The brightest young engineers from the US and Europe are gathering this week in Cambridge for a high profile meeting, which its organisers hope will be a springboard for the next generation of engineering superstars.

The EU-US Frontiers of Engineering Symposium is an intensive themed workshop for 60 of the best engineers under the age of 40 from the US and Europe. It aims to promote research collaboration at the cutting edge of exciting engineering fields, and to create a global network of future stars of engineering.

The event is being organised by the US National Academy of Engineering and The Royal Academy of Engineering on behalf of the umbrella organisation of European engineering Academies, Euro-CASE.

Innovations presented at the conference include a biological concrete that heals cracks itself, new ways to enhance reality using cell phones, and self-assembling nano-medicines.

“We know that younger engineers are doing fantastic work in companies and universities,” says Professor Richard Williams OBE FREng, who is co-chairing the event. “But they don’t have many opportunities to get together outside their individual sectors. An event like this gets the best young engineers talking to each other about cutting edge developments in areas where disciplines intersect. That’s where the real world-changing innovations will emerge.”

The sponsors of the conference include UK high technology success stories, Autonomy and ARM.

“It is vital that early career engineers have the opportunities to learn about developments at the frontiers of different disciplines,” says Autonomy CEO, Professor Mike Lynch FREng. “Autonomy’s world-leading expertise in the search of unstructured information draws upon the latest research across many areas— engineering, mathematics, physics, even neurology. I hope that the connections made at today’s event will inspire these great young engineers to set up their own groundbreaking companies.”

ARM CEO Warren East FREng agrees. “If you look at the development of the first ARM chip in the early 1980s, the key factor wasn’t funding or facilities- it was the collaboration between outstanding individuals. The combination of Steve Furber’s engineering ingenuity and Sophie Wilson’s programming brilliance produced a chip which delivered powerful processing along with low power consumption and low complexity. Today, ARM chips power over 80% of all mobile phones globally. We hope that today’s event will create the conditions to seed similar world-changing innovations.”

The conference will include sessions on bio-inspired engineering, signal processing, augmented reality and materials ecology. More information on the event is available at:  www.naefrontiers.org/Symposia/EU-USFOE.aspx

Notes for editors

  1. The EU-US Frontiers of Engineering symposium (1-3 September) aims to bring together outstanding, early-careerEuropean and American engineers from industry, universities, and other research institutions to introduce their areas of engineering research and technical work, thereby facilitating an interdisciplinary transfer of knowledge and methodology that could eventually lead to collaborative networks of engineers. Approximately 60 people will take part altogether including organizers and speakers, with 30 engineers from the EU and 30 from the US. Participation is by invitation only. For the full programme see  www.naefrontiers.org/Symposia/EU-USFOE.aspx
  2. We are grateful to Autonomy, ARM, Yorkshire Nanofactory, Fundación Pro Rebus Academiae, Real Academia de Ingenieria, OHL, Universidad Carlos III de Madrid, The Grainger Foundation, and the US National Science Foundation for their generous support of the 2010 EU-US Frontiers of Engineering Symposium. We also thank Professor Roberto Cipolla FREng for his kind personal support of the Augmented Reality Session.
  3. Autonomy Autonomy Corporation plc, the global leader in infrastructure software for enterprise, which spearheads the Meaning Based Computing movement. IDC recently recognized Autonomy as having the largest market share and fastest growth in the worldwide search and discovery market. Autonomy's technology allows computers to harness the full richness of human information, forming a conceptual and contextual understanding of any piece of electronic data, including unstructured information, such as text, email, web pages, voice, or video. Autonomy's software powers the full spectrum of mission-critical enterprise applications including pan-enterprise search, customer interaction solutions, information governance, end-to-end eDiscovery, records management, archiving, business process management, web content management, web optimization, rich media management and video and audio analysis  www.autonomy.com
  4. ARM designs the technology that lies at the heart of advanced digital products, from wireless, networking and consumer entertainment solutions to imaging, automotive, security and storage devices. ARM’s comprehensive product offering includes 32-bit RISC microprocessors, graphics processors, video engines, enabling software, cell libraries, embedded memories, high-speed connectivity products, peripherals and development tools. Combined with comprehensive design services, training, support and maintenance, and the company’s broad Partner community, they provide a total system solution that offers a fast, reliable path to market for leading electronics companies  www.arm.com
  5. Founded in 1976, The Royal Academy of Engineering promotes the engineering and technological welfare of the country. Our fellowship – comprising the UK’s most eminent engineers – provides the leadership and expertise for our activities, which focus on the relationships between engineering, technology, and the quality of life. As a national academy, we provide independent and impartial advice to Government; work to secure the next generation of engineers; and provide a voice for Britain’s engineering community.

For more information please contact

Jane Sutton at The Royal Academy of Engineering
Tel. 020 7766 0636; email:  Jane Sutton