About FOE

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 early career engineers 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.

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  • Human Bone May Hold Key to Stronger 3D-printed Lightweight Structures
    Human Bone May Hold Key to Stronger 3D-printed Lightweight Structures
    Mon, December 09, 2019
    Purdue University's Pablo Zavattieri (USFOE 2014) is engineering a material that mimics the structure inside human bone, built to handle a lifetime's worth of wear and tear. These 3D-printed lightweight materials could last up to 100 times longer for use in buildings, aircraft, and other structures.
  • Chemical Weapon Afterlife
    Chemical Weapon Afterlife
    Thu, December 05, 2019
    The University of Central Florida's Subith Vasu (2019 EU-US FOE) has discovered how long it takes for toxic chemical compounds to deteriorate in the intense fire of an explosion, as well as the chemical product residues that remain after their destruction.
  • Illuminating Biology at the Speed of Life
    Illuminating Biology at the Speed of Life
    Thu, November 21, 2019
    FOE alum Elizabeth Hillman at Columbia University has engineered microscopy that reveals unseen details of living creatures with far superior resolution and at speeds up to 30 times faster than previously possible.
  • Building STEM Equity
    Building STEM Equity
    Mon, November 18, 2019
    FOE alum Naomi Chesler at the University of Wisconsin has launched a new entity to increase STEM productivity and creativity by educating people, departments, and institutions about best practices in diversity, equity, and inclusion.
  • A Printable Semiconductor from a Failed Cancer Drug
    A Printable Semiconductor from a Failed Cancer Drug
    Thu, November 14, 2019
    Many potential pharmaceuticals end up failing during clinical trials, but Ying Diao (USFOE 2017) at the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign is engineering organic semiconductors for use in chemical sensors and transistors from biological molecules once considered for cancer treatment.
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Upcoming Events
  • Upcoming
    Jun 22 2020 - Jun 24 2020
    The 2020 Japan-America Frontiers of Engineering symposium will be held in the United States. Sixty of the most promising early career engineers from Japan and the United States will meet for an intensive 2-1/2 day symposium on developments at the cutting edge of engineering ...
    Irvine, California
  • Upcoming
    Sep 14 2020 - Sep 16 2020
    The 2020 US Frontiers of Engineering will be hosted by the National Renewable Energy Lab  in Golden, Colorado, September 14-16. About 100 outstanding early career engineers will meet for an intensive 2-1/2 day symposium to discuss cutting-edge developments in four areas: ...
    National Renewable Energy Lab
    Golden, Colorado
FOE ALUMNI SPOTLIGHT
  • Purdue University
    Associate Professor, Lyles School of Civil Engineering

    My lab focuses on programmable, architectured, and bio-related materials at the interface of solid mechanics and materials engineering.

    The FOE offers the perfect environment for creating new ideas to address some of the most important challenges ...

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  • Colorado State University
    Professor, Civil and Environmental Engineering

    I combine engineering and biology to assess performance of structures and communities as complex systems under extreme hazards such as fire, tsunamis, earthquakes, and wind to ensure resilience while minimizing social and economic ...

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  • Princeton University
    Professor, Chemical and Biological Engineering

    My group studies the structural evolution of electrically-active materials and develops innovative processing and patterning technologies for the realization of low-cost, lightweight, and mechanically flexible thin-film devices, such as circuit ...

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  • Boeing Commercial Airplanes
    Technical Fellow

    My research areas include engineered composite materials, advanced composite manufacturing technologies, nanoparticle technology, functional coating for efficient aerospace structures, and high-performance electric space propulsion.

    FOE provides ...

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  • IBM Almaden Research Center
    Research Manager, Public Health and Food Safety

    I lead multidisciplinary research in big data, next-gen sequencing for food safety, AI-powered robot microscope, open-source spatio-temporal epidemiological modeling, and cloud-based genome assembly, classification, annotation, and data ...

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  • Oak Ridge National Laboratory
    Director, Sustainable Transportation Program

    I oversee more than 230 researchers working on materials, components, vehicles, and mobility systems for an efficient, secure, and sustainable transportation future.

    The Frontiers of Engineering symposia are excellent gatherings with people ...

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FeaturesMore Features
  • Applications are due January 31, 2020 for the L'Oreal For Women in Science fellowship program, which awards five women postdoctoral scientists annually with grants for their contributions in science, technology, engineering, and math (STEM) fields and commitment to serving as role models for younger generations.
  • Wil Srubar (USFOE 2017) at the University of Colorado Boulder is engineering living hybrid building material that exhibits both structural and biological functions.
  • At the University of California, Berkeley, Ronald Fearing (USFOE 2001) has engineered a jumping robot with control systems that allow the agile machine to master increasingly complex tasks.
  • Mathematical foundations and opportunities in cryptography and cybersecurity will be discussed in this week's webinar, part of a monthly series on exciting and upcoming mathematics research across an array of topics.
  • This video introduces a new study by the National Academies of Sciences, Engineering, and Medicine asserting that climate change is occurring, is caused largely by human activities, and poses significant risks for--and in many cases is already affecting--a broad range of human and natural systems.
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  • This volume includes 12 papers from the National Academy of Engineering's 2018 US Frontiers of Engineering (US FOE) Symposium held in September 2018. US FOE meetings bring together 100 outstanding engineers (ages 30 to 45) to exchange information about leading-edge technologies in a range of engineering fields. The 2018 symposium covered four topic areas: Quantum Computers: Are We There Yet?, the Role of Engineering in the Face of Conflict and Disaster, Resilient and Reliable Infrastructure, and Theranostics. The papers describe leading-edge research on these topics, among others: quantum computing, combining formal and informal structures in crisis response, infrastructure resilience, and immune theranostics. Appendixes include information about contributors, the symposium program, and participants. This is the 24th volume in the US Frontiers of Engineering series.

  • This volume includes 12 papers from the National Academy of Engineering's 2017 US Frontiers of Engineering (US FOE) Symposium held in September 2017. US FOE meetings bring together 100 outstanding engineers (ages 30 to 45) to exchange information about leading-edge technologies in a range of engineering fields. The 2017 symposium covered four topic areas: Machines That Teach Themselves, Energy Strategies to Power Our Future, Unraveling the Complexity of the Brain, and Megatall Buildings and Other Future Places of Work. The papers describe leading-edge research on such topics as whether machines can spot diseases faster than humans, wireless charging of electric vehicles, brain-machine interfaces, and functional natural materials for high-rise structures, among other topics. Appendixes include information about contributors, the symposium program, and a list of meeting participants. This is the twenty-second volume in the US FOE series. 

  • This volume includes 13 papers from the National Academy of Engineering's 2016 US Frontiers of Engineering (US FOE) Symposium held in September 2016. US FOE meetings bring together 100 outstanding engineers (ages 30 to 45) to exchange information about leading-edge technologies in a range of engineering fields. The 2016 symposium covered four topic areas: Pixels at Scale, Extreme Engineering, Water Desalination and Purification, and Technologies for Understanding and Treating Cancer. The papers describe leading-edge research on such topics as frontiers in virtual reality headsets, autonomous precision landing of space rockets, new materials for emerging desalination technologies, and engineering immunity against cancer, among other topics. Appendixes include information about contributors, the symposium program, and a list of meeting participants. This is the twenty-third volume in the US FOE series. 

  • This volume includes 14 papers from the National Academy of Engineering's 2015 US Frontiers of Engineering (USFOE) Symposium held in September 2015. USFOE meetings bring together 100 outstanding engineers (ages 30 to 45) to exchange information about leading-edge technologies in a range of engineering fields. The 2015 symposium covered four topic areas: Cybersecurity and Privacy, Engineering the Search for Earth-like Exoplanets, Optical and Mechanical Metamaterials, and Forecasting Natural Disasters. The papers describe leading-edge research on such topics as designing materials with unprecedented capabilities, building image-relaying mechanisms to better explore exoplanets, and improving medical device cybersecurity, among other topics. Appendixes include information about contributors, the symposium program, and a list of meeting participants. This is the twenty-first volume in the USFOE series. 

  • This volume includes 13 papers from the National Academy of Engineering's 2014 US Frontiers of Engineering (USFOE) Symposium held in September 2014. USFOE meetings bring together 100 outstanding engineers (ages 30 to 45) to exchange information about leading-edge technologies in a range of engineering fields. The 2014 symposium covered four topic areas:Co-Robotics, Battery Anxiety, Technologies for the Heart, and Shale Gas and Oil. The papers describe leading-edge research on such topics as progress in self-driving vehicles, lithion ion batteries and their manufacturing challenges, biomaterials for treating myocardial infarctions, and microbial ecology of hydraulic fracturing, among other topics. Appendixes include information about contributors, the symposium program, and a list of meeting participants. This is the twentieth volume in the USFOE series.