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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  • The Superpowers of Super-Thin Materials
    The Superpowers of Super-Thin Materials
    Mon, January 27, 2020
    FOE alumni Tomás Palacios at MIT and Jeff Urban at Lawrence Berkeley National Lab are engineering embedded electronics using super-thin materials that will be the linchpin of the internet of everything, from a window that forecasts weather to concrete monitors in tunnels and bridges.
  • Water Filtration Inspired by Water Transport in Our Bodies
    Water Filtration Inspired by Water Transport in Our Bodies
    Thu, January 16, 2020
    Manish Kumar (USFOE 2016) at the University of Texas at Austin is engineering a new water filtration method with implications for a variety of technologies, such as desalination plants, breathable and protective fabrics, and carbon capture in gas separations.
  • This Helmet Will Save Football. Actually, Probably Not.
    This Helmet Will Save Football. Actually, Probably Not.
    Mon, January 13, 2020
    Stanford's David Camarillo (USFOE 2018) is engineering football helmet advances to help prevent brain disease from repeated hits to the head. Virginia Tech's Stefan Duma (USFOE 2002) evaluates sports helmets and is skeptical about how much can be achieved.
  • Digital Production's Next Wave
    Digital Production's Next Wave
    Fri, January 03, 2020
    Ohio State University's Glenn Daehn (USFOE 1996) is developing metamorphic manufacturing, also known as robotic blacksmithing, which could take over computer numerical control (CNC) machining and even additive manufacturing, with time-saving and less expensive processes.
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  • 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: Food ...
    National Renewable Energy Lab
    Golden, Colorado
  • Upcoming
    Oct 19 2020 - Oct 21 2020
    The 2020 EU-US Frontiers of Engineering symposium will be held October 19-21 at Nokia in Murray Hill, New Jersey. About 60 outstanding engineers under the age of 45 will meet for an intensive 2-1/2 day symposium to discuss cutting-edge developments in four areas: Advances in ...
    Nokia
    Murray Hill, New Jersey
FOE ALUMNI SPOTLIGHT
  • Polybiomics
    Co-Founder, President, and CTO

    I lead research, innovation, and development of biohybrid materials, probes, and devices for live cell polysensing and imaging within the life sciences and biotech sectors.

    The FOE program provided an excellent forum for exchanging knowledge of the ...

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  • Urban Institute
    Senior Policy Associate

    I manage the Accelerating Innovation for Inclusion Initiative, sponsored by the Mastercard Center for Inclusive Growth, which hopes to raise visibility and fill knowledge gaps on what the digital transition means for American cities, to foster ...

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  • University of Central Florida
    Assistant Professor of Mechanical and Aerospace Engineering

    My team develops gait rehabilitation approaches and devices based on brain dynamics, with the goal of helping people improve their balance and walking ability.

    What I found to be most valuable about FOE was the opportunity to strengthen existing ...

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  • Virgin Orbit
    Vice President, Special Projects

    My focus is on space exploration, particularly on developing new ways to make space launch much more affordable and inclusive.

    Participating in FOE was an excellent way to connect with researchers from the cutting edge of a broad range of ...

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  • University of California, Irvine
    Professor of of Civil & Environmental Engineering

    focus on hydroclimatic extremes including droughts, coastal floods, and heatwaves, and compound and cascading hazards to understand the interrelationships between threats and their societal impacts.

    FOE offered an amazing ...

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  • University of Delaware
    Assistant Professor of Chemical and Biomolecular Engineering

    My research focuses on improving understanding of drug delivery in the lungs, from patient-specific aerodynamics to pulmonary immunology, in order to develop new therapeutic and diagnostic approaches that are personalized for respiratory patients.

    ...

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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.