FOE Alumni News

  • Reginald DesRoches
    Reginald DesRoches (2009 CAFOE, 2004 GAFOE, 2002 USFOE)
    Karen and John Huff Chair and Professor at Georgia Institute of Technology, Atlanta, Georgia said:
    11 hours ago
    Inducted In UC Berkeley Civil & Environmental Engineering Department Academy of Distinguished Alumni

    Elected Fellow of the American Society of Civil Engineers

    Received 2015 ASCE Charles Martin Duke Lifeline Earthquake Engineering Award - “For outstanding contributions to the development of new methods and approaches for seismic risk assessment of highway bridges and his leadership in lifeline earthquake engineering research and teaching.”
  • Thomas Albrecht
    Thomas Albrecht (1999 USFOE, 2000 GAFOE)
    Vice President of Engineering at Molecular Vista, Inc., San Jose, California said:
    1 day ago
    New Position
    As of Oct. 19, I will be leaving my position as a Fellow at HGST, A Western Digital Company, and moving to a start up company -- Molecular Vista, Inc. -- where I will serve as Vice President of Engineering and Product Development. Molecular Vista sells scanning probe microscopes that exploit a newly discovered technique called Photo-Induced Force Microscopy, which provides detailed infrared absorption spectra for identification of materials with nm-scale spatial resolution, opening up new possibilities for metrology and materials analysis.

    Note the new email address.
  • Brad Bebee
    Brad Bebee (2006 USFOE)
    CEO, Managing Partner at SYSTAP, LLC, Washington, District of Columbia said:
    1 day ago
    Launching GPU Accelerated Graph Platform at Super Computing 2015
    SYSTAP CEO and FOE alumni, Brad Bebee, will be launching the Blazegraph GPU platform at the NVIDIA Theater for this years Super Computing conference to be held in Austin, TX, Nov 16-19.

    Blazegraph GPU provides acceleration delivering 300X performance increase for graph queries. It is the first known platform for GPU acceleration for Graph Databases.


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  • Yun Raymond Fu
    Yun Raymond Fu (2015 National Academy of Engineering US Frontiers of Engineering)
    Associate Professor at Northeastern University, Boston, Massachusetts said:
    2 days ago
    Fu Receives IEEE CIS Outstanding Early Career Award
    Associate Professor Y. Raymond Fu has been recognized by the IEEE Computational Intelligence Society (CIS) as the awardee of 2016 IEEE CIS Outstanding Early Career Award, for contributions to neural computing, manifold learning, and visual intelligence.
  • Nirmal Keshava
    Nirmal Keshava (2011 US FOE, 2014 IAFOE)
    Senior Principal Informatics Scientist - Big Data Analytics at AstraZeneca, PLC, Waltham, Massachusetts said:
    2 days ago
    Nirmal Keshava was recently elevated to Senior Member status in IEEE. He also served on a panel focused on standards at the recent 2015 IEEE Engineering and Medicine in Biology Conference in Milan, Italy and will co-chair an upcoming standards session at IEEE Healthcom in Boston, MA. He is also the co-chair for the life sciences in the IEEE Big Data Standards Initiative.
  • william carter
    william carter (2010 US Frontiers of Engineering)
    Director, Sensors and Materials Laboratory at HRL Laboratories, LLC, Calabasas, California said:
    2 days ago
    Bill Carter was appointed Director of the Sensors and Materials Laboratory at HRL Laboratories, LLC. Beginning as Hughes Research Laboratories in 1948 HRL is currently co-owned by General Motors and The Boeing Company. At HRL, Bill leads a group of over 100 researchers, across new materials and structures for light-weight vehicles, specialty polymers and nanoscale coatings, physics-based battery diagnostics, IR sensing technologies, and compact inertial navigation and timing. He is continuing as director of Corporate Business, engaging companies outside of HRL’s core business in open innovation R&D at HRL.
  • Jeffrey Fullerton
    Jeffrey Fullerton (JAFOE 2014)
    Principal Consultant at Acentech, Cambridge, Massachusetts said:
    2 days ago
    Jeffrey Fullerton was elected a Fellow of the Institute of Noise Control Engineering of the USA by the Board of Directors. The honor was bestowed "For outstanding professional noise control engineering consulting services for a wide range of mechanical equipment serving the built environment, service to INCE /USA as Director, Vice President, and board certified member, and teaching noise control principals to architectural students."
  • Diane Bailey
    Diane Bailey (1995 USFOE, 1998 GAFOE)
    Associate Professor at UT Austin, Austin, Texas said:
    2 days ago
    MIT Press book on engineering work and technology
    This year, I published a MIT Press book with Paul Leonardi titled, Technology Choices: Why Occupations Differ in Their Embrace of New Technology. Drawn from a decade's worth of intense fieldwork in three engineering occupations (automotive engineering, hardware engineering, and structural engineering), the book shows how occupational factors such as product liability, government regulation, product complexity, and the rate of knowledge change in a profession shape engineers' choices of when and how to employ advanced new computational, graphical, and logical technologies for design and analysis. We consider three choices in particular: what tasks to allocate to computers, whether or not to automate any part of design and analysis, and whether or not to use technology to aid remote work arrangements such as offshoring. Detailed descriptions of engineers at work illustrate and provide support for our argument that occupational factors (and not the technology itself or the organizations in which engineers work) strongly shape technology choices.


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  • Brian Thurow
    Brian Thurow (2013 U.S. Frontiers of Engineering Symposium)
    W. Allen and Martha Reed Associate Professor at Auburn University, Auburn University, Alabama said:
    2 days ago
    Dr. Brian Thurow recently received the AIAA Konrad Dannenberg Educator of the Year Award. This award is presented to a AIAA section member in recognition of outstanding service to education and promotion of math and science within the community. The award was presented to Dr. Brian Thurow at the 2015 AIAA-Greater Huntsville Area Annual Installation and Awards Dinner held in May.
  • Annie Kammerer
    Annie Kammerer
    Owner at Annie Kammerer Consulting, Rye, New Hampshire said:
    2 days ago
    Dr. Annie Kammerer has formed a new consultancy focused on natural hazard and risk assessments for nuclear facilities. The new firm Annie Kammerer Consulting is currently working on a range of projects for the Department of Energy and Idaho National Laboratory developing guidance and methodology for the next generation of risk assessment tools to be applied to risk reevaluation of US nuclear facilities against seismic and flooding hazard. The founder, Annie Kammerer, is formerly of the Nuclear Regulatory Commission, Bechtel Engineering, and Arup Energy.


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  • Garrick Louis
    Garrick Louis (2001 GAFOE)
    Associate Professor at University of Virginia, Charlottesville, Virginia said:
    3 days ago
    Selected by the National Academies as a 2015-16 Jefferson Science Fellow at the US Department of State.
  • Aydogan Ozcan
    Aydogan Ozcan (NAE FOE)
    Professor at UCLA, Los Angeles, California said:
    3 days ago
    Dr. Ozcan has received the Microscopy Today Innovation Award in 2015 for his contributions to computational wide-field imaging.
  • Aydogan Ozcan
    Aydogan Ozcan (NAE FOE)
    Professor at UCLA, Los Angeles, California said:
    3 days ago
    The World Economic Forum selected my start-up company (Holomic) among the Technology Pioneers 2015 - among the most promising 49 early-stage companies in the world.
  • Mona Jarrahi
    Mona Jarrahi (2012 US Frontiers of Engineering Symposium)
    Associate Professor of Electrical Engineering at University of California Los Angeles, Los Angeles, California said:
    3 days ago
    Prof. Jarrahi receives Lot Shafai Mid-Career Distinguished Achievement Award from IEEE Antennas and Propagation Society for her pioneering contributions to plasmonic antennas and optical phased arrays for terahertz and microwave systems.
  • Warren Grill
    Warren Grill (2007 GAFOE, 2008 JAFOE)
    Professor of Biomedical Engineering at Duke University, Durham, North Carolina said:
    3 days ago
    Javits Award
    Warren Grill, Professor of Biomedical Engineering and Neurobiology at Duke University, was awarded a Javits Neuroscience Investigator Award by the National Institute of Neurological Disorders and Stroke (NINDS), which is an arm of the National Institutes of Health (NIH). The Javits Award is a four-year grant that can be extended to seven years that is given to scientists for their “superior competence and outstanding productivity,” and it “provides long-term support to investigators with a history of exceptional talent, imagination, and preeminent scientific achievement.” The award will allow Grill to pursue research to understand and advance deep brain stimulation for the treatment of Parkinson’s disease.
  • Jeff Karp
    Jeff Karp (2007 USFOE)
    Associate Professor at Brigham and Women's Hospital, Boston, Massachusetts said:
    3 days ago
    An inflammation-targeting hydrogel for local drug delivery in inflammatory bowel disease.

    published in Science Translational Medicine
  • Jeff Karp
    Jeff Karp (2007 USFOE)
    Associate Professor at Brigham and Women's Hospital, Boston, Massachusetts said:
    3 days ago
    Boston Business Journal 40 under 40
  • Christopher Bettinger
    Christopher Bettinger (2011 US FOE, 2014 IAFOE)
    Associate Professor at Carnegie Mellon University, Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania said:
    3 days ago
    Christopher Bettinger publishes a review paper on materials for ingestible electronics. This work was published in "Trends in Biotechnology" where it was the 3rd most popular article ever in TiB (according to the editors). It was also covered in Popular Science (link below).
  • Pedro  Domingos
    Pedro Domingos (2007 USFOE)
    Professor at University of Washington, Seattle, Washington said:
    3 days ago
    I just published the first-ever popular science book on machine learning, entitled "The Master Algorithm". It explains to a broad audience how computers learn from data, by emulating the brain or evolution, or using symbolic, analogical or Bayesian methods. The eponymous Master Algorithm is the synthesis of these five paradigms into a grand unified theory of learning - a single algorithm capable of learning anything from data. The book also discusses the current and future impacts of machine learning on science, technology, business and society. And hopefully it's fun to read!
  • Kathryn Ann Whitehead
    Kathryn Ann Whitehead (2015 US FOE)
    Assistant Professor at Carnegie Mellon University, Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania said:
    3 days ago
    Kathryn Whitehead, an assistant professor of chemical engineering at Carnegie Mellon University, has been named by Popular Science as a 2015 Brilliant Ten winner for her innovative work on drug delivery systems. - See more at:
  • Jodie Lutkenhaus
    Jodie Lutkenhaus (2015 GAFOE)
    Associate Professor at Texas A&M University, College Station, Texas said:
    3 days ago
    Lutkenhaus Demonstrates Flexible Battery Electrodes in Scientific Reports
    GAFOE alumni Jodie Lutkenhaus and her collaborator Rafael Verduzco describe their most recent discoveries on flexible battery electrodes in the journal Scientific Reports. The Texas A&M - Rice University collaborators demonstrate that a conductive block copolymer simultaneously enhances mechanical and electrochemical performance to yield a robust electrode.

    This work was highlighted in the following websites:
  • Frances Arnold
    Frances Arnold (first one)
    Dickinson Professor of Chemical Engineering and Biochemistry at Caltech, , said:
    3 days ago
    Frances Arnold is now the Chairman of the Advisory Panel that selects new Packard Fellows in Science and Engineering. Over the past 27 years, the Packard Foundation has provided more than $350M in research funding to more than 500 faculty at an early stage in their careers. Frances is also a judge for the Queen Elizabeth Prize in Engineering and hopes to see FOE alumni win this prize.
  • Charles Alpert
    Charles Alpert (2010 USFOE)
    Group Directory at Cadence Design Systems, Austin, Texas said:
    3 days ago
    Call for Participation at DAC
    The Design Automation Conference (DAC) is recognized as the premier conference for design and automation of electronic systems. DAC offers outstanding training, education, exhibits and superb networking opportunities for designers, researchers, tool developers and vendors.

    This year I (Chuck Alpert) will serve as general chair of the conference, which will take place from June 5-9, 2016 in Austin, TX. If you are interested in speaking or participating, contact me at



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  • Ritesh Agarwal
    Ritesh Agarwal (NAE-CAE FOE, Beijing 2013)
    Professor at University of Pennsylvania, Philadelphia, Pennsylvania said:
    3 days ago
  • Ram  Devanathan
    Ram Devanathan (2005 USFOE, 2007 GAFOE)
    Technical Group Manager at Pacific Northwest National Laboratory, Richland, Washington said:
    3 days ago
    Ram Devanathan has been inducted into The Order of the Engineer and selected as a Fellow of the American Ceramic Society. He is currently the Technical Group Manager of the Reactor Materials and Mechanical Design group at Pacific Northwest National Laboratory in Richland, Washington.
  • Christopher Geiger
    Christopher Geiger (2015 US FOE)
    Enterprise Test Solutions Chief Engineer at Lockheed Martin, Orlando, Florida said:
    3 days ago
    Hardware-Based Whitelisting for Automated Test System Cybersecurity and Configuration Management
    I'm presenting a paper on a hardware-based whitelisting tool called DUTCH for cybersecurity and configuration management at IEEE AUTOTESTCON (November 2-5 at National Harbor, MD). I implemented it in an Automated Test System environment but it can be used in other systems for remote security/configuration management and whitelisted trusted execution.

    We'll be in booth 217 in the exhibitor hall.
  • Gregory Pottie
    Gregory Pottie (German-American Workshop on FOE (1998))
    Professor at UCLA EE Department, Los Angeles, California said:
    3 days ago
    In July, Prof. Greg Pottie was appointed Chair of the UCLA Electrical Engineering Department. He has prior administrative experience, having served from 2003-2009 as the Associate Dean for Research and Physical Resources, and previously in vice chair roles. Since then, he led a major revision of the undergraduate curriculum to emphasize hands-on design experiences and created a successful Tech Camp program for introducing high school students to engineering. Priorities as Chair include enhanced outreach to explain and demonstrate the importance of Electrical Engineering, enrichment of the program through skills training and internship opportunities, and a redesign of the methods of engagement with alumni and industry.


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  • He (Helen)  Huang
    He (Helen) Huang (2015 US FOE)
    Associate Professor at North Carolina State University, Raleigh, North Carolina said:
    3 days ago
    We have developed a novel control algorithm that can automatically tune the prosthesis control to provide personalized assistance to individuals with lower limb amputations. The research has been published on Annals of Biomedical Engineering. The research news has been features on NSF front page recently.

    Below is the full story reported at

    When amputees receive powered prosthetic legs, the power of the prosthetic limbs needs to be tuned by a prosthetics expert so that a patient can move normally – but the prosthetic often needs repeated re-tuning. Biomedical engineering researchers at North Carolina State University and the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill have now developed software that allows powered prosthetics to tune themselves automatically, making the devices more functionally useful and lowering the costs associated with powered prosthetic use.

    “When a patient gets a powered prosthetic, it needs to be customized to account for each individual patient’s physical condition, because people are different in size and strength. And that tuning is done by a prosthetist,” says Helen Huang, lead author of a paper on the work and an associate professor in the biomedical engineering program at NC State and UNC-Chapel Hill. “In addition, people are dynamic – a patient’s physical condition may change as he or she becomes accustomed to a prosthetic leg, for example, or they may gain weight. These changes mean the prosthetic needs to be re-tuned, and working with a prosthetist takes time and money.”

    To address this problem, the researchers developed an algorithm that can be incorporated into the software of any powered prosthesis to automatically tune the amount of power a prosthetic limb needs in order for a patient to walk comfortably. The algorithm would not only make it easier for patients to walk while reducing prosthetist-related costs, but would also allow a prosthesis to adjust to changing conditions. Video of the technology in action can be seen here.

    “For example, the algorithm could provide more power to a prosthesis when a patient carries a heavy suitcase through an airport,” Huang says.

    The system works by taking into account the angle of the prosthetic knee while walking.

    Powered prosthetic legs are programmed so that the angle of the prosthetic joints – the knee or ankle – while walking mimics the normal movement of the joints when an able-bodied person is walking. During the conventional prosthetic tuning process, a prosthetist adjusts the powered prosthesis’s system so that it exerts the power necessary to recreate those normal joint motions while walking.

    But changes in a person’s weight, or gait, can affect the prosthesis’s ability to achieve that “natural” joint angle.

    The automatic-tuning algorithm takes a similar approach, tracking the angle of the prosthetic joint while walking. But it is able to adjust the amount of power the prosthesis receives in real time, in order to maintain the proper angle.

    “In testing, we found that the computer – using the algorithm – performed better than prosthetists at achieving the proper joint angle,” Huang says. “So we know our approach works. But we’re still working to make it better.

    “Prosthetists rely on years of experience to not only adjust the joint angle, but to adjust a prosthesis to help patients maintain a comfortable posture while walking,” Huang adds. “We’re not yet able to replicate the prosthetist’s success in achieving those comfortable ‘trunk motions,’ but it’s something we’re working on.”

    The paper, “A Cyber Expert System for Auto-Tuning Powered Prosthesis Impedance Control Parameters,” is published in the journal Annals of Biomedical Engineering. The paper was co-authored by Dustin Crouch, Ming Liu, Gregory Sawicki and Ding Wang, of the joint biomedical engineering program at NC State and UNC-Chapel Hill. The work was supported by the National Science Foundation under grants 1361549, 1406750, and 1527202.


    Note to Editors: The study abstract follows.

    “A Cyber Expert System for Auto-Tuning Powered Prosthesis Impedance Control Parameters”

    Authors: He Huang, Dustin L. Crouch, Ming Liu, Gregory S. Sawicki and Ding Wang, North Carolina State University and the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill.

    Published: Sept. 25, Annals of Biomedical Engineering

    DOI: 10.1007/s10439-015-1464-7

    Abstract: Typically impedance control parameters (e.g. stiffness and damping) in powered lower limb prostheses are fine-tuned by human experts, which is time and resource intensive. Automated tuning procedures would make powered prostheses more practical for clinical use. In this study, we developed a novel cyber expert system (CES) that encoded human expert (HME) tuning decisions as computer rules to auto-tune control parameters for a powered knee (passive ankle) prosthesis. The tuning performance of CES was preliminarily quantified on two able-bodied subjects and two transfemoral amputees. After CES and HME tuning, we observed normative prosthetic knee kinematics and improved or slightly improved gait symmetry and step width within each subject. Compared to HME, the CES tuning procedure required less time and no human intervention. Hence, using CES for auto-tuning prosthesis control was a sound concept, promising to enhance the practical value of powered prosthetic legs. However, the tuning goals of CES might not fully capture those of the human expert. This was because we observed that HME tuning reduced trunk sway, while CES sometimes led to slightly increased trunk motion. Additional research is still needed to identify more appropriate tuning objectives for powered prosthetic legs to improve amputees’ walking function.
  • Cyrus  Shahabi
    Cyrus Shahabi (2005 USFOE, 2011 JAFOE)
    Professor at University of Southern California, Los Angeles, California said:
    3 days ago
    See my recent article on the future of driverless cars:
  • Andrei Fedorov
    Andrei Fedorov (2006 USFOE)
    Woodruff Professor of Mechanical Engineering at Georgia Institute of Technology, Atlanta, Georgia said:
    3 days ago
    Our group accomplishments were featured in news releases:

    “Smart Hydrogel Coating Creates “Stick-Sleep” Control of Capillary Action”(“stick-slip”-control-capillary-action)

    “Disappearing Carbon Circuits on Graphene Could Have Security, Biomedical Uses” by Georgia Tech (

    “Nine Georgia Tech-Emory Biomedical Projects Received Coulter Foundation Funding: Teams Chosen to Receive Funding to Accelerate Commercialization of Medical Technologies Invented in their Labs” (
  • SHaochen Chen
    SHaochen Chen (2015 us-china FOE)
    Professor at University of California, San Diego, La Jolla, California said:
    3 days ago
    Dr. Shaochen Chen 3D-printed micro-fish that can swim, then sense and remove toxins
  • Michael McAlpine
    Michael McAlpine (2011 US FOE)
    Associate Professor at University of Minnesota, Minneapolis, Minnesota said:
    3 days ago
    We have developed a 3D printed anatomical nerve guide that helps regrow complex nerves after an injury.
  • Bahram  Javidi
    Bahram Javidi (Frontiers of Engineering sponsored by NAE and AvH)
    Board of Trustees Distinguished Professor at University of Connecticut, Storrs, Connecticut said:
    3 days ago
    The 2015 Prize for Applied Aspects of Quantum Electronics and Optics is awarded to Prof. Bahram Javidi, Professor at the University of Connecticut, US. The Prize is awarded to Professor Javidi “For pioneering contributions to information optics, including 3D imaging, 3D displays, and 3D imaging of photon starved scenes.”
  • Lori Graham-Brady
    Lori Graham-Brady (not exactly sure, maybe in 2000?)
    Professor, Civil Engineering at Johns Hopkins University, Baltimore, Maryland said:
    2 months, 3 weeks and 6 days ago
    As of July 1, 2015, Lori Graham-Brady has been appointed Chair of the Department of Civil Engineering at Johns Hopkins University.
  • Jennifer Sinclair Curtis
    Jennifer Sinclair Curtis (2003 USFOE, 2008 GAFOE)
    Distinguished Professor and Associate Dean for Research at University of Florida, Gainesville, Florida said:
    3 months and 2 days ago
    New position as Dean of Engineering at UC Davis starting October 2015

  • Naomi Chesler
    Naomi Chesler (2002 USFOE, 2004 JAFOE)
    Professor at Biomedical Engineering, Madison, Wisconsin said:
    3 months, 2 weeks and 4 days ago
    Full, Fellow, Fulbright!
    The 2014-2015 academic year was an exciting one for me! I was promoted to full professor at the University of Wisconsin at Madison, elected a Fellow of the American Society of Medical and Biological Engineering (AIMBE), and named a Fulbright Scholar. For the 2015-16 academic year, my family (husband and 3 daughters) and I will be living in Israel. In addition to doing research at Tel Aviv University, I hope to visit other institutions to meet colleagues and discuss cutting-edge approaches to biomedical engineering research and education. My family and I also plan to travel extensively and look forward to learning about the rich and complex history of the region.
  • Christine Grant
    Christine Grant (12th Annual U.S. Frontiers of Engineering Symposium)
    Associate Dean of Faculty Advancement - Professor of Chemical and Biomolecular Engineering at North Carolina State University, Raleigh, North Carolina said:
    5 months and 5 days ago
    Success Strategies for Women (and Men) in STEM Careers
    I am excited to announce that my book entitled,"Success Strategies from Women in STEM: A Portable Mentor - Second Edition" (co-edited with Peggy Pritchard) will be released in June 2015 by Academic Press/Elsevier. It is a comprehensive and accessible manual that provides valuable strategies, tools, and sucess tips for women (and men) pursuing and involved in STEM careers. The compilation features several STEM professionals from academe and industry.
  • Nirmal Keshava
    Nirmal Keshava (2011 US FOE, 2014 IAFOE)
    Senior Principal Informatics scientist at AstraZeneca, Waltham, Massachusetts said:
    5 months, 1 week and 5 days ago
    Nirmal Keshava will be an invited speaker at the Clinical Research Informatics World 2015 conference in Boston, MA where he will talk about his work on advanced mathematical models for realizing value using large-scale analytics from clinical electronic health record / real-world evidence data.