Creative Young Engineers Selected to Participate in NAE's 2011 Frontiers of Engineering Symposium


Wed, June 29, 2011

June 29, 2011 —
Randy Atkins
Senior Media Relations Officer
Janet Hunziker
Senior Program Officer

June 28, 2011 – 
WASHINGTON – Eighty-five of the nation's brightest young engineers have been selected to take part in the National Academy of Engineering's (NAE) 17th annual U.S. Frontiers of Engineering symposium.  The participants -- engineers ages 30 to 45 who are performing exceptional engineering research and technical work in industry, academia, and government -- were nominated by fellow engineers or organizations and chosen from approximately 315 applicants. They will come together for the three-day event later this summer.

“The young engineering innovators of today are solving the grand challenges that face us in the coming century,” said NAE President Charles M. Vest.  “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.” 

The symposium will be held Sept. 19-21, 2011, at Google headquarters in Mountain View, Calif., and 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. 

The following engineers were selected as general participants: 

Maneesh Agrawala

University of California, Berkeley

Hatice Altug

Boston University

Shorya Awtar

University of Michigan

Timothy Barckholtz

ExxonMobil Corp.

Robert Barsotti

Arkema Inc.

Jennifer Benaman

Anchor QEA LLC

Christopher Bettinger

Carnegie Mellon University

Chad Bouton

Battelle Memorial Institute

Mark Brongersma

Stanford University

Shawn Brueggemeier

Bristol-Myers Squibb R&D

Luca Carloni

Columbia University

Ioannis Chasiotis

University of Illinois, Urbana-Champaign

Kevin Chen

Google Inc.

Whitney Colella

Pacific Northwest National Laboratory

Neiyer Correal

Motorola Solutions

Todd Danko

Lockheed Martin Advanced Technology Laboratories

Virginia Davis

Auburn University

Tao Deng

GE Global Research

Jaydev Desai

University of Maryland

Douglas Eck

Google Inc.

John Ehrgott

U.S. Army Engineer Research and Development Center

Bryan Eisenhower

University of California, Santa Barbara

Audrey Ellerbee

Stanford University

Nick Feamster

Georgia Institute of Technology

Adam Fontecchio

Drexel University

Sam Geckler

Cummins Inc.

Claudia Gunsch

Duke University

Craig Hamer

3M Co.

Jeffrey Hansbro

Dow Chemical Co.

Alexander Harkness

Westinghouse Electric Co.

Kim Hazelwood

University of Virginia

Jamie Hestekin

University of Arkansas

Robert Hopkins

Oracle Labs

Jonathan Hui

Cisco Systems Inc.

Masaya Iwamoto

Agilent Technologies Inc.

Madhusudan Iyengar

IBM Corp.

Alan Jacobsen

HRL Laboratories LLC

Anurag Jain

Weidlinger Associates Inc.

Dan Jiao

Purdue University

Steven Johnson


John Johnson

STV Inc.

Nirmal Keshava

Draper Laboratory

Ali Khademhosseini

Harvard University

Tracy Kijewski-Correa

University of Notre Dame

Nitin Kolhapure


Dana Komin

General Motors Co.

Elisa Konofagou

Columbia University

Jeffrey Koplow

Sandia National Laboratories

Katherine Kuchenbecker

University of Pennsylvania

Mitchell Loescher


Christopher Loose

Semprus BioSciences

Lonnie Love

Oak Ridge National Laboratory

Michael McAlpine

Princeton University

Kenneth McGuire

Procter & Gamble Co.

Mark Meyer

Pixar Animation Studios

Amit Misra

Los Alamos National Laboratory

Kristi Morgansen

University of Washington

Steven Murray

Exponent Inc.

Aydogan Ozcan

University of California, Los Angeles

Cesar Palerm

Medtronic Inc.

Satinderpall Pannu

Lawrence Livermore National Laboratory

Suzanne Plummer

Advanced Micro Devices Inc.

Maurizio Porfiri

Polytechnic Institute of New York University

Michelle Povinelli

University of Southern California

Ramaswamy Ramaswamy

Eastman Chemical Co.

Arnaud Robert

Walt Disney Studios

John Sample

Naval Research Laboratory

Kevin Schlichting

Pratt & Whitney

Nicoleta Serban

Georgia Institute of Technology

M. Scott Shell

University of California, Santa Barbara

Rishi Shukla

Archer Daniels Midland Company

Armin Sorooshian

University of Arizona

Roman Stocker

Massachusetts Institute of Technology

Karin Strauss

Microsoft Corp.

Andrea Sudik

Ford Research and Advanced Engineering

Yu An Sun

Xerox Research Center Webster

Siddharth Suryanarayanan

Colorado State University

Kathleen Vaeth

Eastman Kodak Co.

Richard Vaia

Air Force Research Laboratory

Cyrus Wadia

Executive Office of the President

Haiyan Wang

Texas A&M University

Brad White

Monsanto Co.

Oliver Williams

Microsoft Corp.

Lisa Zhang

Bell Labs Research, Alcatel-Lucent

Xiaojing (John X.J.) Zhang

University of Texas, Austin

Speakers at this year's event are:

Samy Bengio

Google Inc.

Michael Cafarella

University of Michigan

Andy Christensen

Medical Modeling LLC

Evgeniy Gabrilovich

Yahoo Inc.

John Haymaker

Design Process Innovation

Eric Leuthardt

Washington University

Hod Lipson

Cornell University

Brett Lyons

Boeing Co.

Ani Nenkova

University of Pennsylvania

John Ochsendorf

Massachusetts Institute of Technology

Christopher Pyke

U.S. Green Building Council

Rahul Sarpeshkar

Massachusetts Institute of Technology

Jelena Srebric

Pennsylvania State University

Brent Stucker

University of Louisville

James Weiland

University of Southern California

 The organizers of the 2011 symposium are:

Andrew Weiner (Chair)

Purdue University

Tim Denison

Medtronic Inc.

Aleksandar Kuzmanovic

Northwestern University

Annie Pearce

Virginia Tech

Carolyn Seepersad

University of Texas, Austin

Michael Siemer

Mydea Technologies

Amarnag Subramanya

Google Inc.

Justin Williams

University of Wisconsin, Madison

Zhiqiang (John) Zhai

University of Colorado, Boulder

Sponsors for the 2011 U.S. Frontiers of Engineering 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.

Janet Hunziker
Janet Hunziker
Senior Program Officer
Phone(202) 334-1571

The National Academy of Engineering is an independent, nonprofit institution that serves as an adviser to government and the public on issues in engineering and technology. Its members consist of the nation's premier engineers, who are elected by their peers for their distinguished achievements. Established in 1964, NAE operates under the congressional charter granted to the National Academy of Sciences in 1863.

A meeting program and more information about Frontiers of Engineering is available at