Desai to Attend 2011 Frontiers of Engineering Symposium

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Dr. Jaydev Desai, ME Associate Professor

The Department of Mechanical Engineering is pleased to announce that Professor Jaydev Desai has been invited to attend the National Academy of Engineering's (NAE) 2011 U.S. Frontiers of Engineering Symposium (US FOE), to be held September 19-21, 2011, at Google headquarters in Mountain View, California. Desai was nominated to participate in the 2011 US FOE Symposium by former University of Maryland president and Professor of Mechanical Engineering C.D. Mote, due in large part to his leadership of ME’s innovative Robotics, Automation, and Medical Systems (RAMS) Laboratory.

Since 2000, the NAE has brought together the best engineers (ages 30-45) from private industry, research universities, and government laboratories to discuss their state-of-the-art research and innovation at the Frontiers of Engineering symposia. Although the emphasis is on new technology, attendees consistently exchange a great deal of experience in developing and deploying real technology.

This year’s Frontiers of Engineering Symposium will focus on sustaining and enhancing the U.S. innovation system and encouraging government investment in education, research, venture capital, and entrepreneurship. To this end, the symposium invites engineers from across traditional disciplines to bring the latest scientific knowledge and technology to bear on important problems, develop radically new products, and improve processes and services. Speakers and presenters at the three-day event will discuss research advances and pioneering technical work in a wide range of topics affecting the current landscape of engineering and engineering research, including Additive Manufacturing, Neuroprosthetics, Engineering Sustainable Buildings, and Semantic Processing. 

As a participant at 2011 US FOE, Desai will be sharing some of the latest innovations from the RAMS Laboratory as well as insights into his own research in robotics for health applications. A member of the ME faculty since 2006, Desai completed his undergraduate studies from the Indian Institute of Technology, Mumbai, India, in 1993. He subsequently earned his M.A. in Mathematics in 1997 and M.S. and Ph.D. in Mechanical Engineering and Applied Mechanics in 1995 and 1998 respectively, all from the University of Pennsylvania. From 1998 to 1999, he served as a Post-Doctoral Fellow in the Division of Engineering and Applied Sciences at Harvard University. Before joining University of Maryland in 2006, Desai served as the Director of the "Program for Robotics, Intelligent Sensing, and Mechatronics (PRISM) Laboratory" at Drexel University. Desai holds an NSF CAREER Award for research in "Minimally Invasive Surgery Using Haptics and Vision."

For more information on the 2011 Frontiers of Engineering Symposium, please visit the NAE Frontiers of Engineering website.

For more information on Professor Desai and his research, please visit his faculty page

Published July 7, 2011