Amazon hosts 2022 US Frontiers of Engineering Symposium
More than 100 early career engineers heard from expert speakers in academia and industry across a wide range of topics.
Amazon recently hosted the National Academy of Engineering’s Frontiers of Engineering (FOE) 2022 Symposium in Seattle.
From Sept. 21 to 23, more than 100 outstanding early career engineers met for an intensive symposium to discuss cutting-edge developments in four categories: Microbes — the Good, the Bad, and the Ugly; Technology and Racial Justice and Equity; Hydrogen: a New 'Universal' Energy Carrier for the Carbon-free Future; and Conversational AI.
Speakers included John L. Anderson, president of the National Academy of Engineering; James Hamilton, Amazon senior vice president and distinguished engineer at Amazon; Prem Natarajan, Alexa AI vice president of natural understanding; and Rohit Prasad, Alexa senior vice president and head scientist.
An Amazon panel featured Ramya Reguramalingam, general manager, Alexa Shopping List; Salal Humair, vice president and distinguished scientist, SCOT; Vanessa Murdock, senior applied science manager, Alexa Shopping Technology; Siddhartha Srinivasa, director, Robotics AI; and Anna Rumshisky, a Visiting Academic with Alexa AI-Natural Understanding.
The goal of the FOE program is to bring together engineers from all engineering disciplines and from industry, universities, and federal labs to facilitate collaboration and to “promote the transfer of new techniques and approaches across fields in order to sustain and build US innovative capacity.”
The program also seeks to help these early career engineers network with each other in order to help them establish contacts among their peers. Those who attended heard a series of talks in the four topic areas along with attending breakout sessions, poster sessions, and other events that encouraged informal exchange among the participants.