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In 1995, the National Academy of Engineering initiated the Frontiers of Engineering Program, which brings together about 100 young engineering leaders at annual symposia to learn about cutting-edge research and technical work in a variety of engineering fields. The 2009 U.S. Frontiers of Engineering Symposium was held at The National Academies' Arnold O. and Mabel Beckman Center on September 10-12. Speakers were asked to prepare extended summaries of their presentations, which are reprinted in this volume. The intent of this book is to convey the excitement of this unique meeting and to highlight cutting-edge developments in engineering research and technical work.

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National Research Council. 2010. Frontiers of Engineering: Reports on Leading-Edge Engineering from the 2009 Symposium. Washington, DC: The National Academies Press.

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176 pages |  6 x 9 | 

  • Paperback:  978-0-309-14818-4
  • Ebook:  978-0-309-15097-2
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Front Matter i-xii
Engineering Tools for Scientific Discovery 1-2
Introduction--Louise Hamlin, J. Christopher Love, and Naren Ramakrishnan 3-4
Digital Holographic Microscopy for3D Imaging of Complex Fluids and Biological Systems--Vinothan N. Manoharan 5-12
Engineering Tools for Studying Marine Mammals--Sean M. Wiggins 13-22
The Kepler Mission: A Search for Terrestrial Planets--Riley Duren 23-26
Computational Sustainability: Computational Methods for a Sustainable Environment, Economy, and Society--Carla P. Gomes 27-40
Nano/Micro Photonics and New Applications 41-42
Introduction--Nelson Tansu and Michal Lipson 43-44
Optical Antennas: A New Technology That Can Enhance Light-Matter Interactions--Lukas Novotny 45-56
Nano-Opto-Mechanics: Using Light Forces in Guided-Wave Nanostructures--Matt Eichenfield, Ryan M. Camacho, Jasper Chan, Qiang Lin, Jessie Rosenberg, Amir H. Safavi-Naeini, and Oskar Painter 57-66
Light-Emitting Diode Technology for Solid-State Lighting--Mike Krames 67-76
Engineering the Health Care Delivery System 77-78
Introduction--Stephanie Guerlain and Eva K. Lee 79-80
Why Health Information Technology Doesn't Work--Elmer V. Bernstam and Todd R. Johnson 81-90
Calibration in Computer Models for Medical Diagnosis and Prognostication--Lucila Ohno-Machado, Frederic Resnic, and Michael Matheny 91-98
Medical Informatics for Detecting Adverse Events--Genevieve B. Melton 99-102
Managing and Coordinating Health Care: Creating Collaborative, Proactive Systems--David A. Dorr 103-114
Resilient and Sustainable Infrastructure 115-116
Introduction--Seth Guikema and Patrick O'Mara 117-118
America's Infrastructure Report Card: Causes, Costs, and Solutions--Kristina L. Swallow 119-124
Infrastructure Resilience to Disasters--Stephanie E. Chang 125-134
The Environmental Footprint of Infrastructure--Arpad Horvath 135-142
Appendixes 143-144
Contributors 145-150
Program 151-154
Participants 155-164

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