NAE Awards The Grainger Foundation Frontiers of Engineering Grants for Advancement of Interdisciplinary Research

For Immediate Release
Randy Atkins
NAE Senior Media and Public Relations Officer
Janet Hunziker
NAE Senior Program Officer, Frontiers of Engineering


March 19, 2012 – NAE Awards The Grainger Foundation Frontiers of Engineering Grants for Advancement of Interdisciplinary Research

WASHINGTON, DC – Two Grainger Foundation Frontiers of Engineering Grants of $30,000 each have been awarded to attendees of the National Academy of Engineering’s (NAE) 2011 U.S. Frontiers of Engineering Symposium.

Ali Khademhosseini (Harvard Medical School) and Aydogan Ozcan (University of California, Los Angeles) will receive a Grainger Grant to support the demonstration of a computational lens-free imaging platform for high-throughput screening of cells. This platform will allow real-time monitoring of cells in an engineered environment, providing a lower-cost and more effective mechanism for future drug discovery and biological science experimentation.

The second Grainger Grant has been awarded to Michelle Povinelli (University of Southern California) and Roman Stocker (Massachusetts Institute of Technology) for the development of nanophotonic tools focused on measuring motile behavior of microorganisms in response to applied stress. By examining microorganisms’ movement while they consume energy, this research will advance understanding of diverse application areas such as ocean ecosystem dynamics and bacterial-borne diseases.

“The Frontiers of Engineering program brings together young engineers who are pioneering ideas that will lead us into the future,” said NAE President Dr. Charles Vest. “The Grainger Grants allow collaborations and exciting concepts started at our FOE gatherings to take root.”

Frontiers of Engineering (FOE) is an NAE program that brings together outstanding early-career engineers from industry, universities, and government to discuss pioneering technical work and leading-edge research in various engineering fields and industry sectors. The goal is to facilitate interactions and exchange of techniques and approaches across fields and facilitate networking among the next generation of engineering leaders. The Grainger Foundation Frontiers of Engineering Grants provide seed funding for U.S. FOE participants who are at U.S.-based institutions to enable further pursuit of important new interdisciplinary research and projects stimulated by the U.S. FOE symposia.

The Grainger Foundation, an independent, private foundation, based in Lake Forest, Illinois, was established in 1949 by William W. Grainger, founder of W.W. Grainger, Inc.