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  • Synthetic Muscle Fibers
    Synthetic Muscle Fibers
    Mon, November 22, 2021
    Young-Shin Jun (EU-US FOE 2016) at Washington University in St. Louis and Sinan Keten (USFOE 2017) at Northwestern University are engineering proteins that are nearly identical to those found in muscle tissue and could be a great material for sutures and tissue engineering.
  • Glow-in-the-Dark Plants
    Glow-in-the-Dark Plants
    Thu, November 18, 2021
    NAE member Michael Strano (USFOE 2007) at MIT is engineering rechargeable lighting embedded in plant leaves that could start to replace the current unsustainable urban electrical lighting grid for the mutual benefit of all plant-dependent species — including people.
  • Mask Alternative for Extended Use
    Mask Alternative for Extended Use
    Mon, November 15, 2021
    Jelena Srebric at the University of Maryland Global Campus is engineering new type of personal protective equipment that is far more comfortable than a surgical mask or N95 ventilator for workers who currently face the discomfort and inconvenience of wearing masks for hours at a time.
  • New Solid-State Battery With Surprises
    New Solid-State Battery With Surprises
    Thu, November 11, 2021
    FOE alum Shirley Meng at the University of California San Diego is engineering a new type of battery that weaves two promising battery sub-fields into a single safe, long-lasting, and energy-dense battery and holds promise for a wide range of applications from grid storage to electric vehicles.
  • New Options for Osteoarthritis
    New Options for Osteoarthritis
    Thu, November 04, 2021
    Vanderbilt's Craig Duvall (CAFOE 2017) is engineering new drug treatments for the prevention of post-traumatic osteoarthritis caused by injury that will help reduce associated health care costs as well as the loss of quality of life.
  • Brain-Inspired Random Computing Power
    Brain-Inspired Random Computing Power
    Mon, November 01, 2021
    Brad Aimone (USFOE 2017) at Sandia National Lab is engineering a probabilistic computer that can create smarter maintenance schedules, help analyze subatomic shrapnel inside particle colliders, simulate nuclear physics experiments, and process images faster and more accurately.
  • Efficient Genome Writing in Bacteria
    Efficient Genome Writing in Bacteria
    Thu, October 28, 2021
    MIT's Timothy Lu (CAFOE 2017) has engineered a technique to efficiently edit bacterial genomes and program memories into bacterial cells by rewriting their DNA. Various forms of spatial and temporal information can be permanently stored for generations and retrieved by sequencing the cells’ DNA.
  • Artificial Intelligence in the Ocean
    Artificial Intelligence in the Ocean
    Mon, October 25, 2021
    Kakani Katija (USFOE 2020) of the Monterey Bay Aquarium Research Institute has engineered FathomNet, an open-source, distributed image database that can be used to train, test, and validate state-of-the-art artificial intelligence algorithms to understand the ocean and its inhabitants.
  • Using Microbes for Better Sewage Treatment
    Using Microbes for Better Sewage Treatment
    Thu, October 21, 2021
    Columbia University's Kartik Chandran (CAFOE 2015) is engineering carefully cultured bacterial communities to improve sewage treatment—and create useful products in the process.
  • Stem Cells for Cardiac Muscles
    Stem Cells for Cardiac Muscles
    Mon, October 18, 2021
    Melissa Skala (USFOE 2020) at the University of Wisconsin-Madison is engineering a non-invasive imaging technique that can predict the efficiency of stem cell differentiation as a method of quality control, which holds great potential for regenerative therapies and treatments to combat ...
  • Big Data Tool Monitors Disaster Recovery
    Big Data Tool Monitors Disaster Recovery
    Thu, October 14, 2021
    Ali Mostafavi (JAFOE 2021) at Texas A&M analyzed visitation patterns to essential establishments like pharmacies, religious centers, and grocery stores during Hurricane Harvey to assess the recovery of communities after natural disasters in near real time.
  • Preventing Plastic Pollution
    Preventing Plastic Pollution
    Mon, October 11, 2021
    The University of Georgia's Jenna Jambeck (USFOE 2020) is seeking engineering solutions by studying the types of litter volunteers picked up during a Mississippi River cleanup event and the precise location of where they found it to extrapolate how pollution could be prevented.
  • A Dissolving Pacemaker
    A Dissolving Pacemaker
    Fri, October 08, 2021
    NAE member and FOE alum John Rogers of Northwestern University has engineered a wireless, battery-free, fully implantable heart pacing device that dissolves when it is no longer needed, helping to avoid infections and becoming enveloped in scar tissue.
  • Invincible Lithium-ion Batteries
    Invincible Lithium-ion Batteries
    Mon, October 04, 2021
    Noel Bakhtian (USFOE 2020) at Lawrence Berkeley National Laboratory is engineering battery cathodes using a new class of materials that provide batteries with the same if not higher energy density than conventional lithium-ion batteries but can be made of inexpensive, abundant metals.
  • Helping Robots Collaborate to Get the Job Done
    Helping Robots Collaborate to Get the Job Done
    Mon, September 20, 2021
    George Pappas (GAFOE 2007) at the University of Pennsylvania has engineered an algorithm to ensure the fruitful cooperation of information-gathering robot teams in complex, unpredictable environments such as mapping or search-and-rescue.
  • Using Affordable Gold Leaf to Diagnose Infections
    Using Affordable Gold Leaf to Diagnose Infections
    Thu, September 16, 2021
    FOE alum Catherine Klapperich at Boston University is engineering gold leaf electrodes that, in combination with a CRISPR-based assay, could sensitively detect human papillomavirus (HPV) DNA in human samples. The method also could be modified to diagnose other viral infections.
  • Machine Learning and Earthquake Risk Prediction
    Machine Learning and Earthquake Risk Prediction
    Mon, September 13, 2021
    At the University of Texas at Austin, Ellen Rathje (JAFOE 2000) is using machine learning to study geotechnical engineering responses to liquefaction, when solid ground turns to liquid during earthquakes, which can topple buildings and bridges.
  • Acoustoelectronic Nanotweezers
    Acoustoelectronic Nanotweezers
    Thu, September 09, 2021
    Duke University's Tony Jun Huang (EU-US FOE 2014) is engineering a label-free, dynamically controllable method of moving and trapping nanoparticles over a large area, which holds promise for applications in fields ranging from condensed matter physics to biomedicine.