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Rensselaer Faculty To Participate in National Academy of Engineering Symposium

Rensselaer Faculty To Participate in National Academy of Engineering Symposium

By Torie Wells

June 30, 2021

Two Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute faculty members will participate in the National Academy of Engineering’s (NAE) 27th annual U.S. Frontiers of Engineering symposium. Jennifer Pazour, an associate professor of industrial and systems engineering, is a member of the event’s planning committee, co-organizing a session on resilience during pandemics in relation to data and digital infrastructure, and decision-making. Ravishankar Sundararaman, an associate professor of materials science and engineering, will be a participant of the symposium.

Only 83 early-career engineers — from academia, industry, and government — were selected from across the nation to take part in this symposium. The event will also focus on cybersecurity of critical infrastructure, the role of direct air capture in the climate change discussion, and engineering the future of space exploration.

This year’s symposium will be held in September, either virtually or in person at the National Academies’ Beckman Center in Irvine, California.


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