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Two from Viterbi School Named "Creative Young Engineers"

Pair chosen from 240 candidates nationwide to attend September meeting
Eric Mankin
June 26, 2009 —

Yong Chen (Epstein Department) and Andreas Molisch (Hsieh Department) are among the 88 standouts selected to take part in the NAE's 15th annual U.S.Frontiers of Engineering symposium.

The 2 1/2 day event will bring together researchers between the 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 approximately 240 applicants.

"In today’s challenging economic times, we look more than ever toward our engineering innovators," said NAE President Charles M. Vest. "The U.S. Frontiers of Engineering program brings together a diverse group of this country's most promising young
engineers, and gives them a forum to discuss multi-disciplinary ways of addressing the issues that will carry us into tomorrow's economy."

Chen came to the Epstein Department in 2006 from 3D Systems Inc, in Valencia California. He is a specialist in manufacturing engineering particularly so-called "3-D printing," including computer-aided design tools for additive manufacturing, process development for rapid prototyping and tooling, and geometric reasoning in product design, analysis and manufacturin. In 2007, he received the Outstanding Young Manufacturing Engineer Award from the Society of Manufacturing Engineering.

Molisch arrived at the Hsieh Department this year. Previously, he was was professor and head of the Radio Systems Group in the Department of Electrical and Information

Technology at Lund University, Sweden, and was Chief Wireless Standards Architect and Distinguished Member of Technical Staff at the Mitsubishi Electric Research Labs in Cambridge, MA.

His current research interests are: measurement and modeling of wireless mobile radio channels; multiple-antenna systems; ultrawideband (UWB) communications; cooperative communications, and multiple-input-multiple-output (MIMO) systems, In May, he received the "Wireless Educator of the Year Award" from the Global Wireless Education Consortium (GWEC). 

The symposium will be held Sept. 10-12 at the National Academies' Beckman Center at the University of California, Irvine, and will examine engineering tools for scientific discovery; engineering the health care delivery system; nano/micro photonics and new applications; and resilient and sustainable infrastructures.