A select group of 100 young engineers met in Hartford, Connecticut from September 25 to 27 for the 2017 U.S. Frontiers of Engineering, hosted by the National Academy of Engineering.
The gathering brought together young engineers between the ages of 35 and 45 whose expertise spans a range of engineering-related technical areas, perspectives and experiences in industry, academia and government.
The participants were nominated by fellow engineers to attend the conference. Among them was Mariana Bertoni, an assistant professor of electrical engineering in the Ira A. Fulton Schools of Engineering at Arizona State University.
Bertoni was one of four early-career research leaders to give a presentation as part the event’s session entitled “Energy Strategies to Power Our Future.” Each presented an overview and a roadmap of different aspects of the energy sphere — the future of the power grid, wind and solar energy, and wireless charging of electric devices.
“My talk in particular covered the progress of solar energy in the last decade, and where photovoltaics is going in terms of widespread implementation and integration,” Bertoni says.