Faculty member to participate in National Academy of Engineering symposium

July 18, 2022

By Sarah Small

UNIVERSITY PARK, Pa. — Hee Jeung Oh, assistant professor of chemical engineering at Penn State, is one of 84 early-career engineers selected to take part in the National Academy of Engineering (NAE)’s Grainger Foundation Frontiers of Engineering 2022 U.S.-based symposium. The symposium, hosted by Amazon, will take place Sept. 21-23 in Seattle.

Engineers from industry, academia and government were nominated by fellow engineers or organizations and selected to participate based on their “exceptional research and technical work in a variety of disciplines,” according to the NAE press release.  Oh’s research interests include designing new polymer membranes for energy-efficient separations and biomedical devices to overcome challenges in the water-energy nexus and in health. Specifically, she studies the relationship between polymer chemistry, processing, structure and transport properties for separation science. According to Oh, these studies are critical for designing membranes for liquid, gas and vapor separations; energy storage; selective removal of unwanted molecules from various chemical streams; biomedical devices; controlled drug-delivery; and barrier materials for food and packaging.

Oh, who is also affiliated with the Department of Materials Science and Engineering in the College of Earth and Mineral Science, the advanced manufacturing and design program in the College of Engineering and the Institutes of Energy and the Environment, all at Penn State, was nominated by John C. Mauro, professor and associate head of graduate education in the Department of Materials Science and Engineering at Penn State.

The four themes of the symposium are microbes: the good, the bad and the ugly; conversational artificial intelligence; technology and racial justice and equity; and hydrogen: a new “universal” energy carrier for the carbon-free future.

“The ability to envision what is not yet possible, to create solutions to today’s problems that benefit all of society in the future, and to be open, inclusive, and diverse in our thinking and the abilities of ourselves and others — these are the hallmarks of outstanding engineers,” NAE President John L. Anderson said in the NAE press release. “The Grainger Foundation Frontiers of Engineering symposium helps foster this collaborative spirit in young U.S.-based engineers by bringing a diverse group together from different technical areas and work sectors to spark innovation, broaden their perspectives on new approaches to engineering problems, and develop long-term relationships that are critical in advancing our nation’s future.”


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