Chasiotis Chosen for Frontiers of Engineering Symposium


AE Associate Prof. Ioannis Chasiotis is among 85 of the nation’s brightest young engineers selected to take part in the National Academy of Engineering’s (NAE) 17th Annual U.S. Frontiers of Engineering Symposium.

The event will be held September 19 through 21 at Google headquarters in Mountain View, California, and will examine additive manufacturing, engineering sustainable buildings, neuroprosthetics, and semantic processing.

Participating engineers are of ages 30 to 45, and have performed exceptional research and technical work in industry, academia, and government. Approximately 315 engineers were nominated.

“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.” 

AE Associate Prof. Ioannis Chasiotis
AE Associate Prof. Ioannis Chasiotis

Chasiotis, who concentrates on experimental mechanics at the nanoscale, has been widely recognized for his work over the last several years. Presented a 2008 National Science Foundation (NSF) Presidential Early Career Award for Scientists and Engineers (PECASE), Chasiotis was one of only 100 young researchers in the Nation honored in a ceremony at the White House.

More recently, the Society for Experimental Mechanics awarded Chasiotis and collaborators, including AE Prof. John Lambros, the M. Hetényi Award for the Best Research Paper published in 2010 in SEM’s journal, Experimental Mechanics.

Chasiotis delivered SEM’s 2011 Journal of Strain Analysis Young Investigator Lecture in June, making him only the third person so honored. In October 2010, he received the Society of Engineering Science, Young Investigator Medal.

A Donald Biggar Willett Scholar in the College of Engineering, Chasiotis has received several other honors including the Office of Naval Research Young Investigator Award, the NSF Faculty Early Career Development (CAREER) Award, College of Engineering Xerox Awards for Faculty Research, and two First Prizes in the Sandia MEMS Design Competition.

His research interests focus on MicroElectro-Mechanical Systems (MEMS), nanostructured composite materials, mechanical behavior of polymeric and ceramic nanofibers and metal nanowires and the application of atomic force microscopy in experimental mechanics.

Google, The Grainger Foundation, the Air Force Office of Scientific Research, STEM Development Office of the Department of Defense DDR&E Research Directorate, the National Science Foundation, Microsoft Research, and Cummins Inc. are sponsoring the Frontiers of Engineering Symposium.

The National Academy of Engineering is an independent, nonprofit institution that serves as an adviser to government and the public on issues in engineering and technology.  Its members consist of the nation's premier engineers, who are elected by their peers for their distinguished achievements.  Established in 1964, NAE operates under the congressional charter granted to the National Academy of Sciences in 1863.