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June 7, 2004

UI Engineer Selected For Japan-America Symposium

Andrew Williams, assistant professor of electrical and computer engineering in the University of Iowa College of Engineering, is one of 60 top U.S. and Japanese young engineers selected to participate in the 2004 Japan-America Frontiers of Engineering Symposium (JAFOE) Nov. 4-6 in Keihanna, Japan.

JAFOE is sponsored by the National Academy of Engineering (NAE), in partnership with the Engineering Academy of Japan (EAJ) and the Japan Science and Technology Agency (JST).

The annual event brings together outstanding engineers -- age 30 to 45 from industry, academia, and government -— who are performing leading-edge engineering research and technical work across a range of engineering fields. One goal is to promote collaborative work among the next generation of engineering leaders.

In 2003, Williams was 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.

Also in 2003, 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.

STORY SOURCE: University of Iowa News Services, 300 Plaza Centre One, Suite 301, Iowa City, Iowa 52242-2500.

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