlpine, Princeton University
* Kenneth McGuire, Procter & Gamble Co.
* Mark Meyer, Pixar Animation Studios
* Amit Misra, Los Alamos National Laboratory
* Kristi Morgansen, University of Washington
* Steven Murray, Exponent Inc.
* Aydogan Ozcan, University of California, Los Angeles
* Cesar Palerm, Medtronic Inc.
* Satinderpall Pannu, Lawrence Livermore National Laboratory
* Suzanne Plummer, Advanced Micro Devices Inc.
* Maurizio Porfiri, Polytechnic Institute of New York University
* Michelle Povinelli, University of Southern California
* Ramaswamy Ramaswamy, Eastman Chemical Co.
* Arnaud Robert, Walt Disney Studios
* John Sample, Naval Research Laboratory
* Kevin Schlichting, Pratt & Whitney
* Nicoleta Serban, Georgia Institute of Technology
* M. Scott Shell, University of California, Santa Barbara
* Rishi Shukla, Archer Daniels Midland Company
* Armin Sorooshian, University of Arizona
* Roman Stocker, Massachusetts Institute of Technology
* Karin Strauss, Microsoft Corp.
* Andrea Sudik, Ford Research and Advanced Engineering
* Yu An Sun, Xerox Research Center Webster
* Siddharth Suryanarayanan, Colorado State University
* Kathleen Vaeth, Eastman Kodak Co.
* Richard Vaia, Air Force Research Laboratory
* Cyrus Wadia, Executive Office of the President
* Haiyan Wang, Texas A&M University
* Brad White, Monsanto Co.
* Oliver Williams, Microsoft Corp.
* Lisa Zhang, Bell Labs Research, Alcatel-Lucent
* Xiaojing (John X.J.) Zhang, University of Texas, Austin

Speakers at this year's event are:

* Samy Bengio, Google Inc.
* Michael Cafarella, University of Michigan
* Andy Christensen, Medical Modeling LLC
* Evgeniy Gabrilovich, Yahoo Inc.
* John Haymaker, Design Process Innovation
* Eric Leuthardt, Washington University
* Hod Lipson, Cornell University
* Brett Lyons, Boeing Co.
* Ani Nenkova, University of Pennsylvania
* John Ochsendorf, Massachusetts Institute of Technology
* Christopher Pyke, U.S. Green Building Council
* Rahul Sarpeshkar, Massachusetts Institute of Technology
* Jelena Srebric, Pennsylvania State University
* Brent Stucker, University of Louisville
* James Weiland, University of Southern California

The organizers of the 2011 symposium are:

* Andrew Weiner (Chair), Purdue University
* Tim Denison, Medtronic Inc.
* Aleksandar Kuzmanovic, Northwestern University
* Annie Pearce, Virginia Tech
* Carolyn Seepersad, University of Texas, Austin
* Michael Siemer, Mydea Technologies
* Amarnag Subramanya, Google Inc.
* Justin Williams, University of Wisconsin, Madison
* Zhiqiang (John) Zhai, University of Colorado, Boulder

Sponsors for the 2011 U.S. Frontiers of Engineering are Google, The Grainger Foundation, Air Force Office of Scientific Research, STEM Development Office of the Department of Defense DDR&E Research Directorate, National Science Foundation, Microsoft Research, and Cummins Inc.

The National Academy of Engineering is an independent, nonprofit institution that serves as an adviser to government and the public on issues in engineering and technology. Its members consist of the nation's premier engineers, who are elected by their peers for their distinguished achievements. Established in 1964, NAE operates under the congressional charter granted to the National Academy of Sciences in 1863.

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