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Aug. 7, 2003

UI Engineer Selected To Participate In National Symposium

Andrew Williams, assistant professor of electrical and computer engineering in the University of Iowa College of Engineering, is one of 83 top U.S. young engineers selected to participate in the National Academy of Engineering's (NAE) ninth annual Frontiers of Engineering symposium Sept. 18-20 in Irvine, Calif.

The event will bring together engineers age 30 to 45 -- from industry, academia, and government -- who are performing leading-edge engineering research and technical work, as nominated by fellow engineers or organizations and chosen from a field of nearly 170 applicants.

Earlier this year, Williams won a three-year, $771,000 grant from the National Institutes of Health for a research project that uses artificial intelligence to search for inherited causes of blindness. His work is aimed at helping physicians pinpoint inherited sight problems faster and more comprehensively than ever before.

The symposium will explore topics in environmental engineering, nanotechnology, counterterrorism technologies and infrastructure protection, and biomolecular computing. NAE President William A. Wulf said that Frontiers of Engineering will help forge relationships among the brightest young engineers in a diverse range of fields where future innovations will be initiated.

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