Som Selected for 2014 U.S. Frontiers of Engineering Symposium


Sibendu Som

Sibendu Som was one of 100 outstanding engineers selected to participate in the 2014 U.S. Frontiers of Engineering (FOE) symposium, sponsored by the National Academy of Engineering (NAE). Each year, NAE invites the nation’s brightest, emerging engineers under 45 years old to attend. Participation in the symposium is based on application and a rigorous selection process by the organizing committee.

The selected engineers come from academia, federal laboratories and private industry. NAE gathers the engineers to facilitate cross-disciplinary exchange and promote the transfer of new techniques and approaches across fields in order to sustain and build U.S. innovative capacity. During this year’s two-and-half-day symposium, the engineers discussed four topics: Co-Robotics, Battery Anxiety, Technologies for the Heart, and Impacts of Shale Gas and Oil.

“The symposium provided me an opportunity to network with engineers who are exploring the frontiers of engineering and science,” said Som. “The exchange of ideas with researchers in diverse engineering fields will help us expand the horizons in our respective fields,” said Som.

Sibendu Som received his Ph.D. in the field of Mechanical Engineering from University of Illinois at Chicago in 2009. He was a postdoctoral appointee at Argonne for one-and-a-half years. Currently, he is a Principal Research Engineer and Principal Investigator at the Center of Transportation Research.

Som co-leads VERIFI, the Virtual Engine Research Institute and Fuels Initiative at Argonne National Laboratory. VERIFI develops predictive simulation capabilities that enable U.S.-based OEMs to develop advanced high-efficiency low-emission engines. Several of the sub-models developed by Som’s group are part of commercial CFD engine modeling software. Som has authored more than 30 journal and 45 peer-reviewed conference papers, and two book chapters.

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