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.

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  • Injectable Hydrogel for the Heart
    Injectable Hydrogel for the Heart
    Thu, May 16, 2024
    FOE alum Karen Christman at the University of California, San Diego is engineering a biomaterial that mitigates damage to the right ventricle of the heart, improving function and allowing it to tolerate increased blood pressure and volume and hopefully delaying need for transplant.
  • Speaking Without Vocal Cords
    Speaking Without Vocal Cords
    Mon, May 13, 2024
    UCLA’s Jun Chen (USFOE 2022) has engineered a soft, thin, stretchy device measuring just over a square inch that can be attached to the skin outside the throat to help people with dysfunctional vocal cords regain their voice function.
  • Next-generation Solar Cells
    Next-generation Solar Cells
    Mon, May 06, 2024
    Michael McGehee (USFOE 2005) at the University of Colorado Boulder is engineering an innovative method to manufacture new solar cells using perovskite, a synthetic semiconducting material with the potential to convert substantially more solar power than silicon at a lower production cost.
  • Wildfire Mitigation as a Community
    Wildfire Mitigation as a Community
    Mon, April 29, 2024
    Engineer and FOE alum Hussam Mahmoud at Colorado State University discusses how community-wide wildfire mitigation using computer models that can capture the transfer of heat and how it interacts with vegetation and buildings increases the effectiveness of hardening solutions.
  • Mechanisms of Landslides and Earthquakes
    Mechanisms of Landslides and Earthquakes
    Thu, April 25, 2024
    MIT’s Ruben Juanes (USFOE 2006) has engineered detailed 3D experiments that reveal how forces are transmitted through granular materials and how the shapes of the grains can dramatically change the outcomes, which may lead to better understanding of landslides as well as industrial processes.
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Upcoming Events
  • Upcoming
    Jun 17 2024 - Jun 20 2024
    The 2024 China-America Frontiers of Engineering symposium will be a point-to-point meeting between the National Academies' Beckman Center in Irvine, California and a location in China. Sixty highly accomplished early-career engineers from China and the United States will meet for an ...
    Irvine, California
  • Upcoming
    Sep 11 2024 - Sep 14 2024
    The Grainger Foundation Frontiers of Engineering 2024 Symposium will be at the National Academies' Beckman Center in Irvine, California, September 11-14. About 100 outstanding early career engineers will meet for an intensive 2-1/2 day symposium to discuss cutting-edge ...
    Irvine, California
  • Upcoming
    Mar 25 2025 - Mar 28 2025
    The 2025 German-America Frontiers of Engineering symposium will be held at Oak Ridge National Laboratory in Oak Ridge, Tennessee. Sixty highly accomplished early-career engineers from Germany and the United States will meet for an intensive 2-1/2 day symposium on developments at the ...
    Oak Ridge National Laboratory
    Oak Ridge, Tennessee
FOE ALUMNI SPOTLIGHT
  • Pacific Northwest National Laboratory
    Senior Chemical Engineer

    I develop new chemical imaging techniques that provide fundamental insights into complex electrochemical systems in chemical separation and energy and translate the research findings into sustainable solutions for renewable energy ...

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  • Schweitzer Engineering Laboratories, Inc.
    Lead Mechanical Engineer

    My design and research focus is on mechanical structures, thermal transfer, fluid mechanics, and multiphysics simulations on given custom parts and assemblies designs. An example of a typical multiphysics model is the coupling between ...

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  • Boston University
    Associate Professor of Mechanical Engineering

    I search for new polymer materials and structures that provide superlative mechanical protection, advanced functionality for energy applications, or new types of smart sensors. I use emerging approaches that blend AI and experimental research ...

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  • Boise State University
    Clinical Assistant Professor of Civil Engineering

    I study physical ultraviolet light treatment and cellular/enzymatic biological treatment to combat microbial threats in water and links between water microbiomes, engineering, and human factors in small, rural water systems.

    FOE was such a valuable ...

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  • Dyndrite Corporation
    Head of Product Development

    My team develops tools to enable unprecedented and transparent toolpath control for new materials and challenging components for production automation and process control for industrial additive manufacturing. 

    Critical discussion with NAE ...

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  • Northeastern University
    Associate Professor of Chemical and Bio Engineering

    My research program is identifying mechanically regulated targets to prevent, diagnose, and treat diseases associated with vasculature.

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Publications More Publications
  • From resilience and security in the information ecosystem to novel applications in mining and mineral resource production, Frontiers of Engineering participants tackle today’s challenging world issues. The winter issue of The Bridge showcases research by early-career engineers as shared at The Grainger Foundation Frontiers of Engineering 2023 Symposium.

  • From novel applications of microbes to DEI in engineering to the potential for hydrogen energy, Frontiers of Engineering participants tackle today’s challenging world issues. The winter issue of The Bridge showcases research by early-career engineers as shared at the 2022 US FOE symposium.

  • 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.

FeaturesMore Features
  • Why hasn't the dream of having a robot at home to do your chores become a reality yet? With three decades of research expertise in the field, FOE alum Ken Goldberg at the University of California, Berkeley sheds light on the clumsy truth about robots — and what it will take to build more dexterous machines to work in a warehouse or help out at home.
  • Do you need a degree in mechanical engineering to make a milkshake? No. But does it help? Let’s find out with FOE alum Philip LeDuc at Carnegie Mellon University! Explore the mechanics of milkshakes and experiment on your own with the recipes below.
  • FOE alum Kayla Sprenger at CU Boulder is integrating approaches at the crossroads of physics, engineering, and immunology in close synergy with experimentalists and clinicians to develop vaccines for diseases like HIV, break down mixed plastic waste streams into valuable chemicals, and address other challenges in energy and health fields.