Creative Young Engineers Selected to Participate in NAE’s 2016 U.S. Frontiers of Engineering Symposium


Mon, June 27, 2016

Washington, DC, June 27, 2016 —

Eighty-three of the nation’s brightest young engineers have been selected to take part in the National Academy of Engineering’s (NAE) 22nd 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.

The 2016 USFOE will be held on September 19-21 at the Arnold and Mabel Beckman Center in Irvine, Calif., and will cover cutting-edge developments in four areas: technologies for understanding and treating cancer, pixels at scale, water desalination and purification, and extreme engineering.

“The USFOE symposium gives our nation’s brightest younger engineers the opportunity to engage, collaborate, and develop long-term relationships that are critical to advancing our nation’s future. The USFOE is the only academy program that will never get out of date,” said NAE President C. D. Mote, Jr.

The following engineers were selected as general participants:

Andrew Adamczyk

Air Products and Chemicals

Gagan Aggarwal

Google Inc.

Naoko Akiya

Dow Chemical Company

Saleema Amershi

Microsoft Research

Ines Azevedo

Carnegie Mellon University

Rajan Bhattacharyya

HRL Laboratories

Tamara Broderick

Massachusetts Institute of Technology

Heidi Buck

Space and Naval Space Warfare Systems Center

Qing Cao

IBM T.J. Watson Research Center

Rebecca Carrier

Northeastern University

Ranveer Chandra

Microsoft Corporation

Ian Clark

Jet Propulsion Laboratory

Anne Dailly

General Motors

Seth Darling

Argonne National Laboratory

Neil Dasgupta

University of Michigan

Alexander Dunn

Stanford University

Katherine Dykes

National Renewable Energy Laboratory

Hoda Eldardiry

PARC, A Xerox Company

Jeffrey Erickson

Naval Research Laboratory

Rebecca Erikson

Pacific Northwest National Laboratory

Jo Etter

3M Company

Stacey Finley

University of Southern California

Jason Furtney

Itasca Consulting Group

Kelly Gardner

Zephyrus Biosciences, Inc.

Phanindra Garimella


Andrew Goodwin

University of Colorado, Boulder

Zhen Gu

University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill and North Carolina State University

Jin-Oh Hahn

University of Maryland

Brendan Harley

University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign

Amy Herhold

ExxonMobil Research and Engineering Company

Mahmoud Hussein

University of Colorado, Boulder

Margot Hutchins

Sandia National Laboratories

Leah Johnson

RTI International

Joseph Kakande

Bell Labs, Nokia

Sung Kang

Johns Hopkins University

Amin Karbasi

Yale University

Laura Kennedy

MIT Lincoln Laboratory

Branko Kerkez

University of Michigan

Pankaj Kumar

Ford Motor Company

Mariel Lavieri

University of Michigan

Daeyeon Lee

University of Pennsylvania

Jennifer Leight

Ohio State University

Joe Lester

Procter & Gamble Company

Qizhen Li

Washington State University

Jingmei Liang

Applied Materials, Inc.

Shihong Lin

Vanderbilt University

Richard Lunt

Michigan State University

Olav Lyngberg

Johnson & Johnson

Nina Mahmoudian

Michigan Technological University

Elisabeth Malsch

Thornton Tomasetti

Joel McDonald

Dow Corning Corporation

Michelle O’Malley

University of California, Santa Barbara

Corinne Packard

Colorado School of Mines

Devesh Ranjan

Georgia Institute of Technology

Roderick Reber

Arkema Inc.

Julian Rimoli

Georgia Institute of Technology

Reuben Rohrschneider

Ball Aerospace and Technologies

Julio Romero Aguero

Quanta Technology

Kristin Santamont


Andrea Schmidt

Lawrence Livermore National Laboratory

Kelly Schultz

Lehigh University

Christine Scotti

W.L. Gore and Associates, Inc.

Meredith Sellers


Debbie Senesky

Stanford University

Robert Shepherd

Cornell University

Alexander Simpson

GE Aviation

Thomas Simpson


Leia Stirling

Massachusetts Institute of Technology

Amit Surana

United Technologies Research Center

Zoya Svitkina

Google Inc.

Joseph-Paul Swinski

NASA Goddard Space Flight Center

Ilias Tagkopoulos

University of California, Davis

Bao Truong


Vassilis Varveropoulos


Jean Vettel

Army Research Laboratory

Laura Waller

University of California, Berkeley

Xuan Wei


Edward Whalen

Boeing Company

Gregory Whiting


Hans Woithe

Bell Labs, Nokia

Paul Wooster


Junfeng Yang

Columbia University

Michail Zavlanos

Duke University




Robert Braun (chair)

Georgia Institute of Technology

Julie Champion

Georgia Institute of Technology

Amy Childress

University of Southern California

DeShawn Jackson


David Luebke


John Owens

University of California, Davis

Marco Pavone

Stanford University

Abhishek Roy

The Dow Chemical Company

Peter Tessier

Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute




Kevin Alexander

Hazen and Sawyer

Lars Blackmore

Space Exploration Technologies

Jennifer Cochran

Stanford University

Kayvon Fatahalian

Carnegie Mellon University

Kristen Grauman

University of Texas at Austin

Warren Hunt

Oculus Research

Darrell Irvine

Massachusetts Institute of Technology

Sangbae Kim

Massachusetts Institute of Technology

Brian Kirby

Cornell University

Manish Kumar

Pennsylvania State University

David Lentink

Stanford University

Baoxia Mi

University of California, Berkeley

Derek Paley

University of Maryland

Cynthia Reinhart-King

Cornell University

Christopher Stafford

National Institute of Standards and Technology

Gordon Wetzstein

Stanford University

John Orcutt

University of California, San Diego


Sponsors for the 2016 U.S. Frontiers of Engineering are The Grainger Foundation, Defense Advanced Research Projects Agency, Microsoft, and Cummins Inc.

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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