Alexis Abramson, the Warren E. Rupp Assistant Professor of Science and Engineering in the department of mechanical and aerospace engineering at Case Western Reserve University, along with 80 of the nation's brightest young engineers, will take part in the National Academy of Engineering's (NAE) 12th annual Frontiers of Engineering symposium in September. The 2½-day event will bring together engineers ages 30 to 45 who are performing cutting-edge 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 nearly 200 applicants.
Abramson, who also holds a joint appointment in the department of electrical engineering and computer science, focuses her research in the general area of nanotechnology, spanning from micro/nanoscale radiation components to understanding and manipulating nanoscale energy transport in materials. She has also been involved in biomimetic research to explore how the natural world has taken advantage of specific nanoscale phenomena. An author of a number of publications in her research field, Abramson also has been involved in various engineering outreach programs and has a dedicated interest in improving science and engineering education for all ages.
Abramson is a member of the Society of Women Engineers, the American Society of Mechanical Engineers and the Women in Engineering Programs Advocates Network.
The symposium will be held Sept. 21–23 at Ford Research and Innovation Center in Dearborn, Michigan, and will examine the nanotechnology-biology interface, intelligent software systems and machines, supply chain management, and personal mobility. Anne L. Stevens, executive vice president and chief operating officer for the Americas, Ford Motor Co., will be a featured speaker. Her responsibilities at Ford have ranged from operating assembly plants to directing product development and manufacturing. Prior to joining Ford, Stevens worked at Exxon Mobil Corp.
"At Frontiers of Engineering, engineers share know-how from multiple fields and initiate collaborations that may one day solve complex problems," said NAE President Wm. A. Wulf. "Engineers like these—who possess both extensive knowledge and broad interests—are essential to U.S. competitiveness in the future."
Sponsors for the 2006 U.S. Frontiers of Engineering are the Ford Motor Co., the Air Force Office of Scientific Research, the U.S. Department of Defense (DDR&E–Research), the Defense Advanced Research Projects Agency, the National Science Foundation, Microsoft Corp., Cummins Inc., and numerous individual donors.
To read more about Frontiers of Engineering, visit the NAE Web site at http://www.nae.edu/frontiers. A meeting program is also available at the site.
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