National Academy of Engineering Taps Colorado State University Electrical Engineering Professor for Prestigious Symposium

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A Colorado State University electrical engineering professor has been selected for a prestigious National Academy of Engineering symposium at Google’s headquarters in September.

Sid Suryanarayanan, assistant professor in the Electrical and Computer Engineering department, is one of “85 of the brightest young engineers” selected by the National Academy of Engineering for the 17th annual U.S. Frontiers of Engineering Symposium. The participants, who are nominated, are chosen by a selection committee because they are “performing exceptional engineering research and technical work in industry, academia, and government,” according to a National Academy news release.

The goal of the Frontiers of Engineering program, according to the Frontiers website, is to gather engineers from all engineering disciplines and from industry, universities and federal labs to facilitate cross-disciplinary exchange and promote the transfer of new techniques to sustain and build U.S. innovative capacity.

The intensive three-day symposium will examine cutting-edge developments in additive manufacturing, engineering sustainable buildings, neuroprosthetics and semantic processing.

Suryanarayanan joined Colorado State’s ECE department in fall 2010. He conducts research on design, operation and economics of advanced electric power systems as well as the integration of renewable energy technology to the electricity grid. He has more than 50 publications in reputed technical journals and flagship conference proceedings, including some that have won best paper awards. Suryanarayanan is a senior member of the Institute of Electrical and Electronics Engineers, or IEEE. In 2009, the IEEE Power and Energy Society honored him with the T. Burke Hayes Faculty Recognition Award.

Suryanarayanan is the second faculty member from the Department of Electrical and Computer Engineering to attend the symposium in recent years. Randy Bartels was invited in 2007 to the U.S. program and to the U.S.-China FOE program in 2011.

Founded in 1964, the National Academy of Engineering is a private, independent, nonprofit institution that provides engineering leadership in service to the nation. The mission of the organization is to promote the technological welfare of the nation by marshalling the expertise and insights of eminent members of the engineering profession.

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