About FOE

The Grainger Foundation Frontiers of Engineering program brings together through 2-1/2 day meetings a select group of emerging engineering leaders from industry, academe, and government labs to discuss pioneering technical work and leading edge research in various engineering fields and industry sectors. The goal of the meetings is to introduce these outstanding early career engineers to each other, and through this interaction facilitate collaboration in engineering, the transfer of new techniques and approaches across fields, and establishment of contacts among the next generation of engineering leaders.

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  • Nanomolding New Topological Materials
    Nanomolding New Topological Materials
    Mon, November 28, 2022
    Cornell's Judy Cha is engineering nanomolding of topological nanowires that could speed the discovery of new materials for applications such as quantum computing, microelectronics and clean-energy catalysts.
  • Encrypted Skin-Sensing Technology
    Encrypted Skin-Sensing Technology
    Mon, November 21, 2022
    Sam Emaminejad (USFOE 2018) at the University of California, Los Angeles has engineered a secure, noninvasive, one-touch technology that gives detailed information about an individual's blood composition, such as metabolites, hormones, nutrients, pharmaceuticals, and blood oxygen.
  • An Energy-Efficient Neuromorphic Chip
    An Energy-Efficient Neuromorphic Chip
    Thu, November 17, 2022
    At the University of California, San Diego, Gert Cauwenberghs (USFOE 2000) is engineering a chip that runs computations directly in memory, with applications ranging from smart watches, to VR headsets, smart earbuds, smart sensors in factories and rovers for space exploration.
  • Brainlike Computers
    Brainlike Computers
    Mon, November 14, 2022
    Jean Anne Incorvia (EU-US FOE 2021) at the University of Texas at Austin has engineered new biocompatible transistors that mimic brain synapses, an advancement that could help scientists rebuild neural pathways or create brain implants.
  • Corporate Support for Academic Diversity in Robotics
    Corporate Support for Academic Diversity in Robotics
    Thu, November 10, 2022
    Derek Paley (USFOE 2016) of the Maryland Robotics Center and Microsoft have announced a new strategic partnership focused on enhancing diversity and innovation in robotics and autonomy, helping to meet the growing demand for talent in engineering.
  • Damage from UV Rays
    Damage from UV Rays
    Mon, November 07, 2022
    FOE alum Maurizio Porfiri at New York University is engineering a process that sheds light on a photochromic nylon webbing that could lead to new ways to estimate ultraviolet damage to materials, affecting their integrity and reducing their mechanical strength.
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Upcoming Events
  • Upcoming
    Mar 22 2023 - Mar 25 2023
    The 2023 German-America Frontiers of Engineering symposium will be held March 22-25 in Jülich, Germany. Sixty highly accomplished early-career engineers from Germany and the United States will meet for an intensive 2-1/2 day symposium on developments at the cutting edge of ...
    Jülich, Germany
  • Upcoming
    Jul 17 2023 - Jul 20 2023
    The 2023 Japan-America Frontiers of Engineering symposium will be held July 17-20 in Tokyo, Japan. Sixty of the most promising early career engineers from Japan and the United States will meet for an intensive 2-1/2 day symposium on developments at the cutting edge of ...
    Tokyo, Japan
  • Upcoming
    Sep 10 2023 - Sep 13 2023
    The Grainger Foundation Frontiers of Engineering 2023 Symposium will be hosted by the University of Colorado, Boulder, September 10-13. About 100 outstanding early career engineers will meet for an intensive 2-1/2 day symposium to discuss cutting-edge developments in four areas: ...
FOE ALUMNI SPOTLIGHT
  • Upstream Bio
    Head of Technical Operations

    I research patient-centered design and programs, biotech product development, patient empowerment, program management, design thinking, gender parity, biologics process development manufacturing, and regulatory strategy.

    The value of FOE has been ...

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  • National Renewable Energy Laboratory
    Researcher - Mechanical Engineering

    My research applies fundamental heat transfer and thermodynamics to advanced energy technologies and building components, with an emphasis on thermal electromechanical energy storage and advanced manufacturing.

    FOE was one of the best avenues for ...

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  • Texas A&M University
    Associate Professor of Materials Science and Engineering

    We architect the intimate connection of dissimilar materials into hybrid composite structures for enhanced CO2 uptake, 3D printing electrically conductive structures, and solvent purification.

    As an FOE participant, I was able to meet and engage ...

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  • Boston University
    Assistant Professor of Electrical and Computer Engineering

    We develop computational imaging systems that synergistically combine optics and computations to achieve novel capabilities with applications in biomedical microscopy, neuroscience, and semiconductor metrology.

    FOE was ...

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  • University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign
    Associate Professor of Civil and Environmental Engineering

    My focus includes urban water and energy sustainability at the residential and city scales, drought and heat wave impacts on power generation, green stormwater infrastructure performances, and water, energy, and carbon policy analysis.

    FOE has been ...

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  • AbbVie
    Senior Scientist

    I study selective oxidation to form renewable replacements, homogeneous and heterogeneous catalysis, the production of transformative specialty chemicals, and scaling technologies from bench to pilot.

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FeaturesMore Features
  • In a podcast episode, FOE alum Shirley Meng at Argonne National Laboratory and the University of Chicago discusses the need to engineer different metals and elements that could last longer and charge faster than our current lithium-ion batteries.
  • NAE member Darryll Pines at the University of Maryland Global Campus and Gregory Washington (USFOE 2004) at George Mason University are assembling nonpartisan, data-driven, research-based faculty experts from engineering and other disciplines to educate our communities about gun violence.
  • Roozbeh Jafari (JAFOE 2016) at Texas A&M University is engineering an electronic tattoo that can be worn comfortably on the wrist for hours and deliver continuous blood pressure measurements at an accuracy level exceeding nearly all available options on the market today.
  • FOE alum Michael Dickey at NC State University reports ionogels with best in class mechanical properties in a paper in Nature Materials titled "Tough and stretchable ionogels via in situ phase separation."
Publications More Publications
  • The NAE typically dedicates the winter issue of The Bridge to papers from The Grainger Foundation Frontiers of Engineering US symposium, held in September each year. Because of the covid-19 pandemic, the 2020 US FOE was rescheduled to February 25–26, 2021. This issue presents a selection of papers from the 2020 and 2021 US FOE meetings.

  • This volume includes 12 papers from the National Academy of Engineering's 2019 US Frontiers of Engineering (US FOE) Symposium held in September 2019. US FOE meetings bring together 100 outstanding early career engineers to exchange information about leading-edge technologies in a range of engineering fields. The 2019 symposium covered four topic areas: Advanced Manufacturing in the Age of Digital Transformation; Engineering the Genome; Self-Driving Cars: Technology and Ethics; and Blockchain Technology. The papers describe leading-edge research on these topics, among others: next-generation robotic locomotion, using CRISPR to combat human disease vectors, the ethics of autonomous vehicles, and blockchain technology. Appendixes include information about contributors, the symposium program, and participants. This is the 25th volume in the US Frontiers of Engineering series.

  • This volume includes 12 papers from the National Academy of Engineering's 2018 US Frontiers of Engineering (US FOE) Symposium held in September 2018. US FOE meetings bring together 100 outstanding engineers (ages 30 to 45) to exchange information about leading-edge technologies in a range of engineering fields. The 2018 symposium covered four topic areas: Quantum Computers: Are We There Yet?, the Role of Engineering in the Face of Conflict and Disaster, Resilient and Reliable Infrastructure, and Theranostics. The papers describe leading-edge research on these topics, among others: quantum computing, combining formal and informal structures in crisis response, infrastructure resilience, and immune theranostics. Appendixes include information about contributors, the symposium program, and participants. This is the 24th volume in the US Frontiers of Engineering series.

  • This volume includes 12 papers from the National Academy of Engineering's 2017 US Frontiers of Engineering (US FOE) Symposium held in September 2017. US FOE meetings bring together 100 outstanding engineers (ages 30 to 45) to exchange information about leading-edge technologies in a range of engineering fields. The 2017 symposium covered four topic areas: Machines That Teach Themselves, Energy Strategies to Power Our Future, Unraveling the Complexity of the Brain, and Megatall Buildings and Other Future Places of Work. The papers describe leading-edge research on such topics as whether machines can spot diseases faster than humans, wireless charging of electric vehicles, brain-machine interfaces, and functional natural materials for high-rise structures, among other topics. Appendixes include information about contributors, the symposium program, and a list of meeting participants. This is the twenty-second volume in the US FOE series. 

  • This volume includes 13 papers from the National Academy of Engineering's 2016 US Frontiers of Engineering (US FOE) Symposium held in September 2016. US FOE meetings bring together 100 outstanding engineers (ages 30 to 45) to exchange information about leading-edge technologies in a range of engineering fields. The 2016 symposium covered four topic areas: Pixels at Scale, Extreme Engineering, Water Desalination and Purification, and Technologies for Understanding and Treating Cancer. The papers describe leading-edge research on such topics as frontiers in virtual reality headsets, autonomous precision landing of space rockets, new materials for emerging desalination technologies, and engineering immunity against cancer, among other topics. Appendixes include information about contributors, the symposium program, and a list of meeting participants. This is the twenty-third volume in the US FOE series. 

  • This volume includes 14 papers from the National Academy of Engineering's 2015 US Frontiers of Engineering (USFOE) Symposium held in September 2015. USFOE meetings bring together 100 outstanding engineers (ages 30 to 45) to exchange information about leading-edge technologies in a range of engineering fields. The 2015 symposium covered four topic areas: Cybersecurity and Privacy, Engineering the Search for Earth-like Exoplanets, Optical and Mechanical Metamaterials, and Forecasting Natural Disasters. The papers describe leading-edge research on such topics as designing materials with unprecedented capabilities, building image-relaying mechanisms to better explore exoplanets, and improving medical device cybersecurity, among other topics. Appendixes include information about contributors, the symposium program, and a list of meeting participants. This is the twenty-first volume in the USFOE series.