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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  • Stem Cells for Cardiac Muscles
    Stem Cells for Cardiac Muscles
    Mon, October 18, 2021
    Melissa Skala (USFOE 2020) at the University of Wisconsin-Madison is engineering a non-invasive imaging technique that can predict the efficiency of stem cell differentiation as a method of quality control, which holds great potential for regenerative therapies and treatments to combat ...
  • Big Data Tool Monitors Disaster Recovery
    Big Data Tool Monitors Disaster Recovery
    Thu, October 14, 2021
    Ali Mostafavi (JAFOE 2021) at Texas A&M analyzed visitation patterns to essential establishments like pharmacies, religious centers, and grocery stores during Hurricane Harvey to assess the recovery of communities after natural disasters in near real time.
  • Engineering and Climate Change
    Engineering and Climate Change
    Thu, October 14, 2021
    A forum on Engineering Responses for Climate Change was held October 3 in conjunction with NAE’s virtual annual meeting. Panel members provided perspectives on climate equity, infrastructure implications of decarbonization, distributed power systems and climate change, and the role of ...
  • Preventing Plastic Pollution
    Preventing Plastic Pollution
    Mon, October 11, 2021
    The University of Georgia's Jenna Jambeck (USFOE 2020) is seeking engineering solutions by studying the types of litter volunteers picked up during a Mississippi River cleanup event and the precise location of where they found it to extrapolate how pollution could be prevented.
  • A Dissolving Pacemaker
    A Dissolving Pacemaker
    Fri, October 08, 2021
    NAE member and FOE alum John Rogers of Northwestern University has engineered a wireless, battery-free, fully implantable heart pacing device that dissolves when it is no longer needed, helping to avoid infections and becoming enveloped in scar tissue.
  • Invincible Lithium-ion Batteries
    Invincible Lithium-ion Batteries
    Mon, October 04, 2021
    Noel Bakhtian (USFOE 2020) at Lawrence Berkeley National Laboratory is engineering battery cathodes using a new class of materials that provide batteries with the same if not higher energy density than conventional lithium-ion batteries but can be made of inexpensive, abundant metals.
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Upcoming Events
  • Upcoming
    Nov 15 2021 - Nov 17 2021
    The 2021 EU-US Frontiers of Engineering symposium will be held virtually November 15-17, 2021. 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 areas: Machine ...
    Virtual
  • 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
FOE ALUMNI SPOTLIGHT
  • Cornell University
    Professor of Mechanical and Aerospace Engineering

    My research is on formal methods to describe to robots what they should do, automatically create controls to achieve tasks, and provide explanations as to why the robot might fail. 

    Participating in FOEs ...

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  • Cerevel Therapeutics
    Vice President

    I lead efforts to accelerate the use of data science to unravel the mysteries of the brain and perform pre-clinical and clinical research more rapidly and efficiently.

    FOE events like USFOE 2011 and IAFOE 2014 were amazing opportunities to collect ...

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  • University of California, Berkeley
    Associate Professor of Electrical Engineering and Computer Sciences

    We design computational imaging systems that combine optical physics hardware and software to capture new information for applications in biomedical microscopy, lithography, and imaging in scattering.

    FOE was great for meeting smart, ...

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  • International Flavors and Fragrances
    Corporate Drying Process Specialist

    As a drying specialist consulting alongside other particle processing engineers, my expertise extends to disciplines that frequently overlap with drying, such as solids handling, heat transfer, fluidization, and atomization.

    Attending the FOE ...

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  • University of Texas at Austin
    Associate Professor of Aerospace Engineering and Engineering Mechanics

    I conduct research at the convergence of mechanics, materials, and electronics of bio-integrated and bio-mimetic devices for mobile health and human-machine interaction.

    Speaking at two FOE meetings has greatly broadened the impact of my ...

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  • Oak Ridge National Laboratory
    Director, Manufacturing Sciences Division

    My research focuses on additive manufacturing, carbon fiber/composites, digital manufacturing, and the effect of material properties based on the manufacturing process.

    FOE has provided me an opportunity to connect with leading experts in other ...

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FeaturesMore Features
  • 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.
  • FOE alum Marco Pavone at Stanford has engineered a robotic gripper equipped with grippy but not sticky gecko-inspired adhesives that could be particularly well-suited for tasks such as collecting debris and servicing satellites.
  • 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.
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  • 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.