2011 US Frontiers of Engineering Symposium


The 2011 US Frontiers of Engineering was held September 19-21, 2011, at Google headquarters in Mountain View, CA.. About 100 outstanding engineers under the age of 45 met for an intensive 2-1/2 day symposium to discuss cutting-edge developments in four areas: Additive Manufacturing, Engineering Sustainable Buildings, Semantic Processing, and Neuroprosthetics. The goal of the Frontiers of Engineering program is to bring together engineers from all engineering disciplines and from industry, universities, and federal labs to facilitate cross-disciplinary exchange and promote the transfer of new techniques and approaches across fields in order to sustain and build U.S. innovative capacity. 

The National Academy of Engineering would like to express its gratitude to a number of meeting sponsors for their support of the 2011 USFOE Symposium.

Photo album from 2011 USFOE

Click on the links below to view the presentations:

Session co-chairs: Carolyn Seepersad, University of Texas at Austin, and Michael Siemer, Mydea Technologies Corporation

Additive Manufacturing Technologies: Technology Introduction and Business Implications
Brent Stucker, University of Louisville

Additive Manufacturing in Aerospace: Examples and Research Outlook
Brett Lyons, The Boeing Company

Additive Manufacturing is Changing Surgery
Andrew Christensen, Medical Modeling, Inc.

The Shape of Things to Come: Frontiers in Additive Manufacturing
Hod Lipson, Cornell University

Session co-chairs: Aleksandar Kuzmanovic, Northwestern University, and Amarnag Subramanya, Google

Automatic Text Understanding of Content and Text Quality
Ani Nenkova, University of Pennsylvania

Advancing Natural Language Understanding with Collaboratively Generated Content
Evgeniy Gabrilovich, Yahoo! Research

Large Scale Visual Semantic Extraction
Samy Bengio, Google Research

Searching for Statistical Diagrams
Michael Cafarella, University of Michigan

Session co-chairs: Annie Pearce, Virginia Tech, and John Zhai, University of Colorado

Challenges and Opportunities for Low-Carbon Buildings
John Ochsendorf, Massachusetts Institute of Technology

Expanding Design Spaces
John Haymaker, Design Process Innovation

Opportunities and Challenges for Multi-Scale Modeling of Sustainable Buildings
Jelena Srebric, Pennsylvania State University

Accelerating Green Building Market Transformation with Information Technology
Christopher Pyke, U.S. Building Council

Session co-chairs: Timothy Denison, Medtronic, and Justin Williams, University of Wisconsin, Madison

Retinal Prosthetic Systems for Treatment of Blindness
James Weiland, University of Southern California

The Evolution of Neuroprosthetics  
Eric Leuthardt, Washington University

Ultra Low Power Biomedical and Bio-inspired Systems
Rahul Sarpeshkar, Massachusetts Institute of Technology


Post Meeting
July 21, 2024 AT 06:55 AM
Mountain View, CA
Sunday, Sep 18, 2011
  • 07:30 PM To 09:30 PM
    Registration/welcome reception at the hotel.
    Dinah's II
Monday, Sep 19, 2011
  • 06:30 AM To 07:45 AM
    Breakfast at the hotel
    Trader Vic's
  • 07:45 AM To 07:45 AM
    Buses depart for Google
  • 08:00 AM To 08:00 AM
    Registration opens
    Building 43 Lobby
  • 08:30 AM To 08:30 AM
    Welcome and Opening Remarks
  • 09:00 AM To 09:00 AM
    Additive Manufacturing
  • 10:40 AM To 10:40 AM
  • 11:10 AM To 11:10 AM
    Additive Manufacturing (cont.)
  • 12:30 PM To 12:30 PM
    Charlie's Cafe
  • 01:45 PM To 01:45 PM
    Get-aquainted Session
    Rooms TBA in Bldg. 41-43
  • 03:15 PM To 03:15 PM
  • 03:45 PM To 03:45 PM
    Semantic Processing
  • 05:15 PM To 05:15 PM
    Break/Walk to Steam Cafe
  • 06:00 PM To 06:00 PM
    Steam Cafe
  • 07:00 PM To 07:00 PM
    Dinner Speech
  • 08:00 PM To 08:00 PM
    Buses return to hotel
Tuesday, Sep 20, 2011
  • 06:30 AM To 07:45 AM
    Breakfast at the hotel
    Trader Vic's
  • 07:45 AM To 07:45 AM
    Buses depart for Google
  • 08:30 AM To 08:30 AM
    Semantic Processing (cont.)
  • 10:00 AM To
  • 10:30 AM To 10:30 AM
  • 10:45 AM To 10:45 AM
    Engineering Sustainable Buildings
  • 12:15 PM To 12:15 PM
    Charlie's Cafe
  • 01:30 PM To 01:30 PM
    Engineering Sustainable Buildings (cont.)
  • 03:00 PM To 03:00 PM
  • 03:45 PM To 03:45 PM
    Lightning talks by Google staff
  • 05:00 PM To 05:00 PM
    Buses depart for hotel
  • 06:00 PM To 06:00 PM
    Reception/Dinner at the hotel
    Trader Vic's
Wednesday, Sep 21, 2011
  • 06:30 AM To 07:45 AM
    Breakfast at the hotel
    Trader Vic's
  • 07:45 AM To 07:45 AM
    Buses depart for Google
  • 08:30 AM To 08:30 AM
  • 10:00 AM To 10:00 AM
  • 10:45 AM To 10:45 AM
    Neuroprosthetics (cont.)
  • 11:30 AM To 11:30 AM