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Ramirez named to DiscoverE’s 2017 New Faces of Engineering

Washington DC, April 5, 2017 – DiscoverE announced the 2017 class of New Faces of Engineering honorees. The announcement coincides with today’s second annual Global Day of the Engineer, a worldwide day of celebration and volunteerism that shines a spotlight on the work done by engineers and inspires the next generation of engineering and technology professionals.

New Faces of Engineering recognizes the work of up-and-coming engineering professionals, age 30 or younger, who are making their mark on their industry. These talented individuals are honored for having dedicated themselves to using their skills and education to help engender a better world.  These young engineers serve as inspirations both for their colleagues and for the next generations coming up behind them.

The highly-coveted award, started in 2003, is recognized nationally by their peers as a top honor for young engineers and continues to grow in prestige. In addition to recognizing young engineering professionals, DiscoverE also honors engineering students through its New Faces of Engineering College program.

This year’s class includes young professionals innovating solutions throughout a cross-section of industries, including energy, food security, infrastructure, medicine, aerospace and the environment. Previous honorees have gone on to launch global businesses and NGOs.

Brett Ramirez

Award Year: 2017

Employer: Iowa State University

Nominated by: American Society of Agricultural and Biological Engineers (ASABE)

Type: Graduate Research Assistant

Education: University of Illinois, Urbana Champaign/BS, Agricultural Engineering

University of Illinois, Urbana Champaign/MS, Agricultural Engineering

Iowa State University/PhD (expected 2017) Agricultural Engineering

Brett, 27, is constantly motivated by the challenge of feeding the world’s ever-growing population. His work in academia combines his passion for research, design, and teaching. His research focuses on developing sustainable livestock systems that are resource efficient and promote performance, well-being, and health. His design work has resulted in innovative technology and control algorithms needed for reducing costs to help livestock producers maintain profitability while keeping the animals comfortable. With his teaching, he is able to bring his research directly to his students and give them hands-on experiences with real-world applications. 

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