C.S. Faculty Member Dr. Ali Butt to Participate in 2009 U.S. Frontiers of Engineering Symposium

Publish Date: 06/29/2009

Eighty-eight of the nation’s brightest young engineers have been invited to attend the National Academy of Engineering’s (NAE) 15th annual U.S. Frontiers of Engineering Symposium. Selected from over 240 applicants, the participants highlight the exceptional engineering research and technical work being conducted in industry, academia, and government across a wide variety of disciplines.

Dr. Ali Butt, an assistant professor in the Department of Computer Science at Virginia Tech, has been honored with an invitation to attend the 15th annual NAE Symposium. Butt’s research focuses on addressing the performance gap between computing power and storage technology for high performance computing environments. He has also been recognized for outstanding research potential though a 2008 National Science Foundation Faculty Early Development (CAREER) award.

A second CS faculty member, Dr. Naren Ramakrishnan, is also involved in the NAE event as one of the organizers for this year’s symposium. Ramakrishnan’s research interests include problem solving environments, mining scientific data, and information personalization. He recently received an award from HP’s 2009 Innovation Research Program and, in 2007, Computerworld named him to their list of ’40 under 40' innovative IT people to watch.

The symposium will be held Sept. 10-12 at the National Academies' Beckman Center at the University of California, Irvine, and will examine engineering tools for scientific discovery; engineering the health care delivery system; nano/micro photonics and new applications; and resilient and sustainable infrastructures. A featured speaker will be Bradford W. Parkinson, Edward C. Wells Professor of Aeronautics and Astronautics Emeritus at Stanford University. Parkinson is credited with being the father of the Global Positioning System and is a recipient of the prestigious Draper Prize and a member of the NAE.

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