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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  • Strong Like Titanium, Light Like Wood
    Strong Like Titanium, Light Like Wood
    Thu, February 07, 2019
    FOE alum Paul Braun at the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign has engineered a sheet of nickel with nanoscale pores that make it as strong as titanium but four to five times lighter.
  • Using Bacteria to CLEAN Water
    Using Bacteria to CLEAN Water
    Mon, February 04, 2019
    Young-Shin Jun (EU-US FOE 2016) at Washington University in St. Louis has engineered a novel water filter that uses bacteria to kill bacteria twice as fast as commercially-available ultrafiltration membranes. Scaling up could help provide clean drinking water for the more than one in 10 people in ...
  • Prosthetic Knee With a Quick Learning Curve
    Prosthetic Knee With a Quick Learning Curve
    Mon, January 28, 2019
    FOE alum He (Helen) Huang at NC State and UNC at Chapel Hill has engineered a powered prosthetic knee that enables users to walk comfortably in minutes rather than several hours thanks to its intelligent 'tuning' system.
  • 3D Printing for Spinal Cord Injuries
    3D Printing for Spinal Cord Injuries
    Thu, January 24, 2019
    Shaochen Chen (CAFOE 2015) at the University of California, San Diego is engineering a 3D printed spinal cord that promotes nerve growth and restores connections and lost function.
  • Monitoring Blood Flow Wirelessly
    Monitoring Blood Flow Wirelessly
    Thu, January 17, 2019
    FOE alum and NAE member Zhenan Bao at Stanford is engineering a biodegradable, battery-free arterial-pulse sensor to wirelessly monitor blood flow, an advance that could allow doctors to remotely monitor the success of blood vessel surgery.
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  • Upcoming
    Mar 21 2019 - Mar 23 2019
    The 2019 German-America Frontiers of Engineering symposium will be held March 21 - 23 in Hamburg, Germany. Sixty of the most promising engineers under the age of 45 from Germany and the United States will meet for an intensive 2-1/2 day symposium on developments at the cutting edge of engineering ...
    Hamburg, Germany
  • 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
FOE ALUMNI SPOTLIGHT
  • University of Florida
    Assistant Professor of Biomedical Engineering

    I develop intelligent health systems using artificial intelligence and machine learning techniques, particularly in intensive care settings.

    FOE has provided me with a great networking opportunity within an interdisciplinary community. 
     

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  • Air Force Office of Scientific Research
    Program Officer

    My research interests include discovering and advancing the advantages of quantum sciences over classical approaches to measure, encode, and process information, as well as exploring the scientific underpinnings of control and interactions between ...

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  • University of Colorado Boulder
    Professor of Civil, Environmental, & Architectural Engineering

    My primary research and teaching interests are in green buildings, sustainable urban development, and indoor/outdoor air quality, particularly atmosphere pollutant sources.  

    FOE provides great dynamic and cutting-edge insights and ...

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  • IBM TJ Watson Research Center
    Manager, RF Circuits & Systems

    I research millimeter-wave circuits systems for communications and sensing applications, such as emerging technologies in 5G and portable multi-spectral imaging.

    Attending the FOE symposium was a very rewarding experience for me. The symposium ...

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  • Massachusetts Institute of Technology
    Associate Professor of Chemical Engineering

    We research molecular technologies to aid in the diagnosis and evidence-based treatment of human disease.

    At FOE, it was energizing and inspiring to hear about how engineers across all disciplines are united in applying our training to address ...

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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.