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.


  • Armin Sorooshian
    Assistant Professor of Chemical and Environmental Engineering
    University of Arizona

    I use modeling, laboratory and field measurements, and remote sensing data to understand the nature of atmospheric aerosol particles and how they influence public health, clouds, the hydrologic cycle, and the planet’s energy balance.

    FOE was perhaps the most stimulating and electric meeting I have ever attended due to the wide range of disciplines represented, the high caliber of engineers attending, excellent talks, and stimulating discussions.

  • Adrienne Menniti
    Senior Process Technologist
    Clean Water Services

    I apply wastewater treatment technologies that create resources from our waste products and protect the health of our streams and rivers.

    The FOE conference inspired me to look beyond my specific field for new ideas and problem-solving approaches. It also made me proud to be an engineer!

  • Satinderpall Pannu
    Section Leader
    Lawrence Livermore National Laboratory

    I explore novel architectures and systems for modulating the human nervous system, both with implantable neural interfaces and explanted human tissue on neural platforms. To make these systems, I develop biocompatible polymers, novel electrode materials, hermetic packaging, dielectric coatings, and wireless electronics for neural prosthetic systems. This research has led to the world’s first retinal prosthetic, restoring vision in patients world-wide through the DOE’s Artificial Retina Program.

    FOE is an amazing program that enables and accelerates the development of long-lasting collaborations and friendship with innovative colleagues around the world. These interactions have had a significant impact on my research in neuromodulation.

  • Mina Rais-Zadeh
    Assistant Professor of Electrical Engineering and Computer Science
    University of Michigan

    My interests include electron devices for wireless communication and sensing applications and related device physics; resonant micromechanical devices and RF MEMS for timing, filtering, and precision sensing; and micro/nano fabrication process development.

    The FOE meeting was a great opportunity to meet and interact with young researchers working not only in my own field but in other engineering disciplines. It expanded my professional network and I found new collaborators.

  • Gabriel Hoffmann
    Aerospace Engineer of Simulation and Control

    My research focuses on automating vehicles to enable new concepts in transportation and aviation. These endeavors integrate sensing and control systems to plan for efficient interaction with uncertainty -- within the vehicle, with surroundings, and with operator interaction -- to advance the safety and autonomy of the system.

    FOE was an inspirational meeting filled with fascinating discussions with leaders across a number of fields.  The discussions were truly about work at the frontiers of engineering - exposing me to the cutting edge work in fields connected to my own, and broadening my horizons across the spectrum.

  • Cynthia Collins
    Assistant Professor of Chemical and Biological Engineering
    Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute

    My research focuses on fundamental and applied aspects of microbial consortia, combining synthetic biology, intercellular communication, modeling of biological networks, and metabolic engineering with the complexities of coexisting communities of bacteria for applications in biosensing, bioremediation, and bio-energy production.

    GAFOE provides a unique opportunity to learn about exciting new research areas and build new connections collaborations, especially with international colleagues.