FOE Alumni News

  • Lori Graham-Brady
    Lori Graham-Brady (not exactly sure, maybe in 2000?)
    Professor, Civil Engineering at Johns Hopkins University, Baltimore, Maryland said:
    1 month and 3 weeks ago
    As of July 1, 2015, Lori Graham-Brady has been appointed Chair of the Department of Civil Engineering at Johns Hopkins University.
  • Jennifer Sinclair Curtis
    Jennifer Sinclair Curtis (2003 USFOE, 2008 GAFOE)
    Distinguished Professor and Associate Dean for Research at University of Florida, Gainesville, Florida said:
    1 month, 3 weeks and 5 days ago
    New position as Dean of Engineering at UC Davis starting October 2015

  • Naomi Chesler
    Naomi Chesler (2002 USFOE, 2004 JAFOE)
    Professor at Biomedical Engineering, Madison, Wisconsin said:
    2 months, 1 week and 5 days ago
    Full, Fellow, Fulbright!
    The 2014-2015 academic year was an exciting one for me! I was promoted to full professor at the University of Wisconsin at Madison, elected a Fellow of the American Society of Medical and Biological Engineering (AIMBE), and named a Fulbright Scholar. For the 2015-16 academic year, my family (husband and 3 daughters) and I will be living in Israel. In addition to doing research at Tel Aviv University, I hope to visit other institutions to meet colleagues and discuss cutting-edge approaches to biomedical engineering research and education. My family and I also plan to travel extensively and look forward to learning about the rich and complex history of the region.
  • Christine Grant
    Christine Grant (12th Annual U.S. Frontiers of Engineering Symposium)
    Associate Dean of Faculty Advancement - Professor of Chemical and Biomolecular Engineering at North Carolina State University, Raleigh, North Carolina said:
    3 months and 4 weeks ago
    Success Strategies for Women (and Men) in STEM Careers
    I am excited to announce that my book entitled,"Success Strategies from Women in STEM: A Portable Mentor - Second Edition" (co-edited with Peggy Pritchard) will be released in June 2015 by Academic Press/Elsevier. It is a comprehensive and accessible manual that provides valuable strategies, tools, and sucess tips for women (and men) pursuing and involved in STEM careers. The compilation features several STEM professionals from academe and industry.
  • Nirmal Keshava
    Nirmal Keshava (2011 US FOE, 2014 IAFOE)
    Senior Principal Informatics scientist at AstraZeneca, Waltham, Massachusetts said:
    4 months and 5 days ago
    Nirmal Keshava will be an invited speaker at the Clinical Research Informatics World 2015 conference in Boston, MA where he will talk about his work on advanced mathematical models for realizing value using large-scale analytics from clinical electronic health record / real-world evidence data.
  • Robert Braun
    Robert Braun (2000 USFOE)
    Professor at Georgia Institute of Technology, Atlanta, Georgia said:
    4 months and 4 weeks ago
    Bobby Braun was named Vice Chair of the NRC Space Studies Board in November 2014.
  • Robert Braun
    Robert Braun (2000 USFOE)
    Professor at Georgia Institute of Technology, Atlanta, Georgia said:
    4 months and 4 weeks ago
    Bobby Braun was presented with the inaugural Space Technology Award by the American Astronautical Society for extraordinary contributions in technology to enable the landing of vehicles on other planets and for creating NASA technology development programs designed to build our nation’s future space capabilities and solve grand societal challenges on Earth.
  • Eric Ruggiero, PhD
    Eric Ruggiero, PhD (NAE FOE 2013)
    Engineering Manager, Sustaining Commercial Thermal Systems Design at GE Aviation, West Chester, Ohio said:
    4 months and 4 weeks ago
    Dr. Eric Ruggiero was promoted to Associate Fellow rank in the American Institute of Aeronautics and Astronautics in January 2015.
  • Tyrone Grandison
    Tyrone Grandison
    CEO at Proficiency Labs, Washington, District of Columbia said:
    5 months and 2 days ago
    New Job
    White House Presidential Innovation Fellow
  • James Walker
    James Walker (FOE 2009 and US-Japan FOE 2011)
    Institute Scientist at Southwest Research Institute, San Antonio, Texas said:
    5 months and 3 days ago
    Walker elected Fellow of AIAA and ASME
    This past year, Dr. James D. Walker was elected Fellow of two engineering societies, the American Institute of Aeronautics and Astronautics (AIAA) and the American Society of Mechanical Engineers (ASME). The attached file is the related article in Southwest Research Institute's employee magazine.
  • Andreas Malikopoulos
    Andreas Malikopoulos (2010 GAFOE)
    Deputy Director, Urban Dynamics Institute at Oak Ridge National Laboratory, Oak Ridge, Tennessee said:
    5 months and 3 days ago
    Connecting Vehicles
    Oak Ridge National Laboratory ( develops a computational framework for optimizing traffic flow that could be the beginning of a road revolution.
  • David Boyd
    David Boyd (2010, Sept. 23-25 at the IBM Learning Center in Armonk, N.)
    Research Scientist at California Institute of Technoolgy, Pasadena, California said:
    5 months and 4 days ago
    Cool Method for Graphene Production
    We developed a method to produce electronic-grade graphene at low temperatures and in a single step. Please see the link to a nice write-up in Popular Mechanics.
  • Ronel Kappes
    Ronel Kappes (2014 US FOE)
    Director, Metallurgical Services at Newmont Mining Corporation, Englewood, Colorado said:
    5 months and 5 days ago
    Ronel Kappes was recently promoted to Director, Metallurgical Services for Newmont Mining Corporation. As such she is responsible for managing the process development laboratory and directing process development activities. She is also responsible for providing leadership in extractive metallurgy and mineral processing research efforts both internally and externally to the company.
  • Bryan Payne
    Bryan Payne (2015 US FOE)
    Engineering Manager at Netflix, Mountain View, California said:
    5 months and 1 week ago
    I have recently started a new job with Netflix, leading their platform security team.
  • Milind  Rajadhyaksha
    Milind Rajadhyaksha (Fourth Annual Symposium on Frontiers of Engineering (Irvine, CA, 1998))
    Associate Member at Memorial Sloan-Kettering Cancer Center, New York, New York said:
    5 months and 1 week ago
    At NAE’s Fourth Annual Symposium on Frontiers of Engineering (Irvine, CA, 1998), I’d presented my early work on confocal microscopy for noninvasive imaging of skin. Subsequently (1998-2002), two of my microscopes were commercialized: one for imaging skin cancers in vivo in reflectance contrast, and the other for rapid detection of residual skin cancers in freshly excised tissue ex vivo in fluorescence contrast. Then followed a decade (2002-2012) of translational studies and clinical trials which proved reflectance confocal microscopy (RCM) to be capable of detecting melanoma and non-melanoma skin cancers in vivo, with sensitivity of 90-95% and specificity of 70-85%, and fluorescence confocal microscopy (FCM) for detecting residual basal cell carcinomas in fresh Mohs surgically excised tissue, with sensitivity of 95-98% and specificity of 85-95%. The last two years (2013-2014) have been particularly exciting, during which we witnessed both RCM and FCM imaging advancing to being implemented in clinics to guide diagnosis and treatment. RCM imaging is being implemented to guide noninvasive diagnosis of melanocytic lesions, to guide choice and monitoring of treatment (surgical, topical or radiation) for lentigo maligna melanomas, and to guide minimally invasive treatment (laser ablation) of basal cell carcinomas, with demonstrated early impact on patient care. Thus far, ~600 patients have been saved from biopsies (~6 papers published worldwide). FCM imaging is being implemented for detection of residual cancers in freshly excised tissue (i. e., rapid pathology at the bedside), to guide Mohs surgery. Thus far, ~300 patients have benefitted from a faster and more efficient procedure (~5 papers worldwide).
  • C. Michael Lindsay
    C. Michael Lindsay (2013 US FOE)
    Technical Advisor at Air Force Research Laboratory, Eglin AFB, Florida said:
    5 months and 1 week ago
    Ground Breaking Research Collaboration Emerges from FOE Meeting
    FOE Scholars Dr. Alexander Orlov (Assoc. Professor, Stonybrook University) and Dr. C. Michael Lindsay (Technical Advisor, U.S. Air Force Research Laboratory, Eglin AFB) have been successfully developing a productive collaboration into the fabrication of nanoclusters using a novel method and characterizing them with cutting edge microscopy and catalysis activity tools. Gold nanoclusters of sizes controllable between 0.5 nm and 10 nm are produced using superfluid helium droplets and deposited onto various substrates. The method produces unprecedentedly clean and dense deposits owing to the gentle soft-landing of the technique and lack of the use of a capping agent to produce the particles. In collaboration with researchers at Brookhaven National Laboratory, the size distribution, morphology, mobility, and agglomerate growth mechanisms are being investigated using atomic resolution environmental transmission electron microscopy. Also being investigated is the catalytic activity of these materials. Below is an HAADR STEM image of gold nanoparticles deposited onto a copper grid. This collaboration was the direct results of the interactions initiated at the Sep 2013 Frontiers of Engineering Meeting and has grown to include student and postdoc exchanges between their groups.


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  • Shira Broschat
    Shira Broschat (1995 USFOE, 1996 USFOE)
    Professor at Washington State University, Pullman, Washington said:
    5 months, 1 week and 1 day ago
    I've more or less completed my morphogenesis from electrical engineer to computer scientist (although I still love teaching EM fields and waves, but I also love teaching Python). My research uses data analysis, machine learning, bioinformatics, and mathematical modeling to further understanding in microbiology, and I'm particularly interested in antimicrobial resistance, infectious diseases, and pathogens. We desperately need to generate more computer scientists in the state of Washington (we hired 3000 SDEs here last year) and especially women! We're trying to do something about it by offering workshops to middle school girls this summer through our Cougar Quest program. It will be taught by two female graduate students who are just awesome. They won a seed grant proposal from NCWIT for some fun things to add to the workshops. Please help us advertise. Thanks!
  • Philip LeDuc
    Philip LeDuc (2006 USFOE)
    William J. Brown Professor at Carnegie Mellon University, , said:
    5 months, 1 week and 2 days ago
    We were honored to publish a Commentary in Science Translational Medicine on how Biomedical Engineers can contribute to Global Health
  • Paul Nielan
    Paul Nielan (1996 USFOE, 1997 USFOE (discussant), 2000 GAFOE)
    Manager: Systems Analysis and Research Department at Sandia National Laboratories, Livermore, California said:
    5 months, 1 week and 3 days ago
    Moved from Systems Modeling to Systems Analysis and Research Department. The department specializes in systems analysis on national security problems. Systems analysis include decision science/support, risk analysis, operations research, enterprise modeling, and requirements analysis. Department staff have advanced degrees in the engineering, physical sciences, mathematics and public policy disciplines.
  • Miroslaw Skibniewski
    Miroslaw Skibniewski (2000 JAFOE, 2001 GAFOE)
    Professor at University of Maryland, College Park, Maryland said:
    5 months, 1 week and 3 days ago
    Annual Creative Construction Conferences
    This year's Creative Construction Conference is heading for Krakow, Poland. The dates are June 21-24, 2015. Please join us.
  • Philip Feng
    Philip Feng (2013 US FOE)
    Assistant Professor at Case Western Reserve University, Cleveland, Ohio said:
    5 months, 1 week and 4 days ago
    Prof. Philip Feng in Electrical Engineering and Computer Science, at Case Western Reserve University, is listed in the National Science Foundation (NSF) Directorate of Engineering’s 2015 year book for the "Class of 2015 Early Career Engineers to Watch". He has recently won a $500,000 NSF Faculty Early Career Development (CAREER) Award for his five-year project, “Dynamically Tuning 2D Semiconducting Crystals and Heterostructures for Atomically-Thin Signal Processing Devices and Systems.”

    The CAREER program is NSF's most prestigious awards for junior faculty members. The level and 5-year duration of the awards are designed to enable awardees to develop careers as outstanding teacher-scholars. Awardees are chosen because they exemplify the role of teacher-scholars through outstanding research, excellent education and the integration of education and research within the context of the mission of their organizations.

    Earlier, Prof. Feng was a 2013 USFOE alumni and was selected to receive the NAE Grainger Foundation Frontiers of Engineering (FOE) Award (2014) to initiate multidisciplinary research in the rapidly emerging frontiers of 2D materials and devices. This prestigious seedling grant has facilitated Feng group's exploratory research in 2D semiconductors and nanodevices, and has led to a number of exciting results documented by the team's recent publications.
  • Srinivas Veeramasuneni
    Srinivas Veeramasuneni
    Vice President at USG Corporation, Chicago, Illinois said:
    5 months, 1 week and 4 days ago
    USG Corporation announces the promotion of Srinivas Veeramasuneni to Vice President, Corporate Innovation Center

    Srinivas Veeramasuneni, previously senior director, Corporate Innovation Center (CIC), is appointed Vice President, Corporate Innovation Center at USG Corporation. Dr. Veeramasuneni will have oversight for the CIC organization and will promote collaborative research priorities to enhance USG's competitive position and profitability by continuously developing effective research programs.

    Srinivas has held various research and management positions at USG during his 16 year career, most recently serving as Senior Director at the USG Corporate Innovation Center. Throughout his career, he has been involved in innovation strategy, talent management, change management, technology roadmapping, and process improvements. He received his Ph.D. in Metallurgical Engineering from the University of Utah.

  • jay sayre
    jay sayre (2013 US FOE, 2014 EU-US FOE)
    Director, Advanced Materials and Internal R&D at battelle, columbus, Ohio said:
    5 months, 1 week and 4 days ago
    Now Director, Advanced Materials and Internal R&D
  • Luis Fanor Vega
    Luis Fanor Vega
    Growth and Innovation Manager at Alcoa Inc., Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania said:
    5 months, 1 week and 4 days ago
    New Role at Alcoa Technical Center
    Luis will lead the development of Alcoa's innovation strategy, manage our innovation project portfolio, drive the identification of team-based breakthrough innovations, and build a strong commercialization culture. In addition to leveraging Alcoa’s technical expertise, Luis and his team will also network with external partners where their solutions make business sense.
  • Shirley Meng
    Shirley Meng (2014 US FOE)
    Associate Professor at University of California San Diego, La Jolla, California said:
    5 months, 1 week and 4 days ago
    Shirley Meng leads the newly established Sustainable Power and Energy Center (SPEC) for UC San Diego
  • Wing Kam Liu
    Wing Kam Liu
    Walter P. Murphy Professor at Northwestern University, Department of Mechanical Engineering, Evanston, Illinois said:
    5 months, 1 week and 4 days ago
    2014-07-00 | President of the International Association for Computational Mechanics, International Association for Computational Mechanics

    2014-07-00 | 2014 highly cited researcher in the field of Computer Science and listed as a member of the World’s Most Influential Scientific Minds, Thompson Reuters

    2014-06-00 | Grand Prize in recognition of your outstanding contributions in the field of computational mechanics, Japan Society for Computational Engineering and Science

    2014-05-00 | Chair Elect of the US National Committee on Theoretical and Applied Mechanics within the National Academies, National Academics

    2014-03-00 | Honorary Professorship, Dalian University of Technology
  • Baratunde Cola
    Baratunde Cola (2013 US FOE)
    Associate Professor at Georgia Institute of Technology, Atlanta, Georgia said:
    5 months, 1 week and 4 days ago
    Tenure, wilderness adventure, birthday
    I was promoted to associate professor with tenure on March 13, 2015. On March 15th, I entered the wilderness near Blue Ridge Georgia to backpack and camp for 2 days and 2 nights with a friend. I had not backpacked in nearly 20 years. Hiking the penitentiary loop of the Jacks River Trail was the plan. Things did not go as planned. Ended up over 20 miles from our planned destination, which was to loop back to our car. Exhausted after fording the river over 20 times - in chest deep water at times - as we walked in the wrong direction, decided to exit the trail. The nearest city was 10 miles away, near the Tennessee boarder with Georgia. This was near the end of day two in the wilderness. Stranded at 9 pm, in a black darkness, we find luck hitchhiking with locals. Our rescue was complete when a friend drove from Chattanooga, TN to get us from Cisco, GA and drop us at a hotel in a larger city. The next day we drove 3 hours round trip in a rental car to retrieve our car from the other side of the wilderness. It was my birthday - St. Patrick's Day - and I made it home by 3 pm to celebrate with my wife and two daughters.
  • Mona Jarrahi
    Mona Jarrahi (NAE Frontiers of Engineering 2012)
    Associate Professor of Electrical Engineering at University of California Los Angeles, Los Angeles, California said:
    5 months, 1 week and 5 days ago
    Terahertz Technology
    Mona Jarrahi has been named a 2014 Kavli Fellow by the National Academy of Sciences.

    Mona Jarrahi has been selected as a Distinguished Lecturer of IEEE Microwave Theory and Techniques Society for year 2015-2017.

    Mona Jarrahi's work on high power plasmonic photomixers has been highlighted in the Laser Focus World Magazine.
  • Joy Rempe
    Joy Rempe
    Principal at Rempe and Associates, LLC, Idaho Falls, Idaho said:
    5 months, 1 week and 5 days ago
    In the first six months of its existence, Joy Rempe, Principal, Rempe and Associates, LLC, has been busy leading an effort funded by the Department of Energy's Reactor Safety Technology Pathway to obtain consensus US input for a prioritized time-sequence set of post-accident examination tasks at the affected units at the Fukushima Daiichi plant. Check out its recently launched website: to learn about this and other exciting research being performed by Rempe and Associates LLC.


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  • Daniel Deng
    Daniel Deng (2012 US FOE, 2014 US-Brazil FOE/FOS)
    Chief Scientist at Hydrology Group, Energy and Environment Directorate, Pacific Northwest National Laboratory, Richland, Washington said:
    5 months, 1 week and 5 days ago
    Sensor Fish
    Synthetic fish measures wild ride through dams
  • Daniel Deng
    Daniel Deng (2012 US FOE, 2014 US-Brazil FOE/FOS)
    Chief Scientist at Hydrology Group, Energy and Environment Directorate, Pacific Northwest National Laboratory, Richland, Washington said:
    5 months, 1 week and 5 days ago
    Injectable acoustic transmitter
    Tracking fish easier, quicker, safer with new injectable device
  • Rob Crane
    Rob Crane (2005 USFOE)
    Global Chemical Research Manager at ExxonMobil, Baytown, Texas said:
    5 months, 1 week and 5 days ago
    Rob Crane was presented the "Outstanding Chemical Engineer" award from Purdue University and has recently taken a new position within ExxonMobil as Global Chemical Research Manager. In his spare time, he is currently training for Ironman Texas.
  • Sibendu Som
    Sibendu Som (2014 US FOE)
    Principal Mechanical Engineer at Argonne National Laboratory, Argonne, Illinois said:
    5 months, 1 week and 5 days ago
    The Federal Laboratory Consortium for Technology Transfer has honored a group of researchers at the Department of Energy’s Argonne National Laboratory for working with industry to use supercomputers to conduct engine simulations. The research was led by Sibendu Som, principal mechanical engineer, and Raymond Bair, senior computational scientist. Terry Maynard, technology manager, facilitated the transfer of the technology to industry.

    The Award for Excellence in Technology Transfer singled out a group of researchers who transferred to private industry a two-part technology for simulating the complex inner workings of internal combustion engines. One part of the technology consisted of a fuel spray model that analyzes the behavior of fuels within an engine. The second part involved load-balancing algorithm software that helps manage the high-performance computing resources necessary for the work.

    This type of modeling and simulation forms the core of Argonne’s Virtual Engine Research Institute and Fuels Initiative (VERIFI), which continues to cooperate with industry to create tools that will enable cleaner, more efficient engines. This work also helped build the bridge between the use of cluster computing in the Laboratory Computing Resource Center and the massively parallel computing resources at the Argonne Leadership Computing Facility.
  • Frances Arnold
    Frances Arnold (the first one!)
    Dickinson Professor at Caltech, Pasadena, California said:
    5 months, 1 week and 5 days ago
    I served as a judge for the Queen Elizabeth Prize in Engineering for 2013 and 2015, which included a trip to Buckingham Palace to meet the Queen. I am now Chairing the Advisory Panel that recommends the next Packard Fellows in Science and Engineering, a job that Lynn Orr did so well for 26 years, before he decided to serve our country as under secretary for science and energy.
  • James Weiland
    James Weiland (FOE 2011)
    Professor at University of Southern California, Los Angeles, California said:
    5 months, 1 week and 5 days ago
    James Weiland was induction to the 2015 Class of AIMBE Fellows. AIMBE, or the American Institute for Medical and Biological Engineering,is a non-profit advocacy organization dedicated to improving lives through medical and biological engineering. The AIMBE College of Fellows consists of a distinguished group of around 1,500 other fellows from academia, industry and government who have made contributions to bioengineering research, industrial practice and education that have transformed the world.
  • Seth Taylor
    Seth Taylor (2010 USFOE, 2009 JAFOE)
    R&D Team Leader at Chevron Energy Technology Company, Richmond, California said:
    5 months, 1 week and 5 days ago
    In August 2014 I became Technical Team Leader of a Materials R&D group at Chevron, and in January 2015 I assumed Program Management responsibilities for a Strategic Research activity named Smart Facilities. The goal of the project is to improve asset integrity management across the corporation by enabling near-real-time access to equipment health, and developing predictive systems that anticipate future integrity issues. I would love to hear from other FOE participants who may be active in this space. Regards, Seth
  • Eric Furst
    Eric Furst
    Professor at University of Delaware, Newark, Delaware said:
    5 months, 1 week and 5 days ago
    I was honored to receive the NASA Exceptional Scientific Merit Award in 2014 for our studies of colloidal self-assembly on the International Space Station. The attached link describes some recent results of this work and ground-based applications in nanotechnology.
  • Kumar Muthuraman
    Kumar Muthuraman (2006 USFOE)
    Associate Professor at McCombs School of Business, University of Texas at Austin, Austin, Texas said:
    5 months, 1 week and 5 days ago
    Promoted to H. Timothy (Tim) Harkins Centennial Professorship in Business
  • Marcus Quigley
    Marcus Quigley (2007 USFOE)
    Chief Executive Officer at OptiRTC, Inc., Boston, Massachusetts said:
    5 months, 1 week and 5 days ago
    Marcus Quigley became Founder and CEO of OptiRTC, Inc. (Opti) in December as part of a impact investment backed spin-out of the company from parent Geosytnec Consultants. Opti's mission is to protect clean water by actively managing stormwater infrastructure.

    Opti, headquartered in Boston, MA, delivers intelligent control and decision support solutions through its cloud-based platform to U.S. municipalities and Fortune 500 companies.

    For these infrastructure owners, Opti reduces operating and capital costs, enables environmental compliance, and reduces risk from volatile environmental conditions.


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  • Paul Clem
    Paul Clem (2007 GAFOE)
    Manager, Electronic, Optical and Nanomaterials Department at Sandia National Laboratories, Albuquerque, New Mexico said:
    5 months, 1 week and 5 days ago
    Sandia and University of Virginia groups demonstrate voltage-tunable thermal conductivity at room temperature
    Paul Clem (Sandia National Labs), alumnus of the GAFOE program in Smart Materials, has teamed with Jon Ihlefeld (Sandia) and Patrick Hopkins (University of Virginia) to engineer nanoscale oxide thermal conductivity, including room temperature demonstration of voltage-tunable thermal conductivity (, and development of glass-like thermal conductivity in superlattice-type structures ( Active thermal management control and thermotronic devices are being developed from these newly engineered materials.
  • Mark Swihart
    Mark Swihart (2008 USFOE, 2011 JAFOE)
    UB Distinguished Professor at University at Buffalo (SUNY), Buffalo, said:
    5 months, 1 week and 5 days ago
    Exciting times in Buffalo
    In summer 2014, I was named a UB Distinguished Professor, and earlier in 2015 I was appointed as Executive Director of the New York State Center of Excellence in Materials Informatics (CMI, Meanwhile, Buffalo is enjoying a resurgence driven by technology-based economic development and advanced manufacturing. In this context, CMI is participating in exciting initiatives like Buffalo Manufacturing Works ( and the 43 North Business Competition (


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  • Kara Kockelman
    Kara Kockelman
    EP Scoch Professor of Engineering at University of Texas at Austin, Austin, Texas said:
    5 months, 1 week and 5 days ago
    Recipient of ASCE’s James Laurie Prize in Transportation Engineering, 2014
    Recipient of Google Research Award (for research on self-driving vehicles), 2014
  • Parthasarathy Ranganathan
    Parthasarathy Ranganathan
    Principal engineer at Google, Mountain View, California said:
    5 months, 1 week and 5 days ago
    FOE alumni recognition
  • Brigette Rosendall
    Brigette Rosendall (National Academy of Engineering Workshop on Pathways for Engineering Talent)
    Principal Engineer and Bechtel Distinguished Scientist at Bechtel National, Inc., San Diego, California said:
    5 months, 1 week and 5 days ago
    Brigette obtained her P.E. License in Chemical Engineering from the State of Wyoming as part of a extensive training process to become a Bechtel Certified Principal Engineer. These training courses covered many Six-Sigma topics and Engineering Ethical issues.

    She continues to work with academia as an member of the Advisory Board at UC Riverside and has presented at two conferences in the past year: The North American Mixing Forum XXIV Conference and The STAR Global Conference. She presented how to improve Euler-Granular models in multiphase mixing for poly-dispersed flows at NAMF and the evaluation of RANS modeling of non-Newtonian Bingham fluids in the turbulence regime at the STAR Global conference. Both presentations are currently in progress of submission to peer-reviewed journals.
  • Cameron Abrams
    Cameron Abrams
    Professor at Drexel University, PHILADELPHIA, Pennsylvania said:
    5 months, 1 week and 5 days ago
    Cameron F. Abrams was inducted as a Fellow of the American Institute of Medical and Biological Engineering (AIMBE) at the organization's annual meeting on March 15-17, 2015, in Washington, D. C.
  • Davion Hill
    Davion Hill (NAE US FOE 2013, NAE US/EU FOE 2014)
    Group Leader at DNV GL, Dublin, Ohio said:
    5 months, 1 week and 5 days ago
    DNV GL wins ARPA-e CHARGES Program
    DNV GL will support the US government agency ARPA-E (Advanced Research Projects Agency-Energy) to validate the performance of ARPA-E funded grid-storage and distributed energy (micro-grid) technologies over the next four years.
  • Haiyan Wang
    Haiyan Wang (2011 USFOE)
    Professor at Electrical and Computer Engineering TAMU, College Station, Texas said:
    5 months, 1 week and 5 days ago
    Wang named recipient of O'Donnell Award
    Dr. Haiyan Wang, professor in the Department of Electrical and Computer Engineering at Texas A&M University, has been named one of four recipients of the 2015 Edith and Peter O’Donnell Award.

    The award, which is presented by The Academy of Medicine, Engineering & Science of Texas (TAMEST), recognizes rising Texas researchers who are addressing the essential role that science and technology play in society, and whose work meets the highest standards of exemplary professional performance, creativity, and resourcefulness.

    The recipients will be honored during a banquet on Jan. 22, 2015, in conjunction with TAMEST’s 12th Annual Conference at the Omni Houston Hotel in Houston.

    The other recipients include: Thomas Westbrook from Baylor College of Medicine (medicine); Yuh Min Chook from The University of Texas Southwestern Medical Center (science); and Charles Collins from Luminex Corporation (technology innovation).

    “The recipients of the 2015 O’Donnell Awards exemplify the innovative, life-changing research occurring in Texas,” said Dr. Bettie Sue Masters, TAMEST’s 2014 president. “With a focus on cancer genetics, nanostructured materials and devices, protein transport in and out of the cell nucleus, and 2 instrumentation engineering and optical systems, these noteworthy Texans have made discoveries or developed technologies that will significantly impact our society today and for years to come.

    Wang was honored in the engineering category and is recognized for her innovative research at the frontier of nanostructured materials in the areas of high temperature superconductors, microelectronic and optoelectronic devices, solid oxide fuel cells, nuclear materials, in situ TEM characterizations, and for her exceptional potential in inspired education and future leadership.

    Wang, who also holds a joint position in the Materials Science and Engineering Program at Texas A&M, works part-time at the U.S. National Science Foundation as a program manager in the Division of Materials Research.

    From December 2002 to January 2006, Wang was on the staff of the Los Alamos National Laboratory, first as a director-funded post-doctoral fellow and then as a permanent technical staff member. In 2006, she joined the faculty at Texas A&M as an assistant professor and was promoted to associate professor and full professor in 2010 and 2014, respectively. She received her Ph.D. in materials science and engineering from North Carolina State University in 2002.

    Wang has made significant contributions to a wide range of nanostructured ceramic thin films for various applications, including nitride-based heterogeneous structures for high efficiency diffusion barriers and light emitting diodes, high temperature superconductor coated conductors with significantly enhanced superconducting properties, ferromagnetic and ferroelectric oxide thin films, perovskite oxides for thin film solid oxide fuel cells, in situ TEM work and others.

    Her unique skill combination of both thin film processing and atomic scale characterization using transmission electron microscopy has enabled her to nanoengineer the thin film structure and exam the defects in nanoscale.

    She has published more than 300 journal articles in Nature Materials, Nature Communications, Nature’s Scientific Report, Advanced Materials, Advanced Functional Materials, and NanoLetters, and presented 150 invited and contributed talks at various international conferences.

    Wang holds eight patents in the areas of thin film processing and architectures. Her work has received a total citation over 6400 times with an H-index of 39. She has organized eight symposiums at international conferences and is an active committee member in the American Society of Metals (ASM), American Ceramic Society (ACerS) and Metals, Minerals and Materials Society (TMS).

    Wang is a fellow of the ASM International (Class of 2014). Her major awards include the TEES Senior Fellow 2014, TEES Fellow 2013, ASM Silver Medal Award for Outstanding Mid-Career Materials Scientist in 2011, a College Faculty Fellow Award in 2011, a TEES Young Fellow Award in 2010, an NSF Career Award in 2009, The Presidential Early Career Award (PECASE) in 2008, an Office of Naval Research-Young Investigator Award in 2008 and an Air Force of Scientific Research-Young Investigator Award in 2007. The total project funding she managed over the past five years exceeds $6 million from five different federal funding agencies.

    The O’Donnell Awards were first presented in 2006, and a total of $925,000 has been awarded to 40 recipients since the inception of the program. The awards are named in honor of Edith and Peter O’Donnell who are among Texas’ staunchest advocates for excellence in scientific advancement and STEM education.

    View the 2015 Edith and Peter O’Donnell Awards video trailer online at

    Read more about the 2015 Edith and Peter O’Donnell Awards recipients at

    For further information about the TAMEST 2015 Annual Conference, please visit

    About TAMEST: TAMEST is what comes before the change you see in our state. A nonprofit and a brain trust for Texas, TAMEST convenes influential experts to promote cross-industry and cross-disciplinary knowledge sharing. Through TAMEST, research collides with industry. Our members make new discoveries, lay the groundwork for tackling critical issues, and change the course of funding, legislation, and society. With 270+ members, TAMEST is composed of the Texas-based members of the three National Academies (Institute of Medicine, National Academy of Engineering, and National Academy of Sciences) and the state’s 10 Nobel Laureates. TAMEST brings the state’s top scientific, academic, and corporate minds together to further position Texas as a national research leader. TAMEST also fosters the next generation of scientists and facilitates awareness and communication among the state’s best and brightest about research priorities for the future. More information is available at
  • Alex Slocum
    Alex Slocum (NAKFI Nuclear power engineering conference)
    Professor of Mechanical Engineering at Massachusetts Institute of Technology, Cambridge, Massachusetts said:
    5 months, 1 week and 5 days ago
    Ocean harvesting of uranium and Symbiotic Engineering
    I have been working on renewable and low carbon energy systems, particularly from a multiple birds with one stone approach: symbiotic engineering looks to be a key to reducing costs of renewables.