Alper Selected for NAE’s Prestigious Frontiers of Engineering Symposium

Headshot of Assistant Professor Hal AlperAssistant Professor Hal Alper has been selected to attend the National Academy of Engineering’s (NAE) 2013 Frontiers of Engineering Symposium September 19-21 in Wilmington, Delaware.

Eighty-one of the nation’s brightest young engineers will participate in this year’s annual symposium, which is attended by invitation only. Participants are usually nominated by NAE members or department chairs and are selected because of their research achievements and promise in engineering.

“The well-being of society will rely on engineering ideas developed by our nation’s leading technological thinkers,” said NAE President Charles M. Vest. “The Frontiers of Engineering program gives some of our most talented early career innovators the opportunity to create interdisciplinary relationships that are critical to shaping and advancing the future.”

Engineers from industry, universities, and government labs will present and discuss cutting-edge developments in four areas: Designing and Analyzing Social Networks, Cognitive Manufacturing, Energy: Reducing our Dependence on Fossil Fuels, and Flexible Electronics. Alper has been a leading authority in the young generation of bioengineers who work on biofuels and his presence will be instrumental in discussions related to non-fossil based energy.

The goal of the Frontiers of Engineering program is to bring together engineers across all disciplines to facilitate cross-disciplinary exchange and promote the transfer of new techniques and approaches to sustain and increase the United States’ innovative capacity and competitiveness.

The NAE was founded in 1964 and is a private, independent, nonprofit institution that provides engineering leadership in service to the nation. NAE’s mission 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.

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