Tompkins Selected for U.S. Frontiers Symposium

Mark Tompkins, senior ecosystem planning and restoration technologist at CH2M Hill, has been selected by the National Academy of Engineering (NAE) to be a part of the 2009 U.S. Frontiers of Engineering Symposium.

Every year 100 of the nation's outstanding young engineers (ages 30-45) from industry, academia, and government come together at the symposium for three days to discuss pioneering technical and leading-edge research in various engineering fields and industry sectors. Participation in the symposium is by invitation only following a competitive nomination and selection process.

The meetings were designed by the NAE to introduce top engineers from various fields to each other in order to facilitate collaboration in engineering, transfer new techniques and approaches across fields, and help establish contacts amongst the next generation of engineering leaders.

The 2009 U.S. Frontiers of Engineering Symposium will take place in Irvine, Calif., in September and will cover the following four topics: Engineering Tools for Scientific Discovery, Engineering the Health Care Delivery System, Nano/Micro Photonics and New Applications, and Resilient and Sustainable Infrastructures.

"This is a great honor, and I am extremely excited about the opportunity to connect with a wide variety of emerging leaders in the engineering world," said Tompkins. "I plan to focus on the Resilient and Sustainable Infrastructures sessions, where I hope to augment my expertise in water resources, flood management, and river restoration with a better understanding of how to develop sustainable solutions to the challenges we face in these vital areas of our infrastructure."

Headquartered near Denver, Colo., employee-owned CH2M Hill is an engineering, procurement, construction, management and operations firm. With $6.4 billion in revenue and more than 25,000 employees, the firm's work is concentrated in the areas of energy, water, transportation, environmental, nuclear and industrial facilities.

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