Creative Young Engineers Selected to Participate in NAE's 2014 U.S. Frontiers of Engineering Symposium


Mon, June 30, 2014

Washington, DC, June 30, 2014 —

Eighty-three of the nation's brightest young engineers have been selected to take part in the National Academy of Engineering's (NAE) 20th annual U.S. Frontiers of Engineering (USFOE) symposium. Engineers ages 30 to 45 who are performing exceptional engineering research and technical work in a variety of disciplines will come together for the 2 1/2 day event. The participants -- from industry, academia, and government -- were nominated by fellow engineers or organizations and chosen from almost 300 applicants.

The 2014 USFOE will be held on September 11-13, at the National Academies' Beckman Center in Irvine, Calif., and will cover cutting-edge developments in four areas: next-generation robotics, frontiers in materials for batteries, shale gas and oil, and technologies for the heart.

“The USFOE symposium is the perfect network for these talented, early-career engineers to develop those personal and professional relationships that will shape their work and ultimately impact our world,” said NAE President C. D. Mote, Jr.

The following engineers were selected as general participants

Leonardo Ajdelsztajn

GE Global Research

Andrea Alu

University of Texas at Austin

Jernej Barbic

University of Southern California

Sarah Bergbreiter

University of Maryland

Andrew Blanksby

Broadcom Corporation

Jasmine Bridges

US Department of Energy

Heidi Burch


Pinar Cakir Kavcar

Bechtel Oil, Gas and Chemicals Inc.

Benton Calhoun

University of Virginia

Moises Carreon

Colorado School of Mines

Nikita Chugunov

Schlumberger-Doll Research

Michael Dickey

North Carolina State University

Jeanette Domber

Ball Aerospace & Technologies Corp

Alejandro Dominguez-Garcia

University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign

Susan Drapeau

Medtronic Sofamor Danek

Rebecca Dylla-Spears

Lawrence Livermore National Laboratory

Jonathan Fan

Stanford University

Zhanpeng Feng

Outward, Inc.

Nicolas Fontaine

Bell Laboratories, Alcatel-Lucent

Laurie Garrow

Georgia Institute of Technology

Nathan Gnanasambandam

Palo Alto Research Center

James Goldbach

Arkema Inc.

Douglas Graham

Procter & Gamble Company

Timothy Graves

Aerospace Corporation

Richard Helvick

Sharp Laboratories of America, Inc

Tara Hemami

Cummins Inc.

Rashaunda Henderson

University of Texas, Dallas

Brian Hershberger

Lockheed Martin Aeronautics Company

Heiko Hoffmann

HRL Laboratories

Cherian Idicheria

General Motors Global Research & Development

Ronel Kappes

Newmont Mining Corporation

Amey Karnik

Ford Motor Company

Dina Katabi

Massachusetts Institute of Technology

Raghunandan Keshavan


Catherine Klapperich

Boston University

Hadas Kress-Gazit

Cornell University

Kimberly Kurtis

Georgia Institute of Technology

Tolga Kurtoglu


Greg Kusinski

Chevron Energy Technology Company

Juha-Pekka Laine

Charles Stark Draper Laboratory

Javad Lavaei

Columbia University

Barbara Linke

University of California, Davis

Elizabeth Lipke

Auburn University

Ce Liu


Zhaowei Liu

University of California, San Diego

Eric Masanet

Northwestern University

David Mascarenas

Los Alamos National Laboratory

Steven Meier

ExxonMobil Upstream Research Company

Ioannis (Yiangos) Mikellides

NASA Jet Propulsion Laboratory

Robert Moser

US Army Corps of Engineers

Michael Motala

Eastman Kodak Company

Todd Murphey

Northwestern University

Lama Nachman

Intel Labs

Lakshmi Nair

University of Connecticut

Felix Nguyen

Toray Composites (America), Inc.

William Nothwang

US Army Research Laboratory

Daniela Oliveira

University of Florida

Bradley Olsen

Massachusetts Institute of Technology

Caroline Pantofaru


William Peter

Oak Ridge National Laboratory

Rodney Priestley

Princeton University

Andrew Quanbeck

University of Wisconsin-Madison

Mehrsa Raeiszadeh

Celanese Chemicals

Warren Ruder

Virginia Tech

Justin Sanchez

University of Miami

Kyle Schleifer

Agilent Laboratories

Scott Snelling

Parsons Brinckerhoff, Inc

Sibendu Som

Argonne National Laboratory

Jonathan Spanier

Drexel University

Conrad Stoldt

University of Colorado Boulder

Lakshminarayanan Subramanian

New York University

Akane Suzuki

GE Global Research

Luke Sweatlock

Northrop Grumman Aerospace Systems

Jaime Teevan


Danielle Tullman-Ercek

University of California, Berkeley

Megan Valentine

University of California, Santa Barbara

Rui Vogt Alves da Cruz

Dow Chemical Company

Mitchell Walker

Georgia Institute of Technology

Christopher Wilcox

U.S. Naval Research Laboratory

Tak-Sing Wong

Pennsylvania State University

Xinyu ""Cindy"" Xu

Sharp Laboratories of America, Inc

Hakki Yegingil


Pablo Zavattieri

Purdue University

Speakers at this year's event are

Jason Burdick

University of Pennsylvania

Claus Daniel

Oak Ridge National Laboratory

Kelvin Gregory

Carnegie Mellon University

Dennis Hong

University of California, Los Angeles

Stephen Ingram


Alvaro Masias

Ford Motor Company

Shirley Meng

University of California, San Diego

W. David Merryman

Vanderbilt University

Tina Morrison

Food and Drug Administration

Allison Okamura

Johns Hopkins University

Erin Spinner

Edwards Lifesciences

Eric Stangland

The Dow Chemical Company

Sarah Stewart

Robert Bosch LLC

Chris Urmson


Matthew Williamson

Rethink Robotics

The organizers of the 2014 symposium are

Kristi Anseth (Chair)

University of Colorado Boulder 

Billy Bardin

The Dow Chemical Company

Karen Christman

University of California, San Diego

Brian Gerkey

Open Source Robotics Foundation

Christopher Jones

Georgia Institute of Technology

Carmel Majidi

Carnegie Mellon University

Ashley (Ash) Peterson


Jeff Sakamoto

Michigan State University

Daniel Steingart

Princeton University


Sponsors for the 2014 U.S. Frontiers of Engineering are The Grainger Foundation, the National Science Foundation, Defense Advanced Research Projects Agency, Microsoft, and Cummins Inc.

The mission of 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 (along with the National Academy of Sciences, the Institute of Medicine, and the National Research Council), an independent, nonprofit organization chartered by Congress to provide objective analysis and advice to the nation on matters of science and technology.

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