Alexander Orlov, PhD, Assistant Professor of Materials Science and Engineering at Stony Brook University, is among 81 of the nation’s brightest young engineers chosen to take part in the National Academy of Engineering’s (NAE) 19th annual U.S. Frontiers of Engineering symposium in September. Orlov’s major research and teaching focus is on the design of novel materials for energy generation, structural applications and environmental protection to reduce our reliance on fossil fuels.
U.S. Frontiers of Engineering is an annual three-day meeting that brings together a group of creative young engineers — ages 30 to 45 — from industry, academia and government to discuss pioneering technical and leading-edge research in various engineering fields and industry sectors. The participants were nominated by fellow engineers or organizations and selected from 310 applicants.
“I consider this an outstanding opportunity to interact with some of the brightest engineers in this country,” said Orlov. “The symposium brings together very interdisciplinary and creative group academics and practitioners to explore new ideas on how to sustain U.S. leadership in science and engineering.”
Orlov serves as a faculty member of the Consortium for Interdisciplinary Environmental Research at Stony Brook and was recently named a Fellow of the Royal Society of Chemistry. He received his BE and MS degrees in engineering from National Technical University Ukraine; an MS in engineering at the University of Michigan; an M. Phil., in chemistry from the University of Cambridge; and a PhD in chemistry from the University of Cambridge. He has published numerous peer-reviewed articles, conducted more than 25 invited lectures and presentations, and made two book contributions.
Earlier this year Orlov was selected to receive the prestigious National Science Foundation Faculty Early Career Development Program award, given to promising young faculty who exemplify the role of teacher-scholar through outstanding research, excellent education and the integration of both education and research.
“It is not surprising that Alexander Orlov’s interdisciplinary and translational research has earned him the prestigious NSF Early Career Development Program award and now an invitation to the competitive NAE 19th annual U.S. Frontiers of Engineering symposium in September,” said Dennis N. Assanis, Provost and Senior Vice President for Academic Affairs at Stony Brook University. “Orlov is an exemplar of the brilliant junior faculty at Stony Brook University, and his work will contribute significantly to increasing environmental awareness and creating solutions to address climate change, an issue that affects all of us. Applications of his research may help to reduce waste and energy consumption in helping to create a sustainable future — a future for our environment and for humanity.”
The U.S. Frontiers of Engineering symposium will be held September 19 to 21 in Wilmington, Delaware, and will cover cutting-edge developments in four areas: Designing and Analyzing Social Networks, Cognitive Manufacturing, Energy: Reducing our Dependence on Fossil Fuels, and Flexible Electronics.
The NAE was founded in 1964. Its mission is to advance the well-being of the nation by promoting a vibrant engineering profession and by marshaling the expertise and insights of eminent engineers to provide independent advice to the federal government on matters involving engineering and technology.