Xie invited to NAE Frontiers of Engineering Symposium

A professor in the Department of Electrical and Computer Engineering at Texas A&M University participated in the National Academy of Engineering's (NAE) Japan-America Frontiers of Engineering symposium (JAFOE).Photo of Dr. Le Xie

Dr. Le Xie, assistant professor, was one of the "nation's brightest young engineers" chosen. Other participants included the president of the U.S. National Academy of Engineering, president of The Engineering Academy of Japan and the executive director of the Japan Science and Technology Agency.

The group of 60 engineers under the age of 45, who are performing exceptional engineering research and technical work in a variety of disciplines, came together for the two-and-a-half-day event in Osaka, Japan. The participants from industry, academia and government were nominated by fellow engineers or organizations and chosen from approximately 265 applicants.

"It is of great honor to be chosen as one of the 30 participants from the U.S. to discuss emerging engineering frontiers with Japanese colleagues," Xie said. "In particular, for my area of research on the smart grid, it is indeed very informative to see how vastly different the power grid is operated in Japan and in the U.S., and yet how many common problems we share in engineering, secure, clean and affordable electricity services."

Four areas of focus of the 2011 JAFOE were: Massive Data Management, Smart Grid, Bio-inspired Materials and Robotics. The event was intended to facilitate international and cross-disciplinary research collaboration, promote the transfer of new techniques and approaches across disparate engineering fields, and encourage the creation of a transpacific network of world-class engineers.

Xie is affiliated with the Electric Power and Power Electronic Group in the department. He received his B.E. in electrical engineering from Tsinghua University, Beijing, China in 2004. He received S.M. in engineering sciences from Harvard University in June 2005. He obtained his Ph.D. from the electric energy systems group in the Department of Electrical and Computer Engineering at Carnegie Mellon University in 2009.

His industry experience includes ISO-New England and Edison Mission Energy Marketing and Trading. His research interest includes modeling and control of large-scale complex systems, smart grid applications in support of renewable energy integration, and electricity markets.

For more information about the NAE Frontiers of Engineering Symposium visithttp://www.naefrontiers.org/Home.aspx.