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2016 US Frontiers of Engineering Symposium

The 2016 US Frontiers of Engineering will be held on September 19-21 in Irvine, California. 

About 100 outstanding engineers under the age of 45 will meet for an intensive 2-1/2 day symposium to discuss cutting-edge developments in four areas: Technologies for Understanding and Treating Cancer, Pixels at Scale, Water Desalination and Purification, and Extreme Engineering. 

The goal of the Frontiers of Engineering program is to bring together engineers from all engineering disciplines and from industry, universities, and federal labs to facilitate cross-disciplinary exchange and promote the transfer of new techniques and approaches across fields in order to sustain and build US innovative capacity.

LIST OF SESSIONS 

(Working titles listed. Order of sessions and speakers TBD.)

Chair: Robert Braun, Georgia Institute of Technology

WATER DESALINATION AND PURIFICATION

Session co-chairs: Amy Childress, University of Southern California, and Abhishek Roy, The Dow Chemical Company

Sustainability in Water Desalination

Manish Kumar, Pennsylvania State University

Advanced Membrane Characterization Techniques

Chris Stafford, National Institute of Standards and Technology

New Materials for Emerging Desalination Technologies

Baoxia Mi, University of California, Berkeley

High-Recovery Desalination and Water Treatment 

Kevin Alexander, Hazen and Sawyer

PIXELS AT SCALE: HIGH-PERFORMANCE COMPUTER GRAPHICS AND VISION

Session co-chairs: David Luebke, NVIDIA Research, and John Owens, University of California, Davis

Computer Vision: Coupling Image Recognition with Learning

Kristen Grauman, University of Texas at Austin

The Future of Programmable Graphics

Kayvon Fatahalian, Carnegie Mellon University

Computational Display: Designing Innovative Display Systems with New Capabilities

Gordon Wetzstein, Stanford University

Frontiers in Virtual Reality Headsets

Warren Hunt, Oculus Research

TECHNOLOGIES FOR UNDERSTANDING AND TREATING CANCER

Session co-chairs: Julie Champion, Georgia Tech, and Peter Tessier, Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute

How Cancer Cells Go Awry

Cynthia Reinhart-King, Cornell University

Methods for Interfering with the Spread of Cancer

Jennifer Cochran, Stanford University

Strategies for Harnessing the Immune System

Darrell Irvine, Massachusetts Institute of Technology

Advances in Detecting Rare Cancer Cells 

Brian Kirby, Cornell University

EXTREME ENGINEERING: EXTREME AUTONOMY IN SPACE, AIR, LAND, AND UNDER WATER

Session co-chairs: DeShawn Jackson, Halliburton, and Marco Pavone, Stanford University

Autonomy in Space: Autonomous Precision Landing of Space Rockets

Lars Blackmore, SpaceX

Autonomy in Air: Bioinspired Micro Flying Robots

David Lentink, Stanford University

Autonomy on Land: Robotic Cheetah

Sangbae Kim, Massachusetts Institute of Technology

Autonomy Underwater: Ocean Sampling by Autonomous Underwater Vehicles

Derek Paley, University of Maryland

Preliminary program

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