Gunsch One of 85 Young Faculty at NAE Meeting

June 28, 2011

Claudia Gunsch, assistant professor of civil and environmental engineering, is one of 85 of the nation's young engineers to take part in the National Academy of Engineering's (NAE) 17th annual U.S. Frontiers of Engineering symposium.

 The participants -- engineers ages 30 to 45 who are performing exceptional engineering research and technical work in industry, academia, and government -- were nominated by fellow engineers or organizations and chosen from approximately 315 applicants.  They will come together for the three-day event held Sept. 19-21 at Google headquarters in Mountain View, Calif.

“These 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 examine 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. 

Sponsors for the 2011 U.S. Frontiers of Engineering 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.

Gunsch joined the Duke faculty in 2004 after earning a Ph.D. in civil engineering from the University of Texas, Austin. After completing her undergraduate degree in civil engineering from Purdue University, she earned an M.S. degree in environmental engineering and science from Clemson University.

A meeting program and more information about Frontiers of Engineering is available.