Ewoldt selected to participate in NAE symposium


Assistant Professor Randy Ewoldt was one of just 82 of the nation’s brightest young engineers selected to participate in the National Academy of Engineering’s (NAE) 23rd annual U.S. Frontiers of Engineering symposium in September. He is one of three engineers invited from the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign. 
Engineers ages 30 to 45 who are performing exceptional engineering research and technical work in a variety of disciplines will come together for the 2.5 day event. Participants – from industry, academia, and government – were nominated by fellow engineers or organizations.
The 2017 symposium will cover cutting-edge developments in four areas: Mega-Tall Buildings and Other Future Places of Work, Unraveling the Complexity of the Brain, Energy Strategies to Power Our Future, and Machines That Teach Themselves.
Sponsors include The Grainger Foundation, Microsoft Research, Defense Advanced Research Projects Agency, National Science Foundation, and Cummins.
The mission of the NAE is to advance the well-being of the nation by promoting a vibrant engineering profession and by marshalling the expertise and insights of eminent engineers to provide independent advice to the federal government on matters involving engineering and technology. The NAE is part of the National Academies of Sciences, Engineering, and Medicine, an independent, nonprofit organization chartered by Congress to provide objective analysis and advice to the nation on matters of science, technology, and health.
Ewoldt’s research group studies rheology, non-Newtonian fluid mechanics, mathematical modeling, and design involving soft materials. Their work is often interdisciplinary and involves both experiment and theory.  He joined the department in August 2011.