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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  • Synthetic Muscle Fibers
    Synthetic Muscle Fibers
    Mon, November 22, 2021
    Young-Shin Jun (EU-US FOE 2016) at Washington University in St. Louis and Sinan Keten (USFOE 2017) at Northwestern University are engineering proteins that are nearly identical to those found in muscle tissue and could be a great material for sutures and tissue engineering.
  • Glow-in-the-Dark Plants
    Glow-in-the-Dark Plants
    Thu, November 18, 2021
    NAE member Michael Strano (USFOE 2007) at MIT is engineering rechargeable lighting embedded in plant leaves that could start to replace the current unsustainable urban electrical lighting grid for the mutual benefit of all plant-dependent species — including people.
  • Mask Alternative for Extended Use
    Mask Alternative for Extended Use
    Mon, November 15, 2021
    Jelena Srebric at the University of Maryland Global Campus is engineering new type of personal protective equipment that is far more comfortable than a surgical mask or N95 ventilator for workers who currently face the discomfort and inconvenience of wearing masks for hours at a time.
  • New Solid-State Battery With Surprises
    New Solid-State Battery With Surprises
    Thu, November 11, 2021
    FOE alum Shirley Meng at the University of California San Diego is engineering a new type of battery that weaves two promising battery sub-fields into a single safe, long-lasting, and energy-dense battery and holds promise for a wide range of applications from grid storage to electric vehicles.
  • New Options for Osteoarthritis
    New Options for Osteoarthritis
    Thu, November 04, 2021
    Vanderbilt's Craig Duvall (CAFOE 2017) is engineering new drug treatments for the prevention of post-traumatic osteoarthritis caused by injury that will help reduce associated health care costs as well as the loss of quality of life.
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Upcoming Events
  • Upcoming
    Jul 18 2022 - Jul 20 2022
    The 2022 China-America Frontiers of Engineering symposium will be held July 18-20 in China. Sixty of the most promising engineers under the age of 45 from China and the United States will meet for an intensive 2-1/2 day symposium on developments at the cutting edge of engineering ...
    Chengdu (TBD), China
  • Upcoming
    Sep 21 2022 - Sep 23 2022
    The 2022 US Frontiers of Engineering will be held September 21-23 at Amazon in Seattle, Washington. About 100 outstanding early career engineers will meet for an intensive 2-1/2 day symposium to discuss cutting-edge developments in four areas: Advances in Infectious Disease Diagnostics ...
    Seattle, Washington
  • Upcoming
    Mar 23 2023 - Mar 25 2023
    The 2023 German-America Frontiers of Engineering symposium will be held in Germany. Sixty of the most promising engineers under the age of 45 from Germany and the United States will meet for an intensive 2-1/2 day symposium on developments at the cutting edge of engineering technology in four ...
    TBD, Germany
FOE ALUMNI SPOTLIGHT
  • Cornell University
    Professor of Mechanical and Aerospace Engineering

    My research is on formal methods to describe to robots what they should do, automatically create controls to achieve tasks, and provide explanations as to why the robot might fail. 

    Participating in FOEs ...

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  • Cerevel Therapeutics
    Vice President

    I lead efforts to accelerate the use of data science to unravel the mysteries of the brain and perform pre-clinical and clinical research more rapidly and efficiently.

    FOE events like USFOE 2011 and IAFOE 2014 were amazing opportunities to collect ...

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  • University of California, Berkeley
    Associate Professor of Electrical Engineering and Computer Sciences

    We design computational imaging systems that combine optical physics hardware and software to capture new information for applications in biomedical microscopy, lithography, and imaging in scattering.

    FOE was great for meeting smart, ...

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  • International Flavors and Fragrances
    Corporate Drying Process Specialist

    As a drying specialist consulting alongside other particle processing engineers, my expertise extends to disciplines that frequently overlap with drying, such as solids handling, heat transfer, fluidization, and atomization.

    Attending the FOE ...

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  • University of Texas at Austin
    Associate Professor of Aerospace Engineering and Engineering Mechanics

    I conduct research at the convergence of mechanics, materials, and electronics of bio-integrated and bio-mimetic devices for mobile health and human-machine interaction.

    Speaking at two FOE meetings has greatly broadened the impact of my ...

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  • Oak Ridge National Laboratory
    Director, Manufacturing Sciences Division

    My research focuses on additive manufacturing, carbon fiber/composites, digital manufacturing, and the effect of material properties based on the manufacturing process.

    FOE has provided me an opportunity to connect with leading experts in other ...

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FeaturesMore Features
  • This GUIRR program will discuss the discovery accelerator approach to partnership, collaborative, and interdisciplinary research, and the application of emerging computing technologies to supercharge the pace of scientific discovery with innovations in life sciences, new materials development, environmental sustainability, and advanced manufacturing
  • NSF’s Secure and Trustworthy Cyberspace program invites exploratory concepts from researchers in the social, behavioral, and economic sciences collaborating with researchers in computer and information science and engineering. The program aims to support fundamental multidisciplinary research on security, privacy, and trustworthy cyberspace that leads to new knowledge and approaches to design, build, and operate systems that can better protect people, organizations, and critical infrastructure. Proposals due Dec. 10, 2021.
  • FOE alum Marco Pavone at Stanford has engineered a robotic gripper equipped with grippy but not sticky gecko-inspired adhesives that could be particularly well-suited for tasks such as collecting debris and servicing satellites.
  • Civil and environmental engineer Burcin Becerik-Gerber at the University of Southern California co-produced this film about students traveling to the Moria Camp in Greece, known as "the worst refugee camp on earth," to design and build innovations that can improve the lives of refugees fleeing wars and natural disasters.
  • In this interview of Martin Cooper, who conceived the first portable cellular phone in 1973, NAE illustrates the importance of encouraging current and future generations of engineers and entrepreneurs to think big and bold.
Publications More Publications
  • This volume includes 12 papers from the National Academy of Engineering's 2019 US Frontiers of Engineering (US FOE) Symposium held in September 2019. US FOE meetings bring together 100 outstanding early career engineers to exchange information about leading-edge technologies in a range of engineering fields. The 2019 symposium covered four topic areas: Advanced Manufacturing in the Age of Digital Transformation; Engineering the Genome; Self-Driving Cars: Technology and Ethics; and Blockchain Technology. The papers describe leading-edge research on these topics, among others: next-generation robotic locomotion, using CRISPR to combat human disease vectors, the ethics of autonomous vehicles, and blockchain technology. Appendixes include information about contributors, the symposium program, and participants. This is the 25th volume in the US Frontiers of Engineering series.

  • 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.