Garrow, Kurtis Join Other Up-and-Comers at Frontiers of Engineering Symposium


When some of the United States’ rising stars in engineering gather in Irvine, California, later this week, CEE’s Laurie Garrow and Kimberly Kurtis will be among them.

They have been invited to this year’s Frontiers of Engineering Symposium, hosted by the National Academy of Engineering.

“I’m honored to have been selected for this event and am looking forward to learning about recent technological advances, particularly Google’s progress in designing self-driving vehicles,” said Garrow, an associate professor in the School of Civil and Environmental Engineering (CEE). “

 “It’s an incredible honor to even be nominated to attend this and even a greater honor to be selected,” said Kurtis, a CEE professor and College of Engineering associate dean for faculty development and scholarship. “I’m really thrilled for the opportunity to participate.”

Karen and John Huff School Chair Reginald DesRoches said it’s a bit unusual for two people from one school to be invited to the prestigious program.

“Drs. Garrow and Kurtis are internationally recognized leaders in their fields who continue to have a significant impact through their research, teaching and service,” DesRoches said.  “I cannot think of more deserving faculty members for this honor.”

The symposium gathers about 100 engineers under the age of 45 for 2 ½ days of intense discussion about cutting-edge developments in several fields of research. Organizers say the idea is to gather engineers from all disciplines and a variety of backgrounds to promote the exchange of new ideas and approaches and foster innovation.

This year’s conversations will focus on next-generation robotics, new materials for batteries, impacts from shale gas and oil, and technology for the heart.

Participants must be nominated to attend and then an organizing committee chooses whom to invite.