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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  • Call for Community-based Digital Inclusion
    Call for Community-based Digital Inclusion
    Thu, January 27, 2022
    FOE alum Youngmoo Kim at Drexel University discusses how the pandemic has highlighted the digital divide and shortcomings in digital equity that leave those who lack socioeconomic privilege behind.
  • Touchy-feely Glove Senses and Maps Tactile Stimuli
    Touchy-feely Glove Senses and Maps Tactile Stimuli
    Fri, January 21, 2022
    MIT's Nicholas Fang (USFOE 2010) has engineered a glove that could help retrain motor function and coordination in people who have suffered a stroke, with pressure sensors that could also be integrated into flexible adhesives to track vital signs more accurately than wearable monitors.
  • FOE Alumni Among the National Academy of Inventors 2021 Fellows
    FOE Alumni Among the National Academy of Inventors 2021 Fellows
    Thu, January 20, 2022
    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 ...
  • Making Building Air Less Infectious
    Making Building Air Less Infectious
    Thu, January 13, 2022
    FOE alum John Zhai at the University of Colorado Boulder discusses how engineers can help the engineering protect against COVID by adjusting HVAC operating guidelines to increase outdoor air dilution and improve filtration while maintaining guest and associate comfort.
  • 3D Printed Military Smart Helmet
    3D Printed Military Smart Helmet
    Mon, January 10, 2022
    Rice University's Ashok Veeraraghavan (USFOE 2020) is engineering image processing that eliminates the need for lenses, enabling a ‘smart helmet’ with a nanomaterial-enhanced exoskeleton with embedded sensors to actively protect the brain against the effects of kinetic or directed-energy.
  • Recycling Materials in Electric Car Batteries
    Recycling Materials in Electric Car Batteries
    Thu, January 06, 2022
    FOE alum Desiree Plata at MIT is engineering a device to extract valuable metals from mining residue or discarded electric batteries that is easy to move and adapt and is far more efficient and environmentally friendly than the traditional methods of smelting or using a chemical wash.
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Upcoming Events
  • Upcoming
    Jul 18 2022 - Jul 20 2022
    The 2022 China-America Frontiers of Engineering symposium will be held July 18-20 in China. 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 engineering ...
    Chengdu (TBD), China
  • Upcoming
    Sep 21 2022 - Sep 23 2022
    The 2022 US Frontiers of Engineering will be held September 21-23 at Amazon in Seattle, Washington. About 100 outstanding early career engineers will meet for an intensive 2-1/2 day symposium to discuss cutting-edge developments in four areas: Advances in Infectious Disease Diagnostics ...
    Seattle, Washington
  • Upcoming
    Oct 20 2022 - Oct 22 2022
    The 2022 EU-US Frontiers of Engineering symposium will be held October 20-22 in Bled, Slovenia. Sixty of the most promising early career engineers from the US and EU will meet for an intensive 2-1/2 day symposium to discuss cutting-edge developments in four topic ...
    Bled, Slovenia
FOE ALUMNI SPOTLIGHT
  • Columbia University
    Associate Professor of Mechanical Engineering

    We study the biomechanics of pregnancy to engineer diagnostic and therapeutic tools to keep both mom and baby healthy.

    FOE was valuable to me because it allowed me to raise the visibility of how engineering innovation can make progress towards ...

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  • University of California, Davis
    Associate Professor of Biomedical Engineering

    My research group’s focus is biomaterials engineering for immunotherapy and tissue/cellular engineering applications.

    The invitation to the 2019 FOE was a huge honor for me. FOE brings together early-career engineers who are performing ...

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  • HRL Laboratories
    Scientist V

    My research interests include mining, modeling, and simulating real-world data for social, behavioral, and decision-making systems. I also work in vehicle health intelligence for predictive and condition-based maintenance.

    FOE symposiums are a ...

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  • Jet Propulsion Laboratory
    Systems Engineer

    I work in the area of robotic planetary exploration, specifically in systems for landing payloads on Mars and getting them back off the surface.

    FOE is an amazing resource for learning about the engineering challenges faced in areas that are ...

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  • Massachusetts Institute of Technology
    Professor, Institute for Data, Systems and Society

    I develop models and tools to better understand the Earth as a human-dominated planet from a systems perspective, with the goal of informing policies and solutions. Much of my research focuses on how the health of the Earth and its ...

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  • Dow
    R&D Fellow, Engineering and Process Science

    incorporate emerging AI and machine learning methods to accelerate materials discovery, new product development, and process modeling and optimization to support data science education in chemical engineering at universities and the ...

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FeaturesMore Features
  • Applications are due January 28, 2022 for the L'Oreal For Women in Science fellowship program, which awards five female postdoctoral scientists annually with grants for their contributions in science, technology, engineering, and math (STEM) fields and commitment to serving as role models for younger generations.
  • This GUIRR program will discuss the discovery accelerator approach to partnership, collaborative, and interdisciplinary research, and the application of emerging computing technologies to supercharge the pace of scientific discovery with innovations in life sciences, new materials development, environmental sustainability, and advanced manufacturing
  • NSF’s Secure and Trustworthy Cyberspace program invites exploratory concepts from researchers in the social, behavioral, and economic sciences collaborating with researchers in computer and information science and engineering. The program aims to support fundamental multidisciplinary research on security, privacy, and trustworthy cyberspace that leads to new knowledge and approaches to design, build, and operate systems that can better protect people, organizations, and critical infrastructure. Proposals due Dec. 10, 2021.
  • Civil and environmental engineer Burcin Becerik-Gerber at the University of Southern California co-produced this film about students traveling to the Moria Camp in Greece, known as "the worst refugee camp on earth," to design and build innovations that can improve the lives of refugees fleeing wars and natural disasters.
  • 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.
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.