2021 US Frontiers of Engineering Symposium

At-a-Glance

The 2021 US Frontiers of Engineering was held September 22-24 at the National Academies' Beckman Center in Irvine, California. About 100 outstanding early career engineers met for an intensive 2-1/2 day symposium to discuss cutting-edge developments in four areas: Investigating the Final Frontier: Engineering the Future of Space Exploration; Resilience in Pandemics: Data and Digital Infrastructure for Informed Decision-Making; Transforming the Climate Change Discussion: the Role of Direct Air Capture; and Cybersecurity of Critical Infrastructure. The goal of the Frontiers of Engineering program is to bring together engineers from all engineering disciplines and from industry, universities, and federal labs to facilitate cross-disciplinary exchange and promote the transfer of new techniques and approaches across fields in order to sustain and build US innovative capacity. 

We are grateful to our sponsors for their support. 

LIST OF SESSIONS


Chair:  Timothy Lieuwen, Georgia Institute of Technology  

INVESTIGATING THE FINAL FRONTIER: ENGINEERING THE FUTURE OF SPACE EXPLORATION
Session Co-chairs: Allison Anderson, University of Colorado Boulder, Jessica Samuels, Jet Propulsion Laboratory

Introduction

Exploring Time and Space: The Future of Space-based Astronomical Observatories
Allison Barto, Ball Aerospace
Slides

Design of Space Systems to Enable In-space Assembly and Servicing
Bo Naasz, NASA

Gathering Asteroid Dust, Guided by OSIRIS-REx Images
​Daniella DellaGiustina, University of Arizona
Slides

Mars-Walking: Enabling Capabilities for Crew Health and Performance during Exploration Extravehicular Activity 
Andrew Abercromby, NASA Johnson Space Center
Slides

RESILIENCE IN PANDEMICS: DATA AND DIGITAL INFRASTRUCTURE FOR INFORMED DECISION- MAKING
Session Co-chairs:  Jessilyn Dunn, Duke University, and Jennifer Pazour, Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute

Introduction

Fighting the Pandemic with Data: A Case Study at Cornell University
Peter Frazier, Cornell University
Slides

The Impact of COVID-19 on Frontline Educational Workers
Samantha Keppler, University of Michigan
Slides

Digitalization of Biomedical Manufacturing  
Sarah Nielsen, Janssen Supply Chain  

Improved Healthcare Decision-making through Data and Advanced Mathematical Modeling
Karen Hicklin, University of Florida
Slides

TRANSFORMING THE CLIMATE CHANGE DISCUSSION: THE ROLE OF DIRECT AIR CAPTURE
Session Co-chairs:  Ryan Lively, Georgia Institute of Technology, and Mica Taborga Claure, ExxonMobil Research and Engineering

Introduction

The Unique Challenges Posed by Direct Air Capture for Chemistry and Engineering
Simon Pang, Lawrence Livermore National Laboratory
Slides

A Fundamentals-based Approach for Scale-up of DAC Technology
Rodrigo Blanco Gutierrez, ExxonMobil Research and Engineering

The Rules are Easy, The Game is Hard: The Development of Successful DAC Technologies
Maxime Tornier, Climeworks

Who Pays for DAC? The Policy and Market Landscape for Advancing Direct Air Capture
Colin McCormick, Carbon Direct and Georgetown University
Slides

CYBERSECURITY OF CRITICAL INFRASTRUCTURE
Session Co-chairs:  Katherine Davis, Texas A&M University, and Roman Danyliw, Carnegie Mellon University

Introduction

State of Infrastructure Security
Jason Hill, Department of Homeland Security
Slides

Threat-informed Defenses for Industrial Control Systems
Adam Hahn, MITRE Corporation
Slides

Cybersecurity and Wind Farms
Peter MacKay, General Electric
Slides

Post Meeting
Details
September
22
2021
to
September
24
2021
October 15, 2021 AT 06:56 AM
Irvine, California
Schedule
Tuesday, Sep 21, 2021
  • 07:30 PM To 07:30 PM
    Registration/welcome reception at the hotel
    Oasis Courtyard
Wednesday, Sep 22, 2021
  • 07:00 AM To 07:00 AM
    Buses depart hotel for Beckman Center at 15-minute intervals (last bus 7:45)
  • 07:10 AM To 07:10 AM
    Breakfast
    Outside
  • 08:40 AM To 08:40 AM
    Welcome and Opening Remarks
    Auditorium
  • 09:00 AM To 09:00 AM
    Investigating the Final Frontier: Engineering the Future of Space Exploration
    Auditorium
  • 10:30 AM To 10:30 AM
    Break
    Outside
  • 11:00 AM To 11:00 AM
    Investigating the Final Frontier: Engineering the Future of Space Exploration (cont.)
  • 12:30 PM To 12:30 PM
    Lunch
    Outside
  • 01:30 PM To 01:30 PM
    Poster Session I
    Virtual – in-person attendees can spread out throughout Beckman Center
  • 03:00 PM To 03:00 PM
    Break
  • 03:30 PM To 03:30 PM
    Where are the Emerging Frontiers of Research and Innovation?
  • 03:45 PM To 03:45 PM
    Resilience in Pandemics: Data and Digital Infrastructure for Informed Decision-Making
  • 05:15 PM To 05:15 PM
    Break
  • 05:30 PM To 05:30 PM
    Dinner
    Outside
Thursday, Sep 23, 2021
  • 07:00 AM To 07:00 AM
    Buses depart hotel for Beckman Center at 15-minute intervals (Last bus 7:45)
  • 07:10 AM To 07:10 AM
    Breakfast
  • 08:30 AM To 08:30 AM
    Resilience in Pandemics: Data and Digital Infrastructure for Informed Decision-Making (cont.)
  • 10:00 AM To 10:00 AM
    Break
  • 10:30 AM To 10:30 AM
    Transforming the Climate Change Discussion: the Role of Direct Air Capture
  • 12:15 PM To 12:15 PM
    Lunch
  • 01:15 PM To 01:15 PM
    Transforming the Climate Change Discussion: the Role of Direct Air Capture (cont.)
  • 01:45 PM To 01:45 PM
    Panel
  • 02:30 PM To 02:30 PM
    Break
  • 03:00 PM To 03:00 PM
    Poster Session II
    Virtual – in-person attendees can spread out throughout Beckman Center
  • 04:30 PM To 04:30 PM
    Bus departs for hotel
  • 05:30 PM To 05:30 PM
    Reception at hotel
    Oasis Court
  • 06:00 PM To 06:00 PM
    Dinner
Friday, Sep 24, 2021
  • 07:00 AM To 07:00 AM
    Buses depart hotel for Beckman Center at 15-minute intervals
  • 07:10 AM To 07:10 AM
    Breakfast
  • 08:30 AM To 08:30 AM
    Cybersecurity of Critical Infrastructure
  • 10:00 AM To 10:00 AM
    Break
    Lawn
  • 10:30 AM To 10:30 AM
    Cybersecurity of Critical Infrastructure (cont.)
  • 11:15 AM To 11:15 AM
    Lunch
  • 11:15 AM To 11:15 AM
    Meeting Adjourns
  • 11:25 AM To 11:25 AM
    Bus departs for SNA
  • 12:15 PM To 12:15 PM
    Bus departs for SNA and hotel