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.


  • Tina Ng
    Senior Research Scientist
    Palo Alto Research Center

    My research interests are in mechanically flexible electronics such as large-area photosensor arrays for X-ray medical imaging and organic sensor systems built by low-cost digital printing.

    The FOE symposium is an incredible opportunity to interact with brilliant engineers across different disciplines. I came away being inspired by the breadth and the depth of the discussions towards solving the grand challenges we face today.

  • Patrick Crowley
    Associate Professor of Computer Science and Engineering
    Washington University

    My current research projects focus on the design and implementation of fast programmable networking systems, future Internet architecture, and network security.

  • Leena Singh
    Principal Member of the Technical Staff
    Charles Stark Draper Laboratory

    My research involves the the design and development of novel dynamics and new guidance and control algorithms to advance the frontiers of space and missile systems. Our work results in systems that take advantage of physical phenomenon rather than fight them, for example, spacecraft formations that rely on drift in orbital mechanics to maintain separation or very small-scale satellites that rely on solar pressure and atmospheric drag to achieve a desired orbit  rather than relying on propellant

    FOE is an outstanding way to create cross-disciplinary collaboration and foster innovation in forward  thinking individuals by introducing them to the motivations, challenges, and triumphs of their various fields

  • Chunhao Lee
    Staff Researcher
    General Motors

    My research is in vehicle propulsion systems architecture  and control, in particular conventional transmission, hybrid, and vehicle electrification to continue to improve vehicle fuel economy and cost effectiveness.

    FOE allowed me to meet top-notch engineers from different part of the country and to appreciate different disciplines and what can be inspiring to my own research. Great experience!

  • Tejal Desai
    Professor of Bioengineering and Therapeutic Sciences
    Univ. of California, San Francisco

    I am interested in the development of micro- and nanoscale technologies for therapeutic delivery and regenerative medicine.

    FOE provide a valuable forum to meet peers across a range of engineering disciplines and exchange innovative ideas.   I have gained new insight not only in my own work but in areas I would never have imagined!  

  • Adam Fontecchio
    Professor of Electrical and Computer Engineering
    Drexel University

    My research area is nanostructured photonic and radio frequency (RF) materials for applications in rapid manufacturing of RF antennas, hyperspectral imaging, metamaterials, and smart fabrics.

    The Frontiers of Engineering meeting provided a unique opportunity to interact with leading researchers, and expanded my professional network.  My current work in developing the Expressive and Creative Interactive Technologies (ExCITe) Center in Philadelphia is a direct result of this networking, as I am partnered with two FOE alumni, Dr. Youngmoo Kim (Drexel) and Dr. Katherine Kuchenbecker (UPenn).