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Vanderbilt professor selected to participate in NAE’s Frontiers of Engineering Education symposium


A Vanderbilt University engineering professor has been selected to take part in the National Academy of Engineering’s Frontiers of Engineering Education symposium Dec. 13-16 in Irvine, Calif.

Florence Sanchez, associate professor of civil and environmental engineering, is one of 100 engineering researchers and educators who were chosen from a highly competitive pool of applicants nominated by fellow engineers or deans.

U.S. Frontiers of Engineering is an annual three-day meeting that brings together the nation’s outstanding young engineers (ages 30-45) from industry, academia, and government to discuss pioneering technical and leading-edge research in various engineering fields and industry sectors. Participation is by invitation following a competitive nomination and selection process.

The program provides an opportunity for top-notch engineers, early in their careers, to learn about cutting-edge developments in fields other than their own, thereby facilitating collaborative work and the transfer of new approaches and techniques across fields. Through both formal sessions and informal discussions, the meetings have proven an effective mechanism for the establishment of cross-disciplinary and cross-sector contacts among this country’s future engineering leaders.

The National Academy of Engineering is an independent, nonprofit institution that serves as an adviser to government and the public on issues in engineering and technology.  Its members consist of the nation’s premier engineers, who are elected by their peers for their distinguished achievements.  Established in 1964, NAE operates under the congressional charter granted to the National Academy of Sciences in 1863.