Frontiers of Engineering

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David Brumley

Frontiers of Engineering

Robert Hampshire

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Meagan Mauter

Tomorrow's world depends on today's innovative ideas.

And the National Academy of Engineering plans to harness some of those ideas when it brings together exceptional researchers for its 18th annual U.S. Frontiers of Engineering symposium.

Among those selected from 300 nominees: Carnegie Mellon University's David Brumley, Robert Hampshire and Meagan Mauter.

"The purpose of the symposium is to bring together leaders in disparate fields and challenging them to think about specific developments at the frontiers of engineering," Brumley said.

An assistant professor affiliated with CMU's Cylab and with appointments in CMU's Electrical and Computer Engineering Department and the Computer Science Department, Brumley won a Presidential Early Career Award for Scientists and Engineers (PECASE) in 2011 for his cybersecurity research.

"My work focuses on making programs safe and secure. Attackers currently exploit unsafe programs to install malware, send spam, and steal private information. Making programs safer helps protect against these threats," explained Brumley.
Hampshire teaches management science courses at Heinz College for the School of Public Policy and Management. He is the author and illustrator of Super Operations Manager, a graphic novel that looks at key issues in the area of management science.

Hampshire has received a National Science Foundation (NSF) CAREER Award for research in smart mobility services.

"It is fortuitous that the symposium is being held at the General Motors Tech center," Hampshire said. His research program develops systems engineering insights for urban mobility systems and services. 

Mauter has a joint appointment in Chemical Engineering and Engineering and Public Policy (EPP) at CMU.  She is also a Science, Engineering, and Education for Sustainability Fellow through the NSF.

"Broadly, my work leverages both fundamental and applied research to advance energy and water efficiency.  The technical aspects of my research are focused in membrane science, in particular using novel materials and processes to promote energy efficient separations," Mauter said.

"The deployment and efficacy of these processes, however, depend upon more than just the technology. In EPP, I study the urban infrastructure, economic, regulatory, and sociopolitical interactions that facilitate the implementation of utility-scale energy efficiency interventions."

The symposium takes place Sept. 13–15, 2012 at the General Motors Technical Center in Warren, Mich., where the CMU faculty members will join 75 other bright young engineers between the ages of 30 and 45 from academia, industry and government.

CMU has been home to 42 NAE members including the university's president, Jared L. Cohon.

This honorary organization promotes the technological welfare of the nation by marshaling the knowledge and insights of eminent members of the engineering profession.

"Our nation's health, quality of life, and security will depend on the engineering achievements of the 21st century," said NAE President Charles M. Vest. "The Frontiers of Engineering program gives young engineering pioneers the opportunity to collaborate and share approaches across fields. We believe those interactions will generate new ideas for improving the future."

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