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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  • Inspiration from a Nobel Prize Winner
    Inspiration from a Nobel Prize Winner
    Thu, May 23, 2019
    From appearing on the Big Bang Theory to visiting her high school alma mater, Nobel Prize winner, NAE member, and FOE alum Frances Arnold continues to inspire the next generation of engineers to never stop learning.
  • Desalinating Hypersaline Brines
    Desalinating Hypersaline Brines
    Thu, May 16, 2019
    Ngai Yin Yip (JAFOE 2018) at Columbia University has engineered a process to treat hypersaline brines, which are produced by industrial processes such as oil and gas production and present a growing environmental concern around the world.
  • Averting an L Train Apocalypse in NYC
    Averting an L Train Apocalypse in NYC
    Mon, May 13, 2019
    Columbia's Andrew Smyth (JAFOE 2012) engineered strategic repairs to New York's L train tunnel, which had been damaged by flooding during Hurricane Sandy in 2012. The plan allowed normal operation on weekdays, with only minor adjustments to nighttime and weekend schedules.
  • Engineering That Serves the Homeless
    Engineering That Serves the Homeless
    Mon, May 06, 2019
    At the University of Arkansas, NAE member Ajay Malshe (USFOE 2007) led student teams in providing recommendations based on materials engineering and manufacturing to build a self-managed community of low-cost housing for people experiencing chronic homelessness.
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Upcoming Events
  • Upcoming
    Jun 20 2019 - Jun 22 2019
    The 2019 China-America Frontiers of Engineering symposium will be held June 20-22 at the Irwin M. Jacobs Qualcomm Hall 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 ...
    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
  • University of California, San Diego
    Assistant Professor of Bioengineering

    I engineer nanomaterials that interact with the brain to create smarter medicines and 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 work ...

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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 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, particularly in designing and characterizing novel materials and devices.

    Frontiers of Engineering was a unique, ...

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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 ...

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  • 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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FeaturesMore Features
  • FOE alum Markus Buehler at MIT engineered "Spider’s Canvas," an exploration that sonifies the threads of a spider web by applying different frequencies of sound to different lengths of spider webs. Spider webs feature hierarchical structures similar to the complex harmonies and rhythms music.
  • This video introduces a new study by the National Academies of Sciences, Engineering, and Medicine asserting that climate change is occurring, is caused largely by human activities, and poses significant risks for--and in many cases is already affecting--a broad range of human and natural systems.
Publications More Publications
  • 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. 

  • 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.