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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  • Better Testing of the GI Tract
    Better Testing of the GI Tract
    Mon, November 23, 2020
    Mark Rentschler (USFOE 2019) at the University of Colorado Boulder is engineering devices that will improve accuracy of colonoscopies, the gold standard test nearly 20 million in the US get each year for early detection of colon cancer.
  • NASA Seeks Ideas for Powering Exploration on the Moon
    NASA Seeks Ideas for Powering Exploration on the Moon
    Thu, November 19, 2020
    Naveen Vetcha (USFOE 2020) at ERC announces NASA’s Watts on the Moon Challenge, which invites innovative minds from across the US to provide ideas for sustainable energy storage, distribution, and management on the lunar surface.
  • New Heart Monitoring Device
    New Heart Monitoring Device
    Mon, November 16, 2020
    FOE alum Christopher Bettinger at Carnegie Mellon University is engineering an innovative, minimally invasive alternative for cardiac patients who have undergone open heart surgery that will measure blood flow and blood pressure in real time with unmatched accuracy.
  • Decoding the Unspoken Ways We Communicate
    Decoding the Unspoken Ways We Communicate
    Fri, November 06, 2020
    Ehsan Hoque (EU-US FOE 2019) at the University of Rochester is engineering methods to analyze an unprecedented amount of human interaction data using advances in machine learning and artificial intelligence, with the goal of channelling those insights to improve human health and well-being.
  • Protecting the Power Grid
    Protecting the Power Grid
    Thu, November 05, 2020
    Can Bayram (CAFOE 2019) at the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign is engineering advances in hardware for handling direct current (DC) electricity to improve the efficiency, security, and safety of the US power system, while supporting new industries and grid design options.
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Upcoming Events
  • Upcoming
    Feb 25 2021 - Feb 27 2021
    **POSTPONED UNTIL FEBRUARY 2021**

    The 2020 US Frontiers of Engineering will be held at the National Academies Beckman Center in Irvine, California, February 25-27, 2021. About 100 outstanding early career engineers will meet for an intensive 2-1/2 day symposium to ...
    Beckman Center
    Irvine, California
  • Upcoming
    Mar 18 2021 - Mar 20 2021
    The 2021 German-America Frontiers of Engineering symposium will be held March 18-20 at Oak Ridge National Laboratory . 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 ...
    Oak Ridge, Tennessee
  • Upcoming
    Jun 24 2021 - Jun 26 2021
    The 2021 Japan-America Frontiers of Engineering symposium will be held in the United States. Sixty of the most promising early career engineers from Japan and the United States will meet for an intensive 2-1/2 day symposium on developments at the cutting edge of engineering ...
    Irvine, California
FOE ALUMNI SPOTLIGHT
  • HealthPointe Solutions
    Chief Data Science Officer

    Within the highly interconnected healthcare eco-system, we work on improving consumer health and practitioner interactions with the power of true cognitive artificial intelligence.

    The FOE is both a network and a medium where like-minded engineers ...

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  • Freshwater Collaborative of Wisconsin
    Executive Director

    I enable investigators to develop and coordinate their research, training and educational activities to address clean water, climate change, reliable water systems, a robust economy, and technological innovation.

    FOE has brought me ...

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  • University of Pittsburgh
    Associate Professor of Computational and Systems Biology

    My research focuses on understanding the mechanisms of molecular recognition and developing computational methods that predict and disrupt protein interactions to promote breakthroughs in the biological sciences.

    FOE challenged me to ...

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  • IBM Research
    Research Manager, AI Composition Lab

    I study multiagent conversational AI systems with a focus on building routing and orchestration algorithms in such systems for customer care and business process automation. 

    FOE provided me with a unique experience to learn, engage and ...

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  • Case Western Reserve University
    Associate Professor of Macromolecular Science and Engineering

    My group uses theory, computer simulations, and experiments to better understand how the shape and architecture of macromolecules influence their physical behaviors – leading to novel types of materials, sensors, and medicines.

    FOE gave me a ...

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  • University of Kansas
    Associate Professor of Electrical Engineering and Computer Science

    I focus on computer and network security, with particular interest in the Internet of Things (IoT), adversarial machine learning, anonymous communication on the Internet, smart grid communications, and online social networks.

    FOE ...

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FeaturesMore Features
  • Watch FOE alum Markus Buehler at MIT's TEDx talk exploring a new perspective of materials science at the interface of matter and sound using a variety of tools including molecular modeling, AI and machine learning, and experimental synthesis and characterization.
  • David Bader (USFOE 2007) founded the NJIT Institute for Data Science, which is hosting a Wednesday virtual seminar series that brings together scientists, engineers, and users to develop data-driven technologies and solve real-world problems.
  • IBM's Phaedra Boinodiris (USFOE 2012) created this short video about the great promise AI holds to stem online toxic gaming behavior by creating safe environments that also balance free speech factors.
  • Science, engineering, and medicine are at the heart of finding solutions to the COVID-19 pandemic, which in a matter of months has triggered a global health, economic, and societal crisis of staggering proportions. In a joint message, the presidents of the NAS, NAE, and NAM give an update on how the National Academies are providing the evidence-based answers and guidance that society needs at every step of pandemic response and recovery — from addressing immediate challenges to building a more resilient future for the nation and world.
  • Mihri and Cengiz Ozkan at the University of California, Riverside (USFOE 2008) are engineering a way to recycle plastic waste, such as soda or water bottles, into a nanomaterial useful for energy storage, which could reduce plastic pollution and hasten the transition to 100% clean energy.
  • As the COVID-19 pandemic grips the nation and the world, the National Academies are rapidly mobilizing critical expertise in science, engineering, and medicine to inform government response and recovery efforts with evidence-based guidance, and are facilitating collaboration across research disciplines and between the public and private sectors.
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.