Kramer-Bottiglio Selected to Participate in NAE’s 2018 U.S. Frontiers of Engineering Symposium

Rebecca Kramer-Bottiglio, assistant professor of mechanical engineering & materials science, is one of 84 of the nation’s brightest young engineers who have been selected to take part in the National Academy of Engineering’s (NAE) 24th annual U.S. Frontiers of Engineering (USFOE) Symposium. Engineers ages 30 to 45 who are performing exceptional engineering research and technical work in a variety of disciplines will come together for the 2 1/2-day event. The participants – from industry, academia, and government – were nominated by fellow engineers or organizations.
Kramer-Bottiglio’s research focuses on new and innovative ways to make things by building mechanisms and systems that exploit the properties of soft materials, such as extreme deformability and responsiveness to external stimuli.
The 2018 USFOE will be hosted by MIT Lincoln Laboratory in Lexington, Massachusetts, Sept. 5-7, and will cover cutting-edge developments in four areas: Quantum Computing, Technology for Humanitarian Assistance and Disaster Relief, Resilient and Reliable Infrastructure, and Theranostics.
“It is critically important to bring young engineers from different technical areas together to spark innovation,” said NAE President C. D. Mote, Jr. “The Frontiers of Engineering program does this by creating a space for talented engineers to learn from each other and expand their technical perspectives early in their careers. Congratulations to this year’s FOE participants.”
Sponsors for the 2018 U.S. Frontiers of Engineering are The Grainger Foundation, National Science Foundation, Defense Advanced Research Projects Agency, Air Force Office of Scientific Research, DOD ASDR&E Laboratories Office, Microsoft Research, and Cummins.
The mission of the NAE is to advance the well-being of the nation by promoting a vibrant engineering profession and by marshaling the expertise and insights of eminent engineers to provide independent advice to the federal government on matters involving engineering and technology. The NAE is part of the National Academies of Sciences, Engineering, and Medicine, an independent, nonprofit organization chartered by Congress to provide objective analysis and advice to the nation on matters of science, technology, and health.