Innovative Young Engineers Selected to Participate in NAE’s 2019 U.S. Frontiers of Engineering Symposium


Fri, June 28, 2019

Washington, District of Columbia, United States, June 28, 2019 —

87 of the nation’s brightest young engineers have been selected to take part in the National Academy of Engineering’s (NAE) 25th annual U.S. Frontiers of Engineering (USFOE) symposium. Early-career engineers who are performing exceptional engineering 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 2019 USFOE will be hosted by Boeing South Carolina in North Charleston, Sept. 25-27, and will cover cutting-edge developments in four areas: Advanced Manufacturing in the Age of Digital Transformation; Engineering the Genome; Self-Driving Cars: Technology and Ethics; and Blockchain Technology.

“The USFOE symposium is a one-of-a-kind event that brings together bright young engineers from different technical areas to spark innovative ideas and to facilitate, what often turn out to be, career-long collaborations,” said NAE President C. D. Mote, Jr. “When you foster a creative space for engineers to collaborate and work together, experience shows that the possibilities are endless.”

The following engineers were selected as general participants:

Brenna Argall

Northwestern University

Oznur Arslan

Air Products and Chemicals Inc.

Ryan Beams

Food and Drug Administration

Agnes Blom-Schieber

Boeing Commercial Airplanes

Paul Bogdan

University of Southern California

Darryl Boyd

Naval Research Laboratory

Emma Buneci


Steven Callender

Intel Corp.

Roman Caudillo

Intel Corp.

Theodora Chaspari

Texas A&M University

Lily Cheung

Georgia Institute of Technology

Srabanti Chowdhury

Stanford University

Eun Ji Chung

University of Southern California

Benjamin Cohen

Bristol-Myers Squibb

Nicolle Correa


Ayse Coskun

Boston University

Danielle Cote

Worcester Polytechnic Institute

Laura Coyle

Ball Aerospace

Canan Dagdeviren

Massachusetts Institute of Technology

Kathryn Daltorio

Case Western Reserve University

Simone D'Amico

Stanford University

Emily Day

University of Delaware

Cole DeForest

University of Washington

Marine Durel

Boeing Corporate Engineering Test and Technology

Rose Faghih

University of Houston

Karen Feigh

Georgia Institute of Technology

Catherine Fromen

University of Delaware

Krishnanjan Gubba Ravikumar

Schweitzer Engineering Laboratories

A. Kate Gurnon

GE Research

Amberlee Haselhuhn

General Motors

Marta Hatzell

Georgia Institute of Technology

Yeganeh Hayeri

Stevens Institute of Technology

Moneer Helu

National Institute of Standards and Technology

Cathleen Hoel

GE Research

Yongjie Hu

University of California, Los Angeles

Heather Hussain

Boeing Corp.

Shirin Jalali

Nokia Bell Labs

Deep Jariwala

University of Pennsylvania

Edward Jimenez

Sandia National Laboratories

Ece Kamar

Microsoft Research

Sertac Karaman

Massachusetts Institute of Technology

Yasaman Khazaeni

IBM Research

Jamal Lewis

University of California, Davis

Richard Linares

Massachusetts Institute of Technology

David Liu

Arkema Inc.

Dougal Maclaurin


Sasikanth Manipatruni

Kepler Computing

Alexandria Marchi

Los Alamos National Laboratory

Johanna Mathieu

University of Michigan

Maria Milina

ExxonMobil Chemical Co.

Pramita Mitra

Ford Motor Co.

Teejay Momoh

Cummins Inc.

Marissa Morales-Rodriguez

Oak Ridge National Laboratory

Rebecca Muenich

Arizona State University

Harish Nagarajan

Genomatica Inc.

Saad Omar

Schlumberger-Doll Research Center

Masahiro Ono

Jet Propulsion Laboratory

Amit Patel

HRL Laboratories

Alessandro Pinto

United Technologies Research Center

Kalai Ramea

PARC, a Xerox company

Mark Rentschler

University of Colorado, Boulder

Reza Rock

PPG Industries Inc.

Lisa Rueschhoff

Air Force Research Laboratory

Eric Sacia


Michele Sarazen

Princeton University

Jonathan Sauder

Jet Propulsion Laboratory

Kathleen Shafer

3M Co.

Danelle Shah

MIT Lincoln Laboratory

Honghui Shi

IBM Research

Anshumali Shrivastava

Rice University

Katherine Smyth


Cynthia Sung

University of Pennsylvania

Micaela Taborga Claure

ExxonMobil Research and Engineering

Fatima Toor

University of Iowa

Alejandro Toriello

Georgia Institute of Technology

Lauren Toth

Northrop Grumman Corp.

Sonia Tulyani

Collins Aerospace, a United Technologies company

Pavan Valavala

Dow Inc.

Antonios Vytiniotis

Exponent Inc.

Alan Wagner

Pennsylvania State University

Qingyu Wang

Agilent Technologies

Kate Whitefoot

Carnegie Mellon University

Cranos Williams

North Carolina State University

Gregory Wilson

GE Aviation

Va’Juanna Wilson

The Boeing Company

Brent Winslow

Design Interactive, Inc.

Sheng Xu

University of California, San Diego

Organizing Committee:

Jennifer West (Chair)

Duke University

Jim Aske


Tarik Dickens

FAMU-FSU College of Engineering

Charles Gersbach

Duke University

Christoffer Heckman

University of Colorado

Petr Novotny


Hae-Jong Seo


Elaine Shi

Cornell University

Renee Wegrzyn



Omar Akbari

University of California, San Diego

John Basl

Northeastern University

Patrick Boyle

Ginkgo Bioworks

Gabriel Burnett


TaeEun Choe


Christian Hubicki

Florida State University

Pamela Kobryn

Air Force Research Laboratory

Christapher Lang

NASA Langley

Jacob Leshno

University of Chicago

Samantha Maragh

National Institute of Standards and Technology

Dorsa Sadigh

Stanford University

Krishanu Saha

University of Wisconsin-Madison

Hong Wan

North Carolina State University

JianXiong Xiao

AutoX Inc.

Sponsors for the 2019 U.S. Frontiers of Engineering are Boeing, The Grainger Foundation, National Science Foundation, Defense Advanced Research Projects Agency, Air Force Office of Scientific Research, DOD ASDR&E Laboratories Office, Microsoft Research, Cummins, and Amazon.

The mission of the NAE is to advance the well-being of the nation by promoting a vibrant engineering profession and by marshalling the expertise and insights of eminent engineers to provide independent advice to the federal government on matters involving engineering and technology. 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.

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