2024 China-America Frontiers of Engineering Symposium


The 2024 China-America Frontiers of Engineering symposium will be a point-to-point meeting between the National Academies' Beckman Center in Irvine, California and a location in China. Sixty highly accomplished early-career engineers from China and the United States will meet for an intensive 2 1/2 day symposium on developments at the cutting edge of engineering technology in four areas: Nanotechnology for Health; Energy Transitions and Challenges; Knowledge Engineering and Transportation; and A Sustainable Ocean Future. The event is intended to facilitate international and cross-disciplinary research collaboration, promote the transfer of new techniques and approaches across disparate engineering fields, and encourage the creation of a transpacific network of world-class engineers. CAFOE is carried out in cooperation with the Chinese Academy of Engineering and supported by The Grainger Foundation and the National Science Foundation.

(Working titles only. Order of sessions and speakers TBD.)

Co-chairs:  Eleanor Allen, B Lab Global, and Jing Cheng, Tsinghua University

Session co-chairs: Zeinab Jahed, University of California, San Diego, and Dan Wang, Beijing University of Chemical Technology

Nanoparticle Drug Delivery for Cardiovascular Disease, Immunology, and Inflammation
Vincent Venditto, University of Kentucky

Tools for Imaging at the Nanoscale
Lingyan Shi, University of California, San Diego

Nanoprobe for Blood Oxygen Saturation Imaging
Yeteng Zhong, National Center for Nanoscience and Technology, China

Nanofiber for Cardiac Tissue Culturing and Force Sensing
Songyue Chen, Xiamen University

Session co-chairs: Joe Bozeman, Georgia Institute of Technology, and Hao Hu, Chinese Society for Electrical Engineering

Micro Energy Nodes and Self-powered Sensing Technologies for Industrial Scenarios
Yunjia Li, Xi’an Jiaotong University

Energy-Material Cycles: Challenging the Analytical Methods and Vocabulary of the Energy Transition
John Mulrow, Purdue University

A Grid as Smart as the Internet
Yanli Liu, Tianjin University

Addressing Energy Poverty in the U.S. Energy Transition
Dominic Bednar, University of California, Irvine

Session co-chairs:  Xaiolei Ma, Beihang University, and Cathy Wu, Massachusetts Institute of Technology

Next-generation Robot Perception Algorithms and Systems
Luca Carlone, Massachusetts Institute of Technology

Federated Learning-based Fault Diagnosis for High-speed Railway Systems
Tao Wen, Beijing Jiaotong University

A Reinforcement Learning Approach to Achieve More Efficient Ridesharing Matches
Sébastien Martin, Northwestern University

Air Transportation Network Optimization
Xiaoqian Sun, Beihang University

Session co-chairs:  Zhen Gao, Shanghai Jiao Tong University, and Kakani Katija, Monterey Bay Aquarium Research Institute

Exploiting the Synergies between Offshore Renewables and Aquaculture through a Modular, Multi-Function Floating Platform
Liang Li, Ocean University of China

Development of a Solar-driven Seawater Desalination System Based on Interfacial Evaporation
Xiaoyuan Zhang, Tsinghua University

Carbon and Nutrient Cycling
Mara Freilich, Brown University (Virtual)