2012 German-American Frontiers of Engineering Symposium


The 2012 German-American Frontiers of Engineering symposium was held March 28-31, 2012, in Potsdam, Germany.

GAFOE aims to bring together outstanding, early-career German and American engineers from industry, universities, and other research institutions to introduce their areas of engineering research and technical work, thereby facilitating an interdisciplinary transfer of knowledge and methodology that could eventually lead to collaborative networks of engineers from the two countries. About 60 outstanding engineers under the age of 45 met for an intensive 2-1/2 day symposium to discuss cutting-edge developements in four areas: Energy Storage, Implantable Electronics, Robotics for Hazardous Environments, and Nanomaterials and the Environment.

Links to presentation slides are in the List of Sessions below, and links to the papers are in the Program.

The National Academy of Engineering would like to express its gratitude to The Grainger Foundation and the National Science Foundation for their support of the 2012 GAFOE Symposium.


Symposium co-chairs: Cynthia Barnhart, Massachusetts Institute of Technology, and Peter Moser, RWE Power AG

Session co-chairs: Karsten Berns, University of Kaiserslautern, and Stergios Roumeliotis, University of Minnesota

Robot Navigation 
Christopher Geyer, iRobot

Probabilistic Robotics: From Fundamental Problems to Real-world Applications
Wolfram Burgard, Universität Freiburg

From Space to Underwater: Robotics in Challenging Environments
Frank Kirchner, University of Bremen

Autonomous Robotic Systems for Mars Exploration
Andrew Johnson, Jet Propulsion Laboratory

Session co-chairs: Thomas Kuhlbusch, Institute for Energy and Environmental Technology, and Michele Ostraat, RTI International

Nanomaterials and Their Environmental Applications
Jason Holt, NanOasis

Nanoparticle Aerosols in Workplace Environments: From Source to Dose 
Martin Seipenbush, Karlsruhe Institute for Technology 

Nanomaterials in the Aquatic Environment: Persistence, Transformations and Bioavailability
Heileen Hsu-Kim, Duke University

Ecotoxicology – Assessment of Potential Effects of Engineered Nanomaterials in the Environment
Dana Kühnel, UFZ Leipzig

ENERGY STORAGE                                                
Session co-chairs: Claus Daniel, Oak Ridge National Laboratory, and Ilja Tuschy, University of Applied Science Flensburg

How to Specify Storage Systems Needed in our Future Electricity Grid
Daniel Wolf, Fraunhofer Institute for Environmental, Safety, and Energy Technology

Assessment of Grid-based Energy Storage Technologies
Jeremy Meyers, University of Texas at Austin

Energy Storage for Sustainable Transportation
Donald Siegel, University of Michigan

Thermal Storage Systems as Key Elements for a Sustainable Energy Future 
Marcus Eck, DLR – German Aerospace Center

Session co-chairs:  Karl Böhringer, University of Washington, and Rüdiger Rupp, University Hospital Heidelberg

Implantable Neural Electrodes
Martin Schüttler, Universität Freiburg

Implantable Electronics for Neural Stimulation and Recording
Maurits Ortmanns, Universität Ulm

Medical Microsystems from Moths to Man
Joel Voldman, Massachusetts Institute of Technology

The  ARGUS® II – A 60 Electrode Neural Interface
Gregoire Cosendai, Second Sight Medical Products, Inc.