About FOE

The Grainger Foundation 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 early career engineers 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.

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  • Keeping Plastics Out of Landfills and the Environment
    Keeping Plastics Out of Landfills and the Environment
    Mon, June 13, 2022
    Alan Jacobsen (USFOE 2011) at Amazon and Gregg Beckham (USFOE 2017) at the National Renewable Energy Laboratory are engineering technologies and materials that will lead to less material in landfills and more back into the circular economy.
  • Decoding a Material’s ‘Memory’
    Decoding a Material’s ‘Memory’
    Mon, June 06, 2022
    Mechanical engineer Celia Reina (EU-US FOE 2017) at the University of Pennsylvania is studying the relationship between particle structure and flow in disordered materials, yielding insights that can be used to understand systems ranging from mudslides to biofilms.
  • Simulated Human Eye Movement
    Simulated Human Eye Movement
    Thu, May 26, 2022
    Duke University's Maria Gorlatova (USFOE 2020) is engineering virtual eyes that simulate how humans look at the world accurately enough for companies to train virtual reality and augmented reality programs and will help protect user data in the rapidly expanding metaverse.
  • Upcycling Human Waste to Fertilize Plants
    Upcycling Human Waste to Fertilize Plants
    Mon, May 23, 2022
    Krista Wigginton (JAFOE 2018) at the University of Michigan is engineering plant fertilizer from urine, a less intensive process that produces the same nitrogen, phosphorus, and potassium nutrients as synthetic fertilizer.
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Upcoming Events
  • Upcoming
    Jul 18 2022 - Jul 20 2022
    The 2022 China-America Frontiers of Engineering symposium will be held July 18-20 as a meeting-within-a-meeting event. Sixty highly accomplished early-career engineers from China and the United States will meet for an intensive 3 day symposium on developments at the cutting edge of ...
    Irvine, California and Chengdu, China
  • Upcoming
    Sep 21 2022 - Sep 23 2022
    The Grainger Foundation Frontiers of Engineering 2022 Symposium will be held September 21-23 at Amazon in Seattle, Washington. About 100 outstanding early career engineers will meet for an intensive 2-1/2 day symposium to discuss cutting-edge developments in four areas: Microbes - the Good, ...
    Seattle, Washington
  • Upcoming
    Oct 20 2022 - Oct 22 2022
    The 2022 EU-US Frontiers of Engineering symposium will be held October 20-22 in Bled, Slovenia. Sixty of the most promising early career engineers from the US and EU will meet for an intensive 2-1/2 day symposium to discuss cutting-edge developments in four topic areas: ...
    Bled, Slovenia
FOE ALUMNI SPOTLIGHT
  • Altec, Inc.
    President

    I design neural interfaces and algorithms that access motor and cognitive information from biological signals; develop tools to track motor performance, monitor neuromuscular pathology, and advance robotic rehabilitation; improve our knowledge of ...

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  • Georgia Institute of Technology
    Associate Professor of Mechanical Engineering

    We combine expertise in mechanical, environmental, and chemical engineering to define thermodynamic limits and materials targets for renewable-driven electrochemical water and agriculture systems using separations, catalysis, energy systems, ...

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  • Sandia National Laboratories
    Manager, Systems Research & Engineering

    My research involves using life-cycle and techno-economic analyses to elucidate the design space for engineering materials, chemicals, and processes to create system-level impacts. My current focus is in biofuels, transportation systems, and the ...

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  • PARC, a Xerox company
    Machine Learning and Data Science

    My research focuses on developing and interpreting novel quantitative models for complex systems and domain-informed artificial intelligent applications in the context of natural and built environment interactions.

    Being a part of FOE, at the ...

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  • University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign
    Professor of Electrical and Computer Engineering

    We develop novel light-based devices and techniques for sensing, metrology, communications, data processing, and nano-manufacturing. Our research focuses on modeling, fabricating, and characterizing individual lasers and photodetectors, ...

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  • North Carolina State University
    Assistant Professor of Industrial and Systems Engineering

    My research is at the intersection of virtual reality and human factors, with integrated applications in health, safety, and well-being. Specific topics include human performance and behavior in virtual reality, which are applied to student ...

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FeaturesMore Features
  • The inaugural US-Africa Frontiers of Science, Engineering, and Medicine will be held on October 12-14, 2022 in Nairobi, Kenya, bringing together early-career scientists, engineers, and medical professionals from the United States and African Union member countries to discuss exciting advances and opportunities in their fields. For more information and to apply to attend, visit the program website.
  • Following a rapid global shift to remote work, work is changing faster than it has in a generation. Microsoft's Jaime Teevan (USFOE 2014) writes about evolving hybrid work practices and developing technologies that will address the biggest new challenges while taking advantage of the biggest new opportunities.
  • Civil and environmental engineer Burcin Becerik-Gerber at the University of Southern California co-produced this film about students traveling to the Moria Camp in Greece, known as "the worst refugee camp on earth," to design and build innovations that can improve the lives of refugees fleeing wars and natural disasters.
Publications More Publications
  • This volume includes 12 papers from the National Academy of Engineering's 2019 US Frontiers of Engineering (US FOE) Symposium held in September 2019. US FOE meetings bring together 100 outstanding early career engineers to exchange information about leading-edge technologies in a range of engineering fields. The 2019 symposium covered four topic areas: Advanced Manufacturing in the Age of Digital Transformation; Engineering the Genome; Self-Driving Cars: Technology and Ethics; and Blockchain Technology. The papers describe leading-edge research on these topics, among others: next-generation robotic locomotion, using CRISPR to combat human disease vectors, the ethics of autonomous vehicles, and blockchain technology. Appendixes include information about contributors, the symposium program, and participants. This is the 25th volume in the US Frontiers of Engineering series.

  • This volume includes 12 papers from the National Academy of Engineering's 2018 US Frontiers of Engineering (US FOE) Symposium held in September 2018. US FOE meetings bring together 100 outstanding engineers (ages 30 to 45) to exchange information about leading-edge technologies in a range of engineering fields. The 2018 symposium covered four topic areas: Quantum Computers: Are We There Yet?, the Role of Engineering in the Face of Conflict and Disaster, Resilient and Reliable Infrastructure, and Theranostics. The papers describe leading-edge research on these topics, among others: quantum computing, combining formal and informal structures in crisis response, infrastructure resilience, and immune theranostics. Appendixes include information about contributors, the symposium program, and participants. This is the 24th volume in the US Frontiers of Engineering series.

  • This volume includes 12 papers from the National Academy of Engineering's 2017 US Frontiers of Engineering (US FOE) Symposium held in September 2017. US FOE meetings bring together 100 outstanding engineers (ages 30 to 45) to exchange information about leading-edge technologies in a range of engineering fields. The 2017 symposium covered four topic areas: Machines That Teach Themselves, Energy Strategies to Power Our Future, Unraveling the Complexity of the Brain, and Megatall Buildings and Other Future Places of Work. The papers describe leading-edge research on such topics as whether machines can spot diseases faster than humans, wireless charging of electric vehicles, brain-machine interfaces, and functional natural materials for high-rise structures, among other topics. Appendixes include information about contributors, the symposium program, and a list of meeting participants. This is the twenty-second volume in the US FOE series. 

  • This volume includes 13 papers from the National Academy of Engineering's 2016 US Frontiers of Engineering (US FOE) Symposium held in September 2016. US FOE meetings bring together 100 outstanding engineers (ages 30 to 45) to exchange information about leading-edge technologies in a range of engineering fields. The 2016 symposium covered four topic areas: Pixels at Scale, Extreme Engineering, Water Desalination and Purification, and Technologies for Understanding and Treating Cancer. The papers describe leading-edge research on such topics as frontiers in virtual reality headsets, autonomous precision landing of space rockets, new materials for emerging desalination technologies, and engineering immunity against cancer, among other topics. Appendixes include information about contributors, the symposium program, and a list of meeting participants. This is the twenty-third volume in the US FOE series. 

  • This volume includes 14 papers from the National Academy of Engineering's 2015 US Frontiers of Engineering (USFOE) Symposium held in September 2015. USFOE meetings bring together 100 outstanding engineers (ages 30 to 45) to exchange information about leading-edge technologies in a range of engineering fields. The 2015 symposium covered four topic areas: Cybersecurity and Privacy, Engineering the Search for Earth-like Exoplanets, Optical and Mechanical Metamaterials, and Forecasting Natural Disasters. The papers describe leading-edge research on such topics as designing materials with unprecedented capabilities, building image-relaying mechanisms to better explore exoplanets, and improving medical device cybersecurity, among other topics. Appendixes include information about contributors, the symposium program, and a list of meeting participants. This is the twenty-first volume in the USFOE series.