NEW YORK — John Johnson, P.E., a senior associate and civil engineer at STV, is one of 85 of the nation’s brightest young engineers selected to take part in the National Academy of Engineering’s (NAE) 17th Annual U.S. Frontiers of Engineering Symposium. Johnson is a civil engineering group leader for STV’s Transportation and Infrastructure Division. He has been with the firm since 1998 and is based in the firm’s office in Charlotte, N.C.

Johnson currently is managing the team that is designing an innovative turbine interchange as part of the reconstruction of the I-485/I-85 interchange design-build project, which will complete Charlotte’s outer loop. He is also overseeing studies on regional growth, land use, traffic analysis and pedestrian/bicycle improvements, and analyzing alternatives for these issues in Charlotte.

Symposium participants — engineers ages 30 to 45 who are performing exceptional engineering research and technical work in industry, academia and government — were nominated by fellow engineers or organizations and chosen from approximately 315 applicants. They will come together for the three-day event later this summer.

"The young engineering innovators of today are solving the grand challenges that face us in the coming century," said NAE President Charles M. Vest. "We are proud that our Frontiers of Engineering program brings this diverse group of people together and gives them an opportunity to share and showcase their work."

The symposium will be held Sept. 19-21, 2011, at Google headquarters in Mountain View, Calif., and will examine additive manufacturing, engineering sustainable buildings, neuroprosthetics and semantic processing. Alfred Z. Spector, vice president of research and special initiatives at Google, will be a featured speaker.

Sponsors for the 2011 U.S. Frontiers of Engineering are Google, The Grainger Foundation, Air Force Office of Scientific Research, STEM Development Office of the Department of Defense Director of Defense Research & Engineering Research Directorate, National Science Foundation, Microsoft Research, and Cummins Inc.

The National Academy of Engineering is an independent, nonprofit institution that serves as an adviser to the government and the public on issues in engineering and technology. Its members consist of the nation’s premier engineers, who are elected by their peers for their distinguished achievements. Established in 1964, NAE operates under the congressional charter granted to the National Academy of Sciences in 1863.

A meeting program and more information about Frontiers of Engineering is available at www.naefrontiers.org.

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