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Prestigious Engineering Academy Invites Engineer to Give Talk

UCR Engineer Invited by National Academy of Engineering to Speak at Its Symposium

Mihri Ozkan's talk will address emerging nanoelectronic devices for making high-performance, low-cost computers

(July 3, 2008)

Mihri Ozkan is an associate professor of electrical engineering at UC Riverside.  Photo credit: UCR Strategic Communications.Enlarge

Mihri Ozkan is an associate professor of electrical engineering at UC Riverside. Photo credit: UCR Strategic Communications.

RIVERSIDE, Calif. Mihri Ozkan, an associate professor of electrical engineering at UC Riverside, has been selected by the National Academy of Engineering (NAE) to speak at the 2008 Frontiers of Engineering symposium to be held in Albuquerque, NM, Sept. 18-20.

One of only 15 engineers nationwide who have been invited to speak at the event, Ozkan will make her presentation in the Emerging Nanoelectronics Technology session.

Her 25-minute talk, scheduled for Sept. 18, will focus on emerging nanoelectronic devices. "The development of new approaches or new devices is particularly important to the integrated circuit industry, where high speed, low cost, low power transistors and high capacity memory storage devices are a major driving force," said Ozkan, who joined UCR's Bourns College of Engineering in 2001. "Reducing the size of transistor devices greatly increases the performance of computers while reducing the cost to the users."

At UCR, Ozkan fabricates advanced electronic devices by using DNA microarrays to integrate high-performing electronic components on silicon motherboards. She also uses nanotechnology in her research to develop and fabricate electricity-producing solar devices.

She is the recipient of many awards and honors, including the Army's "Young Investigator Award"; the American Association of University Women's "Emerging Scholar Award"; and the "Distinguished Engineering Educator of the Year Award" from the National Engineers' Council.

The 2008 Frontiers of Engineering symposium will examine emerging nanoelectric devices, cognitive engineering, drug delivery systems, and understanding and countering the proliferation of weapons of mass destruction.

The event will bring together 82 of the nation's brightest young engineers, ages 30 to 45, who are performing exceptional engineering research and technical work in a variety of disciplines. The participants, from industry, academia and government, were nominated by fellow engineers or organizations, and chosen from more than 230 applicants.

"America's competitiveness will largely depend upon the next generation of innovators," said NAE President Charles M. Vest. "The U.S. Frontiers of Engineering program brings some of the country's rising-star engineers, from a diverse range of disciplines, together for an exchange of ideas that will surely help contribute to keeping us at the forefront of technological advancement and may even spark a breakthrough that changes the way we live."

Sponsors for the 2008 U.S. Frontiers of Engineering are the Air Force Office of Scientific Research, Defense Advanced Research Projects Agency (DARPA), Department of Defense (DDR&E-Research), the National Science Foundation, Corning Inc., Cummins Inc., The Grainger Foundation, Intel Corp., Microsoft Research, Sun Microsystems Inc., Sandia National Laboratories, and numerous individual donors.

Founded in 1964, the NAE provides engineering leadership in service to the nation and conducts independent studies to examine important topics in engineering and technology. Its members consist of the nation's premier engineers, who are elected by their peers for their distinguished achievements.

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