Engineering’s Byrne to lead National Academy of Engineering symposium

Published: Sep 23, 2010 11:00:00 AM
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Mark Byrne

Mark Byrne, Daniel F. and Josephine Breeden associate professor in Auburn University's Department of Chemical Engineering, has been selected to organize the 2010 National Academy of Engineering’s (NAE) U.S. Frontiers of Engineering Symposium. The two-and-a-half-day event, held Sept. 23-25 at the IBM Learning Center in Armonk, N.Y., will examine cutting-edge research that includes cloud computing, engineering and music, autonomous aerospace systems and engineering inspired by biology. Byrne will also chair and moderate the Engineering Inspired by Biology session. He served as a participant in last year’s symposium.

“This is an exciting opportunity for Dr. Byrne and the committee to highlight a number of engineering challenges facing our nation. In particular, being invited to serve as the chair of Engineering Inspired by Biology Session illustrates Dr. Byrne’s leadership in this important and emerging field" said Chris Roberts, Uthlaut Professor and chair of Auburn's Department of Chemical Engineering.” 

Each year, 100 of the nations’ outstanding engineers ages 30 to 45 who perform exceptional research and technical work in industry, academia and government are nominated by fellow engineers or organizations to attend the symposium. Participants are invited to attend, following a competitive selection process.

"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 here.