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July 25, 2006

Antón and Grant Selected to Participate in Frontiers of Engineering Symposium

Drs. Anton and Grant

Drs. Antón (l) and Grant
(Photos: Roger Winstead)

Dr. Ana (Annie) I. Antón, associate professor of computer science, and Dr. Christine S. Grant, professor of chemical engineering, are among the 81 young engineers selected to participate in the 12th annual U.S. Frontiers of Engineering Symposium by the National Academy of Engineering (NAE). The three-day event brings together engineers ages 30 to 45 who are performing cutting-edge research and technical work in a variety of disciplines. The participants were nominated by fellow engineers or organizations and chosen from nearly 200 applications.

Antón is known as a leading authority on Internet technology and privacy issues. She is founder and director of, a research group of students and faculty at NC State and Georgia Tech, and co-founder and co-director of the NC State Electronic Commerce Studio. She has received many awards for her work, including a National Science Foundation Career Award, a Women of Influence Award from CSO magazine, a Computing Research Association Digital Government Fellow and DARPA Defense Science Study Group selection. She received her Ph.D. in computer science from Georgia Tech in 1997 and joined the NC State faculty in 1998, becoming the first Latin-American woman faculty member in the College of Engineering.

Grant’s research focuses on surface and interfacial phenomena related to the areas of electronic materials and polymer thin films. She is widely recognized as a leader in mentoring and has received numerous top honors, including an NSF Presidential Award for Excellence in Science, Mathematics and Engineering Mentoring, a National Technical Association Top Women in Science and Engineering Award, and she was among the first to be selected as a Boeing Senior Fellow of the National Academy of Engineering’s Center for the Advancement of Scholarship on Engineering Education (CASEE). She is the founder/director of the Promoting Underrepresented Presence On Science and Engineering Faculties (PURPOSE) Institute, an organization dedicated to increasing the number and success of engineering faculty members from underrepresented groups. She received her Ph.D. in chemical engineering from Georgia Tech and joined the NC State faculty in 1989, becoming the first African-American woman faculty member in the College of Engineering and the Department of Chemical and Biomolecular Engineering.

The symposium will be held Sept. 21-23 at Ford Research and Innovation Center in Dearborn, Mich. The topics covered will be nanotechnology-biology interface, intelligent software systems and machines, supply chain management and personal mobility.

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