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  • 3D Printed Metamaterials Offer Novel Optical Properties
    3D Printed Metamaterials Offer Novel Optical Properties
    Mon, April 22, 2019
    Sameer Sonkusale (USFOE 2015) at Tufts University has engineered 3D printed metamaterials with advanced microwave or optical properties inspired by the compound eye of a moth, with possible applications in healthcare, telecommunications, and imaging.
  • Using Nano-Needles to Modify Plant Genes
    Using Nano-Needles to Modify Plant Genes
    Thu, April 11, 2019
    Markita Landry (USFOE 2017) at the University of California, Berkeley has engineered nanotubes to edit plant genes, which could lead to breeding new varieties of crop plants faster and easier.
  • A Water Filter That Uses Bacteria to Kill Bacteria
    A Water Filter That Uses Bacteria to Kill Bacteria
    Mon, April 08, 2019
    Young-Shin Jun (EU-US FOE 2016) at Washington University in St. Louis used bacteria to engineer a novel membrane technology to purify water while preventing biofouling, or buildup of bacteria and other harmful microorganisms that reduce the flow of water.
  • Innovative Sensor for Bridges
    Innovative Sensor for Bridges
    Mon, April 01, 2019
    Shantanu Chakrabartty (JAFOE 2014) at Washington University in St. Louis has engineered a novel low-cost sensing technology to dramatically transform the economics of bridge preservation and management and ultimately improve the serviceability of bridges.
  • FOE Alumni Among the National Academy of Inventors 2018 Fellows
    FOE Alumni Among the National Academy of Inventors 2018 Fellows
    Mon, March 25, 2019
    Election to NAI Fellow status is the highest professional distinction accorded solely to academic inventors who have demonstrated a prolific spirit of innovation in creating or facilitating outstanding inventions that have made a tangible impact on quality of life, economic development, and ...
  • Early Detection of Cancerous Cells
    Early Detection of Cancerous Cells
    Thu, March 21, 2019
    FOE alumni and NAE members Angela Belcher and Paula Hammond at MIT have engineered an imaging system that can detect tumors made up of a couple of hundred cells deep within the body, an advance that could lead to earlier cancer treatment.
  • For This Robot's Next Trick, a Backflip!
    For This Robot's Next Trick, a Backflip!
    Fri, March 15, 2019
    MIT's Sangbae Kim (USFOE 2016) has engineered an updated Mini Cheetah robot that can run at five miles per hour, bound across uneven terrain, and even rapidly right itself when it is pushed over.
  • Fighting Climate Change Using Natural Gas
    Fighting Climate Change Using Natural Gas
    Thu, March 14, 2019
    Rice University's Matteo Pasquali (USFOE 2008) is engineering a process to break down natural gas into valuable carbon nanotubes and hydrogen that manufacturers can use to produce clean electricity.
  • Robotic Muscle from Spider Silk
    Robotic Muscle from Spider Silk
    Mon, March 11, 2019
    FOE alum Markus Buehler at MIT has discovered that spider silk, already known as one of the strongest materials for its weight, turns out to have another unusual property that might lead to new kinds of artificial muscles.
  • Fibers That Are Stretchy But Tough
    Fibers That Are Stretchy But Tough
    Thu, March 07, 2019
    Michael Dickey (USFOE 2014) at North Carolina State University has engineered fibers that combine the elasticity of rubber with the strength of metal, creating a material that could be incorporated into soft robotics or super-tough textiles.
  • Spiking Tool Improves Artificially Intelligent Devices
    Spiking Tool Improves Artificially Intelligent Devices
    Mon, March 04, 2019
    Brad Aimone (USFOE 2017) at Sandia National Lab has engineered a software tool that sharpens the output of artificial neurons, enabling neural computer networks to process information up to a hundred times more efficiently than the current industry standard.
  • Developing New Materials Using AI Technique
    Developing New Materials Using AI Technique
    Mon, February 25, 2019
    FOE alumni Ju Li at MIT and Subra Suresh at Nanyang Technological University used machine learning to identify the most energy-efficient strain pathways that could transform diamond into more effective semiconductors. Strain engineering has wide implications for technology in general.
  • Strong Like Titanium, Light Like Wood
    Strong Like Titanium, Light Like Wood
    Thu, February 07, 2019
    FOE alum Paul Braun at the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign has engineered a sheet of nickel with nanoscale pores that make it as strong as titanium but four to five times lighter.
  • Using Bacteria to CLEAN Water
    Using Bacteria to CLEAN Water
    Mon, February 04, 2019
    Young-Shin Jun (EU-US FOE 2016) at Washington University in St. Louis has engineered a novel water filter that uses bacteria to kill bacteria twice as fast as commercially-available ultrafiltration membranes. Scaling up could help provide clean drinking water for the more than one in 10 people in ...