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.


  • Christopher Jones
    Associate Vice President for Research and New-Vision Professor
    Georgia Institute of Technology

    I design materials that enable separation of specific molecules from a mixture, as well as catalysts that allow for the rapid and selective conversion of chemicals during chemical synthesis.

    As busy engineers, we are fully immersed in our lives and jobs, often intensely focused in a narrow intellectual space.  FOE provides an invigorating opportunity to learn about other areas where engineering is impacting modern society.  Meeting other ambitious, successful engineers further encourages my own personal mission to change the world through my research.

  • Xinyu "Cindy" Xu
    Senior Computer Vision Engineer
    Apple Inc.

    My work is to apply computer vision, machine learning and pattern recognition techniques to build useful consumer electronics products.

    FOE provides a valuable venue for researchers and engineers of academia, industry and research labs to discuss and understand the challenges of top engineering problems that have tremendous impact on society at large, and further more it provides opportunities for attendants to collaborate and contribute novel solutions to address those challenges. My knowledge scope is broadened by participating in the talks other than my own discipline, and it inspires me to think about the value of my work in a larger context when solving problems in my field.

  • Nicolas Luco
    Research Structural Engineer
    United States Geological Survey

    My research lies at the intersections of structural engineering, probability and statistics, and seismology. I focus on earthquake risk assessment as wells as mitigation through building codes and other seismic standards.

    The FOE symposium helped me think more about the fundamental challenges that my research addresses and gave me an opportunity to learn about other research areas tackling similar challenges, both during the symposium and afterwards during a week-long visit with one of its international organizers.

  • Renata Pasqualini
    Associate Director of Translational Research
    University of New Mexico Cancer Center

    My focus is ligand-directed therapy and molecular imaging based on in vivo phage display technology. This work will lead to a comprehensive map of vascular markers in each organ, tissue, or disease and may result in a new pharmacology.

    FOE is a unique channel for dissemination of multi-disciplinary engineering of the highest caliber. By promoting creative research and fostering interactions and integration of top investigators who might not otherwise overlap, FOE has and is likely to continue to greatly accelerate progress at the interface of engineering and medicine.

  • Homan Yuen
    Vice President and Co-Founder
    Solar Junction Corporation

    My work in opto-electronic devices and materials is broadly applicable to industries like renewable energies, communications, and consumer electronics – areas that can improve people’s lives.

    My experience with FOE was very rewarding because I was able to meet innovative and inspiring leaders in many different fields, which opened up new paths for collaboration.

  • Andrea Armani
    Associate Professor of Chemical Engineering and Materials Science
    University of Southern California

    My research group’s focus is developing new approaches based on integrated optics to study the complex behavior of biological systems.  This includes synthesizing new materials as well as inventing new devices and performing single- and few-cell studies.

    The FOE symposium was a wonderful opportunity to meet researchers far outside of my own area of expertise.  Several of these interactions have led to subsequent collaborations, and entirely new areas of research. for both of us.  This type of truly immersive experience is really the only way to make these cross-disciplinary connections.