2024 US Frontiers of Engineering Symposium

At-a-Glance

The Grainger Foundation Frontiers of Engineering 2024 Symposium will be at the National Academies' Beckman Center in Irvine, California, September 11-14. About 100 outstanding early career engineers will meet for an intensive 2-1/2 day symposium to discuss cutting-edge developments in four areas: Water-Air-Surface Connections for Indoor Microbiology and Health; Building the Future of AI; Understanding and Engineering Connections Between the Gut and the Brain; and the Impending Revolution of Digital Twin. 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. 

More information will be posted later.

DRAFT LIST OF SESSIONS
(Working topics listed. Order of speakers and sessions TBD.)

Chair:  Karen Willcox, University of Texas at Austin  

WATER-AIR-SURFACE CONNECTIONS FOR INDOOR MICROBIOLOGY AND HEALTH
Session co-chairs: Kerry Hamilton, Arizona State University, and Erica Hartmann, Northwestern University

Developing New Methods to Measure and Track Antibiotic Resistance in the Environment
Ishi Keenum, Michigan Technological University

Empowering Indooor Disease Prevention: Enhancing Respiratory Pathogen Surveillance
Kaisen Lin, Michigan State University

Microbial Exposure and Risk Assessment, Human Behavior, and Exposure Modeling
Amanda Wilson, University of Arizona

Viruses are not “Lone Wolves”: Environmental Transmission and Challenges to Engineering Interventions
Yun Shen, George Washington University

BUILDING THE FUTURE OF AI
Session co-chairs: Salvatore Candido, Stealth Generative AI Startup, and Hanna Hajishirzi, University of Washington

Understanding and enhancing language models for factuality and reasoning
Danqi Chen, Princeton University

Robot Learning: Data that Scales Passively
Abhishek Gupta, University of Washington

Artificial Social Intelligence? On the Challenges of Socially Aware and Ethically informed LLMs 
Maarten Sap, Carnegie Mellon University

Scaling AI Sustainably: An Uncharted Territory
Carole-Jean Wu, Meta

UNDERSTANDING AND ENGINEERING CONNECTIONS BETWEEN THE GUT AND THE BRAIN
Session co-chairs:  Nathan Crook, North Carolina State University, and Khalil Ramadi, New York University

Ingestible and Implantable Neural Interfaces
Shriya Srinivasan, Harvard University

The “Brain” in the Gut: A Central Regulator of Health and Disease
Meenakashi Rao, Boston Children’s Hospital  

Making our Microbiome Optimal by Choice, not Chance
Phil Strandwitz, Holobiome

Additive and Subtractive Strategies to Engineer the Gut Microbiome
Mark Mimee, University of Chicago

THE IMPENDING REVOLUTION OF DIGITAL TWIN
Session co-chairs:  Kurtis Ford, Sandia National Laboratories, and Omer San, University of Tennessee, Knoxville

Differentiable Programming for Data-driven Modeling, Optimization, and Control
Jan Drgona, Pacific Northwest National Laboratory

Digital Twins in Healthcare: Using Advanced Modeling to Shift from Reactive to Proactive Care
Amanda Randles, Duke University

Beyond Digital Twins: Realizing Value through Digital Continuity
Olivia Pinon Fischer, Georgia Institute of Technology

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September
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2024
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September
14
2024
May 21, 2024 AT 06:56 AM
Irvine, California
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