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Qi Zhu Selected for NAE Symposium

Zhu is among 85 early-career engineers chosen to participate in Frontiers of Engineering

Northwestern Engineering’s Qi Zhu has been selected to take part in the National Academy of Engineering’s (NAE) 26th annual US Frontiers of Engineering (USFOE) symposium.

Zhu, associate professor of electrical and computer engineering and (by courtesy) computer science in the McCormick School of Engineering, is one of 85 early-career engineers chosen for the prestigious event, scheduled for February 25-27, 2021, at the Beckman Center in Irvine, California.

Qi Zhu

The two-and-a-half day symposium will gather some of the nation’s brightest young engineers who are performing exceptional research and technical work in industry, academia, and government.  Discussions will focus on four areas: Food for Thought: The AgRevolution Shaping What We (Will) Eat; Next-generation Energy Systems Integration; Engineering Innovation in Women’s Health; and Plastics: Pollutions Challenges and Innovations. Participants are nominated by fellow engineers or organizations.

“The Frontiers of Engineering program brings together a talented group of young engineers from different technical areas to spark innovation and facilitate long-term collaborations,” NAE President John L. Anderson said. “These relationships are critical in developing creative engineering solutions to the world’s problems.” 

Zhu’s research interests include design automation for intelligent cyber-physical systems (CPS) and Internet-of-Things (IoT) applications, cyber-physical security, machine learning for CPS/IoT, energy-efficient CPS, and system-on-chip design. Zhu and his research group are interested in addressing timing, heterogeneity, security, adaptability, and energy challenges in CPS design and operation, and work on applications in the domains of connected and autonomous vehicles, robotics, smart buildings and infrastructures, and IoT.