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U.S. Frontiers of Engineering (USFOE) symposia bring together 100 outstanding engineers (ages 30 to 45) to exchange information about leading-edge technologies in a range of engineering fields. The 2007 symposium covered engineering trustworthy computer systems, control of protein conformations, biotechnology for fuels and chemicals, modulating and simulating human behavior, and safe water technologies. Papers in this volume describe leading-edge research on disparate tools in software security, decoding the "mechanome," corn-based materials, modeling human cultural behavior, water treatment by UV irradiation, and many other topics. A speech by dinner speaker Dr. Henrique (Rico) Malvar, managing director of Microsoft Research, is also included. Appendixes provide information about contributors, the symposium program, summaries of break-out sessions, and a list of participants. This is the thirteenth volume in the USFOE series.

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National Academy of Engineering. 2008. Frontiers of Engineering: Reports on Leading-Edge Engineering from the 2007 Symposium. Washington, DC: The National Academies Press.

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208 pages | 6 x 9 | Paperback
ISBN: 978-0-309-11253-6
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Front Matter i-xii
Engineering Trustworthy Computer Systems 1-2
Introduction--Ana I. Antón and John Dunagan 3-4
Privacy in a Networked World--Rebecca N. Wright 5-12
Unifying Disparate Tools in Software Security--Greg Morrisett 13-20
Usable Security: Oxymoron or Challenge?--Diana K. Smetters 21-28
Control of Protein Conformations 29-30
Introduction--Donald J. Leo 31-32
The Evolutionary Design of Proteins--Rama Ranganathan 33-38
Lighting Up the Mechanome--Matthew J. Lang 39-48
Biotechnology for Fuels and Chemicals 49-50
Introduction--Richard T. Elander and Vijay Singh 51-52
Corn-Based Materials--Sanjay V. Malhotra, Vineet Kumar, Anthony East, and Michael Jaffe 53-64
Process Review of Lignocellulose Biochemical Conversion to Fuel Ethanol--Bruce S. Dien 65-74
Sustainable Biorefineries--Carina Maria Alles and Robin Jenkins 75-82
Modeling and Simulating Human Behavior 83-84
Introduction--Christian Lebiere and Robert Wray 85-86
Computational Cognitive Neuroscience and Its Applications--Laurent Itti 87-98
Barriers, Bridges, and Progress in Cognitive Modeling for Military Applications--Kevin A. Gluck 99-104
Modeling of Culturally Affected Human Behavior--Michael van Lent, Mark Core, Steve Solomon, Milton Rosenberg, Ryan McAlinden, and Paul Carpenter 105-112
Safe Water Technologies 113-114
Introduction--Carol R. Rego and Paul K. Westerhoff 115-116
Ultraviolet Irradiation: An Age-Old Emerging Technology for Water Treatment--Karl G. Linden 117-124
Membrane Processes to Address the Global Challenge of Desalination--Amy E. Childress 125-134
Biological Treatments of Drinking Water--Jess C. Brown 135-146
Distribution Systems: The Next Frontier--Vanessa L. Speight 147-154
Appendixes 155-156
Breakout Sessions 157-174
Contributors 175-182
Program 183-186
Participants 187-196

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