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National Academy of Engineering Selects Battelle's Chad Bouton to Attend Exclusive Symposium of World's Leading Engineers


Posted on Jun 2, 2011

COLUMBUS, OH., 2 June, 2011—Already a member of an exclusive Battelle club—Inventor of the Year—Chad Bouton is about to join a group that’s even more elite.

Bouton is one of only 100 engineers worldwide who was selected by the National Academy of Engineering (NAE) to attend the prestigious Frontiers in Engineering Symposium in Mountain View at Google’s headquarters.

Bouton is Research Leader in the Center for Advanced Engineering and Statistics for Battelle’s Health and Life Sciences Global Business.

A staff member for nearly 15 years, Bouton has been the primary innovator, inventor and principal investigator for dozens of medical device projects. His work has enabled paraplegics to control wheelchairs with their thoughts and provided surgeons with tools to enable minimally invasive surgical procedures.

He has expertise in control systems, automated and robotics systems, sensor development and signal processing of electrophysiological parameters, including neurological types. He also has extensive experience in electrical and electromechanical device design methodologies and techniques and holds 17 patents with six others pending. He has been the recipient of two R&D 100 Awards, was named 2010 Battelle Inventor of the Year and has published more than nine works in scholarly journals.

The 2011 U.S. Frontiers of Engineering Symposium will be held Sept. 19-21 at Google’s headquarters in Mountain View, California. One hundred outstanding engineers younger than 45 will meet for an intensive two-and-a-half day symposium to discuss cutting-edge developments in four areas: Additive Manufacturing, Engineering Sustainable Buildings, Semantic Processing, and Neuroprosthetics. The goal of the Frontiers of Engineering program is to bring together engineers from all engineering disciplines and from industry, universities, and federal labs to facilitate cross-disciplinary exchange and promote the transfer of new techniques and approaches in order to sustain and build U.S. innovative capacity.

About Battelle

As the world’s largest independent research and development organization, Battelle provides innovative solutions to the world’s most pressing needs through its four global businesses:  Laboratory Management; National Security; Health and Life Sciences; and Energy, Environment and Material Sciences. It advances scientific discovery and application by conducting $6.2 billion in global R&D annually through contract research, laboratory management and technology commercialization. 

Headquartered in Columbus, Ohio, Battelle oversees 22,000 employees in more than 130 locations worldwide, including eight national laboratories for which Battelle has a significant management role on behalf of the U.S. Department of Energy, the U.S. Department of Homeland Security, and the United Kingdom.

Battelle also is one of the nation’s leading charitable trusts focusing on societal and economic impact and actively supporting and promoting science, technology, engineering and mathematics (STEM) education.

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