FOE Alumni News

  • Leigh McCue
    Leigh McCue (2010 USFOE)
    Associate Professor at Virginia Tech, Hampton, Virginia said:
    7 minutes ago
    NIAC video
    A NASA NIAC funded project of mine, with collaborators Craig Woolsey, Mike Philen, and William Moore, on exploration of Europa is featured about 2:25 in to the NIAC video linked below.
  • Hamid Jafarkhani
    Hamid Jafarkhani
    Chancellor's Professor at University of California, Irvine, Irvine, California said:
    13 hours ago
    I am a co-recipient of the 2014 IEEE Communications Society Award for Advances in Communication
  • Richard Braatz
    Richard Braatz (2007 GAFOE, 2008 IAFOE)
    Edwin R. Gilliland Professor of Chemical Engineering at Massachusetts Institute of Technology, Cambridge, Massachusetts said:
    13 hours ago
    Richard D. Braatz receives AIChE Computing in Chemical Engineering Award
    Richard D. Braatz receives the 2014 CAST Computing in Chemical Engineering Award from the American Institute of Chemical Engineers.
  • Arnon Amir
    Arnon Amir
    Research Staff Member at IBM Almaden Research Center, San Jose, California said:
    14 hours ago
    A Million Spiking-Neuron Integrated Circuit
    Three years ago I joined the SyNAPSE project at IBM Almaden Research Center. In this projects we develop new, brain-inspired computing architecture. Recently, the results has been featured as the cover article of the AAAS Journal of Science, August 8, 2014. A new, fully programmable neurosynaptic chip is demonstrated. The chip contains 1 million neurons and 256 million synapses, organized in 4096 neurosynaptic cores. With about 5.7 billion transistors, this chip is one of the largest ever made, and yet it consumes only 65 milliwatt - thanks to its unique ground-up design for high scalability and low power. A 16-chip board was demonstrated, utilizing the chip's native tiling for high scalability. One of the main applications shown so far is real-time video analysis for the NeoVision task, including detection and classification of objects such as pedestrians, cyclists, cars and busses. This non-von Neumann architecture is highly parallel. To program it we develop the Corelet Programming Language - a new compositional programming language that allows construction and hierarchical composition of large, complex networks. This research is sponsored by DARPA under contract no. HR0011-09-C-0002.


    Posted on: Alumni News

  • Chris Paredis
    Chris Paredis (2006 GAFOE)
    Professor at Georgia Institute of Technology, Atlanta, Georgia said:
    19 hours ago
    I would like to report that at the end of February 2014, I took a leave from Georgia Tech to become program director at the National Science Foundation. I am responsible for the Engineering and Systems Design program (ESD) and the Systems Science program (SYS) both in the Civil, Mechanical and Manufacturing Innovation Division (CMMI) in the Engineering Directorate. The position is a 2-year rotation, extensible up to four years.
  • Dilma Da Silva
    Dilma Da Silva (2010 US Frontiers of Engineering Symposium)
    Professor and Department Head at Texas A&M University, College Station, Texas said:
    21 hours ago
    Moving from industry to academia
    After 14 years in industry research (12 years at IBM Research in New York and 2 years at Qualcomm Research in Silicon Valley), I have moved back to academia. I am now the Department Head for Computer Science and Engineering at Texas A&M University.
  • Alan Rudolph
    Alan Rudolph
    Vice President of Research at Colorado State University, Fort Collins, Colorado said:
    22 hours ago
    New adventures
    I recently joined academia for the first time in my career as Vice President of Research. Over my first year, we have engaged in impactful discoveries and translational efforts. We have a FDA approved GMP manufacturing facility that is developing an Ebola vaccine. I also had the priveledge of managing the international walk again project where at the opening ceremony of the world cup we demonstrated a new exoskeleton under brain control with paralzyed volunteers. Colorado State used 3d printing to aid in sensor integration for this exciting project.
  • Andrea Armani
    Andrea Armani (2012 US FOE)
    Fluor Early Career Chair and Associate Professor at University of Southern California, Los Angeles, California said:
    22 hours ago
    Prof. Armani was one of thirty Young Scientists from around the world recognized by the World Economic Forum in September. Additionally, she was promoted to Associate Professor with tenure in April.
  • Eric Ruggiero
    Eric Ruggiero (NAE FOE 2012)
    Manager, Sustaining Commercial Thermal Systems Design at GE Aviation, West Chester, Ohio said:
    1 day ago
    Dr. Eric J. Ruggiero was recently promoted to Manager of Sustaining Commercial Thermal Systems Design at GE Aviation near Cincinnati, OH. In his new role, Eric leads a global team of engineers in the cooling design of GE's fielded commercial aviation fleet, delivering on aircraft engine performance and durability.
  • Daniel Kammen
    Daniel Kammen (United Nations Climate Summit (9/23/2014))
    Distinguished Professor of Energy at University of California, Berkeley, California said:
    1 day ago
    Big Data Climate Challenge
    United Nations Department of Public Information
    Tel: +1 212-963-9495

    UN Big Data Climate Challenge winners show how big data can drive climate action

    2 September 2014 (NEW YORK) – The United Nations today announced the winners of the “Big Data Climate Challenge” as part of the buildup to the UN Secretary-General’s Climate Summit on 23 September at UN Headquarters in New York.

    The winners include a monitoring system that provides real-time information on forests, and a tool for farmers in Colombia that promotes climate-smart agriculture. The winners will be invited to attend the Climate Summit.

    The Big Data Climate Challenge is a global competition hosted by United Nations Global Pulse, an initiative of the Secretary-General on big data. The Challenge was launched in May 2014 to unearth fresh evidence of the economic dimensions of climate change around the world using data and analytics. Submissions were received from 40 countries, representing more than 20 topics from forestry, biodiversity and transportation to renewable energy and green data centers.

    “Projects to Watch”:
    ● Data and Computational Tools to Build Low-Carbon, Sustainable Energy Systems” by Professor Daniel Kammen's research team at Renewable and Appropriate Energy Lab at University of California Berkeley with projects implemented in United States, South America and Asia. (

    “Big data helps us more deeply understand how climate change can affect our economies, land, health and issues of inequality—with the ultimate aim of delivering solutions, it can empower individuals, communities and policy-makers to make more informed decisions,” said Tracy Raczek, Senior Policy Advisor on Climate in the Executive Office of the Secretary-General. “In the case of the Big Data Climate Challenge Winner on climate-smart agriculture, big data gives farmers valuable information on planting times which can lead to more productive growing seasons; and to the other winner, Global Forest Watch, provides multiple end-users timely data on deforestation. This can inform actions that affect short term deforestation, local economies, and long term changes to our climate.”

    The Big Data Climate Challenge was inspired by the UN Climate Summit, which will convene leaders from Governments as well as public and private sectors to catalyze climate action. A new wave of climate action powered by big data and analytics is emerging. The Big Data Climate Challenge brings together these fields of big data and climate change in preparation for the Climate Summit.

    The Big Data Climate Challenge Winners and “Projects to Watch” demonstrate that scalable, data-driven climate solutions exist globally, and such solutions can inspire leaders from all sectors and all parts of the world to galvanize toward a safer, healthier, more equitable and resilient future.

    For more information on the UN Climate Summit, visit

    To learn about the Big Data Climate Challenge and UN Global Pulse, visit

    About UN Global Pulse
    Global Pulse is an innovation initiative of United Nations Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon, exploring how new data sources and real-time analytics can help policymakers gain new insights into emerging vulnerabilities and changes in human well-being. Global Pulse is playing a leading role in helping the UN and other development partners adapt the new opportunities created by Big Data to meet the challenges of driving sustainable development. Through public-private partnerships, innovative analysis and open-source technology development, Global Pulse is strengthening public sector capacity to leverage digital big data for development and resilience. With innovation centers known as Pulse Labs, in New York, Jakarta and Kampala, Global Pulse leverages big data to address topics such as: public health, economic well-being, agriculture & food security, urban resilience and humanitarian action. For more information about Global Pulse, visit

    About UN Climate Summit
    UN Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon is hosting the Climate Summit on 23 September 2014 at United Nations Headquarters in New York. The Summit will mark the first time in five years that world leaders will get together to chart a bold, new course of action on climate change. Heads of state and government will join leaders from business and civil society to announce new commitments and practical actions to address climate change. The Summit will consist of an opening ceremony, announcements by heads of state and governments, announcements by the private sector, the launch of new initiatives that address key action areas by coalitions of governments, businesses and civil society organizations. There will also be sessions that focus on critical aspects of climate change, including science, people living on the frontlines of climate change, the societal benefits of action, and the economic case for action on climate change. The Secretary-General will summarize the outcome of the day at the closing ceremony. For more information about the Secretary-General’s 2014 Climate Summit, please visit

    For the full list of Big Data Climate Challenge Advisory Board and Technical Committee members, visit
  • Aydogan Ozcan
    Aydogan Ozcan
    Chancellor's Professor at UCLA, Los Angeles, California said:
    1 day ago
    New imaging method to detect nano-objects
    We have devised a new technique to create nano-lenses so that deeply sub-wavelength objects, including viruses, can be detected over very large sample areas even in field settings.
  • Shu Yang
    Shu Yang
    Professor at University of Pennsylvania, Philadelphia, Pennsylvania said:
    1 day ago
    Giant clams inspire Penn duo’s alternative energy research

    Giant clams inspire Penn duo’s alternative energy research
    By Evan Lerner

    Natural selection in an extreme environment has gradually sculpted the giant clam into an exceedingly efficient farmer; it turns the fierce sunlight in its equatorial ocean home into algae, and those single-celled plants into food.

    Two Penn researchers are teaming up to unlock the secrets of this living greenhouse and use it as a blueprint for new materials that harvest solar energy or convert it to biofuel.

    Alison Sweeney, an assistant professor in the Department of Physics & Astronomy in the School of Arts & Sciences, and Shu Yang, a professor in the Department of Materials Science and Engineering in the School of Engineering and Applied Science, are the recipients of a National Science Foundation INSPIRE grant. Designed to fund bold, creative, and highly interdisciplinary research, the grant will provide the team with $3 million over the next five years.
    Giant Clam

    Alison Sweeney

    Penn physicist Alison Sweeney and materials science professor Shu Yang are teaming up to unlock the secrets of the giant clam and use it as a blueprint for new materials that harvest solar energy or convert it to biofuel.

    Sweeney and Yang will use the funds to study the microscopic structures in the clam’s body that direct sunlight to its internal algae farms, and to develop new synthetic materials based on what they find.

    “Sunlight at the equator is so intense that most plants can’t make use of it without being destroyed,” Sweeney says, “But giant clams have structures called iridocytes that scatter the light such that it hits the sides of pillars of algae they grow inside their bodies. And evolution has made it so that the iridocytes and pillars are perfectly matched for maximizing the efficiency of the light they receive.”

    While Sweeney works to understand the underlying physics that enable this phenomenon in clams, Yang will attempt to replicate it in the lab.

    Unlike attempts to maximize solar efficiency in synthetic materials, which rely upon precisely manipulating their structure on the atomic scale, the giant clam’s approach is more disordered—an intriguing prospect for an engineer.

    “If the algae pillars in the clam were perfectly ordered like a crystal, they’d block each other’s light, and if the iridocytes were perfectly structured, they wouldn’t scatter as wide a range of wavelengths to be absorbed,” Yang says. “This means being less precise is actually an advantage in this case. We can work on the micro scale, which is much easier and less expensive than working on the nano scale.”

    Beyond the research aims, the NSF grant will support the team’s educational outreach efforts, both in Philadelphia and in Palau, an island country in the south Pacific Ocean where local aquaculture provides a sustainable source of the endangered clams. The grant will support a Palauan graduate student, who will travel to Penn to work with Sweeney and Yang, as well as several local interns.

    “You’d be hard-pressed to find two more different places on the planet than Philadelphia and Palau, but students in both places face similar challenges in being very talented but lacking access to scientific infrastructure,” Sweeney says. “Palau also has some of the last best coral reefs on earth. If we want to preserve coral reefs for the next generation, we need to invest in that infrastructure and in the students there.”

    Originally published on September 11, 2014
  • Nicholas Roy
    Nicholas Roy
    Associate Professor at MIT, Cambridge, Massachusetts said:
    1 day ago
    Nick Roy, an FOE alumnus, launched Project Wing out of Google [x]. The project is addressing a number of the technical challenges in operating UAVs in the urban environment.
  • Nelson Tansu
    Nelson Tansu (2008 USFOE, 2009 USFOE, 2012 GAFOE, 2014 JAFOE)
    Daniel E. '39 and Patricia M. Smith Endowed Chair Professor in Photonics and Nanoelectronics at Lehigh University, Bethlehem, Pennsylvania said:
    1 day ago
    Appointment as Director for Center for Photonics and Nanoelectronics at Lehigh University
    Dr. Nelson Tansu was appointed as the Smith Family Endowed Director for Center for Photonics and Nanoelectronics at Lehigh University starting on July 2014, and he is also the Daniel E. ’39 and Patricia M. Smith Endowed Chair Professor in Photonics and Nanoelectronics (since July 2014-present). Previously, Dr. Tansu held the New Century Endowed Chair Professorship in Engineering and Applied Sciences at Lehigh, where he has been a faculty member in the Department of Electrical and Computer Engineering (ECE) and Center for Photonics and Nanoelectronics (CPN) since 2003.

  • Ju Li
    Ju Li (2007 USFOE)
    professor at MIT, Cambridge, Massachusetts said:
    1 day ago
    Thomson Reuters included me in its Highly Cited Researchers list in 2014, among 147 scientists world-wide in Materials Science category based on papers published between 2002-2012.
  • Todd McDevitt
    Todd McDevitt (2011 CAFOE)
    Senior Investigator at Gladstone Institutes, San Francisco, California said:
    1 day ago
    Moving to Gladstone Institutes
    After 10 years at Georgia Tech, Dr. Todd C. McDevitt is moving to the Gladstone Institutes in San Francisco after receiving a CIRM Research Leadership Award. McDevitt was the Carol Ann and David D. Flanagan Professor in Biomedical Engineering, a Petit Faculty Fellow in the Parker H. Petit Institute for Bioengineering and Biosciences, and founding Director of the Stem Cell Engineering Center at Georgia Tech. His laboratory will continue to focus on the development of engineered tissues from stem cell sources and regenerative molecular therapeutics.
  • Anouck Girard
    Anouck Girard (2006 USFOE)
    Associate Professor, Aerospace Engineering at University of Michigan, Ann Arbor, Michigan said:
    1 day ago
    New book out
    I am pleased to announce the publication of my new textbook: Kabamba and Girard, Fundamentals of Aerospace Navigation and Guidance (see link).

    Thanks, Anouck
  • Gary Fogel
    Gary Fogel (2005 USFOE)
    CEO at Natural Selection, Inc., San Diego, California said:
    1 day ago
    Recently I've published several articles helping to model gene and developmental regulation, as well as HIV neuropathogenesis:

    Ruz, Gonzalo A., Eric Goles, Marco Montalva, and Gary B. Fogel. "Dynamical and topological robustness of the mammalian cell cycle network: A reverse engineering approach." Biosystems 115 (2014): 23-32. PMID: 24212100.

    Lamers, Susanna L., Gary B. Fogel, David J. Nolan, Michael S. McGrath, Marco Salemi. “HIV-Associated Neuropathogenesis: A Systems Biology Perspective for Modeling and Therapy,” BioSystems. 119 (2014): 53-61. Apr 11. pii: S0303-2647(14)00043-4. doi: 10.1016/j.biosystems.2014.04.002. [Epub ahead of print] Review. PMID:24732754

    Hunter S, Hinton A, Afrikanova I, Fogel GB, Hayek A, King CC (2014) “sRNA-seq Analysis of Human Embryonic Stem Cells and Definitive Endoderm Reveal Differentially Expressed MicroRNAs and Novel isomiRs with Distinct Targets,” Stem Cells, May 8. doi:10.1002/stem.1739. [Epub ahead of print].

    Fogel GB, Lamers SL, Levine AJ, Valdes-Sueiras M, McGrath MS, Shapshak P, Singer EJ (2014) “Factors Related to HIV-Associated Neurocognitive Impairment Differ with Age,” J. Neurovirology, accepted.

    I was also pleased to receive the San Diego Sigma Xi Chapter Medal for Significant Achievement in 2012 (awarded in late 2013).

    As a side interest I continue a passion for aviation history and have also published the following books:

    Harwood CS and Fogel GB (2012) Quest for Flight: John J. Montgomery and the Dawn of Aviation in the West, University of Oklahoma Press, released Oct 26.

    Fogel GB (2014) The Torrey Pines Gliderport, Arcadia Publications, released April 7.

    These efforts have also merited several awards including:

    AIAA San Diego Section Outstanding Enhancement of the Image of the Aerospace Profession Award, 2014.

    Save Our Heritage Organisation, People in Preservation Award, 2014.

  • Miroslaw Skibniewski
    Miroslaw Skibniewski (2000 JAFOE, 2001 GAFOE)
    Professor at University of Maryland, College Park , Maryland said:
    1 day ago
    Annual Creative Construction Conferences
    Prof. Miroslaw Skibniewski serves as Chairman of the International Advisory Committee for the annual series of Creative Construction Conferences held in June each in various Central European cities. 2012 and 2013 editions of the Conference were held in Budapest, Hungary. This year's Conference took place in Prague, Czech Republic. The 2015 Conference will be held in Krakow, Poland.
    Prof. Skibniewski continues to serve as Editor-in-Chief of Automation in Construction, an international research journal published by Elsevier.
  • George Pappas
    George Pappas (2007 GAFOE)
    Joseph Moore Professor at University of Pennsylvania, Philadelphia, Pennsylvania said:
    1 day ago
    two separate news items
    George J. Pappas received the Best Paper Award for the 5th International Conference on Cyber-Physical Systems (ICCPS 2014) for the paper entitled “Robustness of Attack-resilient State Estimators” by Miroslav Pajic, James Weimer, Nicola Bezzo, Paulo Tabuada, Oleg Sokolsky, Insup Lee, George Pappas. The goal of the paper is to protect cyber-attacks to cars loaded with car tech.

    George J. Pappas received the 2014 O. Hugo Schuck Best Paper Award which is given to recognize the best two papers presented at the previous American Control Conference.
  • Bin Li
    Bin Li (2014 EU-US FOE)
    Assistant Professor at Department of Mechanical Engineering, Wichita State University, Wichita , Kansas said:
    1 day ago
  • Matt Gevaert
    Matt Gevaert (2012 US FOE, 2014 JAFOE)
    CEO at KIYATEC, Greenville, South Carolina said:
    1 day ago

    GREENVILLE, SC | September 18, 2014 - KIYATEC announced today that it has been awarded a $1.975 million, Small Business Innovation Research (SBIR) Phase II Contract from the National Cancer Institute (NCI), one of the 27 institutes and centers that comprise the National Institutes of Health (NIH). Over the course of the two year award, KIYATEC will expand its 3D breast cancer model to address two issues at the forefront of cancer therapy strategies: 1) cancer's interaction with the patient's immune system (immuno-oncology) and 2) cancer's interaction with the patient's blood supply (angiogenesis). The award will also allow KIYATEC to broaden its technology platform beyond its current use in primary ovarian cancer and breast cancer testing and into glioblastoma multiforme (GBM), a type of brain cancer with a five year survival rate that is less than 10 percent. The funded contract has the potential to radically change the future of cancer patient care.
  • Brad Bebee
    Brad Bebee (2006 US Frontiers of Engineering Symposium)
    Managing Partner, Director of Mission Analytics at SYSTAP, LLC, Washington, District of Columbia said:
    1 day ago
    Parallel Breadth-First Search on GPU Clusters Presented at IEEE Bigdata 2014
    NAE Alumni Brad Bebee's collaborative research is presented at IEEE Bigdata 2014.

    SYSTAP Chief Scientist Bryan Thompson, Director of Mission Analytics, Brad Bebee, and Cuda Researcher Zhisong Fu will be presenting "Parallel Breadth First Search on GPU Clusters" in the distributed systems track of this year's IEEE Bigdata conference. This research, in conjunction with the University of Utah SCI institute, presents results for MapGraph(tm) running on NVIDIA's Research Cluster with 64 K40 GPUs. It achieves performance of 32,000,000,000 traversed edges per second of a graph with 4,300,000,000 directed edges (32 GTEPS)!

    "Parallel Breadth First Search on GPU Clusters", Zhisong Fu, Harish Dasari, Martin Berzins, Brad Bebee, and Bryan Thompson


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  • Kara Kockelman
    Kara Kockelman
    E.P. Schoch Professor of Engineering at University of Texas at Austin, Austin, Texas said:
    1 day ago
    Kara Kockelman received a Google Research Award in the category of Robotics for her work on Anticipating & Mitigating the Latent Demand Effects of Self-Driving Vehicles: A Role for Data-Driven Modeling & Credit-Based Congestion Pricing. Several teams of Google engineers and researchers were involved in selecting Kara’s proposal. Her research to date in this topic area can be found at
  • F. Levent Degertekin
    F. Levent Degertekin (2008 USFOE)
    George W. Woodruff Chair in Mechanical Systems and Professor at Georgia Institute of Technology, Atlanta, Georgia said:
    1 day ago
    Prof. Degertekin received the inaugural 2014 Carl Hellmuth Hertz Ultrasonic Achievement Award during the 2014 IEEE International Ultrasonics Symposium.
  • Manos Mavrikakis
    Manos Mavrikakis
    Paul A. Elfers Professor at University of Wisconsin - Madison, Madison, Wisconsin said:
    1 day ago
    Wilhelm Award
    Manos Mavrikakis has been named the recipient of the 2014 R.H. Wilhelm Award in Chemical Reaction Engineering from the American Institute of Chemical Engineers. The award recognizes a researcher who has demonstrated overall excellence in the field of reaction engineering and catalysis, is one of the highest honors a researcher can receive in that area, and is sponsored by ExxonMobil Research and Engineering.
  • Chris Frey
    Chris Frey (1999 USFOE, 2006 GAFOE)
    Distinguished University Professor at North Carolina State University, Raleigh, North Carolina said:
    1 day ago
    International Advancement of Quantifying Human Exposure to Air Pollution
    Chris Frey completed a sabbatical during January 2014 to June 2014 at the Hong Kong University of Science and Technology, during which he collaborated with local faculty and students on methods for measurement and modeling of human exposure to air pollution. A portion of his work in Hong Kong included a field study to measure exposure concentrations associated with personal transport, including pedestrian, transit bus, subway, and tram, along with indoor environments.
  • Jeff Sakamoto
    Jeff Sakamoto (US FOE 2012 and 2014)
    Associate Professor at University of Michigan, Ann Arbor, Michigan said:
    1 day ago
    Moving to the University of Michigan
    I am moving to the University of Michigan, Mechanical Engineering Department, effective January 1, 2015. I am excited to be a part of the advanced vehicle (EVs included) and biomedical research at UM.
  • Michael Washington
    Michael Washington (United States\India Frontier of Engineering 2008, Frontier of Engineering 2006)
    Industrial Engineer at Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, Atlanta, Georgia said:
    1 day ago
    Responding to the Ebola outbreak in West Africa
    From 26 Sept 2014 to 29 Oct 2014, our EbolaResponse model webpage ( has been viewed 68,336 times and the model downloaded 23,436 times. It is an Excel file and free to download. It is designed to estimate the number of Ebola cases and beds needed during an outbreak. Meltzer MI, Atkins CY, Santibanez S, Knust B, Petersen BW, Ervin ED, Nichol ST, Damon IK, Washington ML. Estimating the Future Number of Cases in the Ebola Epidemic — Liberia and Sierra Leone, 2014–2015. MMWR 2014;63(3): 1-14 (also available in French).

    Annual CDC/ATSDR Honors Awards, CDC, 2014
    1. Excellent in Quantitative Science Award, Health Economics and Modeling Unit
    2. Excellent in Communication Award, Antibiotic Resistance Threat Report Team
  • Shriram Ramanathan
    Shriram Ramanathan (NAE Frontiers)
    Associate Professor at Harvard University, Cambridge, Massachusetts said:
    1 day ago
    New complex oxide switch
    We have recently discovered a colossal resistance switch in an ionic semiconductor that could be of interest to scientists and engineers exploring new semiconductors or chromic materials for energy efficient switches, reconfigurable photonics and adaptive coatings.
  • Jordan Green
    Jordan Green (2012 US FOE)
    Associate Professor at Johns Hopkins University, Baltimore, Maryland said:
    1 day ago
    Dr. Jordan Green was promoted to Associate Professor of Biomedical Engineering, Ophthalmology, Neurosurgery, and Materials Science and Engineering at the Johns Hopkins University School of Medicine. He was also honored as one of the 2014 “Brilliant Ten.” This recognition was sponsored by Popular Science Magazine to “identify the most inspired young scientists and engineers—researchers whose ideas will transform the future.”
  • Rhonda Franklin
    Rhonda Franklin (2002 USFOE, 2003 GAFOE, 2006 GAFOE)
    Professor at University of Minnesota, Minneapolis, Minnesota said:
    1 day ago
    Award Notification
    Prof. Rhonda Franklin received the Sara Evans Faculty Woman Scholar/Leader in Science and Engineering Award on Friday, Oct. 17, 2014 for her success in developing hardware solutions for wireless communication, contributions to the advancement of integration techniques for ultra broadband operation, her commitment to teaching, learning and student/faculty development, as well as participation in a number of campus leadership activities at the University of Minnesota and in the IEEE Microwave Theory and Techniques (MTT) Society.
  • Kelvin Gregory
    Kelvin Gregory (2014 US FOE)
    Associate Professor at Carnegie Mellon University, Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania said:
    1 day ago
    1) We just published the first metagenomes from oil and gas produced water (wastewater from hydraulic fracturing). We reveal how the functional capabilities of the bacterial community in this extreme environment change over time. The data suggest that recycling of flowback water may inadvertently select for bacterial populations that are recalcitrant to biocides and lead to carry-over of tough and deleterious bacteria into the subsequent frack. The metagenome reveals not only which populations persist in the community, but which genes in the community may enable persisting in these harsh environments. It is excellent example of how interdisciplinary and collaborative research leads to products that are greater than the sum of the parts.

    2) I have been selected to be a presenter at the 2014 Arab-American Frontiers of Science, Engineering, and Medicine Program in Muscat, Oman in December.
  • Phaedra Boinodiris
    Phaedra Boinodiris
    Global Lead Serious Games and Gamification at IBM, Cary, North Carolina said:
    1 day ago
  • Paul Drumheller
    Paul Drumheller (1996 USFOE)
    Drug Delivery & Biomaterials Technologies Leader at WL Gore & Associates, Flagstaff, Arizona said:
    1 day ago
    USFOE attendee inducted into the College of Fellows, AIMBE
    Paul Drumheller, PhD, was recently inducted as a Fellow to the American Institute for Medical and Biological Engineering. AIMBE is a non-profit organization headquartered in Washington, D.C., consisting of 1500 influential innovators that represent the top 2% of the medical and biological engineering community across the globe.

    Dr. Drumheller was elected to the College of Fellows for his outstanding contributions to the discovery and development of technologies, that enable state-of-the-art surgical and interventional cardiovascular therapies.

    Dr. Drumheller is the third individual from WL Gore & Associates, Inc., to be awarded this honor.
  • Jeff Fullerton
    Jeff Fullerton (JAFOE 2014)
    Principal at Acentech, Cambridge, Massachusetts said:
    1 day ago
    Talking about noise in green buildings
    I am honored to be serving as the chairman of a session to discussion acoustics in green buildings at the InterNoise 2014 conference in Melbourne Australia November 16-19. I will be presenting a paper on the noise associated with residential geothermal systems.

    In addition to that exciting event, my fiance and I were married in Kennebunkport, ME this past September. We are thrilled to be sharing our lives together.

    All the best to those who attended JAFOE 2014!
  • James Blanchard
    James Blanchard
    Executive Associate Dean of College of Engineering at University of Wisconsin - Madison, Madison, Wisconsin said:
    1 day ago
    new responsibilities
    I have just been named the Executive Associate Dean of the College of Engineering.
  • Francis de los Reyes
    Francis de los Reyes (2010 USFOE)
    Professor, University Faculty Scholar at North Carolina State University, Raleigh, North Carolina said:
    1 day ago
    TED talk
    My TED talk on sanitation was released online on It currently has over 420,000 views.
  • Aydogan Ozcan
    Aydogan Ozcan (NAE FOE 2011 and NAE JAFOE 2014)
    Chancellor's Professor at UCLA, Los Angeles, California said:
    4 months and 1 day ago
    HHMI Professor
    I have been named an HHMI Professor by the Howard Hughes Medical Institute.
  • Stergios Roumeliotis
    Stergios Roumeliotis
    Professor at Univ. of Minnesota, Minneapolis, Minnesota said:
    4 months and 6 days ago
    Google Project Tango
    Prof. Stergios Roumeliotis's group, Multiple Autonomous Robotics (MARS) Lab, is one of the academic partners in Google's Project Tango. Prof. Roumeliotis and MARS lab researchers appear in a promotional video released by Google today.
  • grant heffelfinger
    grant heffelfinger (2006 IAFOE, 2004 USFOE, 2003 USFOE)
    Senior Manager, Radiation Effects Sciences & Applications, Sandia National Laboratories at Sandia National Laboratories, Albuquerque, New Mexico said:
    4 months, 3 weeks and 2 days ago
    Promoted to Director, Physical, Chemical, and Nano Sciences Center, Sandia National Laboratories
    Grant Heffelfinger earned his BS from Iowa State University and PhD from Cornell University following a thesis on computational molecular physics. Following his appointment to a research staff position at Sandia National Laboratories in 1988, he worked in the areas of statistical mechanics and thermodynamics, materials and molecular science, and algorithms for massively parallel supercomputing. His research management career has ranged from materials science to applied bioscience and biofuels and radiation effects science, and has included developing partnerships with universities, private companies, non-profits, and other government laboratories for program sponsors such as the US Dept of Energy, the National Institutes of Health, and the Environmental Protection Agency.
  • Alexis Abramson
    Alexis Abramson
    Associate Professor, Mechanical and Aerospace Engineering & Faculty Director, Great Lakes Energy Institute at Case Western Reserve University, Cleveland, Ohio said:
    5 months, 3 weeks and 5 days ago
    Alexis Abramson appointed faculty director of the Great Lakes Energy Institute at Case Western Reserve University. Abramson, associate professor of mechanical and aerospace engineering, has been with the Case School of Engineering since 2003, and has focused her research on novel techniques for thermal characterization of nanostructures; the design and synthesis of unique nanomaterials for use
    in alternative energy applications; and strategies to accelerate technology commercialization at universities and research institutions.
    Since 2011, Abramson has served as Chief Scientist of the Department of Energy’s Building Technologies Office, which invests about $90 million per year in the creation of energy-efficient and cost-effective building technologies that are within five years of being market-ready. Abramson’s work there has developed strategies that focus on quality
    public engagement, peer-reviewed quantitative analysis and structured prioritization of federal investment projects.
    The Great Lakes Energy Institute connects Case Western Reserve faculty to create breakthrough research and technologies to transition into worldwide impact. Created in 2008, it has attracted nearly $10 million in energy gifts and has supported energy research collaborations that win major grant funding and educate students. Since the institute’s inception, Case Western Reserve had quadrupled its level of energy-related research.


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  • Thomas Epps
    Thomas Epps (2013 EU-US FOE, 2008 USFOE)
    Thomas & Kipp Gutshall Associate Professor at University of Delaware, Newark, Delaware said:
    6 months and 2 days ago
    Sigma Xi Young Investigator Award
    Thomas H. Epps, III, is the 2014 Young Investigator Award recipient because of his growing influence in the field of polymer physics.
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    Thomas Epps (2013 EU-US Frontiers of Engineering Symposium)
    Thomas & Kipp Gutshall Associate Professor at University of Delaware, Newark, Delaware said:
    6 months and 2 days ago
    Nature Communications article on Processing of Nanocarriers for Drug Delivery
    A research team led by Prof. Thomas Epps demonstrated that processing can affect the size and stability of nanocarriers for targeted drug delivery. This behavior can have a significant influence on nanocarrier shelf-life and in vivo biodistribution. The research was reported in Nature Communcations and highlighted by NPR.