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Sinan Keten to Participate in Frontiers of Engineering Symposium

Keten is among 82 young engineers selected by the NAE

Northwestern Engineering’s Sinan Keten is among 82 of the nation’s brightest young engineers selected to take part in the National Academy of Engineering’s (NAE) 23rd annual US Frontiers of Engineering symposium.

Sinan KetenThe event will take place September 25-27 at the United Technologies Research Center in East Hartford, Connecticut.

This year’s symposium will cover cutting-edge developments in four areas: mega-tall buildings and other future places of work, unraveling the complexity of the brain, energy strategies to power our future, and machines that teach themselves.

“The Frontiers of Engineering program brings together a particularly talented group of young engineers whose early-careers span different technical areas, perspectives, and experiences,” said NAE President C. D. Mote, Jr. “But when they come together in this program, their mutual excitement is palpable, and a process of creating long-term benefits to society is often initiated.”

Keten, associate professor of mechanical engineering and civil and environmental engineering, focuses on computational materials science and mechanics with an emphasis on polymer nanocomposites and biomolecular materials. He has established theoretical models and multiscale simulation techniques to study the physics of soft materials more efficiently and accurately. His research group has made key discoveries on the mechanical behavior of biological materials and fundamental contributions to establishing materials-by-design approaches to bioinspired systems. 

Earlier this year, Keten received the Presidential Early Career Award for Scientists and Engineers and previously received a 2015 Young Investigator Award from the Office of Naval Research.