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Three SPIE Members among 83 selected for prestigious NAE engineering symposium

07 August 2014

SPIE Senior Member Andrea Alù, along with SPIE Members Christopher Wilcox and Zhaowei Liu, are among 83 of the brightest young engineers in the United States who have been selected to take part in the National Academy of Engineering's (NAE) 20th annual US 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 and chosen from almost 300 applicants.

Alù, an associate professor at University of Texas at Austin, has research interests spanning metamaterials, plasmonics, electromagnetics, optical scattering, cloaking and transparency, and acoustic devices. His photonics research earned him the SPIE Early Career Award in 2012.

Liu, an assistant professor at University of California, San Diego, received a Young Investigator award from the US Office of Naval Research in 2013 to fund his research in ultrafast blue and green LEDs for underwater optical wireless communication. He serves on the program committee for the Unconventional Imaging and Wavefront Sensing conference at SPIE Optics + Photonics, to be held 17-21 August in San Diego.

Wilcox, an electrical engineer at the US Naval Research Lab who frequently publishes his research in remote sensing, adaptive optics, and optical metrology, was the lead developer and designer of the SPIE Field Guide app for the Android platform.

The USFOE will be held 11-13 September in Irvine, Calif., and will cover cutting-edge developments in four areas: next-generation robotics, frontiers in materials for batteries, shale gas and oil, and technologies for the heart.

NAE News Release