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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  • AI with Audio Perception
    AI with Audio Perception
    Mon, June 21, 2021
    Kristen Grauman (USFOE 2016) is engineering a new AI simulator called SoundSpaces, an independent “agent” that guides itself to noise-producing objects through 3D environments to achieve better spatial understanding from audiovisual observations.
  • A Rainbow Connection
    A Rainbow Connection
    Fri, June 11, 2021
    Mikhail Kats (USFOE 2020) at the University of Wisconsin-Madison has engineered an optical technique to measure transparent, layered structures found in plants, animals, geological samples, and synthetic materials and could lead to a new understanding of climate history.
  • Dynamic, Cost-Saving Additive Platform
    Dynamic, Cost-Saving Additive Platform
    Thu, June 10, 2021
    FOE alum Yong Chen at the University of Southern California is engineering a prototype 3D printing platform with adjustable metal pins that negate the need to print excess support structures. This could save 30% on material, with biomedical, automotive, aerospace, and maritime applications.
  • Taking a Patient's Pulse Remotely with Camera
    Taking a Patient's Pulse Remotely with Camera
    Fri, June 04, 2021
    Shwetak Patel (EU-US FOE 2014) University of Washington is engineering a way to use machine learning and the camera on an electronic device to take pulse and respiration signals from a real-time video of a patient’s face.
  • Using AI for Sustainable Energy and Water
    Using AI for Sustainable Energy and Water
    Thu, June 03, 2021
    Seth Darling (USFOE 2016) at Argonne National Laboratory is engineering an artificial intelligence-assisted system for recovery of energy, nutrients, and freshwater from municipal wastewater.
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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: Resilience in ...
    TBD
  • Upcoming
    Nov 15 2021 - Nov 17 2021
    The 2020 EU-US Frontiers of Engineering symposium will be held November 15-17, 2021 at either Nokia Bell Labs in Murray Hill, New Jersey or the National Academies' Beckman Center in Irvine, California, depending on Bell Labs' reopening status. Sixty of the most ...
    Nokia
    Murray Hill, New Jersey
  • Upcoming
    Jul 18 2022 - Jul 20 2022
    The 2022 China-America Frontiers of Engineering symposium will be held 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 technology in ...
    Beijing, 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
  • 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.
  • Recovery, Renewal and Resilience in a Post-Pandemic World is a new international funding opportunity supporting social, behavioral, and economic science research on the impacts of the COVID-19 pandemic. Organized through the Trans-Atlantic Platform, the endeavor is a partnership between the U.S. National Science Foundation’s Directorate for Social, Behavioral and Economic Sciences and scientific funding agencies in 11 other countries. Register for the webinar on May 27 to learn more.
  • 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.