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.


  • Carmel Majidi
    Assistant Professor of Mechanical Engineering
    Carnegie Mellon University

    My lab creates soft elastic electronics and electrically-stimulated materials that could function as 'artificial' skin and muscle for soft and wearable robots.

    FOE is a unique forum for intellectual discourse that has a great balance of perspectives from academia, industry, and national labs.  Attending at an early stage of my academic career really helped me mature as a researcher.

  • Karen Kennedy
    Process Engineer
    Air Products and Chemicals

    I currently lead a program to apply emerging, advanced materials useful in manufacturing, product delivery, and customer applications.

    FOE offers a great opportunity to network with my peers in broad areas of research and have discussions about how engineering can address the world’s challenges for new technologies.  FOE fostered the potential for future collaborations.

  • Subhas Venayagamoorthy
    Associate Professor of Civil and Environmental Engineering
    Colorado State University

    I conduct fundamental cutting-edge research in environmental fluid mechanics (e.g. flow turbulence and modeling) related to broader applications in engineering, oceanography, and atmospheric science. This ranges from fundamental studies on turbulent mixing in natural flows such as in rivers, estuaries, and the coastal oceans to applied research on mixing in disinfection tanks for drinking water treatment and modeling of flow around wind farms for energy production.

    Attending the FOE meeting was a unique opportunity for me to meet and listen to outstanding researchers who are tackling a diverse range of challenging engineering problems that need to be addressed for the betterment of society. It motivated me to explore opportunities for multidisciplinary approaches to solve important engineering problems!

  • Kiri Wagstaff
    Jet Propulsion Laboratory

    I develop new methods in artificial intelligence and machine learning to analyze data from planetary and space exploration missions to advance our understanding of the universe.

    The IAFOE meeting gave me a chance to make connections with leading researchers not only in the area of big data analysis but also in diverse areas I would not normally see in such depth (hydrology, low-power communications, and biomaterials).  I learned something new from each talk presented, and I valued the personal conversations made possible by the informal poster session and meals.

  • Jeremy Hollman
    R&D Propulsion Group Lead
    Aurora Flight Sciences

    My research areas are manned and unmanned aircraft systems, especially novel power and propulsion systems and their integration into the aircraft, and non air-breathing propulsion for space launch vehicles and satellites.

    FOE was an outstanding experience providing the opportunity to collaborate and discuss with top engineers from across the country and from various fields about their work and the future in their fields.

  • Karen Christman
    Associate Professor of Bioengineering
    University of California, San Diego

    My lab focuses on developing novel biomaterials for tissue engineering and regenerative medicine applications.  Our main goal is developing novel minimally invasive therapies for cardiovascular disease, namely heart failure and peripheral artery disease.

    The FOE meeting is a unique opportunity to hear about and discuss important engineering topics outside of one’s own discipline.