Dr. Randy Bartels to Join World's Brightest Engineers at National Symposium

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Dr. Randy Bartels, an associate professor in the Departments of Electrical and Computer Engineering and Chemistry, will add yet another accolade to his growing list of accomplishments. Among a select few of the world's brightest young engineers, Dr. Bartels will represent CSU this September at the National Academy of Engineering's (NAE) Frontiers of Engineering U.S. Symposium. This is a distinct honor; candidates ages 30-45 are nominated by fellow engineers, including members of the NAE, and organizations. Chosen from industry, academia and government, participants will have the unique opportunity to meet with other exceptional engineers from a multitude of fields to foster networks, interaction and development of ideas across disciplines.

Dr. Randy Bartels

NAE, a private, non-profit independent institution serves as an advisor to the federal government conducting research on important issues in engineering and technology. The NAE is comprised of more than 2,000 members all of whom rank among the world's most talented engineers. The NAE conducts four symposia each year including the U.S., German-American, Japan-American and Indo-U.S. Frontiers of Engineering Symposiums uniting engineers worldwide.

"It is exciting to witness the energy when outstanding engineers from many different fields come together in this unique venue," said NAE President Wm. A. Wulf. "Frontiers of Engineering is a proven mechanism for traversing engineering disciplines. By exposing bright young minds to developments in areas other than their own -- and giving them lots of time to interact -- Frontiers enables advances in approaches and thinking that would not have occurred otherwise."

Over the course of three days, the U.S. symposium, to be held at Microsoft Research Center in Redmond, Washington, will cover subject matter in a variety of fields. This year's topics include trustworthy computer systems, safe water technologies, modeling and simulating human behavior, biotechnology, biotechnology for fuels and chemicals and the control of protein conformations. Participants will have the opportunity to attend talks and discussions, allowing the exchange of ideas and cultivation of collaborations.

Sponsors for this year's U.S. Frontiers of Engineering Symposium include the Air Force Office of Scientific Research, the U.S. Department of Defense (DDR&E- Research), DARPA, the National Science Foundation, Microsoft Corp., Cummins Inc. and individual sponsors. For additional information on the symposium and the NAE, visit their website at www.nae.edu.