Argonne's Madduri invited to 2010 U.S. Frontiers of Engineering Symposium

By Eleanor TaylorJune 25, 2010

ARGONNE, Ill. — Ravi Madduri from the U.S. Department of Energy’s (DOE) Argonne National Laboratory has been invited to participate in the National Academy of Engineering’s 2010 U.S. Frontiers of Engineering Symposium, to be held September 22-25.

"As we face the challenges the next century brings, we will rely more than ever on innovative engineers," said NAE President Charles M. Vest. "The U.S. Frontiers of Engineering program is an opportunity for a diverse group of this country's most promising young engineers to gather together and discuss multidisciplinary ways of leading us into the economy of tomorrow."

U.S. Frontiers of Engineering is an annual meeting that brings together 100 of the nation’s outstanding young engineers (ages 30–45) from industry, academia, and government to discuss pioneering technical and leading-edge research in various engineering fields and industry sectors. Participation is by invitation, following a competitive nomination and selection process.

The four topics of this year’s symposium are cloud computing; autonomous aerospace systems; engineering and music; and engineering inspired by biology. The objective is to provide an opportunity for top engineers, early in their careers, to learn about cutting-edge developments in fields other than their own, thereby facilitating collaborative work and the transfer of new approaches and techniques across fields.

Ravi is also working with the National Health Information Network Direct project, sponsored by the Office of the National Coordinator for Health Information Technology, which is developing mechanisms to help small hospitals share healthcare information securely over the Internet.  

A principal software development specialist in Argonne’s Mathematics and Computer Science division, Ravi has made major contributions in distributed (“Grid”) computing. In addition, he has developed tools for user authentication and authorization which have been integrated into the caBIG services used by major cancer research centers nationwide. The tools have also been incorporated into the Grid Service Authoring Tool under the DOE SciDAC Center for Enabling Distributed Petascale Science.