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  • 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 ...
  • Prosthetic Knee With a Quick Learning Curve
    Prosthetic Knee With a Quick Learning Curve
    Mon, January 28, 2019
    FOE alum He (Helen) Huang at NC State and UNC at Chapel Hill has engineered a powered prosthetic knee that enables users to walk comfortably in minutes rather than several hours thanks to its intelligent 'tuning' system.
  • 3D Printing for Spinal Cord Injuries
    3D Printing for Spinal Cord Injuries
    Thu, January 24, 2019
    Shaochen Chen (CAFOE 2015) at the University of California, San Diego is engineering a 3D printed spinal cord that promotes nerve growth and restores connections and lost function.
  • Monitoring Blood Flow Wirelessly
    Monitoring Blood Flow Wirelessly
    Thu, January 17, 2019
    FOE alum and NAE member Zhenan Bao at Stanford is engineering a biodegradable, battery-free arterial-pulse sensor to wirelessly monitor blood flow, an advance that could allow doctors to remotely monitor the success of blood vessel surgery.
  • The
    The "Henry Ford" of Autonomous Vehicles
    Thu, January 10, 2019
    FOE alum Chris Urmson leads Aurora, the developer of a full-stack self-driving software system for automobile manufacturers. Aurora is collaborating with a number of automotive retailers to integrate its technology into their vehicles and make self-driving cars a “practical reality.”
  • Using Solar Heat for Hygiene in Remote Regions
    Using Solar Heat for Hygiene in Remote Regions
    Mon, January 07, 2019
    FOE alum and NAE member Gang Chen at MIT reports that his lab is engineering a device that can use solar heat to turn water into superheated steam. The development may one day enable sterilization in medical settings and provide clean drinking water, both persistent problems in developing countries.
  • Nerve Regeneration Using Bioelectronics
    Nerve Regeneration Using Bioelectronics
    Thu, January 03, 2019
    FOE alum and NAE member John Rogers at Northwestern University has developed a device that delivers electrical pulses to damaged peripheral nerves in rats, which then have accelerated nerve regrowth and enhanced muscle strength and control. The wireless device is the size of a small coin and ...
  • New Material With Promise for Osteoarthritis
    New Material With Promise for Osteoarthritis
    Thu, December 20, 2018
    FOE alum and NAE member Paula Hammond at MIT has engineered a new molecule that can administer drugs deep into cartilage in an effort to help reverse or slow the tissue breakdown associated with osteoarthritis, which affects 20 to 30 million people in the US.
  • Wriggling Fish Insights May Improve Robot Design
    Wriggling Fish Insights May Improve Robot Design
    Mon, December 17, 2018
    Johns Hopkins University's Noah Cowan (EU-US FOE 2010) studied the constant and seemingly random movement of fish that serves to optimize their sensory feedback, leading to ways to improve sensors in robot design.
  • May A.I. Help You?
    May A.I. Help You?
    Thu, December 13, 2018
    FOE alum Cynthia Breazeal at MIT engineered Jibo, a crowdfunded robot that has been successfully used to foster connections with elderly patients. Intelligent chatbots offer talking software that is increasingly able to help us manage our emotions.
  • Conductive Polymer, From Flexi-phones to Medical Sensors
    Conductive Polymer, From Flexi-phones to Medical Sensors
    Mon, December 10, 2018
    Purdue University's Bryan Boudouris (USFOE 2013) has engineered a glass-like polymer that can be inexpensively and sustainably produced on a large scale, could make smartphones more bendable, and may lead to tailor-made sensors for non-invasive biomedical monitoring.
  • Air Conditioning That Uses Less Power
    Air Conditioning That Uses Less Power
    Mon, December 03, 2018
    FOE alum Ronggui Yang at the University of Colorado Boulder has engineered a metamaterial that reflects almost all incoming sunlight while still allowing an object’s stored heat to escape, keeping it cooler than ambient air even in the midday sun.
  • Engineering to Prevent Lung Disease
    Engineering to Prevent Lung Disease
    Thu, November 29, 2018
    FOE alum W. David Merryman at Vanderbilt University has found a possible way to prevent or even reverse pulmonary arterial hypertension (PAH), a rare, progressive disease characterized by narrowing of and high blood pressure in the small arteries of the lungs.
  • Boeing 777X Test Airplane Comes Together
    Boeing 777X Test Airplane Comes Together
    Mon, November 26, 2018
    FOE alum Josh Binder at Boeing reports that production was integrated into the development program sooner than in any other airplane. The new craft measures 252 feet long (77 meters), making it Boeing's longest passenger jet, and boasts 12 percent lower fuel consumption and 10 percent lower ...
  • Faster Charging Batteries
    Faster Charging Batteries
    Mon, November 19, 2018
    The University of Cambridge's Clare Grey (JAFOE 2007) is engineering a group of materials that could enable production of batteries that charge significantly faster and deliver much higher power than those made with conventional electrode materials.
  • Mapping Blood-oxygen Throughout the Body
    Mapping Blood-oxygen Throughout the Body
    Thu, November 15, 2018
    FOE alum Ana Claudia Arias at the University of California, Berkeley is engineering flexible electronics that can measure oxygen levels anywhere in the body using reflected light rather than transmitted light. The research could lead to improved wound monitoring and more accurate assessment of ...