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  • 11/23/2015
    FOE alumni Johney Green and Lonnie Love (ORNL) embarked on a revolutionary demonstration project that could change the way we generate, use, store, and share energy. Additive Manufacturing Integrated Energy (AMIE) brought together researchers, industry partners, and government entities to create the largest 3D printed polymer structure and a 3D printed vehicle that share energy.
  • 11/19/2015
    Maryam Shanechi (USC) and Kathryn Whitehead (Carnegie Mellon) made the list of Popular Science's Brilliant 10 honoring the brightest young minds reshaping engineering, science, and the world.
  • 11/16/2015
    FOE alum Zhenan Bao and coworkers at Stanford University have created an electronic skin that responds to pressure changes and transmits signals via nerve cells, much as human skin does. The artificial skin connects three components: microstructured resistive pressure sensors, flexible printed organic electronic circuits, and nerve cells containing light-activated ion channels.
  • 11/12/2015
    Pedro Alvarez (USFOE 1997) and his team have developed a new method for turning soil contaminated by oil spills into fertile ground using less energy than existing techniques. Reclaimed soil could be used for re-greening: planting grass to minimize erosion and restore vegetation to the land, where 98% of oil spills occur.
  • 11/09/2015
    In an effort to create pain medication components like hydrocodone -- the main ingredient in the pain killer Vicodin -- without the help of poppies, FOE alum Christina Smolke has engineered simple baker's yeast to synthesize these medicinal compounds from sugar. Making the conversion more efficient can help the world's 5.5 billion people who have little or no access to pain medications.
  • 11/05/2015
    On July 1, Dennis A. Muilenburg (USFOE 2001) became Boeing's new CEO — 30 years after joining the company as an intern. He brings Boeing a rich combination of management skills, customer focus, business and engineering acumen, a can-do spirit, and the will to win.
  • 11/02/2015
    Michael Escuti (USFOE 2012) has developed direct-write laser scanners (DWLS), which enables the creation of nearly perfect geometric phase holograms with applications in astronomy, mobile displays, holographic imaging, and remote-sensing devices for everything from satellites to cameras.
  • 10/29/2015
    As reported recently on NPR, Desiree Plata (USFOE 2012) and other researchers found encouraging results in a study of hydraulic fracturing, a.k.a. fracking, that showed aquifer contamination came not from deep sources but surface violations. This is promising because surface spills are known entities, and the drinking water sources that have been affected can be targeted for monitoring and treatment.
  • 10/26/2015
    Jeff Karp (USFOE 2007) and a team of researchers showed how disease-targeted hydrogel stuck to sites of inflammation and slowly released the drug dose it was carrying over time in the treatment of inflammatory bowel disease, which affects over 1 million Americans and is on the rise around the world.
  • 10/22/2015
    Shaochen Chen (CAFOE 2015) and others have developed chemically powered and magnetically controlled 3D-printed "microfish" that can swim around in fluids and detect and neutralize toxins.
  • 10/15/2015
    Printed organs, such as this proto­type outer ear developed by Michael McAlpine (CAFOE 2013, USFOE 2011) and other researchers are just one example of the increasing versatility of 3D printing. The ear is printed from a range of materials: a hydrogel to form an ear-shaped scaffold, cells that will grow to form cartilage, and silver nanoparticles to form an antenna. And Jennifer Lewis (USFOE 2000) is looking ahead to radical emerging technologies that use live cells as ‘ink’, assembling them layer-by-layer into rudimentary tissues.
  • 10/15/2015
    NAE has launched LinkEngineering to help PreK-12 educators in the United States implement engineering education in classrooms and out-of-school settings. More information about the project can be found here
  • 10/15/2015
    NAE is seeking individuals’ stories to highlight its study on educational and career pathways of those working in engineering occupations and those with engineering degrees working in non-engineering occupations. Click here for more information. 
  • 10/15/2015
    Check out The Materials Game, a new interactive feature, and find out how common items that improve our lives were made possible by materials discoveries in physics. 
  • 10/12/2015
    Juan de Pablo (USFOE 2002) led a group of researchers putting liquid crystals to work as detectors for neuro-degenerative diseases such as Alzheimer’s. Their novel approach promises an easier, less costly way to detect disease in the earlier stages of their formation than previously possible—the stage when they are thought to be the most toxic.
  • 10/08/2015
    FOE alum Helen Huang led the development of software that allows powered prosthetics to tune themselves automatically, making the devices more functionally useful and lowering the costs associated with powered prosthetic use.
  • 10/06/2015
    FOE alum Carolina Cruz-Neira invites you to an open house of Cave Automatic Virtual Environment (CAVE), virtual reality technology with applications from military to health care. From equipping military aircraft with specific equipment to creating a 3D human body that students can walk through, CAVE users can be inside their subject matter instead of merely looking at data, renderings, or flat images.
  • 09/29/2015
    FOE alum Kartik Chandran is among the 2015 MacArthur Fellows who are shedding light and making progress on critical issues, pushing the boundaries of their fields, and improving our world in imaginative, unexpected ways.
  • 09/25/2015
    Polina Anikeeva, Lars Blackmore, and Jeanette Garcia are among the inspiring and creative innovators selected this year for working on the most important emerging technologies across a broad spectrum of engineering fields.
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