Creative Young Engineers Selected to Participate in NAE's 2007 Frontiers of Engineering Symposium

Release Date: 06/18/2007

For Immediate Release
Janet Hunziker
NAE Senior Program Officer
Frontiers of Engineering, National Academy of Engineering
Phone: 202-334-1571,
Randy Atkins
NAE Senior Media Relations Officer
Media Relations, National Academy of Engineering
Phone: 202-334-1508,
Eighty-three of the nation's brightest young engineers have been selected to take part in the National Academy of Engineering's (NAE) 13th annual U.S. Frontiers of Engineering symposium.

&June 18, 2007 – nbsp;WASHINGTON -- Eighty-three of the nation's brightest young engineers have been selected to take part in the National Academy of Engineering's (NAE) 13th annual U.S. Frontiers of Engineering symposium.  The 2½-day event will bring together engineers ages 30 to 45 who are performing exceptional engineering research and technical work in a variety of disciplines.  The participants -- from industry, academia, and government -- were nominated by fellow engineers or organizations and chosen from more than 260 applicants.

"It is exciting to witness the energy when outstanding engineers from many different fields come together in this unique venue," said NAE President Wm. A. Wulf.  "Frontiers of Engineering is a proven mechanism for traversing engineering disciplines.  By exposing bright young minds to developments in areas other than their own -- and giving them lots of time to interact -- Frontiers enables advances in approaches and thinking that would not have occurred otherwise."

The symposium will be held Sept. 24-26 at Microsoft Research in Redmond, Wash., and will examine trustworthy computer systems, safe water technologies, modeling and simulating human behavior, biotechnology for fuels and chemicals, and the control of protein conformations.  Dr. Henrique Malvar, Microsoft Distinguished Engineer and managing director, Microsoft Research, will be a featured speaker.  His research at Microsoft has focused on audio and video signal enhancement and compression, multirate signal processing, and signal decompositions.  Prior to joining Microsoft Research, Malvar headed research and advanced technology at PictureTel and the Digital Signal Processing Research Group at Universidade de Brasília.

The following engineers were selected as general participants: 

Dongchan Ahn Dow Corning Corp.
Vitaly Aizenberg Exxon Mobil Corp.
Matthew Andrews Alcatel-Lucent, Bell Labs
David A. Bader Georgia Institute of Technology
Randy A. Bartels Colorado State
Jennifer T. Bernhard University of Illinois, Urbana-Champaign
Joshua Binder Boeing Co.
Markus J. Buehler Massachusetts Institute of Technology
Wai Kin Chan Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute
Eric Pei-Yu Chiou University of California, Los Angeles
Alfred J. Crosby University of Massachusetts, Amherst
Rula A. Deeb Malcolm Pirnie Inc.
Shrikant Dhodapkar Dow Chemical Co.
Peter A. Dinda Northwestern University
Michael J. Fasolka National Institute of Standards and Technology
Andrew Fernandez Agilent Technologies Inc.
Timothy Fisher Purdue University
Raja N. Ghanem Medtronic Inc.
Reza Ghodssi University of Maryland
Rajat S. Ghosh Alcoa Inc.
Anouck Girard University of Michigan, Ann Arbor
Samuel Graham Georgia Institute of Technology
Tyrone W. Grandison IBM Almaden Research Center
Johney Green Oak Ridge National Laboratory
Michelle L. Gregory Pacific Northwest National Laboratory
John Hecht Procter & Gamble Co.
Hugh W. Hillhouse Purdue University
Jeffrey Kanel Eastman Chemical Co.
Jeffrey M. Karp Harvard University
Theodore J. Kim Sandia National Laboratories
Fred A. Kish Infinera Corp.
Efrosini Kokkoli University of Minnesota, Minneapolis
Ilya Kolmanovsky Ford Research and Advanced Engineering
Michael R. Krames Philips Lumileds Lighting Co.
Raj Krishnaswamy Metabolix Inc.
Rajesh Kumar Intel Corp.
Sanjay Lall Stanford University
Eugene J. LeBoeuf Vanderbilt University
K. Rustan Leino Microsoft Research
Philip Levis Stanford University
Mark E. Lewis Cornell University
Ju Li Ohio State University
Jennifer Lukes University of Pennsylvania
Yiorgos Makris Yale University
Ajay P. Malshe University of Arkansas
Michele Marcolongo Drexel University
Wade Martinson Cargill Inc.
Katherine McMahon University of Wisconsin, Madison
Swarup Medasani HRL Laboratories LLC
Edward S. Miller DuPont Co.
Wilbur L. Myrick SAIC
Priya Narasimhan Carnegie Mellon University
Ravi Narasimhan University of California, Santa Cruz
Roseanna M. Neupauer University of Colorado, Boulder
Sissy Nikolaou Mueser Rutledge Consulting Engineers
Burak Ozdoganlar Carnegie Mellon University
Jianbiao Pan California Polytech State University
Alexander Parkhomovsky Seagate Technology LLC
Arshan Poursohi Sun Microsystems Inc.
Lisa Purvis Xerox Corp.
Marcus Quigley Geosyntec Consultants
R. Michael Raab Agrivida Inc.
Lee Rosen Praxair Inc.
Rachel A. Segalman University of California, Berkeley
Deborah Shands Aerospace Corp.
Samuel Sia Columbia University
John E. Smee QUALCOMM Inc.
Lydia L. Sohn University of California, Berkeley
Randy Stiles Lockheed Martin Space Systems Co.
Michael S. Strano University of Illinois, Urbana-Champaign
Joseph Szczerba General Motors Corp.
David N. Thompson Idaho National Laboratory
Jean W. Tom Bristol-Myers Squibb Co.
Sundeep N. Vani Archer Daniels Midland Co.
James Scott Vartuli GE Global Research
S. Travis Waller University of Texas, Austin
Helen J. Wang Microsoft Research
Annemarie Ott Weist Air Products and Chemicals Inc.
Mei Wen Arkema Inc.
Joan Wills Cummins Inc.
Lifang Yuan EDO Corp.
Randy Zachery U.S. Army Research Office
Xin Zhang Boston University

Speakers at this year's event are:

Carina Maria Alles DuPont Co.
Jess Brown Carollo Engineers, P.C.
Amy Childress University of Nevado, Reno
Bruce Dien National Center for Agricultural Utilization Research
Edward W. FeltEn Princeton University
Kevin Gluck Air Force Research Laboratory
Laurent Itti University of Southern California
Matthew J. Lang Massachusetts Institute of Technology
Karl G. Linden Duke University
Sanjay Malhotra National Cancer Institute
Greg Morrisett Harvard University
Rama Ranganathan University of Texas Southwestern Medical School
Diana K. Smetters PARC
Vanessa L. Speight Malcolm Pirnie Inc.
Michael van Lent University of Southern California
Rebeccca N. Wright Stevens Institute of Technology

The organizers of the 2007 symposium are:

Julia M. Phillips (chair) Sandia National Laboratories
Ana I. Antón North Carolina State University
John Dunagan Microsoft Research
Richard T. Elander National Renewable Energy Laboratory
Christian Lebiere Carnegie Mellon University
Donald J. Leo Defense Advanced Research Projects Agency
Carol R. Rego CDM
Paul K. Westerhoff Arizona State University
Robert Wray Soar Technology Inc.
Vijay Singh University of Illinois, Urbana-Champaign

Sponsors for the 2007 U.S. Frontiers of Engineering are the Air Force Office of Scientific Research, the U.S. Department of Defense (DDR&E-Research), DARPA, the National Science Foundation, Microsoft Corp., Cummins Inc., and numerous individual donors.

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


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.