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Professor Selected to Participate in NAE’s U.S. Frontiers of Engineering Symposium

Nurcin Celik, an associate professor in the Department of Industrial Engineering, will be the first University of Miami College of Engineering invitee to take part in the National Academy of Engineering’s (NAE) 23rd annual U.S. Frontiers of Engineering (USFOE) symposium. Engineers ages 30 to 45 who are performing exceptional engineering research and technical work in a variety of disciplines will come together for the two-and-a-half–day event. The participants – from industry, academia and government – were nominated by fellow engineers or organizations.

The 2017 USFOE symposium will be held September 25-27 in East Hartford, Connecticut, and will cover “mega-tall” buildings and other future places of work, the complexity of the brain, energy strategies to power the future, and machines that teach themselves. The goal of the USFOE program is to bring together engineers from industry, universities and federal labs across all engineering specialties to facilitate cross-disciplinary exchange and promote the transfer of new techniques and approaches across fields in order to sustain and build U.S. innovative capacity.

Celik also recently received the Presidential Early Career Award for Scientists and Engineers (PECASE). This award is the highest honor bestowed by the United States government on science and engineering professionals in the early stages of their independent research careers. She was one of 102 PECASE recipients in 2017. The award recognizes some of the nation’s finest scientists and engineers who show exceptional potential for leadership in advancing scientific knowledge and engineering in the 21st century.

Celik’s research focuses on dynamic data-driven adaptive simulations (DDDAS) for distributed decision-making in emerging applications (e.g., power grids, solid-waste management and health analytics). Celik earned a Bachelor of Science in industrial engineering, with distinction, from Bogazici University, Istanbul, Turkey, in 2006; a Master of Science in systems and industrial engineering from the University of Arizona in 2008; and a PhD in systems and industrial engineering also from the University of Arizona in 2010.

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.

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