Grants for Sparking Innovative Research to be Announced at 2011 U.S. Frontiers of Engineering Symposium

Release Date: 09/14/2011

For Immediate Release
Contact:
Randy Atkins
Senior Media Relations Officer
Phone: 202.334.1508, atkins@nae.edu
The National Academy of Engineering (NAE) will announce at its 2011 U.S. Frontiers of Engineering symposium two new grants to foster collaboration across disciplines. The symposium will take place at Google headquarters in Mountain View, Calif., on Sept. 19-21.

Washington, DC, September 14, 2011 – The National Academy of Engineering (NAE) will announce at its 2011 U.S. Frontiers of Engineering symposium two new grants to foster collaboration across disciplines. The symposium will take place at Google headquarters in Mountain View, Calif., on Sept. 19-21.

The Grainger Foundation Frontiers of Engineering Grants will provide seed funding for U.S. Frontiers of Engineering (USFOE) participants who pursue innovative interdisciplinary research and projects stimulated by the symposium. Two grants of $30,000 each will be given.

The USFOE symposia bring together 100 of the nation's brightest young engineers -- ages 30 to 45 -- who are performing exceptional engineering research and technical work in industry, academia, and government. Participation is by invitation only, and attendees are selected through a competitive nomination and application process.

“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,” said NAE President Charles M. Vest. “We are especially grateful to The Grainger Foundation for supporting the Frontiers of Engineering symposia and this new grants program, which provides a mechanism for furthering innovation and supporting ongoing interactions among symposium attendees.”

This year's symposium 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. Sponsors 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.

A meeting program and more information are available on the Frontiers of Engineering website.

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