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.


  • Brandon Vogel
    Associate Professor, Chemical Engineering
    Bucknell University

    My group synthesizes new biomaterials to detect, target, and treat disease, including controlled and targeted nanoparticulate drug delivery systems.

    The FOE gave me the opportunity to not only share my own work but to connect with engineering leaders in different disciplines and sectors including academic, government, and industry from the US and China. This connection became even more clear when I attended the Grand Challenges summit in Bejing last fall, where I was graciously hosted by Chinese engineers I had met at the FOE. 

  • Andrea Corrion
    Research Staff Scientist
    HRL Laboratories

    I investigate novel semiconductor materials and devices for applications including improved-efficiency power conversion, high performance RF communications and radar systems, and optoelectronics devices like LEDs and lasers.

    Attending the FOE symposium was a great experience – rarely as a scientist or engineer do you have the opportunity to hear high-level talks covering such a wide range of subjects in one setting. In addition, this program has allowed me to develop a network of colleagues from across engineering disciplines that I wouldn’t otherwise have.

  • Michael Law
    Mueser Rutledge Consulting Engineers

    My research and practice focus on behavior of underground structures in urban areas, building foundations, buried utility rehabilitation, service life prediction, computational geomechanics, and remote monitoring of structures.

    Being able to meet so many bright young engineers in different fields was simply a thrilling experience.  The diverse themes were always cutting-edge and the discussions were mind expanding.  The symposium reinforces my belief that engineers are making a positive difference.  It has also developed various collaboration opportunities and friendships that last a lifetime.

  • Mabel Ramirez
    Assistant Group Leader, Air, Missile, & Maritime Defense Technology Division
    MIT Lincoln Laboratory

    My research interests are in developing novel system concepts and advanced signal processing algorithms for electronic warfare applications.

    The symposium offered a unique opportunity to connect with a community of outstanding engineers, scientists, and emerging leaders who work on innovative research and solve very complex technical problems. FOE provides an excellent forum for cross-disciplinary collaborations and fosters an environment for continued exchange of ideas.

  • Mitchell Walker
    Associate Professor, Aerospace Engineering
    Geogia Institute of Technology

    My research area is the creation and acceleration of plasma for advanced space propulsion, plasma-based devices, and plasma-based material processing.

    It was as amazing experience to spend time with the talented participants at the FoE Symposium. The presentations in each focus area were intense and have influenced my research interests. The personal connections I made have grown into friendships and several invited talks at other institutions.

  • He (Helen) Huang
    Associate Professor
    UNC-NCSU Joint Department of Biomedical Engineering

    My research focuses on human-machine interface, human-robot interaction, and human-centered design and control of wearable co-robots to improve the quality of life of individuals with physical disabilities.

    The symposium offered me a unique opportunity to network with brilliant engineers and young leaders in academia and industry, to learn the impact of research in various engineering disciplines through exciting and inspiring talks, and to share thoughts on challenges (such as diversity in engineering and effective technology transfer) facing engineers.