Densmore Selected to Participate in NAE U.S. Frontiers of Engineering Symposium


Douglas Densmore (ECE, BME)
Douglas Densmore (ECE, BME)

The National Academy of Engineering (NAE) recently named 81 engineers under the age of 45 to participate in the U.S. Frontiers of Engineering Symposium, and among those chosen was Boston University Assistant Professor Douglas Densmore (ECE, BME).

Densmore, who was awarded the honor for performing exceptional engineering research, will attend the 19th annual symposium in Wilmington, Del., this September.

“The well-being of society will rely on engineering ideas developed by our nation’s leading technological thinkers,” said NAE President Charles M. Vest. “The Frontiers of Engineering programs give some of our most talented early career innovators the opportunity to create interdisciplinary relationships that are critical to shaping and advancing the future.”

Densmore, who was nominated by Boston University’s President Robert A. Brown, stood out in a pool of 310 applicants from industry, academia and government.

“The National Academy of Engineering invites the brightest young researchers from across the country to attend the U.S. Frontiers of Engineering symposium,” said Brown. “Dr. Densmore belongs in this group; he is a very promising researcher who is engaged in important cross-disciplinary work.”

Since joining BU’s Department of Electrical & Computer Engineering, Densmore has been working to advance the field of synthetic biology. Specifically, he is designing a platform that could reduce the cost and time involved in assembling DNA. His research could potentially be applied in renewable energy, medical, environmental remediation, and other critical societal challenges.

“I am looking forward to the symposium so that I get to interact with other faculty from around the world that are all working on really cutting edge research in a variety of disciplines,” said Densmore. “This will give me a chance to think about big picture applications and how we can use technology on a much more global scale.”

Over two and a half days, the symposium will cover developments in designing and analyzing social networks; cognitive manufacturing; energy and reducing dependence on fossil fuels; and flexible electronics.

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