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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  • Harnessing Blue Energy from Mixing of Freshwater and Seawater
    Harnessing Blue Energy from Mixing of Freshwater and Seawater
    Thu, August 22, 2019
    Stanford's Yi Cui (CAFOE 2017) has engineered a new battery made from affordable and durable materials that generates energy from places where salt and fresh waters mingle. The technology could make coastal wastewater treatment plants energy-independent and carbon neutral.
  • Infrared Imaging Shines Light on Cancer Biomarkers
    Infrared Imaging Shines Light on Cancer Biomarkers
    Mon, August 19, 2019
    Purdue University's Ali Shakouri (USFOE 2000) has engineered new infrared chemical imaging that gives doctors a quick and accurate way of detecting biomarkers within cells for different forms of cancer, which can reduce unnecessary surgeries.
  • A Portable Device That Tracks Chemotherapy
    A Portable Device That Tracks Chemotherapy
    Thu, August 15, 2019
    FOE alum Mehdi Javanmard at Rutgers University has engineered a portable device that determines with up to 95% accuracy whether targeted chemotherapy is working on individual cancer patients, which will enable more personalized interventions and better disease management and detection.
  • Why Are These Mice Hallucinating?
    Why Are These Mice Hallucinating?
    Thu, August 08, 2019
    NAE member and FOE alum Karl Deisseroth at Stanford has engineered a device that creates hallucinations by striking dozens of individual brain neurons at once with tiny beams of red light. Understanding how hallucinations are created could help us learn how to stop them.
  • Robot Arm
    Robot Arm "Tastes" with Engineered Bacteria
    Mon, August 05, 2019
    FOE alum Carmel Majidi at Carnegie Mellon University is engineering biohybrid robots that draw inspiration from nature to sense chemicals, with the ultimate goal to adapt their abilities to sense, feel, and move in response to changes in environmental conditions.
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Upcoming Events
  • Upcoming
    Sep 25 2019 - Sep 27 2019
    The 2019 US Frontiers of Engineering will be hosted by Boeing in North Charleston, South Carolina, September 25-27. About 100 outstanding early career engineers will meet for an intensive 2-1/2 day symposium to discuss cutting-edge developments in four areas: Advanced ...
    North Charleston, South Carolina
  • Upcoming
    Nov 18 2019 - Nov 20 2019
    The 2019 EU-US Frontiers of Engineering symposium will be held November 18 - 20 in Stockholm, Sweden. 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: 5G and Internet of ...
    Stockholm, Sweden
  • 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
FOE ALUMNI SPOTLIGHT
  • Virginia Tech
    Associate Professor, Mining and Minerals Engineering

    My research is increasingly focused on the monitoring, characterization, and abatement of respirable dust and diesel particulates in underground mines. I also work on other environmental and social aspects of natural resource development, ...

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  • University of Minnesota
    Associate Professor, Mechanical Engineering

    I custom-build 3D printers to interweave nanoscale, biological, and other functional materials, including anatomically accurate next-generation biomedical devices.

    I attended the 2011 US FOE where I saw an amazing talk by Hod Lipson entitled, The ...

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  • Proctor and Gamble
    Principal Engineer

    I develop and implement new experiential benefits areas for global laundry products; my research focus is emulsion process technologies.

    FOE provided exposure to a wide variety of engineering disciplines, and I made several connections in ...

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  • NVIDIA Corporation
    Vice President of Graphics Research

    I research computer graphics, especially virtual and augmented reality, real-time rendering, ray tracing, display technology, and GPU computing.

    FOE was an incredible opportunity to meet, learn from, and even strike up collaborations with ...

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  • University of Miami
    Associate Professor, Industrial Engineering

    My research focuses on dynamic data-driven simulation and optimization mechanisms for a variety of application areas, including power grid management and control, cyber infrastructures, and health informatics.

    FOE is a unique program ...

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  • Oak Ridge National Laboratory
    Distinguished R&D Staff Scientist

    My focus is on advanced lubrication, materials tribology, surface engineering, nanostructured materials, and advanced manufacturing. 

    Interdisciplinary or crosscutting research is the future for engineering development. FOE provided me ...

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FeaturesMore Features
  • GUIRR will host a webinar on the economic benefits of the Global Positioning System (GPS), which has generated roughly $1.4 trillion in economic benefits since it was made available for civilian and commercial use in the 1980s. The loss of GPS service would have a $1 billion per day impact.
  • Wil Srubar (USFOE 2017) at the University of Colorado Boulder is engineering living hybrid building material that exhibits both structural and biological functions.
  • At the University of California, Berkeley, Ronald Fearing (USFOE 2001) has engineered a jumping robot with control systems that allow the agile machine to master increasingly complex tasks.
  • Mathematical foundations and opportunities in cryptography and cybersecurity will be discussed in this week's webinar, part of a monthly series on exciting and upcoming mathematics research across an array of topics.
  • FOE alum Markus Buehler at MIT engineered "Spider’s Canvas," an exploration that sonifies the threads of a spider web by applying different frequencies of sound to different lengths of spider webs. Spider webs feature hierarchical structures similar to the complex harmonies and rhythms music.
  • 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 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.