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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  • Nevertheless, She Persisted
    Nevertheless, She Persisted
    Thu, February 25, 2021
    Even when she's the only woman or person of color in a room full of engineers, Stanford's Debbie Senesky (USFOE 2016) shares how her resilience, adaptability, and determination have helped her engineer solutions for the aeronautics, astronautics, healthcare, and automotive industries.
  • Beetle Models Structural Strength
    Beetle Models Structural Strength
    Mon, February 22, 2021
    Pablo Zavattieri (USFOE 2014) at Purdue University is taking engineering cues from the exoskeleton of the diabolical ironclad beetle, which could inspire the design of aircraft gas turbines that are safer and longer lasting.
  • Heated Face Mask
    Heated Face Mask
    Thu, February 18, 2021
    NAE member Michael Strano (USFOE 2007) at MIT has designed a reusable mask with heated copper mesh powered by a battery and surrounded by insulating neoprene that can filter and inactivate coronaviruses.
  • A Nano-Needle To Modify Plant Genes
    A Nano-Needle To Modify Plant Genes
    Mon, February 08, 2021
    Markita Landry (USFOE 2017) at the University of California, Berkeley is engineering carbon nanotubes that can penetrate cell walls to alter genes, which could lead to breeding new varieties of crop plants faster and easier.
  • New Book - Mercury Stories
    New Book - Mercury Stories
    Thu, February 04, 2021
    In Mercury Stories, MIT's Noelle Selin (EU-US FOE 2019) examine sustainability from a systems engineering approach by analyzing human interactions with the volatile and toxic element over thousands of years.
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Upcoming Events
  • Upcoming
    Mar 18 2021 - Mar 20 2021
    The 2021 German-America Frontiers of Engineering symposium will be held virtually, March 17-19, 2021. 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 ...
    Virtual
  • Upcoming
    Jun 23 2021 - Jun 25 2021
    The 2021 Japan-America Frontiers of Engineering symposium will be held virtually June 23-25. 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 ...
    Virtual
  • Upcoming
    Sep 22 2021 - Sep 24 2021
    The 2021 US Frontiers of Engineering is tentatively scheduled to be held September 22-24 at the University of Colorado Boulder, contingent on the ability to hold an in-person meeting. About 100 outstanding early career engineers will meet for an intensive 2-1/2 day symposium to ...
    Boulder, Colorado
FOE ALUMNI SPOTLIGHT
  • HealthPointe Solutions
    Chief Data Science Officer

    Within the highly interconnected healthcare eco-system, we work on improving consumer health and practitioner interactions with the power of true cognitive artificial intelligence.

    The FOE is both a network and a medium where like-minded engineers ...

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  • Freshwater Collaborative of Wisconsin
    Executive Director

    I enable investigators to develop and coordinate their research, training and educational activities to address clean water, climate change, reliable water systems, a robust economy, and technological innovation.

    FOE has brought me ...

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  • University of Pittsburgh
    Associate Professor of Computational and Systems Biology

    My research focuses on understanding the mechanisms of molecular recognition and developing computational methods that predict and disrupt protein interactions to promote breakthroughs in the biological sciences.

    FOE challenged me to ...

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  • IBM Research
    Research Manager, AI Composition Lab

    I study multiagent conversational AI systems with a focus on building routing and orchestration algorithms in such systems for customer care and business process automation. 

    FOE provided me with a unique experience to learn, engage and ...

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  • Case Western Reserve University
    Associate Professor of Macromolecular Science and Engineering

    My group uses theory, computer simulations, and experiments to better understand how the shape and architecture of macromolecules influence their physical behaviors – leading to novel types of materials, sensors, and medicines.

    FOE gave me a ...

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  • University of Kansas
    Associate Professor of Electrical Engineering and Computer Science

    I focus on computer and network security, with particular interest in the Internet of Things (IoT), adversarial machine learning, anonymous communication on the Internet, smart grid communications, and online social networks.

    FOE ...

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FeaturesMore Features
  • The National Academies of Sciences, Engineering and Medicine is launching this opportunity for a diverse cohort of 18 mid-career experts to collaborate about their collective ideas on critical and emerging interdisciplinary issues.
  • 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.
  • FOE alum Elaine Chew at the Centre National de la Recherche Scientifique illustrated similarities between music and arrhythmia in a series of short piano pieces based on cardiac electrical anomalies (audio starts about a minute in).
  • Watch FOE alum Markus Buehler at MIT's TEDx talk exploring a new perspective of materials science at the interface of matter and sound using a variety of tools including molecular modeling, AI and machine learning, and experimental synthesis and characterization.
  • David Bader (USFOE 2007) founded the NJIT Institute for Data Science, which is hosting a Wednesday virtual seminar series that brings together scientists, engineers, and users to develop data-driven technologies and solve real-world problems.
  • Mihri and Cengiz Ozkan at the University of California, Riverside (USFOE 2008) are engineering a way to recycle plastic waste, such as soda or water bottles, into a nanomaterial useful for energy storage, which could reduce plastic pollution and hasten the transition to 100% clean energy.
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.