Haiyan Wang invited to participate in NAE Frontiers of Engineering symposium

Dr. Haiyan Wang will join a group of the nation’s brightest young engineers who were selected to take part in the National Academy of Engineering’s (NAE) 17th annual U.S. Frontiers of Engineering (FOE) symposium.Photo of Dr. Haiyan Wang

The group of engineers ages 30 to 45, who are performing exceptional engineering research and technical work in a variety of disciplines, will come together for the event. The 85 participants from industry, academia and government were nominated by fellow engineers or organizations and chosen from approximately 265 applicants.

“The young engineering innovators of today are solving the grand challenges that face us in the coming century,” said NAE President Charles M. Vest. “We are proud that our Frontiers of Engineering program brings this diverse group of people together and gives them an opportunity to share and showcase their work.”

The symposium will be held Sept. 19-21 at Google headquarters in Mountain View, Calif., and will focus on additive manufacturing, engineering sustainable buildings, neuroprosthetics and semantic processing. Alfred Z. Spector, vice president of research and special initiatives at Google, will be a featured speaker.

Wang, an associate professor in the Department of Electrical and Computer Engineering, joined the Texas A&M faculty in January 2006. She was previously on the staff of the Los Alamos National Laboratory as a director-funded post-doctoral fellow and a permanent staff member. She holds a Bachelor of Science degree from Nanchang University (China) and a master’s degree from the Institute of Metal Research (China). She earned her Ph.D. degree from North Carolina State University in December 2002.

Among her honors are the ASM Silver Medal Award 2011, National Science Foundation’s CAREER Award in 2009, the Presidential Early Career Award for Scientists and Engineers (PECASE) in 2008, the Office of Naval Research Young Investigator Award in 2008 and the Air Force Research Office’s Young Investigator Research Program (YIP) in 2007.

Her research interests lie in the area of functional oxide and nitride thin films for microelectronics, optoelectronics, high-temperature superconductors, solid oxide fuel cells, solar cells and advanced nuclear reactors. Her expertise is thin-film growth and characterizations.

Sponsors for the 2011 U.S. FOE are Google, The Grainger Foundation, Air Force Office of Scientific Research, STEM Development Office of the Department of Defense DDR&E Research Directorate, National Science Foundation, Microsoft Research, and Cummins Inc.

To see a list of the recipients or for more information about Frontiers of Engineering visithttp://www.naefrontiers.org.