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.

Learn More About FOE    Getting Invited to FOE    Sponsors    Ligler-Wagoner Challenge

Latest NewsMore News
  • New Drug Combinations With COVID-19 Therapeutic Potential
    New Drug Combinations With COVID-19 Therapeutic Potential
    Thu, May 19, 2022
    FOE alum Jingyue Ju at Columbia University is working on an initiative with a consortium of pharmacologists, virologists, medicinal chemists, and structural biologists to engineer new therapeutics with enhanced potency and safety profiles for COVID-19.
  • Five FOE Alumni Elected to National Academy of Sciences
    Five FOE Alumni Elected to National Academy of Sciences
    Thu, May 12, 2022
    The National Academy of Sciences has announced its new members, including five FOE alumni.

    Belcher, Angela M.; James Mason Crafts Professor and head, department of biological engineering, Massachusetts Institute of Technology, Cambridge

    Cui, Yi; professor of materials ...
  • Cloud Hosting for S/4HANA
    Cloud Hosting for S/4HANA
    Mon, May 09, 2022
    IBM's Hillery Hunter (USFOE 2010) is engineering a process to help enterprise client bases move their estate in a modernized direction and move their estate to cloud and hybrid cloud environments with reliability, control over their environment, and security.
  • AI Enables Strategic Hydropower Planning Across Amazon Basin
    AI Enables Strategic Hydropower Planning Across Amazon Basin
    Thu, May 05, 2022
    Computer science engineer Carla Gomes (USFOE 2009) at Cornell worked with an disciplinary team from more than two dozen academic institutions and NGOs in the US, Europe, and South America to understand how to meet hydropower needs with the least amount of environmental damage.
  • Surprising New Material for Energy Transfer
    Surprising New Material for Energy Transfer
    Mon, May 02, 2022
    FOE alum Alfred Crosby at the University of Massachusetts, Amherst has engineered a new programmable rubber-like solid substance that can absorb and release large quantities of energy and holds great promise for a wide array of applications, from robots to protective equipment.
All Events
Upcoming Events
  • Upcoming
    Jul 18 2022 - Jul 20 2022
    The 2022 China-America Frontiers of Engineering symposium will be held July 18-20 as a meeting-within-a-meeting event. Sixty highly accomplished early-career engineers from China and the United States will meet for an intensive 3 day symposium on developments at the cutting edge of ...
    Irvine, California and Chengdu, 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: Microbes - the Good, the Bad, and the Ugly; ...
    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 areas: ...
    Bled, Slovenia
FOE ALUMNI SPOTLIGHT
  • Carnegie Mellon University
    Assistant Professor, Civil & Environmental Engineering

    My research focuses on applying optimization and decision analysis tools to determine electrification pathways for increasing system sustainability, promoting equitable electricity access, and reducing energy poverty.  

    I enjoyed the FOE ...

    More More ALUMNI
  • University of Delaware
    Professor of Materials Science and Engineering

    I research nanoscale engineering and growth of novel semiconductor and composite electronic materials for energy conversion and electronic devices.

    The FOE was a fantastic opportunity to meet engineers from other disciplines and backgrounds and ...

    More More ALUMNI
  • Ford Motor Company
    Supervisor, IoT and Blockchain

    We develop next-generation secure and robust solutions for smart manufacturing using IoT and blockchain technologies, including applications in provenance and lifecycle traceability, counterfeit detection, digital thread management ...

    More More ALUMNI
  • Nokia Bell Labs
    Radio Systems Research

    My focus is in wireless communications, especially in communication theory, radio systems design and evaluation, millimeter wave propagation, and channel modelling.

    FOE provided the opportunity to actively engage with top talent from different ...

    More More ALUMNI
  • Arizona State University
    Assistant Professor of Chemical Engineering

    We develop biomaterials that mimic the complex spatial and temporal properties of native tissue, with the goal of repairing damaged tissue and restoring function.

    FOE symposiums are a unique opportunity to meet early-career researchers performing ...

    More More ALUMNI
  • Oak Ridge National Laboratory
    Energy and Transportation Science Lead

    My multidisciplinary group researches high-efficiency engine technologies and alternative and low-lifecycle carbon fuels that accelerate the development of sustainable transportation systems.  

    To be selected to attend the ...

    More More ALUMNI
FeaturesMore Features
  • Following a rapid global shift to remote work, work is changing faster than it has in a generation. Microsoft's Jaime Teevan (USFOE 2014) writes about evolving hybrid work practices and developing technologies that will address the biggest new challenges while taking advantage of the biggest new opportunities.
  • The Frontiers of Engineering forged ahead despite the challenges of the pandemic, with virtual and hybrid events in 2021. This issue of NAE's quarterly journal features selected papers from early-career engineers reporting on new developments in a variety of areas, as well as an in-depth interview with Director of the Frontiers of Engineering program, Janet Hunziker.
  • 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.
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.