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  • Origami-inspired Medical Solutions
    Origami-inspired Medical Solutions
    Thu, May 13, 2021
    MIT's Xuanhe Zhao (USFOE 2013) is engineering a medical patch that can be folded around minimally invasive surgical tools and delivered through airways, intestines, and other narrow spaces to patch up internal injuries.
  • The Secret of Why Hummingbirds Hum
    The Secret of Why Hummingbirds Hum
    Mon, May 10, 2021
    Stanford's David Lentink (USFOE 2016) studies biological flight as an inspiration for engineering design. He recently used 3D sound mapping to show aerodynamic forces during flight that explain the hummingbird's eponymous sound.
  • New Treatments Post-Heart Attack
    New Treatments Post-Heart Attack
    Thu, May 06, 2021
    FOE alum W. David Merryman, a bioengineer at Vanderbilt University, has identified the protein receptor in specialized heart cells that, when removed, preserves cardiac function after a heart attack. A promising therapeutic development is now underway.
  • Vaccination by Inhalation
    Vaccination by Inhalation
    Mon, May 03, 2021
    FOE alum Darrell Irvine at MIT is engineering a method to deliver vaccines directly to the lungs, which can boost immune responses to respiratory infections from viruses such as COVID-19, or lung cancer.
  • Organ Engineering for Chronic Disease
    Organ Engineering for Chronic Disease
    Thu, April 29, 2021
    NAE member, FOE alum, and bioengineer Linda Griffith at MIT aims to change the conversation about endometriosis from one of women’s pain to one of biomarkers, genetics, and molecular networks.
  • A 100% Renewable Energy Road Map
    A 100% Renewable Energy Road Map
    Thu, April 22, 2021
    Energy systems engineer Paul Denholm (IAFOE 2008) at the National Renewable Energy Laboratory found that coal-burning Los Angeles is capable of achieving 98% clean energy within the next decade and 100% by 2035 without causing blackouts or disrupting the economy.
  • A Guide for Women in Aerospace and Aviation
    A Guide for Women in Aerospace and Aviation
    Mon, April 19, 2021
    Purdue University's Alina Alexeenko (USFOE 2015) recently contributed to "Flight Paths to Success,” where women engineers share their in-depth, personal perspectives on the habits, motivations, triumphs, defeats, and lessons learned in their top jobs in the industry.
  • Nobel Prize Summit: Our Planet, Our Future April 26-28
    Nobel Prize Summit: Our Planet, Our Future April 26-28
    Thu, April 15, 2021
    The first-ever Nobel Prize Summit, co-hosted by the National Academy of Sciences, will bring together Nobel Prize laureates, scientists, policymakers, business leaders, and today’s youth leaders to explore actions that can be achieved in this decade to put the world on a path to a ...
  • Teaching a (Robot) Dog New Tricks
    Teaching a (Robot) Dog New Tricks
    Thu, April 15, 2021
    Robert Playter (2010 EU-US FOE) at Boston Dynamics has engineered a robot dog that can grab and carry objects, open doors, and right itself, among other functionality designed for hazardous tasks in workplaces such as nuclear plants and offshore oil fields.
  • Batteries To Power Long-Range Freight Trucks
    Batteries To Power Long-Range Freight Trucks
    Mon, April 12, 2021
    Anthony Eggert (JAFOE 2004) of the ClimateWorks Foundation writes that both battery-electric and fuel-cell long-range trucks can soon be engineered to out-compete diesel on cost while providing massive benefits for public health and the climate.
  • Food and Climate Change
    Food and Climate Change
    Mon, April 05, 2021
    Biosystems engineering professor Jason Hill (GAFOE 2013) at the University of Minnesota co-authored a recent study showing that we don't all have to go vegan to impact improvements to the big climate change problem caused by how we grow, eat, and waste food.
  • Strong as a BioPolymer
    Strong as a BioPolymer
    Mon, March 22, 2021
    At the University of California, Heather Maynard (JAFOE 2005) and Megan Valentine (USFOE 2014) are engineering new high-performance alternatives to petroleum-based polymers for strength, flexibility, and durability that can be produced sustainably from biological sources.
  • All-terrain Microrobot Flips Over Rough Muscle
    All-terrain Microrobot Flips Over Rough Muscle
    Mon, March 22, 2021
    Purdue mechanical engineer David Cappelleri (GAFOE 2015) is engineering a robot as tiny as a few human hairs that can travel throughout a colon by doing back flips directly to its target site, which could reduce side effects that the drug may cause by interacting with other organs along the way.
  • Organ-on-a-Chip Monitoring System for Chemotherapy
    Organ-on-a-Chip Monitoring System for Chemotherapy
    Thu, March 18, 2021
    FOE alum Ali Khademhosseini of the Terasaki Institute for Biomedical Innovation has engineered an organ-on-a-chip to monitor how breast cancer chemotherapy can affect tissue damage to the heart, the heart's pumping ability, or clinical heart failure.
  • Surviving Weed-Out Classes in Science May Be a State of Mind
    Surviving Weed-Out Classes in Science May Be a State of Mind
    Mon, March 15, 2021
    Ainissa Ramirez (USFOE 2004) of Science Underground discusses how weed-out classes in science, technology, engineering, and math (STEM) disproportionately hinder underrepresented groups, including women, Black, Native American, and Hispanic people, from pursuing STEM degrees.
  • Critical All-Season Infrastructure
    Critical All-Season Infrastructure
    Mon, March 08, 2021
    Carnegie Mellon's Constantine Samaras (EU-US FOE 2016) discusses how systems engineering could help alleviate major energy and resource supply and demand problems like the recent loss of power, heat, and water to a huge swath of Texas.