They are the best of the best - the next generation of engineers whose, innovation, leadership skills and commitment to excellence are helping to better our world and inspire young people to consider a career in engineering.

Each year, National Engineers Week Foundation, a coalition of engineering societies, major corporations and government agencies, asks its members to nominate colleagues 30 years old and younger for consideration as one of the New Faces of Engineering. The work of the 2011 class reflects many of the most pressing issues that engineers are endeavoring to solve on a global scale, including energy resources, infrastructure renewal, technological advancement and national security.

The American Society of Heating, Refrigerating and Air-Conditioning Engineers (ASHRAE) spearheaded the launch of New Faces of Engineering in 2003 and has submitted nominations every year since the program started.

“In 2003, ASHRAE launched the New Faces of Engineering program to provide stimulation and an incentive for college students to enter the engineering fields,” said ASHRAE President Lynn G. Bellenger, PE, Fellow ASHRAE. “Since that time, the program has highlighted the contributions of hundreds of the country’s newest engineers, showcasing the exciting new talents that epitomize the dynamic innovations and advancements that are engineering. ASHRAE believes New Faces reflects the broad spectrum of engineering today, including women and underrepresented minorities, and lets the next generation of engineers 'see' where their degrees might take them.”

The announcement of this year’s New Faces of Engineering class of 2011 coincides with the launch of Engineers Week, which takes place February 20-26. Later in 2011, National Engineers Week Foundation will announce the launch of a new student initiative, New Faces of Engineering: College Edition.

New Faces of Engineering honorees for 2011 include:

AMY CANFIELD. P.E.
AECOM
Nominated by the American Council of Engineering Companies
Canfield, 27, a transportation engineer, plans and designs highway corridors. Her long term vision directly impacts present and future transportation infrastructure.


LAURA CHRISTIANSON
Iowa State University
Nominated by the American Society of Agricultural and Biological Engineers
Christianson, 28, an agricultural engineer, studies how to mitigate water pollution through natural processes.


JEREMY DAVID LIVERMORE, P.E.
AECOM
Nominated by the American Society of Civil Engineers
Livermore, 30, a structural engineer, designs mid-rise buildings and aids global volunteer groups with disaster assessment.


CHRISTINA BISHOP JACKSON, Ph.D.
Honeywell
Nominated by the American Institute of Chemical Engineers
Dr. Jackson, 27, a chemical engineer, has parlayed her passion for the environment and alternative energy into a focus on nanobatteries and possibly a unique 3D nanobattery.


TRACEY NAWROCKI JUMPER
Cornerstone Group Commissioning, Ltd.
Nominated by the American Society of Heating, Refrigerating and Air-Conditioning Engineers
Nawrocki Jumper, 28, an architectural engineer, helps reduce energy use and costs while increasing patient comfort in healthcare buildings.


PIYUSH SABHARWALL, Ph.D.
Idaho National Laboratory
Nominated by the American Society of Mechanical Engineers
Dr. Sabharwall, 29, a nuclear and mechanical research engineer, develops high temperature nuclear reactor technologies crucial to advances in nuclear energy.


SAMPATHKUMAR VEERARAGHAVAN
Intel
Nominated by IEEE/IEEE-USA
Veeraraghavan, 27, develops technological aids and solutions that address global humanitarian issues for disabled and impoverished women and children.


SARA FALKIEWICZ
ProHealth Care
Nominated by the Institute of Industrial Engineers
Falkiewicz, 27, an industrial engineer, helps reduce ‘door-to-balloon’ time for heart attack patients, increases mammography screening rates and improves same-day access to physicians.


MARCO PIROZZI, P.E.
Port Authority of NY & NJ
Nominated by the National Society of Professional Engineers
Pirozzi, 29, a licensed professional engineer in the Materials Engineering Division, tests the quality of high performance concrete that is being used at the World Trade Center Site.


BRIANNE MAIER
General Mills
Nominated by the Society of Manufacturing Engineers
Maier, 25, an Engineer II, specializes in optimizing packaging and machinery interaction for increased line performance.


BELINDA WU
Woodside Energy, Ltd.
Nominated by the Society of Petroleum Engineers
Wu, 27, a reservoir engineer, improves on technology that enables hydrocarbons to be extracted from below the Earth’s surface to help source much of the world’s energy.


GEORGETTE HLEPAS, Ph.D., P.E.
U.S. Army Corps of Engineers
Nominated by the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers, Dr. Hlepas, 30, is a geotechnical engineer who has supported the Hurricane Katrina recovery efforts and currently is developing a long-term field instrumentation & monitoring reservoir program.


JUAN CARLOS TORRES
U. S. Naval Nuclear Propulsion Program
Nominated by the U. S. Naval Nuclear Propulsion Program
Torres, 28, is a Nuclear Engineer Qualified Submarine Officer onboard USS Maryland. He has contributed to research on critical U.S. Submarine related initiatives such as underwater high frequency sound propagation.


JAMES WYNN III
GE Aviation
Nominated by the National Action Council for Minorities in Engineering Inc. (NACME), representing the National Engineers Week Foundation Diversity Council
Wynn, 28, a design engineer, initiates changes for crucial technical and design support that minimizes manufacturing defects and high production costs for commercial regional jet engines and parts.


Information about all of the New Faces nominees can be found at www.eweek.org.