Montana State University

Shaw selected as one of nation's top young engineers

September 3, 2003 -- Carol Schmidt


Steve Shaw was named one of the top young engineers in the country by the National Academy of Engineering.   High-Res Available

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Bozeman -- The National Academy of Engineering (NAE) has selected Steven Shaw, professor of electrical engineering at Montana State University, as one of the top young engineers in the country, qualifying him to participate in the NAE's Frontiers of Engineering symposium later this month.

Shaw, 30, was one of 83 scientists chosen from industry, academia and government to participate in the three-day symposium. All engineers chosen are between the ages of 30 and 45 and are performing "leading edge engineering research and technical work," according to an NAE spokesman.

"I'm very pleased to have a chance to participate in the symposium," Shaw said. "It's an impressive award and I am amazed that I received it."

This is the second large award in as many years for Shaw, whose research involves electrical systems as well as monitoring and diagnostics of fuel cells. Last spring Shaw was selected as one of the world's top 100 young innovators in a list compiled by Technology Review, a magazine from the Massachusetts Institute of Technology. The magazine said the winners are innovators who "will have a deep impact on how we live, work and think in the century to come." Together, the awards predict that Shaw will have a role in developing energy systems of the future.

"This century's great achievements will involve the marriage of seemingly unrelated disciplines, like bioengineering and computer science" said William A. Wulf, president of the National Academy of Engineering. "It is gatherings like Frontiers of Engineering, which forge relationships among the brightest young engineers in a diverse range of fields, where future innovations will be initiated."

The Frontiers of Engineering symposium will be held Sept. 18-20 at the National Academies' Arnold and Mabel Beckman Center in Irvine, Calif., and will explore topics in environmental engineering, nanotechnology, counterterrorism technologies and infrastructure protection, and biomolecular computing. William F. Balhaus Jr., president and CEO of the Aerospace Corp., will be a featured speaker.

Shaw has received more than $1 million in grants for his work, including projects with the Department of Energy, Pacific Northwest National Laboratories, the Department of the Interior, two projects with the National Science Foundation, MIT, and the California Energy Commission. MSU departments collaborating with Shaw include electrical, mechanical and chemical engineering, chemistry, and the physics department. Shaw is also working with Zoot Enterprises to help commission their fuel cell system.

Contact: Steve Shaw (406) 994-5982, Linda Wyckoff 994-2223