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Carnegie Mellon Researcher Tapped To Participate In National Academy of Engineering’s 2006 Symposium


September 18, 2006 - PITTSBURGH—Carnegie Mellon University’s Philip R. LeDuc will join 79 of the nation’s brightest young engineers selected to participate in the National Academy of Engineering’s (NAE) 12th annual Frontiers of Engineering Symposium Sept. 21-23 at the Ford Research Innovation Center in Dearborn, Mich.

“This is a great opportunity for me to interact with professionals from a broad spectrum of fields and to exchange research ideas,” said LeDuc, an assistant professor of mechanical engineering with courtesy appointments in biomedical engineering and biological sciences.

The event will bring together engineers between the ages of 30 and 45 who are performing cutting-edge research and technical work in a variety of disciplines. The participants — from industry, academia and government — were chosen from nearly 200 nominations received from fellow engineers and organizations. The symposium will examine the nanotechnology-biology interface, intelligent software systems and machines, supply chain management, and personal mobility issues.

“Participation in this program recognizes LeDuc’s status and achievement in his academic research, and we are proud of his selection for this symposium,” said Pradeep K. Khosla, dean of Carnegie Mellon’s College of Engineering.

LeDuc is building tools that merge engineering technology with both scientific and commercial applications. He’s developing bionanotechnology to investigate cell biometrics, diagnostic tools to detect cancer and computational methods to understand molecular behavior. These technologies are useful in helping physicians and scientists understand and create more accurate targets for drug development and therapies for medical treatment. LeDuc, who sees the human cell as a bustling metropolis with all the parts necessary for the survival of life in an ever-changing world, is studying the astonishing diversity in the mechanics, structure and functions of the cell.

Other symposium participants will include researchers from Microsoft, Alcoa Inc., IBM, Motorola Inc. and Dow Chemical Co.


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