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  • 02/11/2016
    MIT's Xuanhe Zhao (USFOE 2013) is developing stretchable hydrogels that share many of the same properties of human tissue, one of the latest wearable electronics that will revolutionize the way doctors diagnose and treat patients.
  • 02/08/2016
    Purdue mechanical engineer David Cappelleri (GAFOE 2015) has developed a “mini force field” that uses magnets to propel microbots that may one day be used in advanced manufacturing and research.
  • 02/08/2016
    FOE alumni Zhenan Bao, Juan de Pablo, Kristina Johnson, Jennifer West, and Alan Willner have been elected to the NAE. Willi Kalender and Yuzhuo Steve Zhang were elected as foreign members.
  • 02/04/2016
    Ali Javey (USFOE 2008) at UC Berkeley has developed flexible a sensor system that can measure metabolites and electrolytes in sweat, calibrate the data based on skin temperature, and sync results in real time to a smartphone. The advance opens doors to wearable devices that alert users to health problems such as fatigue, dehydration, and dangerously high body temperatures.
  • 02/01/2016
    The Harvard lab of Jennifer Lewis (USFOE 2000) is creating smart materials in different patterns, thicknesses, and shapes that shape-shift over several minutes as they are exposed to water, air, or heat. Eventual applications could include extra-aerodynamic racecar spoilers and airplane wings, and smart fabrics that change their weave in response to warmer weather.
  • 01/28/2016
    Glenn Daehn (USFOE 1996) led a team of engineers at The Ohio State University that has developed a new welding technique using 80 percent less energy while creating bonds that are 50 percent stronger, with immediate applications for manufacturers, particularly in the automobile industry.
  • 01/21/2016
    FOE alumni Gang Chen and Peter Bermel have been working on a new way to create an incandescent light bulb that promises to sip even less electricity than an LED, which had improved on mercury-containing CFL bulbs.
  • 01/19/2016
    Sundeep Rangan (EU-US FOE 2013) of the Polytechnic Institute of New York University has led the transformation of New York City's 6,000 pay phone kiosks, rendered nearly obsolete over the years, into free Wi-Fi stations. Each link will provide superfast, free public Wi-Fi, phone calls, device charging, and a tablet for Internet browsing, as well as access to city services, maps, and directions.
  • 01/14/2016
    FOE congratulates U.S. Naval Academy mechanical engineering professor Angela Moran (USFOE 97), who will be recognized for her dedication to the ideals of Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. during an awards dinner to be held Friday, January 15. Last year alone, her STEM programs aimed at recruiting and retaining tomorrow’s scientists and engineers reached more than 17,000 students and involved 60 faculty and staff.
  • 01/11/2016
    FOE alum and MIT engineer Cynthia Breazeal has founded a company that plans to market Jibo, a social robot designed to encourage interaction beyond tech screens.
  • 01/07/2016
    Fresh off a three-year study of social networking habits, Aaron Striegel (IAFOE 2012) and others are conducting another, larger, technology-based study of entering college freshmen that will track their physical activity and sleep patterns using wearable technologies and communication devices.
  • 01/04/2016
    Riley Duren (USFOE 2009), chief systems engineer for the Earth Sciences Directorate at NASA's Jet Propulsion Laboratory (JPL), is a leader of the Megacities Carbon Project. This pilot effort to audit greenhouse-gas emissions using satellites, aircraft, and ground-based sensors is designed to help monitor whether carbon-emission control efforts are working and, if not, where efforts need to be strengthened.
  • 12/17/2015
    UW's Peter Pauzauskie (GAFOE 2015) notes of his recent research: “Typically, when you...see Star Wars laser blasters, they heat things up. This is the first example of a laser beam that will refrigerate liquids like water under everyday conditions.”
  • 12/14/2015
    Stanford's Marco Pavone (USFOE 2013) joined with other researchers to design a robot that overcomes mobility challenges on asteroids and comets by hopping, tumbling, and flipping on rough surfaces in low-gravity.
  • 12/10/2015
    NAE member and FOE alum Albert Pisano, dean of UC San Diego's Jacobs School of Engineering, has started the Contextual Robotics Institute to develop machines that can anticipate and fulfill people's everyday needs, especially for the growing number of older Americans who want to "age in place." Engineers also envision creating robots that can size up people, places, and situations to help evacuate crowds from dangerous areas and pick through the rubble of an earthquake in search of survivors.
  • 12/07/2015
    After 9/11, Caltech scientist Julia Kornfield (USFOE 1996) and colleagues began working on a polymer that could prevent jet fuel from being used as an explosive weapon. The new polymers will save lives and minimize burns that result from post-impact fuel fires.
  • 12/03/2015
    Feniosky Peña-Mora (USFOE 2001), Commissioner of the New York City Department of Design and Construction, halted heavy construction and along with archaeologists shifted to careful excavation when a burial chamber was discovered during a water main project beneath Washington Square.
  • 11/30/2015
    With advances in rapid, point-of-care testing, doctors can test for many diseases and irregularities by pricking a finger to take just a drop of blood. But Rebecca Richards-Kortum (USFOE 1995) and others from Rice University suggest that the contents of blood drops taken from the same patient can vary greatly.
  • 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.
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