About FOE

The Grainger Foundation 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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  • Upcoming
    Sep 11 2024 - Sep 14 2024
    The Grainger Foundation Frontiers of Engineering 2024 Symposium will be at the National Academies' Beckman Center in Irvine, California, September 11-14. About 100 outstanding early career engineers will meet for an intensive 2-1/2 day symposium to discuss cutting-edge ...
    Irvine, California
  • Upcoming
    Mar 25 2025 - Mar 28 2025
    The 2025 German-America Frontiers of Engineering symposium will be held at Oak Ridge National Laboratory in Oak Ridge, Tennessee. Sixty highly accomplished early-career engineers from Germany and the United States will meet for an intensive 2-1/2 day symposium on developments at the ...
    Oak Ridge National Laboratory
    Oak Ridge, Tennessee
  • Upcoming
    Jun 01 2025 - Jun 04 2025
    The 2025 Japan-America Frontiers of Engineering symposium will be held in the United States. Sixty highly accomplished 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 technology in ...
    San Diego, California
FOE ALUMNI SPOTLIGHT
  • ioneer, Ltd.
    ESG Director

    I develop strategic sustainability, environment, and health and safety initiatives in the mining sector.

    As a former participant, Frontiers of Engineering enriched my professional network by connecting me with emerging engineering leaders from ...

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  • University of Wisconsin-Madison
    Assistant Professor of Chemical Engineering

    My research group is laying the groundwork to electrify the chemical and fuels industry. We develop and demonstrate novel electricity-driven approaches to plastics for re- and upcycling, shale gas and CO2 valorization into polymer precursors, and ...

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  • Microsoft Healthcare
    Senior Researcher

    My research focuses on improving human health through computational modeling. Projects span cardiorespiratory physiology, medical imaging, and omics-level modeling for richer understanding of disease processes.

    I have found FOE to be ...

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  • Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute
    Associate Professor, Materials Science and Engineering

    I develop quantum multi-physics simulations to accurately predict complex processes in materials, facilitating materials design for future energy, computing, and quantum information technologies.

    FOE connected me to engineers with a wider ...

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  • Lawrence Berkeley National Laboratory
    Earth Research Scientist

    My research focuses on developing and applying novel numerical approaches and software to advance predictive understanding of fundamental earth sciences and to achieve adaptive control of energy recovery and storage in subsurface systems.

    It ...

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  • Georgia Institute of Technology
    Assistant Professor of Electrical and Computer Engineering

    My research interests focus on developing optimization and control algorithms to improve the reliability, resilience, and efficiency of electric power systems.

    Successfully transitioning to clean, resilient, and efficient electric power systems ...

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Publications More Publications
  • From resilience and security in the information ecosystem to novel applications in mining and mineral resource production, Frontiers of Engineering participants tackle today’s challenging world issues. The winter issue of The Bridge showcases research by early-career engineers as shared at The Grainger Foundation Frontiers of Engineering 2023 Symposium.

  • From novel applications of microbes to DEI in engineering to the potential for hydrogen energy, Frontiers of Engineering participants tackle today’s challenging world issues. The winter issue of The Bridge showcases research by early-career engineers as shared at the 2022 US FOE symposium.

  • 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.

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  • Why hasn't the dream of having a robot at home to do your chores become a reality yet? With three decades of research expertise in the field, FOE alum Ken Goldberg at the University of California, Berkeley sheds light on the clumsy truth about robots — and what it will take to build more dexterous machines to work in a warehouse or help out at home.
  • Do you need a degree in mechanical engineering to make a milkshake? No. But does it help? Let’s find out with FOE alum Philip LeDuc at Carnegie Mellon University! Explore the mechanics of milkshakes and experiment on your own with the recipes below.
  • FOE alum Kayla Sprenger at CU Boulder is integrating approaches at the crossroads of physics, engineering, and immunology in close synergy with experimentalists and clinicians to develop vaccines for diseases like HIV, break down mixed plastic waste streams into valuable chemicals, and address other challenges in energy and health fields.