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  • 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.
  • Sterilizing Medical Tools Using Solar Heat
    Sterilizing Medical Tools Using Solar Heat
    Mon, November 30, 2020
    NAE member and FOE alum Gang Chen at MIT is engineering a device that could provide pressurized steam to run autoclaves without the need for electricity, scarce in off-grid areas.
  • 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.
  • Velcro-like Spoilage and Contamination Sensors
    Velcro-like Spoilage and Contamination Sensors
    Mon, November 02, 2020
    MIT's A. John Hart (USFOE 2010) is engineering solutions that could help head off salmonella and other contamination outbreaks, as well as prevent consumers from throwing out still-consumable food that may be past its printed expiration date.
  • Building Robots with Insect Characteristics
    Building Robots with Insect Characteristics
    Thu, October 29, 2020
    Kathryn Daltorio (USFOE 2019) at Case Western Reserve University is engineering advanced robots that can remain upright on complex surfaces by mimicking functionality from the insect world.
  • Flight of a Droplet
    Flight of a Droplet
    Mon, October 26, 2020
    With winter approaching and people moving indoors, Stanford's Yi Cui (CAFOE 2017) shows that the spread of the SARS-CoV-2 virus changes according to various temperatures and relative humidities, not obeying social distancing guidelines.