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NAE Selects Three Viterbi Faculty for its Frontiers of Engineering Programs

Selection for the symposia is both an honor and an opportunity
G. Hayes
September 03, 2010 —

The National Academy of Engineering (NAE) has selected three Viterbi School faculty to participate in its Frontiers of Engineering (FOE) and Frontiers of Engineering Education (FOEE) symposia.

The symposia constitute NAE recognition of faculty excellence in research and teaching, and offer abundant opportunity to share and brainstorm with colleagues outside home institutions. The hope is that such exchange will lead to future collaborations among attendees.

For each of the symposia, the 15 to 18 presenters and approximately 85 participants from industry, academia, and government were nominated by fellow engineers or organizations and selected in a rigorous contest of several hundred applicants.

Elaine Chew, an associate professor in of the Epstein Department of Industrial & Systems Engineering and the Hsieh Department of Electrical Engineering will present a talk about her research on the intersection of engineering and music, “De-mystifying Music and Its Performance,” at the Sept. 23-25 FOE symposium in the IBM Learning Center in Armonk, NY.

   Elaine Chew   
Other topics at this symposium include cloud computing, autonomous aerospace systems, and engineering inspired by biology.

Burcin Becerik-Gerber, an assistant professor in the Astani Department of Civil and Environmental Engineering, will attend the Dec.13-16 FOEE symposium  at the NAE's Beckman Center in Irvine.  Becerik-Gerber engages students in a successful multidisciplinary teamwork and project-based learning curriculum and will meet others pondering and developing similar courses.

    Burcin Becerik-Gerber

Cyrus Shahabi, a professor in the Department of Computer Science and an FOE 2005 alumnus, has been invited to join a data management session organizing committee for the 2011 Japan-America FOE symposium to be held June 6-8, 2011.  He is working with organizers from Japan to select speakers with expertise in massive data management.

         Cyrus Shahabi
“As we face the challenges the next century brings, we will rely more than ever on innovative engineers,” said NAE President Charles M. Vest. “The U.S. Frontiers of Engineering program is an opportunity for a diverse group of this country's most promising young engineers to gather together and discuss multidisciplinary ways of leading us into the economy of tomorrow.”

Added Viterbi Dean Yannis C. Yortsos: “We are very proud of our faculty who will join a select group of individuals at the NAE’s 2010 and 2011 Frontiers of Engineering and Engineering Education symposia. This is an important opportunity for these exemplary professors to share their ideas, and to provide and gain insight from their peers.”