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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  • Mapping Greenhouse Emissions
    Mapping Greenhouse Emissions
    Thu, April 11, 2024
    Aerospace engineer Riley Duren (USFOE 2009) at Carbon Mapper will use hyperspectral data to monitor greenhouse gas and make methane and carbon dioxide emissions data visible in a transparent fashion through a public data portal.
  • Using Data to Improve EV Battery Reliability
    Using Data to Improve EV Battery Reliability
    Mon, April 08, 2024
    FOE alum and materials and corrosion engineer Nicholas Faenza at Exponent describes how electric vehicle data can deliver insights that help manufacturers respond to recalls and improve future battery design by continuous monitoring and responding quickly to incidents.
  • Power When the Sun Doesn't Shine
    Power When the Sun Doesn't Shine
    Thu, April 04, 2024
    NAE member Yet-Ming Chiang (JAFOE 2000) at MIT is engineering energy storage technologies that can facilitate access to renewable energy sources, boost the stability and reliability of power grids, and ultimately accelerate grid decarbonization.
  • Predicting Auto Crash Sites
    Predicting Auto Crash Sites
    Mon, April 01, 2024
    Engineer Simos Gerasimidis (EU-US FOE 2021) at the University of Massachusetts Amherst used machine learning to predict which roads may be the most dangerous based on abrupt changes in speed limits, incomplete lane markings, and other influential factors.
  • A Twist to Classical Material Design
    A Twist to Classical Material Design
    Mon, March 25, 2024
    Stanford's Yi Cui (CAFOE 2017) has engineered a twisted multilayer crystal structure for the first time that could help researchers develop next-generation materials for solar cells, quantum computers, lasers, and other devices.
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Upcoming Events
  • Upcoming
    Jun 17 2024 - Jun 20 2024
    The 2024 China-America Frontiers of Engineering symposium will be a point-to-point meeting between the National Academies' Beckman Center in Irvine, California and a location in China. Sixty highly accomplished early-career engineers from China and the United States will meet for an ...
    Irvine, California
  • Upcoming
    Sep 11 2024 - Sep 14 2024
    The Grainger Foundation Frontiers of Engineering 2024 Symposium will be at the National Academies' Beckman Center in Irvine, California, September 11-14. About 100 outstanding early career engineers will meet for an intensive 2-1/2 day symposium to discuss cutting-edge ...
    Irvine, California
  • Upcoming
    Mar 25 2025 - Mar 28 2025
    The 2025 German-America Frontiers of Engineering symposium will be held at Oak Ridge National Laboratory in Oak Ridge, Tennessee. 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 ...
    Oak Ridge National Laboratory
    Oak Ridge, Tennessee
FOE ALUMNI SPOTLIGHT
  • Pacific Northwest National Laboratory
    Senior Chemical Engineer

    I develop new chemical imaging techniques that provide fundamental insights into complex electrochemical systems in chemical separation and energy and translate the research findings into sustainable solutions for renewable energy ...

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  • Schweitzer Engineering Laboratories, Inc.
    Lead Mechanical Engineer

    My design and research focus is on mechanical structures, thermal transfer, fluid mechanics, and multiphysics simulations on given custom parts and assemblies designs. An example of a typical multiphysics model is the coupling between ...

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  • Boston University
    Associate Professor of Mechanical Engineering

    I search for new polymer materials and structures that provide superlative mechanical protection, advanced functionality for energy applications, or new types of smart sensors. I use emerging approaches that blend AI and experimental research ...

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  • Boise State University
    Clinical Assistant Professor of Civil Engineering

    I study physical ultraviolet light treatment and cellular/enzymatic biological treatment to combat microbial threats in water and links between water microbiomes, engineering, and human factors in small, rural water systems.

    FOE was such a valuable ...

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  • Dyndrite Corporation
    Head of Product Development

    My team develops tools to enable unprecedented and transparent toolpath control for new materials and challenging components for production automation and process control for industrial additive manufacturing. 

    Critical discussion with NAE ...

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  • Northeastern University
    Associate Professor of Chemical and Bio Engineering

    My research program is identifying mechanically regulated targets to prevent, diagnose, and treat diseases associated with vasculature.

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Publications More Publications
  • From resilience and security in the information ecosystem to novel applications in mining and mineral resource production, Frontiers of Engineering participants tackle today’s challenging world issues. The winter issue of The Bridge showcases research by early-career engineers as shared at The Grainger Foundation Frontiers of Engineering 2023 Symposium.

  • From novel applications of microbes to DEI in engineering to the potential for hydrogen energy, Frontiers of Engineering participants tackle today’s challenging world issues. The winter issue of The Bridge showcases research by early-career engineers as shared at the 2022 US FOE symposium.

  • 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.

FeaturesMore Features
  • Why hasn't the dream of having a robot at home to do your chores become a reality yet? With three decades of research expertise in the field, FOE alum Ken Goldberg at the University of California, Berkeley sheds light on the clumsy truth about robots — and what it will take to build more dexterous machines to work in a warehouse or help out at home.
  • Do you need a degree in mechanical engineering to make a milkshake? No. But does it help? Let’s find out with FOE alum Philip LeDuc at Carnegie Mellon University! Explore the mechanics of milkshakes and experiment on your own with the recipes below.
  • From resilience and security in the information ecosystem to novel applications in mining and mineral resource production, Frontiers of Engineering participants tackle today’s challenging world issues. The winter issue of The Bridge showcases research by early-career engineers as shared at The Grainger Foundation Frontiers of Engineering 2023 Symposium.
  • Come on Barbie, let’s go party…with this week’s episode of The Circuit News just in time for the recent premiere of the Barbie movie! In partnership with USC Viterbi School of Engineering, NAE's weekly social-forward news show dedicated to promoting engineering to the public highlights engineering stories from academia, industry, government, pop culture, and K-12.
  • FOE alum Kayla Sprenger at CU Boulder is integrating approaches at the crossroads of physics, engineering, and immunology in close synergy with experimentalists and clinicians to develop vaccines for diseases like HIV, break down mixed plastic waste streams into valuable chemicals, and address other challenges in energy and health fields.