Auburn engineering professors selected to participate in Frontiers of Engineering symposiums

AUBURN UNIVERSITY – Two faculty members from Auburn University’s Samuel Ginn College of Engineering have been selected to participate in fall symposiums sponsored by the National Academy of Engineering, or NAE. Steve Duke, associate dean for academics and alumni associate professor in the Department of Chemical Engineering, has been selected to participate in the NAE’s fifth annual Frontiers of Engineering Education Symposium on Oct. 27-30 in Irvine, Calif.

Duke is one of 73 educators from around the nation chosen to attend the National Academy of Engineering symposium, which brings innovative educators together to learn from research and share ideas and best practice in education through sustained dialogue. Participants return to their institution with a charter that can be used to promote education improvement.

Brian Thurow, the W. Allen and Martha Reed associate professor in the Department of Aerospace Engineering, recently participated in the NAE’s 2013 U.S. Frontiers of Engineering Symposium, a two-day event held Sept. 19-21 in Wilmington, Del. Thurow attended sessions on designing and analyzing societal networks, cognitive manufacturing, energy and flexible electronics. He was chosen among 100 of the nation’s outstanding engineers ages 30 to 45 who perform exceptional research and technical work in industry, academia and government.

The NAE’s Frontiers of Engineering program brings together engineers from all disciplines in industry, universities and federal labs to facilitate collaborative exchange, as well as promote the transfer of new techniques and approaches that will help to sustain and build U.S. innovative capacity. Duke and Thurow were nominated by their peers and chosen from a competitive pool of applicants.

(Written by Katie Beck.)

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