Innovative Early-Career Engineers Selected to Participate in The Grainger Foundation Frontiers of Engineering 2023 Symposium of the National Academy of Engineering


Thu, June 22, 2023

Washington, DC, June 22, 2023 —

Eighty-one highly accomplished early-career engineers have been selected to take part in the National Academy of Engineering’s (NAE) The Grainger Foundation Frontiers of Engineering 2023 Symposium. Engineers who are performing exceptional research and technical work in a variety of disciplines will come together for the two-and-a-half day event. The participants — from industry, academia, and government — were nominated by fellow engineers, or organizations.

“The Grainger Foundation Frontiers of Engineering symposium helps foster a collaborative spirit in early-career engineers by bringing together a diverse group from different technical areas and work sectors to spark innovation, broaden perspectives on new approaches to engineering problems, and develop long-term relationships that are critical in advancing engineering efforts that are critical to our nation’s future,” said NAE President John L. Anderson.

The symposium will explore four themes:

  • Engineered Quantum Systems
  • Mining and Mineral Resource Production
  • Resilience and Security in the Information Ecosystem
  • Complex Systems in the Context of Health Care

“The ability to envision what is not yet possible, to create solutions to today’s problems that benefit all of society in the future, and to be open, inclusive, and diverse in our thinking and the abilities of ourselves and others — these are the hallmarks of outstanding engineers,” Anderson said. “The Grainger Foundation Frontiers of Engineering symposium opens the door for collaborative efforts across all engineering disciplines and, in doing so, helps build engineer leaders.

Since the program’s inception in 1995, more than 5,000 early-career engineers have participated in previous symposia, many of whom have gone on to become national leaders in the engineering community, Anderson added.

The following engineers were selected as general participants for 2023:


Qadeer Ahmed

Ohio State University

Nikhil Ajotikar

Cummins Inc.

Miltiadis "Miltos" Alamaniotis

University of Texas at San Antonio

Angela Alexander-Bryant

Clemson University

Lauren Alger


Ava Amini

Microsoft Corp.

Rahul Anilkumar

Quanta Technology

Selin Aytar

Bristol Myers Squibb

Bruno Azeredo

Arizona State University

Michael Bartlett

Virginia Tech

Stephanie Bojarski

Intel Corporation

Christopher Brinton

Purdue University

Xu Chen

University of Washington

Jennifer Church


Kathryn Cifa


Kathleen Coderre

Lockheed Martin

Stacy Copp

University of California, Irvine

Juan-Pablo Correa-Baena

Georgia Institute of Technology

Sybil Derrible

University of Illinois Chicago

Jay Devkota

Procter & Gamble

Christine Duval

Case Western Reserve University

Chuchu Fan

Massachusetts Institute of Technology

Marwa Farag

Ford Motor Company

Caitlin Friedman

Sandia National Laboratories

Yanjie Fu

University of Central Florida

Veda Galigekere

Oak Ridge National Laboratory

Maha Haji

Cornell University

Zachary Haralson

Collins Aerospace, a Raytheon Technologies Company

Robert Jansen

US Naval Research Laboratory

Jeffrey Katalenich

Pacific Northwest National Laboratory

Laure Kayser

University of Delaware

Brennan Kelly

Brunswick Corporation

Brent Kenney

L3Harris Technologies

Prashant Khare

University of Cincinnati

Evelyn Kim

HRL Laboratories

Jennifer King

National Renewable Energy Laboratory

Eric Konicki

Lockheed Martin

Arkadeep Kumar

Applied Materials Inc.

Jason LeFevre

Xerox Corp

Joseph Lessard


Lihong Li


Jennifer Mahan

Thornton Tomasetti

Sarah Mastroianni


Megan McGovern

General Motors Research and Development

Sally Mei

Schweitzer Engineering Laboratories

Eric Meshot

Atomic Machines

Andrew Metcalf

Air Force Research Laboratory

Petro Junior Milan

SambaNova Systems

Emily Mills

Design Interactive, Inc.

Ismaeel Muhamed

Matica Biotechnologies

Saoni Mukherjee

Dell Technologies

Yorie Nakahira

Carnegie Mellon University

Kerri Phillips

Johns Hopkins Applied Physics Laboratory

Eric Pierce


Brandon Pitts

Purdue University

Elizabeth Qian

Georgia Institute of Technology

Mu Qiao

IBM Research

Caitlin Race


Marina Radulaski

University of California, Davis

Jeyavijayan Rajendran

Texas A&M University

Jaime Renedo Anglada

GE Vernova Research

Carla Reynolds

Boeing Company

Mark Rodarte

Los Alamos National Laboratory

Farshid Roumi

Parthian Energy (spinoff from Caltech)

Gen Satoh

Raytheon Technologies Research Center

Alix Schmidt


Charles Shields

University of Colorado Boulder

Lauren Smith

Northrop Grumman

Yuan Tian

University of California, Los Angeles

Mathias Unberath

Johns Hopkins University

Phebe Vayanos

University of Southern California

Julea Vlassakis

Rice University

Hua Wang

University of Illinois Urbana-Champaign

Julian Wang

Pennsylvania State University

Zhiyi (Kelly) Wang

Nokia Bell Labs

Matthew Webber

University of Notre Dame

Johnny Worthy

MIT Lincoln Laboratory

Judy Yang

University of Minnesota

Hua Zhang


Chumin Zhao

US Food and Drug Administration

Renee Zhao

Stanford University


Nina Astillero

Ioneer, Ltd.

Turgay Ayer

Georgia Institute of Technology

Isabel Barton

University of Arizona

Rodrigo Cristofoletti

University of Florida

Deen Freelon

University of North Carolina, Chapel Hill

Guadalupe Hayes-Mota

Healr Solutions

Alicia Kollar

University of Maryland, College Park

Yoel Roth

University of California, Berkeley

Robert Smith

HRL Laboratories

Kathy-Anne Soderberg

US Air Force Research Laboratory

Kate Starbird

University of Washington

Sze-Chuan Suen

University of Southern California

Rebekah Tromble

George Washington University

Joshua Werner

University of Kentucky

Organizing Committee:

Timothy Lieuwen (Chair)

Georgia Institute of Technology

Cody Buntain

University of Maryland

Joshua Combes

University of Colorado Boulder

Sara Gamble

US Army Research Office

Fiorella Giana

Freeport McMoRan

Mariel Lavieri

University of Michigan

Aaron Noble

Virginia Tech

Parika Petaipimol

Upstream Bio

Ewa Syta

Trinity College

In addition to The Grainger Foundation, sponsors for the 2023 US-based symposium are the University of Colorado Boulder, National Science Foundation, Air Force Office of Scientific Research, Office of the Under Secretary of Defense for Research and Engineering, and Cummins.

The mission of the NAE is to advance the welfare and prosperity of the nation by providing independent advice on matters involving engineering and technology, and by promoting a vibrant engineering profession and public appreciation of engineering. To accomplish its mission, the NAE proactively identifies and addresses issues by engaging engineers and individuals from a variety of professional and community networks and with diverse backgrounds, perspectives, traits, and skills. Informed by these engagements, the NAE promulgates the value of an engineering mindset for business, education, government, and daily life. 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.


Sabrina Steinberg
Sabrina Steinberg
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