Stephen J. Uftring to participate in U.S. Frontiers of Engineering Symposium

Photo of Stephen J. UftringDr. Stephen J. Uftring, Assistant Leader of the Missile Defense Elements Group at Lincoln Laboratory, was selected to take part in the National Academy of Engineering's (NAE's) 2008 U.S. Frontiers of Engineering Symposium, which brings together engineers who are performing exceptional research and technical work.

At Lincoln Laboratory, Dr. Uftring's research has focused on the design of discrimination algorithms and decision architectures for ballistic missile defense (BMD) applications, system studies for BMD, multisensor fusion, and BMD modeling and simulation. Before joining the Laboratory, Dr. Uftring was a post-doctoral research fellow, research associate, and an assistant professor (research) in the University of Chicago's Department of Radiology. There he specialized in magnetic resonance imaging, using the technique to study human brain function. He holds a BS in engineering physics, an MS in physics, and a PhD in solid-state physics from Lehigh University.

At this year's symposium, being hosted from 18 to 20 September by Sandia National Laboratories at the University of New Mexico, Dr. Uftring will interact with the 81 other young (ages 30 to 45) engineers from industry, academia, and government who were chosen from among more than 230 candidates nominated by fellow engineers or organizations.

According to Charles M. Vest, president of the NAE, "The U.S. Frontiers of Engineering program brings some of the country’s rising-star engineers, from a diverse range of disciplines, together for an exchange of ideas that will surely help contribute to keeping us at the forefront of technological advancement and may even spark a breakthrough that changes the way we live."

Technologies under discussion will include emerging nanoelectric devices, cognitive engineering, drug delivery systems, and countermeasures to the proliferation of weapons of mass destruction. Alton D. Romig Jr., Sandia's senior vice president and deputy director for integrated technologies and systems, is a featured speaker at the symposium. Other speakers represent major universities, government centers, and industry. This is the fourteenth annual symposium directed by the NAE, an independent nonprofit institute providing advice to the government and the public.

Posted August 2008


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