Altug Selected to Participate in National Academy of Engineering Symposium


Assistant Professor Hatice Altug (ECE) is one of 85 engineers from academia, government and industry selected to take part in the National Academy of Engineering‘s (NAE) 17th annual U.S. Frontiers of Engineering symposium. Held September 19-21, 2011 at Google headquarters in Mountain View, California, the three-day event will bring together exceptional engineering researchers and practitioners aged 30 to 45 to discuss leading edge research in various engineering fields and industry sectors.

Assistant Professor Hatice Altug
Assistant Professor Hatice Altug

“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.”

Participants were nominated by fellow engineers or organizations and chosen from approximately 315 applicants.

“It is a great honor for me to be invited to NAE’s 2011 U.S. Frontiers of Engineering program,” said Altug. “I look forward to contributing to an event that aims to shape the future of engineering, and to sharing exciting research activities at BU.”

A College of Engineering faculty member since 2007, Altug’s research involves confining and manipulating light at the nanoscale to dramatically improve biosensing capabilities. Initiating several advances in the fields of nanophotonics, nanoplasmonics and integrated nanofluidics over the past seven years, she has developed state-of-the-art technologies for real-time, label-free and high-throughput detection of very low quantities of biological molecules such as proteins and viruses. She has also contributed to the National Science Foundation Smart Lighting Engineering Research Center’s effort to build energy-efficient lighting-based communication and biochemical sensing systems in rooms.

Frontiers program participants are exposed to important developments in fields other than their own, thereby facilitating collaborative work and the transfer of new approaches and techniques across fields. This year’s symposium will examine additive manufacturing, engineering sustainable buildings, neuroprosthetics and semantic processing.

The National Academy of Engineering is an independent, nonprofit institution that serves as an adviser to the U.S. government and citizens on engineering and technology issues. NAE members consist of the nation’s premier engineers, who are elected by their peers for their distinguished achievements.

-Mark Dwortzan