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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  • For This Robot's Next Trick, a Backflip!
    For This Robot's Next Trick, a Backflip!
    Fri, March 15, 2019
    MIT's Sangbae Kim (USFOE 2016) has engineered an updated Mini Cheetah robot that can run at five miles per hour, bound across uneven terrain, and even rapidly right itself when it is pushed over.
  • Fighting Climate Change Using Natural Gas
    Fighting Climate Change Using Natural Gas
    Thu, March 14, 2019
    Rice University's Matteo Pasquali (USFOE 2008) is engineering a process to break down natural gas into valuable carbon nanotubes and hydrogen that manufacturers can use to produce clean electricity.
  • Robotic Muscle from Spider Silk
    Robotic Muscle from Spider Silk
    Mon, March 11, 2019
    FOE alum Markus Buehler at MIT has discovered that spider silk, already known as one of the strongest materials for its weight, turns out to have another unusual property that might lead to new kinds of artificial muscles.
  • Fibers That Are Stretchy But Tough
    Fibers That Are Stretchy But Tough
    Thu, March 07, 2019
    Michael Dickey (USFOE 2014) at North Carolina State University has engineered fibers that combine the elasticity of rubber with the strength of metal, creating a material that could be incorporated into soft robotics or super-tough textiles.
  • Spiking Tool Improves Artificially Intelligent Devices
    Spiking Tool Improves Artificially Intelligent Devices
    Mon, March 04, 2019
    Brad Aimone (USFOE 2017) at Sandia National Lab has engineered a software tool that sharpens the output of artificial neurons, enabling neural computer networks to process information up to a hundred times more efficiently than the current industry standard.
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  • Upcoming
    Jun 20 2019 - Jun 22 2019
    The 2019 China-America Frontiers of Engineering symposium will be held June 20-22 in San Diego, California. Sixty of the most promising engineers under the age of 45 from China and the United States will meet for an intensive 2-1/2 day symposium on developments at the cutting edge of ...
    San Diego, California
  • 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. The goal of the ...
    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
FOE ALUMNI SPOTLIGHT
  • Labcyte, Inc.
    Sr. Director & Principal Engineer

    My research applies fundamental science in microfluidics, interfacial transport, and surface chemistry to the development of unique microdevice-based products for life science applications.

    The FOE symposium was truly inspirational, highly engaging ...

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  • University of California, San Diego
    Assistant Professor of Bioengineering

    I engineer nanomaterials that interact with the brain to create smarter medicines and to develop new tools to study biology. 

    FOE was an opportunity to be exposed to the cutting edge of other engineering disciplines and to understand my own ...

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  • Argonne National Laboratory
    Director, IME and Advanced Materials for Energy-Water Systems

    My research is motivated by humankind's grand challenges and centers around molecular engineering, with a particular emphasis on water treatment.

    FOE offered a great opportunity to interact with thought leaders from around the nation, including ...

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  • University of California, Berkeley
    Assistant Professor, Mechanical Engineering

    My research area is in biomechanics and tissue engineering, where we aim to apply mechanical engineering principles and regenerative medicine strategies to repair damaged tissues in the body. 

    FOE has been valuable to me because it ...

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  • Purdue University
    Associate Professor, Electrical and Computer Engineering

    My research and teaching focus on improving the performance of electronics using the principles of nanophotonics (i.e., the behavior of light at the nanoscale), particularly in designing and characterizing novel materials and devices.

    ...

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  • Enovate Engineering
    Senior Project Manager

    I design and manage the construction of innovative coastal flood mitigation solutions in the NYC area for public agencies such as mass transportation and power and signal facilities.

    FOE has offered me the opportunity to connect with and learn from ...

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  • 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.