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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  • Adaptive Roof Tile to Cut Heating and Cooling Costs
    Adaptive Roof Tile to Cut Heating and Cooling Costs
    Thu, February 22, 2024
    Elliot Hawkes (JAFOE 2021) at the University of California, Santa Barbara is engineering an adaptive tile that could reduce energy consumption, the amount of fossil fuel burned, and the strain on an aging energy infrastructure during times of extreme temperatures.
  • FOE Alumni Among the National Academy of Inventors 2023 Fellows
    FOE Alumni Among the National Academy of Inventors 2023 Fellows
    Thu, February 15, 2024
    The NAI Fellows Program highlights academic inventors who have demonstrated a spirit of innovation in creating or facilitating outstanding inventions that have made a tangible impact on the quality of life, economic development, and the welfare of society. Election to NAI Fellow is the highest ...
  • Sixteen FOE Alumni Elected to NAE
    Sixteen FOE Alumni Elected to NAE
    Mon, February 12, 2024
    Sixteen FOE alumni are among the 114 new members and 21 international members of the National Academy of Engineering (NAE). Election to the National Academy of Engineering is among the highest professional distinctions accorded to an engineer. Academy membership honors those ...
  • Shelf-stable mRNA Therapies
    Shelf-stable mRNA Therapies
    Thu, February 08, 2024
    FOE alum William Murphy at the University of Wisconsin-Madison is engineering a process to use mineral coatings that can maintain mRNA activity for up to six months, which could be a gamechanger in the fight against disease in sub-Saharan Africa and similar settings.
  • Dare Mighty Things at Kent State University
    Dare Mighty Things at Kent State University
    Mon, February 05, 2024
    FOE alum Christina Bloebaum inaugurated the recently expanded aeronautics and engineering building, saying "you want to fail in an environment where you can recover…[without being] afraid of going out on a limb.”
  • Removing CO2 at the Gigaton Scale
    Removing CO2 at the Gigaton Scale
    Thu, February 01, 2024
    Simon Pang (USFOE 2021) at Lawrence Livermore National Lab has completed a first-of-its-kind assessment of carbon dioxide removal that charts a path for the US to achieve a net-zero greenhouse gas economy by 2050, helping to ensure the nation’s climate security and resilience.
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Upcoming Events
  • Upcoming
    Jun 17 2024 - Jun 20 2024
    The 2024 China-America Frontiers of Engineering symposium will be held at the National Academies' Beckman Center in Irvine, California. Sixty highly accomplished early-career engineers from China and the United States will meet for an intensive 2 1/2 day symposium on ...
    Irvine, California
  • 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
FOE ALUMNI SPOTLIGHT
  • Cellia Science
    CEO

    I specialize in the translation of basic research findings into medical devices. I am currently working to develop a point-of-care hematology analyzer that leverages deep-UV microscopy for label-free imaging. I also evaluate innovative ...

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  • Washington University in St. Louis
    Associate Professor of Mechanical Engineering & Materials Science

    My research focuses on multiscale biomechanics and structure-function relationships of musculoskeletal soft tissues and joints. I study the fundamental principles that govern how soft tissues function in healthy conditions, how these relationships ...

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  • Worcester Polytechnic Institute
    Assistant Professor of Mechanical Engineering

    My research involves metal feedstock powder and wire development to enhance 3D printing of large-scale metal components, using computational thermodynamic and kinetic modeling tools, as well as advanced materials characterization techniques.

    FOE ...

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  • George Mason University
    Associate Professor of Civil, Environmental, and Infrastructure Engineering

    My research focuses on how we can use robotics and artificial intelligence to create new diagnostic tools, with applications ranging from civil infrastructure to the human body.

    The FOE experience gave me a broader view of the power of ...

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  • MIT Lincoln Laboratory
    Assistant Group Leader

    I apply the most mature advanced micro- and nanofabrication techniques to make advancements in fields spanning computation, bioengineering, aerospace, and optical systems.

    The Frontiers of Engineering symposium enabled me to collaborate, ...

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  • Collins Aerospace
    Chief Technologist

    My research focuses on creating the next generation of aerospace technologies that will require advanced analytics and machine learning algorithms to run on-wing and exchange information with a centralized cloud environment in real time. We ...

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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.

FeaturesMore Features
  • 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.
  • Come on Barbie, let’s go party…with this week’s episode of The Circuit News just in time for the recent premiere of the Barbie movie! In partnership with USC Viterbi School of Engineering, NAE's weekly social-forward news show dedicated to promoting engineering to the public highlights engineering stories from academia, industry, government, pop culture, and K-12.
  • 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.
  • In a podcast episode, FOE alum Shirley Meng at Argonne National Laboratory and the University of Chicago discusses the need to engineer different metals and elements that could last longer and charge faster than our current lithium-ion batteries.
  • NAE member Darryll Pines at the University of Maryland Global Campus and Gregory Washington (USFOE 2004) at George Mason University are assembling nonpartisan, data-driven, research-based faculty experts from engineering and other disciplines to educate our communities about gun violence.