ECE Associate Professor Alejandro Domínguez-García was selected by the National Academy of Engineering (NAE) to attend the United States Frontiers of Engineering Symposium, along with 82 other engineers who were all determined by the academy to be future leaders of the engineering field. The event took place Sept. 11–13 in Irvine, California.

The symposium is a network for talented early-career engineers to develop professional and personal relationships. Attendees between the ages of 30 and 45 are first nominated by members of the National Academy of Engineering, professors, accomplished industry engineers, past symposium attendees, and other nominators. Then they complete an application and are judged on their research, interest in other engineering fields, and their ability to integrate advancements in these fields into their own work.

Domínguez-García was nominated by NAE members Pete Sauer and Tom Overbye who described him as being “innovative.” His research focus is the integration of renewable energy sources into the grid and the impact of this integration, how renewable energy sources can be used more efficiently, and the interactions and dependencies among the various energy sources, including shale gas and oil, and different layers of energy infrastructure. He is interested in batteries used in power systems because they are important to handle the variability and volatility that come from renewable resources.