Innovative Young Engineers Selected to Participate in 2017 US Frontiers of Engineering Symposium


Wed, June 21, 2017

June 21, 2017 —

Eighty two of the nation’s brightest young engineers have been selected to take part in the National Academy of Engineering’s (NAE) 23rd annual US Frontiers of Engineering (USFOE) 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.

The 2017 USFOE will be hosted by United Technologies Research Center in East Hartford, Conn., September 25-27, and will cover cutting-edge developments in four areas: Mega-Tall Buildings and Other Future Places of Work, Unraveling the Complexity of the Brain, Energy Strategies to Power Our Future, and Machines That Teach Themselves.

“The Frontiers of Engineering program brings together a particularly talented group of young engineers whose early-careers span different technical areas, perspectives and experiences,” said NAE President C. D. Mote, Jr. “But when they come together in this program,  their mutual excitement is palpable, and a process of creating long-term benefits to society is often initiated.”

The following engineers were selected as general participants:

Sarah Absher

Procter & Gamble

James Aimone

Sandia National Laboratories

Miller Allen

Applied Materials

Elma Avdic

Cummins Inc.

Gregg Beckham

National Renewable Energy Laboratory

Julie Bert


Griselda Bonilla

IBM T.J. Watson Research Center

Danielle Braje

MIT Lincoln Laboratory

Kristen Brosnan

GE Global Research

Otger Campas

University of California, Santa Barbara

Liling Cao

Thornton Tomasetti

John Carlsson

University of Southern California

Nurcin Celik

University of Miami

Vikas Chandra


Junho Cho

Nokia - Bell Labs

Louis Christen

Northrop Grumman

Katherine Davis

University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign

Ying Diao

University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign

Jonathan Dyer


Randy Ewoldt

University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign

Matthew Facchine

Northrop Grumman

Anne Fischer


Gregory Fritz

Draper Laboratory

Cynthia Ginestra


Sidhant Gupta


James Haldeman


Florian Herrault

HRL Laboratories

Laura Hiatt

Naval Research Laboratory

David Hoelzle

Ohio State University

Marcus Holzinger

Georgia Institute of Technology

Kun Hu

IBM Almaden Research Center

Gaurav Jain


Anya Jones

University of Maryland

Amit Kanvinde

University of California, Davis

Sinan Keten

Northwestern University

Ahmad Khalil

Boston University

Oleg Komogortsev

Michigan State University

Venkatesh Krishnan


Ana Maria Kupresanin

Lawrence Livermore National Laboratory

Duygu Kuzum

University of California, San Diego

Gabe Kwong

Georgia Institute of Technology

Markita Landry

University of California, Berkeley

Alvin Lin


Erin MacDonald

Stanford University

Jonathan Malen

Carnegie Mellon University

Schuyler Marsh


Claude Matalanis

United Technologies Research Center

Daniel McKinnon

3D Robotics

Grace Metcalfe

U.S. Army Research Laboratory

Viswanath Nagarajan

University of Michigan

Abhijit Namjoshi

Dow Chemical Company

Osama Nayfeh

Space and Naval Warfare Systems Center, Pacific

Caleb Nelson

3M Company

William Osborn

National Institute of Standards and Technology

Miroslave Pajic

Duke University

Amit Pandey

Rolls Royce LG Fuel Cells Inc.

Carla Pereira


Dimitrios Peroulis

Purdue University

Karthik Raman


Amanda Randles

Duke University

Sujith Ravi


Debora Rodrigues

University of Houston

Tim Rupert

University of California, Irvine

Dareen Salama


James Salvador

General Motors

Kelly Sanders

University of Southern California

Will Scott

IBM Research

Onome Scott-Emuakpor

Air Force Research Laboratory

Mikhail Shapiro

California Institute of Technology

Hadley Sikes

Massachusetts Institute of Technology

Min-Sun Son

Exponent, Inc.

Wil Srubar

University of Coloardo Boulder

Cui Tao

University of Texas at Houston

Iris Tien

Georgia Institute of Technology

Sara Tucker

Ball Aerospace

Robert Visco

Air Products and Chemicals

Jing-Han Wang

Arkema Inc.

Nora Wang

Pacific Northwest National Laboratory

Renee Wegrzyn


Jennifer Wortman Vaughan


Xiaobo Yin

University of Colorado Boulder

Yan Zhao

Air Products and Chemicals

Joshua Zide

University of Delaware



Robert Braun (chair)

University of Colorado

Rajan Bhattacharyya

HRL Laboratories

Katherine Dykes

National Renewable Energy Laboratory

Maria-Paz Gutierrez

University of California, Berkeley

Xue Han

Boston University

Fei Fei Li

Stanford University

Jeremy Munday

University of Maryland

Maryam Shanechi

University of Southern California

Marija Trcka

United Technologies Corp.



Khurram Afridi

University of Colorado Boulder

Mariana Bertoni

Arizona State University

Juan Betancur


Bouchra Bouqata

GE Global Research Center

Jordan Boyd-Graber

University of  Maryland

Emma Brunskill

Carnegie Mellon University

Jose Carmena

University of California, Berkeley

Azita Emami

California Institute of Technology

Tim Heidel

National Rural Electric Cooperative Association

Konrad Kording

Northwestern University

Ellis Meng

University of Southern California

Stephen Nichols


Michael Ramage

University of Cambridge

Jenny Sabin

Cornell University

Suchi Saria

Johns Hopkins University

Sponsors for the 2017 US Frontiers of Engineering are The Grainger Foundation, Microsoft Research, Defense Advanced Research Projects Agency, National Science Foundation, and Cummins.

The mission of the 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 of Sciences, Engineering, and Medicine, an independent, nonprofit organization chartered by Congress to provide objective analysis and advice to the nation on matters of science, technology, and health.