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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  • Using Ovens to Decontaminate Face Masks
    Using Ovens to Decontaminate Face Masks
    Thu, April 09, 2020
    Stanford University's Yi Cui (CAFOE 2017) may have found a way to use heat to disinfect N95 respirators, potentially enabling reuse of the single-use masks that are running dangerously low nationwide as the number of COVID-19 cases in the US continues to grow.
  • Robots That Can Sweat to Lower Temperature
    Robots That Can Sweat to Lower Temperature
    Thu, April 02, 2020
    FOE alum Robert Shepherd at Cornell University has engineered the first soft robotic muscle that can internally cool robot components (hands) using liquids, as opposed to bulky fans with motors.
  • Engineering for COVID-19
    Engineering for COVID-19
    Mon, March 30, 2020
    FOE alumni Sam Graham and Devesh Ranjan at Georgia Tech are engineering medical device and protective gear solutions to address the COVID-19 crisis.
  • AI Can Now Read Emotions - Should It?
    AI Can Now Read Emotions - Should It?
    Thu, March 26, 2020
    Christoffer Heckman (USFOE 2019) at the University of Colorado Boulder warns of the fairness, accountability, transparency, and ethical (“FATE”) flaws inherent in artificial intelligence that reads emotions.
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Upcoming Events
  • Upcoming
    Sep 14 2020 - Sep 16 2020
    The 2020 US Frontiers of Engineering will be hosted by the National Renewable Energy Laboratory  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 ...
    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
  • Upcoming
    Mar 18 2021 - Mar 20 2021
    The 2021 German-America Frontiers of Engineering symposium will be held March 18-20 at Oak Ridge National Laboratory . 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 ...
    Oak Ridge, Tennessee
FOE ALUMNI SPOTLIGHT
  • Volvo Group Connected Solutions
    Team Lead

    My team develops software solutions that communicate worldwide to trucks and other machines using telematics, monitoring service, handling vehicle reports, and making sure they are up to date.

    FOE is a great initiative and ...

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  • Orange County Water District
    Director of Research

    I conduct applied research related to water recycling for drinking water and the recharge of groundwater supplies, including pilot-scale evaluations of water treatment technologies and emerging tools for water quality analysis.

    I have found FOE to ...

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  • Florida A&M University – Florida State University
    Assistant Professor, Industrial & Manufacturing Engineering

    My research interests are in the constructs of digital twinning as a digital manufacturing paradigm, additive manufacturing smart-material printing, and composite structure design with a focus on damage prognosis using process and ...

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  • Purdue University
    Professor of Electrical & Computer Engineering

    My interdisciplinary work merges nano-optics, materials science, and machine learning to enable a new generation of devices for ultra-fast, ultra-thin optics, denser photonic/quantum circuitry and data storage, harsh environment sensing, biomedical ...

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  • RWTH Aachen
    Group Leader for Probe Design

    Research in my group focuses on the development of new compounds for imaging applications, in particular for fluorescence-based and upcoming photoacoustic-based methods.

    The FOE meeting was an awesome experiece that made it possible to meet ...

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  • GE Research
    Technology Manager, Metals & Ceramics

    I lead a team of materials scientists delivering key high temperature materials technology for industrial gas turbines, including critical new alloys, ceramics, coatings for aviation engines, repair technologies for legacy engines, and new ...

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FeaturesMore Features
  • The American Public Health Association and the National Academy of Medicine will discuss benefit-risk analysis of social/physical distancing strategies, including for vulnerable populations; examine strategies for mitigating mental health impacts; and explore the science available to guide eventual relaxation of measures.
  • The National Science Foundation (NSF) is accepting proposals to conduct non-medical, non-clinical-care research that can be used immediately to explore how to model and understand the spread of COVID-19, to inform and educate about the science of virus transmission and prevention, and to encourage the development of processes and actions to address this global challenge.
  • Register for the March 3 webinar and others in the series organized by the Board on Mathematical Sciences and Analytics featuring mathematicians telling the most important stories of how math has made an impact, from traffic simulations to personalized medicine. This webinar series is part of a larger National Academies’ study that will identify and illustrate the broad impact of the mathematical sciences.
  • Wil Srubar (USFOE 2017) at the University of Colorado Boulder is engineering living hybrid building material that exhibits both structural and biological functions.
  • 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.
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.