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ChemE’s Schroeder selected for NAE 2012 Frontiers of Engineering

Charles M. Schroeder, an assistant professor of chemical and biomolecular engineering, has been selected to take part in the National Academy of Engineering’s (NAE) 18th annual U.S. Frontiers of Engineering symposium. Seventy-eight of the nation’s brightest young engineers from industry, academia, and government were chosen to participate in the 2 1/2 day event.

“Our nation’s health, quality of life, and security will depend on the engineering achievements of the 21st century,” said NAE President Charles M. Vest. “The Frontiers of Engineering program gives young engineering pioneers the opportunity to collaborate and share approaches across fields. We believe those interactions will generate new ideas for improving the future.”

Schroeder is also the recipient of the 2012 Arthur B. Metzner Early Career Award from the Society of Rheology. Last fall, he was awarded a 2011 Packard Fellowship to advance his research on developing a new class of fluorescent probes for super-resolution microscopy. Schroeder and his research team hope that their discoveries will allow imaging at molecular scale resolution, approximately 1 to 5 nanometers. In addition, Schroeder will study the process of retroviral budding and interactions between viral machinery and host cellular factors during viral assembly. Retroviral budding and assembly are key steps in the life cycle of human retroviruses.

This year’s Frontiers of Engineering symposium will be held on Sept. 13-15, at the General Motors Technical Center in Warren, Mich., and participants will examine serious games, vehicle electrification, climate engineering, and engineering materials for the biological interface. Alan I. Taub, retired vice president of General Motors global research and development, will be a featured speaker at the symposium.

Sponsors for the 2012 U.S. Frontiers of Engineering are General Motors, the Grainger Foundation, Defense Advanced Research Projects Agency, National Science Foundation, Microsoft Research, and Cummins Inc.