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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  • Helping Robots Collaborate to Get the Job Done
    Helping Robots Collaborate to Get the Job Done
    Mon, September 20, 2021
    George Pappas (GAFOE 2007) at the University of Pennsylvania has engineered an algorithm to ensure the fruitful cooperation of information-gathering robot teams in complex, unpredictable environments such as mapping or search-and-rescue.
  • Using Affordable Gold Leaf to Diagnose Infections
    Using Affordable Gold Leaf to Diagnose Infections
    Thu, September 16, 2021
    FOE alum Catherine Klapperich at Boston University is engineering gold leaf electrodes that, in combination with a CRISPR-based assay, could sensitively detect human papillomavirus (HPV) DNA in human samples. The method also could be modified to diagnose other viral infections.
  • Machine Learning and Earthquake Risk Prediction
    Machine Learning and Earthquake Risk Prediction
    Mon, September 13, 2021
    At the University of Texas at Austin, Ellen Rathje (JAFOE 2000) is using machine learning to study geotechnical engineering responses to liquefaction, when solid ground turns to liquid during earthquakes, which can topple buildings and bridges.
  • Acoustoelectronic Nanotweezers
    Acoustoelectronic Nanotweezers
    Thu, September 09, 2021
    Duke University's Tony Jun Huang (EU-US FOE 2014) is engineering a label-free, dynamically controllable method of moving and trapping nanoparticles over a large area, which holds promise for applications in fields ranging from condensed matter physics to biomedicine.
  • Has the Carbontech Revolution Begun?
    Has the Carbontech Revolution Begun?
    Thu, September 02, 2021
    Columbia University's Julio Friedmann (IAFOE 2008) discusses carbon-removal engineering that can pull carbon out of the air at a profit, supporting a circular carbon economy.
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Upcoming Events
  • Upcoming
    Sep 22 2021 - Sep 24 2021
    The 2021 US Frontiers of Engineering will be held September 22-24 at the National Academies' Beckman Center in Irvine, California. About 100 outstanding early career engineers will meet for an intensive 2-1/2 day symposium to discuss cutting-edge developments in four areas: Investigating ...
    Irvine, California
  • Upcoming
    Nov 15 2021 - Nov 17 2021
    The 2020 EU-US Frontiers of Engineering symposium will be held virtually November 15-17, 2021. Sixty of the most promising early career engineers from the US and EU will meet for an intensive 2-1/2 day symposium to discuss cutting-edge developments in four areas: Machine ...
    Virtual
  • 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
FOE ALUMNI SPOTLIGHT
  • University of Virginia
    Assistant Professor of Civil and Environmental Engineering

    My research focuses on sustainable transportation systems, in particular the impacts of new vehicle technology systems on traveler safety, behavior, and the environment.

    Attending and speaking at the German-American Frontiers of Engineering ...

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  • Georgia Tech
    Professor of Chemical and Biomedical Engineering

    I work at the interface of biotechnology and nanotechnology to develop broadly protective vaccines for influenza and coronavirus as well as Respiratory Syncytical Virus (RSV) and malaria.

    My experience with FOE was tremendously ...

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  • Google
    Senior Leader and Manager

    build and deploy AI systems with human-like capabilities, tackling high-complexity engineering problems to power search for billions of users around the globe and pushing the boundary of innovation in conversational AI, ...

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  • US Naval Research Lab
    Research Chemist

    I develop polymer materials for use in optical sensing devices and rechargeable battery applications.

    Attending the FOE Symposium was a definite highlight for me at this early career stage. It afforded me the opportunity to learn about various ...

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  • North Carolina State University and UNC Chapel Hill
    Assistant Professor of Biomedical Engineering

    My research focuses on the development of novel biomimetic materials that augment the body’s native healing process and facilitate tissue repair without fibrotic responses.

    FOE was an amazing opportunity to broaden my knowledge of key ...

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  • HRL Laboratories
    Group Leader, Advanced Packaging Solutions

    My research area is in millimeter-wave microelectronic devices, and my group develops 2.5D and 3D packaging technologies for improved subsystem performance. In other words, my work makes digital and analog devices run more efficiently.

    I had the ...

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FeaturesMore Features
  • 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.
  • This GUIRR webinar will introduce the initiative's priorities to assemble a transdisciplinary research community of scientists from crop and livestock sciences, genetics, genomics, computational and data sciences, and engineering who will work to better understand, predict, and develop phenotypes for agricultural products in the name of improving the efficiency and resilience of US agriculture.
  • 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.