Coskun Selected to Attend the National Academy of Engineering’s 2019 Symposium

By Liz Sheeley

Associate Professor Ayse Coskun

Associate Professor Ayse Coskun (ECE) was selected as one of 87 innovative early-career engineers to participate in the National Academy of Engineering’s (NAE) Frontiers of Engineering (FOE) symposium on September 25-27 in North Charleston, South Carolina. Chosen from a highly competitive pool of applicants who are performing exceptional engineering research and technical work in a variety of disciplines, the attendees were nominated by fellow engineers or organizations.

“Participating in FOE will help me expand my vision on important open research and engineering problems; I am especially looking forward to the talks on blockchain technology and self-driving vehicles,” says Coskun. “Attending such a symposium that has the right size for effective networking and a mix of people with diverse expertise from academia, industry, and government will open up new opportunities, ignite new synergies, and help develop new, big ideas.”

Coskun will bring her expertise in designing intelligent computing systems that are capable of improving their efficiency and performance dynamically. Her research stretches into fields including energy-efficient computing, design automation of computing systems and novel computer architectures with emerging technologies.

All of the attendees are researchers who have previously been awarded early-career grants from various institutions and organizations. Coskun received the prestigious National Science Foundation (NSF) Faculty Early Career Development Program (CAREER) Award in 2012. The College of Engineering has had 11 previous attendees of various NAE Symposia, all of whom received the CAREER Award before being nominated to attend their respective conferences: Professors Thomas Bifano (ME, MSE, BME), Christopher Chen (BME, MSE), Ioannis Paschalidis (ECE, BME, SE), Joyce Wong (BME, MSE), Muhammed Zaman (BME, MSE) and Xin Zhang (ME, ECE, BME, MSE), Associate Professors Douglas Densmore (ECE, BME), Ahmad ‘Mo’ Khalil (BME), Catherine Klapperich (BME, MSE), Xue Han (BME), and Assistant Professor Lei Tian (ECE).

This year’s FOE program will be hosted by Boeing and will center around cutting-edge developments in four areas: Advanced Manufacturing in the Age of Digital Transformation; Engineering the Genome; Self-Driving Cars: Technology and Ethics; and Blockchain Technology.

At the symposium, Coskun will join early-career engineers who are advancing their own technical areas in a variety of engineering disciplines. In workshops, discussions and networking events, participants will exchange ideas, network and hopefully develop future collaborations.

“I am particularly enthusiastic about identifying new interdisciplinary engineering problems through this event and the possibility of starting new projects afterwards,” she says.