French & American Young Engineering Scientists Symposium 2009

by Joseph M. Cychosz, Muhammad A. Alam, dawn bonnell

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= Introduction =
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Scientists and engineers from the US and France have been building collaborative linkages between young scientists over the last two years through a series of workshops and symposia sponsored by the U.S. National Science Foundation, and the Office for Science and Technology of the Embassy of France, the CNRS and the CEA in France. In 2007 a French-American Symposium following the model of the well known Frontiers of Science or Frontiers of Engineering meetings was held at the French Embassy on October 22-24, 2007, and hosted more than 60 scientists and engineers from the US and France, sharing three different sessions on "Brain and Information and Communication Technologies", Environment and Sensor Networks" and "Modeling and High Performance Computing".
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This event was followed in July 2008 with second symposium, the Young Engineering Scientists Symposium (YESS 2008) which tool place in At the French Consulate in Washington D.C. with travel support from the NSF. The current proposal requests support for a follow-up meeting, YESS 2009, to take place in Paris November 16,17, 18, 2009 in Paris.
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= Objectives =
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Similar to [http://france-science.org/yess2008/ YESS 2008], the aim of this symposium is to bring together through a three-day meeting, a select group of early-career engineers and scientists from industry, academe, and government labs to discuss leading edge research and pioneering technical work in several fields related to nanotechnology.
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The goal of the meetings is to introduce outstanding young scientists to each other and further solidify early stage collaborations between French and American researchers in nanoscience and engineering. Through these interactions, we hope to establish contacts between the next generation of engineering leaders while facilitating collaboration in science and engineering, transferring new techniques and approaches across fields, and broadening the international community of young scientists and engineers.
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The 2009 symposium will be devoted to three topics within the area of Nanotechnology:
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* Simulation and networking of phenomena at the nanoscale
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* Instrumentation, detection and applications at the nano-bio interface
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* Environmental, health, and safety issues surrounding nanotechnology applications
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= Organization =
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Lead Organizer:
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* Mark R. Wiesner, Department of Civil and Environmental Engineering, Duke University, Durham, NC
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Planning Committee:
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* Dawn Bonnell, Materials Science and Engineering, University of Pennsylvania, Philadelphia, PA 19104
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* Ashraf Alam, School of Electrical and Computer Engineering, Purdue University, West Lafayette, Indiana
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* Patrick Bernier, CNRS, Institute de Chimie, Paris, France
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* Jean-Philippe Bourgoin, Nanoscience program, Commissariat Energie Atomique CEA, Saclay, Gif/Yvette, France