The Frontiers of Engineering program brings together through 2-1/2 day meetings a select group of emerging engineering leaders from industry, academe, and government labs to discuss pioneering technical work and leading edge research in various engineering fields and industry sectors. The goal of the meetings is to introduce these outstanding engineers (ages 30-45) to each other, and through this interaction facilitate collaboration in engineering, the transfer of new techniques and approaches across fields, and establishment of contacts among the next generation of engineering leaders.


  • Jeremy Banik
    Senior Research Engineer
    Air Force Research Laboratory

    research next-generation deployable spacecraft systems, including radio frequency reflectors, planar antennas, solar sails, instrument booms, and solar arrays.

    What I most appreciate about the FOE are the rich personal and intellectual interactions that occurred among very talented engineers from all fields—some of which have continued beyond the meeting. 

  • Samantha Daly
    Associate Professor of Mechanical Engineering
    University of Michigan

    My research interests lie in the application of experimental mechanics to materials science in an effort to characterize, design, and develop new materials.  

    FOE provides a critically important venue to have significant interactions with engineers exploring topics that are not directly related to one’s own research but in many cases share interconnected approaches and ideas. The discussions I had sparked new research directions that would not have happened otherwise, which has broadened and deepened the course of my research.


  • Roozbeh Ghaffari
    Co-Founder, Vice President of Technology

    I focus on R&D of “tattoo-like” wearable electronics and biosensors for monitoring cardiac disease, neurodegenerative disorders, and movement deficits. 

    FOE provided a unique forum for engineers from the US and China to share ideas and tackle big challenges facing the world today.


  • Krystel Castillo
    Assistant Professor of Mechanical Engineering
    University of Texas at San Antonio

    My focus is on the creation of innovative mathematical models and optimization algorithms to analyze large-scale, complex systems with applications in renewable energy, advanced manufacturing, and healthcare. 

    FOE provided me with the opportunity to expand my collaborative network by interacting with engineering leaders from industry, academia, and government labs to identify interdisciplinary synergistic areas of research.


  • Varun Raghunathan
    Research Engineer
    Agilent Research Laboratories

    I work in the area of pathology instrumentation, where I conceive and build new hardware to improve pathology workflow in clinical and research settings.  

    In FOE, I had valuable opportunities to learn about cutting-edge technology in different areas of engineering, interact with peer engineers who are at a similar stage in their careers, and network with people with like-minded interests in biomedicine/engineering.


  • Daniela Oliveira
    Associate Professor of Electrical and Computer Engineering
    University of Florida

    My current research employs biological, psychological, and warfare strategies to protect operating systems by understanding software vulnerabilities and social engineering attacks.  

    The greatest value of FOE for my career was to force me in the most gentle way to think outside the box. It is so easy to get immersed in our own sub-field that we forget there is a world of other exciting engineering fields and cutting-edge research. It made me look for connections and relationships across fields. Today I have strong collaborations with a colleague in pattern recognition and with a psychologist!