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  • Nevertheless, She Persisted
    Nevertheless, She Persisted
    Thu, February 25, 2021
    Even when she's the only woman or person of color in a room full of engineers, Stanford's Debbie Senesky (USFOE 2016) shares how her resilience, adaptability, and determination have helped her engineer solutions for the aeronautics, astronautics, healthcare, and automotive industries.
  • Beetle Models Structural Strength
    Beetle Models Structural Strength
    Mon, February 22, 2021
    Pablo Zavattieri (USFOE 2014) at Purdue University is taking engineering cues from the exoskeleton of the diabolical ironclad beetle, which could inspire the design of aircraft gas turbines that are safer and longer lasting.
  • Heated Face Mask
    Heated Face Mask
    Thu, February 18, 2021
    NAE member Michael Strano (USFOE 2007) at MIT has designed a reusable mask with heated copper mesh powered by a battery and surrounded by insulating neoprene that can filter and inactivate coronaviruses.
  • A Nano-Needle To Modify Plant Genes
    A Nano-Needle To Modify Plant Genes
    Mon, February 08, 2021
    Markita Landry (USFOE 2017) at the University of California, Berkeley is engineering carbon nanotubes that can penetrate cell walls to alter genes, which could lead to breeding new varieties of crop plants faster and easier.
  • New Book - Mercury Stories
    New Book - Mercury Stories
    Thu, February 04, 2021
    In Mercury Stories, MIT's Noelle Selin (EU-US FOE 2019) examine sustainability from a systems engineering approach by analyzing human interactions with the volatile and toxic element over thousands of years.
  • Discrimination in Health Research Funding
    Discrimination in Health Research Funding
    Mon, February 01, 2021
    Kristyn Masters, Lori Setton, Elizabeth Cosgriff-Hernandez, Muyinatu Bell, Stacey Finley, Naomi Chesler, Karen Christman, Joyce Wong, and Tejal Desai argue that racial funding disparity by the National Institutes of Health remains a significant barrier to success of Black biomedical engineers.
  • 3D Printing Microfluid Channels for Medical Testing
    3D Printing Microfluid Channels for Medical Testing
    Thu, January 28, 2021
    FOE alum Michael McAlpine at the University of Minnesota has engineered a process to 3D print without a cleanroom, which means that diagnostic tools could be printed by a doctor right in their office or printed remotely by soldiers in the field.
  • Perils of Working from Home
    Perils of Working from Home
    Mon, January 25, 2021
    Burcin Becerik-Gerber (USFOE 2013) at the University of Southern California discusses how ergonomic engineering can address the toll on mental and physical health caused by working from home.
  • Hastening Vaccines and Treatments
    Hastening Vaccines and Treatments
    Thu, January 21, 2021
    MIT's Ram Sasisekharan (IAFOE 2006) engineers breakthrough biological therapeutics for emerging infectious diseases and drug-resistant infections using a rapid response strategy that dramatically reduces production time from several years to just a few months.
  • Sex, Race, and Robots
    Sex, Race, and Robots
    Thu, January 14, 2021
    FOE alum Ayanna Howard at Georgia Tech has published a thought-provoking audiobook about the risks of AI learning current cultural, racial, gender, sexual orientation, religion, and socioeconomic biases.
  • Clues to the Gut-Brain Connection
    Clues to the Gut-Brain Connection
    Mon, January 11, 2021
    FOE alum Reza Ghodssi at the University of Maryland has engineered a platform that could dramatically improve diagnosis and lead to treatments for mood disorders like depression and anxiety and chronic auto-immune diseases like irritable bowel syndrome and rheumatoid arthritis.
  • Assessing Damage to Brain Cells from Head Trauma
    Assessing Damage to Brain Cells from Head Trauma
    Thu, January 07, 2021
    Nicole Hashemi (USFOE 2018) at Iowa State University is using her engineering expertise with the manufacture of microstructures to study and describe the damage to brain cells caused by the formation and collapse of microbubbles in the skull, which could lead to development of better helmets.
  • Treating Tinnitus Through the…Tongue?
    Treating Tinnitus Through the…Tongue?
    Mon, January 04, 2021
    The University of Minnesota's Hubert Lim (CAFOE 2019) is engineering a device that significantly reduces tinnitus, the sensation of hearing phantom sounds ranging from annoying to debilitating, that affects an estimated 10 to 15 percent of the population.
  • Treating a Rare, Incurable Form of Blindness
    Treating a Rare, Incurable Form of Blindness
    Sat, December 19, 2020
    Krishanu Saha (USFOE 2019) at the University of Wisconsin-Madison is engineering a gene therapy to correct a currently untreatable inherited form of macular degeneration that causes blindness.
  • Increasing Access to Electricity
    Increasing Access to Electricity
    Thu, December 17, 2020
    Carnegie Mellon University's Destenie Nock (USFOE 2020) writes about changing the policy paradigm by taking a benefit maximization approach to electricity planning and engineering in developing countries.
  • Underwater Robots Autonomously Dock Mid-Mission
    Underwater Robots Autonomously Dock Mid-Mission
    Mon, December 14, 2020
    Purdue University's Nina Mahmoudian (USFOE 2016) has engineered a mobile docking system that enables autonomous underwater vehicles to perform longer tasks without human intervention, which could be adapted for exploration of extraterrestrial lakes.
  • Nanonet Collapses to Trap Drug Molecules
    Nanonet Collapses to Trap Drug Molecules
    Thu, December 10, 2020
    Northwestern University's Evan Scott (USFOE 2018) is engineering a new, rapid method for fabricating nanoparticles that could be used for water purification, diagnostics, and rapidly-generated vaccine formulations.
  • App Helps with Teaching Music Over Zoom
    App Helps with Teaching Music Over Zoom
    Thu, December 03, 2020
    In response to the pandemic shutting down music groups' ability to practice together, FOE alum Youngmoo Kim at Drexel University has engineered the Virtual Chorister app, which enables musicians to stream videos straight from YouTube as they sing or play in unison.