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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  • Batteries To Power Long-Range Freight Trucks
    Batteries To Power Long-Range Freight Trucks
    Mon, April 12, 2021
    Anthony Eggert (JAFOE 2004) of the ClimateWorks Foundation writes that both battery-electric and fuel-cell long-range trucks can soon be engineered to out-compete diesel on cost while providing massive benefits for public health and the climate.
  • Food and Climate Change
    Food and Climate Change
    Mon, April 05, 2021
    Biosystems engineering professor Jason Hill (GAFOE 2013) at the University of Minnesota co-authored a recent study showing that we don't all have to go vegan to impact improvements to the big climate change problem caused by how we grow, eat, and waste food.
  • Strong as a BioPolymer
    Strong as a BioPolymer
    Mon, March 22, 2021
    At the University of California, Heather Maynard (JAFOE 2005) and Megan Valentine (USFOE 2014) are engineering new high-performance alternatives to petroleum-based polymers for strength, flexibility, and durability that can be produced sustainably from biological sources.
  • All-terrain Microrobot Flips Over Rough Muscle
    All-terrain Microrobot Flips Over Rough Muscle
    Mon, March 22, 2021
    Purdue mechanical engineer David Cappelleri (GAFOE 2015) is engineering a robot as tiny as a few human hairs that can travel throughout a colon by doing back flips directly to its target site, which could reduce side effects that the drug may cause by interacting with other organs along the way.
  • Organ-on-a-Chip Monitoring System for Chemotherapy
    Organ-on-a-Chip Monitoring System for Chemotherapy
    Thu, March 18, 2021
    FOE alum Ali Khademhosseini of the Terasaki Institute for Biomedical Innovation has engineered an organ-on-a-chip to monitor how breast cancer chemotherapy can affect tissue damage to the heart, the heart's pumping ability, or clinical heart failure.
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Upcoming Events
  • 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
  • Upcoming
    Nov 15 2021 - Nov 17 2021
    The 2020 EU-US Frontiers of Engineering symposium has been RESCHEDULED to November 15-17, 2021 and will be held 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 ...
    Nokia
    Murray Hill, New Jersey
FOE ALUMNI SPOTLIGHT
  • Cummins
    Global Systems Engineering Solutions Architect

    My work focuses on deploying a single enterprise-wide product data management solution and integrated product data ecosystem.

    My experience with FOE was surreally eye opening and mentally stimulating. Being selected as one of 100 emerging ...

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  • Lawrence Livermore National Laboratory
    Deputy Director, Center for Applied Scientific Computing

    I develop statistical and machine learning models that incorporate real-world variability and probabilistic behavior to quantify uncertainties in engineering and physics models.

    For me, FOE was a unique opportunity to meet very bright and ...

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  • Chevron
    Smart Facilities Program Manager

    I develop and deploy digital twin solutions to Chevron’s global operating assets to improve safety, drive efficiencies, and enhance decision-making quality.

    FOE was instrumental in broadening my perspective on career development through ...

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  • Stanford University
    Associate Professor of Electrical Engineering

    We tackle novel engineering and science problems by building compact, energy-saving electronics that use wide and ultra-wide bandgap materials such as III-Nitrides and Diamond.

    I enjoy the abundant networking opportunities and ...

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  • Rice University
    Assistant Professor of Mechanical Engineering

    In order to develop lighter weight, more efficient, and longer lasting engines, my research combines tribology, contact mechanics, nonlinear dynamics, and machine learning to advance our knowledge of the physics of energy dissipation and interfacial ...

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  • University of Colorado Boulder
    Associate Professor of Mechanical Engineering

    My research quantifies how the mechanics and composition of musculoskeletal tissues change as a function of development and disease. This will be used to guide the design of regenerative therapies that can restore functionality to damaged tissues.

    ...

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FeaturesMore Features
  • This GUIRR webinar will provide a broad overview of UN SDG-related trends in scientific research, accounting for volume of publications, international co-publications (with an emphasis on North–South and South–South), public–private co-publications and multi-/inter-disciplinarity. These indicators will also be cross-linked with variables such as the career stage and gender of scientists reporting SDG research.
  • 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).
  • 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.