Faculty member selected for National Academy of Engineering symposium

Published: Aug 25, 2009 4:34:00 PM
Media Contact: Sally Credille, src0007@auburn.edu, 334.844.3447

Mark Byrne

Mark Byrne

Mark Byrne, Mary and John Sanders Associate Professor in Auburn University's Department of Chemical Engineering, has been chosen to participate in the 2009 U.S. Frontiers of Engineering Symposium of the National Academy of Engineering (NAE). The symposium, which will be held Sept. 10-12 in Irvine, Calif., will bring together a select group of 88 outstanding engineers from industry, academia and government to discuss pioneering technical work and leading research in various engineering fields and industry sectors.

"We couldn't be prouder of Dr. Byrne receiving this honor," said Chris Roberts, Uthlaut Professor and chair of Auburn's Department of Chemical Engineering. "It's truly an exciting opportunity for him to gather with peers and colleagues and discuss a number of the challenges and developments he will face at the forefront of chemical and biomedical engineering research."

The symposium will examine engineering tools for scientific discovery; engineering the health care delivery system; nano and micro photonics and new applications; and resilient and sustainable infrastructures. Participants such as Byrne have demonstrated accomplishments in engineering research and technical work, with recognizable contributions towards advancing engineering, and possess the potential to become engineering leaders in the U.S.

"In today's challenging economic times, we look more than ever toward our engineering innovators," said NAE President Charles M. Vest. "The U.S. Frontiers of Engineering program brings together a diverse group of this country's most promising young engineers, and gives them a forum to discuss multidisciplinary ways of addressing the issues that will carry us into tomorrow's economy."

For more on Byrne's research and Auburn's Department of Chemical Engineering, visit www.eng.auburn.edu/che.