Innovative Early-Career Engineers Selected to Participate in The Grainger Foundation Frontiers of Engineering 2022 Symposium of the National Academy of Engineering


Thu, June 23, 2022

Washington, D.C, June 23, 2022 —

Eighty-four highly accomplished early-career engineers have been selected to take part in the National Academy of Engineering’s The Grainger Foundation Frontiers of Engineering 2022 U.S.-based 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 symposium will be hosted by Amazon Sept. 21–23, 2022, in Seattle, Washington.

The symposium will explore four themes:

  • Microbes: The Good, the Bad, and the Ugly
  • Conversational AI
  • Technology and Racial Justice and Equity
  • Hydrogen: A New “Universal” Energy Carrier for the Carbon-Free Future

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

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

The following engineers were selected as general participants for 2022:

Houssam Abbas Oregon State University
Chibueze Amanchukwu University of Chicago
Manan Arya Stanford University
Hiba Baroud Vanderbilt University
Luis Angel Bathen IBM Research
Victoria Bennett Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute
Ramin Bostanabad University of California, Irvine
Joe Bozeman Georgia Institute of Technology
Diego Cerrai University of Connecticut
Allison Chang MIT Lincoln Laboratory
Sou-Chi Chang Intel Corp.
Jun Chen University of California, Los Angeles
Po-Yen Chen University of Maryland, College Park
Vanessa Chen Carnegie Mellon University
Heng Chi Siemens Corp.
Debolina Dasgupta Argonne National Laboratory
Chloe Dedic University of Virginia
Mark Deimund ExxonMobil Research and Engineering
Kori Dunn Linde
Brigid Ehrlich Amgen
Jenny Ensberg Collins Aerospace
Thomas Feldhausen Oak Ridge National Laboratory
Stephanie Fraley University of California, San Diego
Raghu Ganti IBM TJ Watson Research Center
Mar Gonzalez-Franco Microsoft
Kosa Goucher-Lambert University of California, Berkeley
Tyler Grant Lyndra Therapeutics
Breanna Gribble STV
Brian Habersberger Dow
Ahmed Hasan Carrier Global Corp.
Burns Healy Dell Technologies
Mengsu Hu Lawrence Berkeley National Laboratory
Natalie Hull Ohio State University
Margaret Hwang Dow
Bharat Jalan University of Minnesota
Andrea Jokisaari Idaho National Laboratory
Varun Kashyap Medtronic
Jennifer King National Renewable Energy Laboratory
Harish Krishnamoorthy University of Houston
Anicham Kumarasamy Amazon
Son Le Nubis Communications
Kelly Mabry Cellia Science
Dhanushkodi Durai Mariappan GE Global Research
Ashley Mason HP Inc.
Sarah Mastroianni DuPont
Nikolai Matni University of Pennsylvania
Derek Maxey Lockheed Martin
Tanu Mitra University of Washington
Tristan Naumann Microsoft Research & Incubations
Fabio Nelson Northrop Grumman Space Systems
Hee Jeung Oh Pennsylvania State University
Sara Orski National Institute of Standards and Technology
Holda Purón Shell Global Solutions U.S.
Rahim Rahimi Purdue University
Emilie Rexeisen 3M
Amanda Rogers Bristol Myers Squibb
Sparkle Russell-Puleri Janssen Pharmaceutical Company of Johnson & Johnson
Miguel Saez General Motors R&D Center
Ravi Samala U.S. Food and Drug Administration
Varun Sambhy Xerox Corp.
Deblina Sarkar Massachusetts Institute of Technology
Pedro Sequeira SRI International
John Sharon Raytheon Technologies Research Center
Chinan Shen Amazon
Kristi Shryock Texas A&M University
Diwakar Shukla University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign
Georges Siddiqi HRL Laboratories
Connor Slone Exponent Inc.
Patrick Snouffer Bechtel National Inc.
Mahdi Soltanolkotabi University of Southern California
Kayla Sprenger University of Colorado Boulder
Rebekah Sweat Florida A&M - Florida State University College of Engineering
Kevin Sylvester PPG Industries Inc.
Kevin Tienda Air Force Research Laboratory
Ramanarayan Vasudevan University of Michigan
Haotian Wang Rice University
Marissa Wechsler University of Texas at San Antonio
Valerie Wiesner NASA Langley Research Center
Lisa Wills Duke University
Aimy Wissa Princeton University
Kristan Worthington University of Iowa
Rene Woszidlo Boeing Co.
Elaine Yu Ford Motor Co.
Ying Yuan Cummins Inc.


Aaron Anselmo VitaKey
Nemanja Danilovic Electric Hydrogen Co.
Maryam Fazel-Zarandi Facebook AI Research
James Holly Jr. University of Michigan
Caitlin Howell University of Maine
Ryan Jones Evolved Energy Research
Karthik Narasimhan Princeton University
Alexandros Papangelis Amazon Alexa AI
Regan Patterson University of California, Los Angeles
Arthur Prindle Northwestern University
Monique Ross Florida International University
Neha Rustagi U.S. Department of Energy
Joshua Schaidle National Renewable Energy Laboratory
Kevin Solomon University of Delaware
Idalis Villanueva Alarcón University of Florida
Zhou Yu Columbia University

Organizing Committee:

Timothy Lieuwen (Chair) Georgia Institute of Technology
Suma Bhat University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign
Brooke Coley Arizona State University
Jing Huang Amazon Alexa AI
Jesse Jenkins Princeton University
Khalid Kadir University of California, Berkeley
Gabe Kwong Georgia Institute of Technology
Angeliki Metallinou Amazon Alexa AI
Anita Shukla Brown University
Iryna Zenyuk University of California, Irvine

In addition to The Grainger Foundation, sponsors for the 2022 U.S.-based symposium are Amazon, 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 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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