FOE Alumni News

  • John X.J. Zhang
    John X.J. Zhang (2012 US FOE, 2013 CAFOE)
    Professor at Thayer School of Engineering, Dartmouth College, Hanover, New Hampshire said:
    4 months, 2 weeks and 2 days ago
    2016 Transformative Research Award Recipients
    I am grateful to receive 2016 NIH Director's Transformative Research Award. Not sure how many FOE Alum received this year's NIH Pioneer/Transformative/New Innovator awards. But can be found from the following list:
  • Barrett Caldwell
    Barrett Caldwell (2003 USFOE, 2006 GAFOE, 2007 USFOE, 2008 USFOE, 2016 JAFOE)
    Professor at Purdue University, West Lafayette, Indiana said:
    4 months, 3 weeks and 2 days ago
    Now a Jefferson Science Fellow in DC!
    Early in 2016, I was named a Jefferson Science Fellow, which is a program for placing science and engineering faculty at the US Dept. of State or USAID. I was placed at the Japan Desk in East Asian and Pacific Affairs Bureau at the Dept. of State. As a result, I had the opportunity to be a guest at the 2016 JAFOE, where I learned about a number of important areas of science and technology innovation. I am now living in Washington DC, and working at the State Dept on a number of science and technology portfolio elements to support the US-Japan alliance. In fact, in just a few hours (9/30), I will be departing for the Science, Technology and Society (STS) Forum in Kyoto.
  • Brent Stucker
    Brent Stucker (2011 US FOE)
    CEO at 3DSIM, Park City, Utah said:
    4 months, 3 weeks and 3 days ago
    2.5 years after founding 3DSIM, and after almost 7 years of combined effort in academia and 3DSIM; I am proud to announce the release of exaSIM -- the world's first easy-to-use, cloud-based software tool for predicting residual stress, distortion, and where you need to place supports for metal 3D printing.


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  • Harry E. Martz
    Harry E. Martz (1997 US FOE)
    Director, Nondestructive Characterization Institute at Lawrence Livermore National Laboratory, Livermore, California said:
    4 months, 3 weeks and 3 days ago
    Earlier this year, we published a new method called SIRZ for system-independent characterization of materials using dual-energy x-ray computed tomography [IEEE Trans Nuc Sci, 63(1), 341-350 (2016)]. Using this method, an accurate 3D map of electron density and effective atomic number of checked baggage in airports or of medical patients or of industrial parts can be found regardless of the scanner used. (Prior methods are specific to the scanner and can change over time.) The SIRZ method is already being considered for DHS and nondestructive evaluation applications.


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  • Mark Tompkins
    Mark Tompkins (2014 IAFOE)
    Founder at FlowWest, Oakland, California said:
    4 months, 3 weeks and 4 days ago
  • Abhishek Roy
    Abhishek Roy (2015 GAFOE, 2016 US FOE)
    Senior Research Scientist at The Dow Chemical Company, Edina, Minnesota said:
    4 months, 3 weeks and 5 days ago
    Recipient of 2016 Gordon Moore Medal from Society of Chemical Industry
    Abhishek Roy, PhD., lead R&D manager and senior research scientist, was awarded the SCI Gordon E. Moore Medal which recognizes early-career success in innovation, as reflected both in market impact and improvement to quality of life. Roy received the medal for his contribution in advancing generations of membrane chemistries that addresses water-energy nexus, increases the availability of fresh drinking water and takes a step towards making water reuse a practicality. over the period of last 5 years, 10 new products have been commercialized based on this technology. One of the notable innovation is DOW FILMTEC™ ECO Reverse Osmosis Elements. The solution fights water scarcity by delivering 40 percent better purification with 30 percent less energy and has the potential to impact millions of lives.
  • Drew  Dean
    Drew Dean (2005 GAFOE, 2003 USFOE)
    Senior Director, Engineering at Qualcomm Research Silicon Valley, Los Altos, California said:
    4 months, 3 weeks and 5 days ago
    After many years at SRI, including 4 years as a DARPA Program Manager under the Intergovernmental Personnel Act, in July I moved to Qualcomm Research Silicon Valley, where I'm Senior Director of Engineering.
  • Martin Myers
    Martin Myers (Frontiers in Engineering 2001/2002)
    Director, Product Safety and Compliance at Cummins Power Systems, Fridley, Minnesota said:
    4 months and 4 weeks ago
    Changed Role
    Changed job within Cummins. Now leading the Product Safety and Compliance area for the Power Systems Business
  • Shantanu Chakrabartty
    Shantanu Chakrabartty (2012 JAFOE)
    Professor at Washington University in St. Louis, Saint Louis, Missouri said:
    4 months and 4 weeks ago
    Self-powered Sensors for Mackinac Bridge
    Team of Engineering Professors from Washington University and Michigan State University deployed a suite of self-powered sensors to monitor the health of the Mackinac Bridge. The Mackinac Bridge which connects the upper peninsula in Michigan, USA is currently the longest suspension bridge in the western hemisphere.
  • Alan L. Jacobson
    Alan L. Jacobson (GAFOE 2002, USFOE 2000)
    Director at Ford Motor Company, Dearborn, Michigan said:
    4 months, 4 weeks and 1 day ago
    Appointed as Director, leading Data Science efforts at Ford Motor Company.
  • Corie Cobb
    Corie Cobb (2015 CAFOE)
    Senior Research Scientist at PARC, a Xerox Company, Palo Alto, California said:
    4 months, 4 weeks and 1 day ago
    Dr. Cobb is Principal Investigator for a $3M printed battery project funded by the U.S. Department of Energy’s (DOE) Office of Energy Efficiency and Renewable Energy (EERE).
  • John-Paul Clarke
    John-Paul Clarke (2005 GAFOE)
    College of Engineering Dean's Professor at Georgia Institute of Technology, Atlanta, Georgia said:
    5 months and 3 days ago
    John-Paul Clarke of Georgia Tech appointed by Dean Gary May to the College of Engineering’s Dean’s Professorship in recognition of his outstanding leadership and many contributions in the areas of air traffic management, aircraft and airline operations.
  • Jin-Oh Hahn
    Jin-Oh Hahn (2016 US FOE)
    Assistant Professor at University of Maryland, College Park, Maryland said:
    5 months and 3 days ago
    We discovered the mechanism underlying the genesis of heartbeat-induced body movement, known as ballistocardiogram (BCG). We in particular developed a mathematical model that can predict the BCG waves and elucidated that the primary mechanism responsible for the genesis of the BCG waves is the blood pressure gradient in the aorta.

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  • Christopher Geiger
    Christopher Geiger (2015 US FOE)
    Engineering Director at Lockheed Martin, Orlando, Florida said:
    5 months and 4 days ago
    Christopher Geiger, PE (2015 US FOE) presented on the future of advanced automated test system sustainment in the 2016 IEEE AUTOTESTCON Keynote. Topics included logistics information system interfaces and augmented reality based remote subject matter expert (SME) use in platform maintenance.
  • chester kennedy
    chester kennedy (2003 USFOE)
    C E O at ICAMR, Kissimmee, Florida said:
    5 months and 4 days ago
    now CEO at the International Consortium of Advanced Manufacturing Research
  • Amir  AghaKouchak
    Amir AghaKouchak (USFOE 2015, 2014)
    Associate Professor at University of California, Irvine, , California said:
    5 months and 4 days ago


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  • Nam Dinh
    Nam Dinh (2005 USFOE)
    Professor of Nuclear Engineering at North Carolina State University, Raleigh, North Carolina said:
    5 months and 5 days ago
    ANS award for nuclear thermal-hydraulcs research
    Professor Nam Truc Dinh of North Carolina State University (USFOE-2005) has been selected as the 2016 recipient of the American Nuclear Society (ANS) Thermal Hydraulics Division (THD) Technical Achievement Award. He was selected “For his research on thermal-hydraulics modeling, experimentation, and validation, that contributed to the development of effective severe accident management strategies for Generation II and III Light Water Reactor designs”.

    The ANS-THD Technical Achievement Award is a national award and its recipient is presented a plaque in a ceremony, this year at the Opening Plenary at the ANS 2016 Winter Meeting in Las Vegas, NV.
  • Joy L. Rempe
    Joy L. Rempe (JAFOE 2002, USFOE 2000)
    Principal at Rempe and Associates, LLC, Idaho Falls, Idaho said:
    5 months and 6 days ago
    Dr. Joy Rempe recently completed efforts as a member of the Secretary of Energy Board (SEAB) Task Force on the Future of Nuclear Power. The Task Force was charged by Secretary of Energy Ernest Moniz to describe the landscape that must be crossed to go from today's situation of reliance largely on light water reactors to a situation in the period 2030 to 2050 where one or many nuclear technologies have reached technical and commercial maturity and are deploying at a rate that has the possibility of carbon free nuclear power generation contributing 20 percent of global electricity generation. A draft report, that presents Task Force findings and recommendations, may be found at the SEAB website (see provided link).
  • Peter Vikesland
    Peter Vikesland (2003 USFOE, 2005 JAFOE)
    Professor at Virginia Tech, Blacksburg, Virginia said:
    5 months and 6 days ago
    President - AEESP
    Dr. Peter Vikesland (2003 USFOE, 2005 JAFOE) was selected to serve as the 2016-2017 President of the Association of Environmental Engineering and Science Professors (AEESP) []. This 900+ member organization consists of professors, students, and affiliated professionals. The Association assists its members in improving education and research programs, encourages graduate education, and serves the profession by providing information to government agencies and the public, and provides direct benefits to its members.
  • Jeff Karp
    Jeff Karp (2007 USFOE)
    Associate Professor at Brigham & Women's Hospital/Harvard Medical School, Cambridge, Massachusetts said:
    5 months and 6 days ago
    It’s a home run for Little Papi
    After having several bad teeth removed last year, a 10-year-old bulldog from South Boston had a hole in the roof of his mouth that just wouldn’t heal. After three unsuccessful surgeries and no other options, an innovative tissue glue was used to heal the wound.

    Now, Little Papi, named after the Boston Red Sox slugger David “Big Papi” Ortiz, is playing and going in Wednesday for a checkup.

    The decision to cross the line between human and animal care was made when the wound from Papi’s oronasal fistula would not close. William Rosenblad, Papi’s dental surgeon at MSPCA’s Angell Animal Medical Center, reached out to Jeffrey Karp, a PhD bioengineer at Brigham and Women’s Hospital, and his team.

    The two met at a conference last spring at the New England Aquarium where Karp was giving a talk about his tissue adhesives. Karp never imagined his bioglue would be used for pets, but Rosenblad saw the potential.

    “It’s nice to get published papers in academic journals, but to actually make a difference is what we all strive for, and this has really been a remarkable opportunity,” said Karp.

    The tissue adhesive is made of chains of molecules that already exist in the body. The glue has a honey-like consistency and after it is applied, an ultraviolet light bonds the chains together. It hardens but maintains its elasticity, like a rubber band.

    Cells grow over the adhesive to create more tissue, and when the glue naturally dissolves in the body, patients are left with their own tissue covering the wound.

    Rosenblad cleaned the wound, applied the glue, and covered the hole with tissue in the mouth to seal it. He said it was a detailed procedure, but that Papi went home that afternoon. When the bulldog went in for his two week checkup, his surgeon and owner, John Shanahan, got emotional.

    “I feel very fortunate because there was nothing else they could do,” said Shanahan. “When [Rosenblad] mentioned that he knew someone with an adhesive in a trial phase, I thought, I have no other choice. My dog has a hole in his mouth where an infection could have taken over and killed him.”

    Karp has been working on several tissue adhesives in his lab for the past 10 years. These glues can go on the skin, inside the heart, and on blood vessels. Oronasal fistulas are common in cats and dogs, but it is also a common complication from cleft palate surgery. Karp cofounded a company called Gecko Biomedical and will be testing his tissue glue on people later this year for vascular reconstruction.

    “I used to say that one of my major goals was to translate technology to patients,” said Karp. “I now expanded that goal to include not just humans, but also animals.”
  • Sarah Ryan
    Sarah Ryan (2000 GAFOE and 1998 USFOE)
    Joseph Walkup Professor, Industrial & Manufacturing Systems Engineering at Iowa State University, Ames, Iowa said:
    5 months and 6 days ago
    Recipient of Named Professorship
    Sarah Ryan was named the Joseph Walkup Professor of Industrial & Manufacturing Systems Engineering at Iowa State University, in recognition of her exemplary performance in research, teaching and service and for her wide ranging contributions to the department, university and profession. She is a Fellow of the Institute of Industrial and Systems Engineers.


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  • Julio Romero Aguero
    Julio Romero Aguero (2016 US FOE)
    Vice President, Strategy & Business Innovation at Quanta Technology, Houston, Texas said:
    5 months and 1 week ago
  • Charles  Meneveau
    Charles Meneveau (USFOE 2003)
    L.M. Sardella Professor of Mechanical Engineering at Johns Hopkins University, Baltimore, Maryland said:
    5 months and 1 week ago
    Charles Meneveau, Louis M. Sardella Professor in the Department of Mechanical Engineering, has been awarded an honorary doctorate from the Danish Technical University (DTU) for “Outstanding and highly innovative scientific achievements in fluid dynamics, particularly for his work on turbulence and atmospheric physics and its applications to wind energy.”

    The honorary doctorate (doctor technices, honouris causa) is the DTU’s highest academic honor. The award ceremony took place at DTU’s annual Commemoration Day 2016 celebration, with the Danish Crown Prince Frederik in attendance.
  • Mabel Ramirez
    Mabel Ramirez (2015 US FOE)
    Assistant Group Leader at Massachusetts Institute of Technology Lincoln Laboratory, Lexington, Massachusetts said:
    5 months and 1 week ago
    2016 Boston Business Journal 40-under-40 award
    Received the Boston Business Journal's 2016 40-under-40 award. Link included.

  • Mona Jarrahi
    Mona Jarrahi (2012 US FOE, 2015 GAFOE)
    Associate Professor of Electrical Engineering at University of California Los Angeles, Los Angeles, California said:
    5 months and 1 week ago
    Prof. Mona Jarrahi receives a Friedrich Wilhelm Bessel Research Award from Alexander von Humboldt Foundation.
  • Annie Pearce
    Annie Pearce (2011 US FOE)
    Associate Professor at Virginia Tech, Blacksburg, Virginia said:
    5 months and 1 week ago
    Pearce receives University Outreach Award
    Dr. Annie Pearce recently received the 2016 Alumni Award for Outreach Excellence, Virginia Tech's highest award in recognition of creative service to the community through academic contributions. Pearce's award recognized her use of graduate and undergraduate teaching to promote sustainability through service learning in the community, including work with homeless animals, special needs children, and Habitat for Humanity.
  • David B. Fogel
    David B. Fogel (USFOE 2006, 2004)
    President at Natural Selection, Inc., San Diego, California said:
    5 months and 1 week ago
    David Fogel has published a new AI textbook titled "Fundamentals of Computational Intelligence" (Wiley/IEEE Press). Dr. Fogel combined with co-authors Dr. Jim Keller and Dr. Derong Liu, each editors-in-chief of the major IEEE publications in the areas of computational intelligence to create timely new textbook. Topics include neural networks, fuzzy systems, and evolutionary computation.
  • Alison Flatau
    Alison Flatau (1996 USFOE, 2003 GAFOE)
    Professor at Aerospace Engineering, Univ. Maryland, College Park, Maryland said:
    5 months and 1 week ago
    GAFOE Collaboration continues
    Prof. Flatau was a 2016 Dresden Senior Fellow, working at the Technical University of Dresden in Germany this past year, during her sabbatical from the Univ. Maryland. While there she continued research collaborations with Dr.-Ing. habil. Uwe Marschner, initiated at the 2003 GAFOE meeting, on magnetostrictive devices and electromechanical system modeling methods .
  • Timothy M Ombrello
    Timothy M Ombrello (USFOE 2015)
    Senior Research Aerospace Engineer at Air Force Research Laboratory, Wright-Patterson Air Force Base, Ohio said:
    5 months and 1 week ago
    Dr. Timothy Ombrello was one of the 105 recipients of the Presidential Early Career Award for Scientists and Engineers. This is the highest honor given by the United States government to scientists and engineers in the early portion of their research careers. Please see the attached White House press release for more details.
  • Robert Braun
    Robert Braun (USFOE 2000)
    Professor at Georgia Tech, Atlanta, Georgia said:
    5 months, 1 week and 1 day ago
    Career change
    In October 2016, Robert Braun will join the University of Colorado Boulder as a professor in the Department oF Aerospace Engineering Sciences. He will serve as the Dean of the CU Boulder College of Engineering and Applied Science beginning in January 2017.
  • Donglei (Emma) Fan
    Donglei (Emma) Fan (2013 EU-US FOE)
    Associate Professor at The University of Texas at Austin, Austin, Texas said:
    5 months, 1 week and 1 day ago
    Dr. Fan Has been officially promoted to Associate Professor with tenure. She has also been invited to speak at the 2016 Gordon Research Conference--- Bioanalytical Sensors.
  • Dennis E. Discher
    Dennis E. Discher (GAFOE 2008, USFOE 2001)
    Robert D. Bent Professor at University of Pennsylvania, Philadelphia, Pennsylvania said:
    5 months, 1 week and 1 day ago
    I am Co-Chair of 2017 German-American Frontiers of Engineering Symposium
    March 31 – April 2, 2017 in Evendale, Ohio. Topics with expert speakers range from Gene Editing to Internet of Things.
    I was also very fortunate to be elected to both the US National Academy of Medicine (NAM, formerly Inst of Medicine), and as a Fellow of the American Association for the Advancement of Science (AAAS).
  • Shriram Ramanathan
    Shriram Ramanathan (FOE 2010)
    professor at Purdue, West Lafayette, Indiana said:
    5 months, 1 week and 1 day ago
    Materials Science
    Ramanathan and group members have discovered a new class of solid state oxide semiconductors that undergo a phase change from electron conducting to ionic conducting state. This unprecedented modification of physical properties arises from their ability to control strong electron interactions in the material, a purely quantum mechanical effect. They utilized this discovery to demonstrate entirely new classes of devices that are not possible with today's existing semiconductors (Nature, 534, 231, 2016; Advanced Materials, DOI: 10.1002/adma.2016012042016)
  • Kathryn Whitehead
    Kathryn Whitehead (2015 US FOE)
    Assistant Professor at Carnegie Mellon University, Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania said:
    5 months, 1 week and 1 day ago
    Prof. Kathryn Whitehead was named as a 2016 Young Innovator of Cellular and Molecular Bioengineering as well as a 2016 DARPA Young Faculty Award winner.
  • Rahul Mital
    Rahul Mital (2012 US FOE)
    Global Technical Specialist at General Motors, Pontiac , Michigan said:
    5 months, 1 week and 1 day ago
    Outstanding Mechanical Engineer
    I am pleased to inform everyone that on September 9th 2016, I was awarded the Outstanding Mechanical Engineer award by Purdue University School of Mechanical Engineering in recognition of exceptional achievements, leadership, and overall professional excellence.
  • Michael Washington
    Michael Washington (2008 United States\India Frontier of Engineering Symposium, 2006 Frontier of Engineering Symposium)
    Health Scientist at Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, Atlanta, Georgia said:
    5 months, 1 week and 1 day ago
    Traveling the world to save and improve lives
    I have been traveling the world teaching economic evaluation, modeling, and how to write policy briefs to local staff so that they can learn how to influence public health policies and decisions. This year, I have traveled to Zambia, Kazakhstan, Thailand (joint training for Myanmar and Philippines), and China. Diseases include HIV, vaccine preventable disease, clean water, and non-communicable diseases. I also traveled to Senegal to participate in the Next Einstein Forum and DIMACS Workshop on Modeling of Infectious Diseases with a Focus on Ebola.



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  • Jennifer Ryan
    Jennifer Ryan (2001 USFOE)
    Ron and Carol Cope Professor of Supply Chain Management & Analytics at College of Business Administration, University of Nebraska - Lincoln, Lincoln, Nebraska said:
    5 months, 1 week and 1 day ago
    Jennifer K. Ryan has been appointed as Department Chair for the newly-formed Department of Supply Chain Management and Analytics within the College of Business Administration at University of Nebraska - Lincoln.
  • Kendra Sharp
    Kendra Sharp (2009 CAFOE, 2004 USFOE)
    Richard and Gretchen Evans Professor of Humanitarian Engineering at Oregon State University, Corvallis, Oregon said:
    5 months, 1 week and 1 day ago
    Professor Sharp has established a new humanitarian engineering program, including an undergraduate minor, at Oregon State University. She was also named the Richard and Gretchen Evans Professor of Humanitarian Engineering in 2015.
  • Eric Ruggiero, PhD
    Eric Ruggiero, PhD (2013 US FOE)
    Engineering Manager at GE Aviation, West Chester, Ohio said:
    5 months, 1 week and 1 day ago
    On September 29, Dr. Eric Ruggiero presented a keynote address at the ASME Smart Materials, Adaptive Structures, and Intelligent Systems conference in Stowe, Vermont. The keynote, entitled, "The Digital Industrial Revolution in Aerospace and Propulsion," discussed the role of Big Data and Analytics in the commercial aviation industry.
  • Charles Sanderson
    Charles Sanderson (2001 USFOE, 2002 GAFOE (I think - year may be off))
    Director - Process Fundamentals at Renmatix, Inc, King of Prussia, Pennsylvania said:
    5 months, 1 week and 1 day ago
    Renmatix continues on wood-to-sugar success path
    Following a series of successes last year that included winning the 2015 Presidential Green Chemistry Challenge Award, Renmatix is excited to announce a significant investment from the Gates Foundation and an major offtake agreement with oil major Total.


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  • Kara M. Kockelman
    Kara M. Kockelman (EU-USFOE 2011, USFOE 2001)
    Professor of Transportation Engineering at University of Texas, Austin, Texas said:
    5 months, 1 week and 1 day ago
    Dr Kockelman's research team is now kicking off Phase 2 of a multi-year, multi-million-dollar project for the Texas DOT on connected and automated vehicles. As PI to a team of 20 to 30 individuals, she oversees work on smart intersection & smart network operations, legal issues & policies, economic impacts & tolling applications, travel behavior shifts, vehicle fleet evolution, long-distance travel impacts, vehicle positioning technology for traffic and road surface sensing, new smart-vehicle technology applications & demonstrations, and travel demand forecasting for our evolving regions and travel options.
    Dr Kockelman is also helping lead the transportation tested and systems modeling theme of an NSF-funded Sustainable Research Networks, for Healthy Cities.
    She and her co-authors recently submitted 11 new papers to the Transportation Research Board for its January conference in DC, and those can be found at (with 8 of those papers on the topic of automated vehicles).
  • Tonio Buonassisi
    Tonio Buonassisi (2013 CAFOE)
    Associate Professor at MIT, Cambridge, Massachusetts said:
    5 months, 1 week and 1 day ago
    Presidential Early Career Award
    Prof. Tonio Buonassisi received the PECASE award in May 2016
  • Elizabeth Gerber
    Elizabeth Gerber (2013 US FOE)
    Associate Professor at Northwestern, Evanston, Illinois said:
    5 months, 1 week and 1 day ago
    Thanks to great mentorship provided by the NAE, I was promoted with tenure at Northwestern University.
  • Brian Thurow
    Brian Thurow (2013 U.S. Frontiers of Engineering Symposium)
    Department Chair at Auburn University, Auburn, Alabama said:
    5 months, 1 week and 1 day ago
    Job Promotion
    Dr. Brian Thurow is now serving as the Department Chair of Aerospace Engineering at Auburn University.