About FOE

The 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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  • Just When You Thought It Was Safe to Drink the Water
    Just When You Thought It Was Safe to Drink the Water
    Mon, October 14, 2019
    NAE member and FOE alum David Sedlak at UC Berkeley explains that US drinking water regulations are based on a complex balance between health risks from possible carcinogens and the cost of implementing new water cleaning systems.
  • Low-Energy Alternative For Chemical Separations
    Low-Energy Alternative For Chemical Separations
    Tue, October 08, 2019
    Georgia Tech's Mark Losego (USFOE 2018) is engineering metal oxide-infused membranes to reduce the energy needed by distillation processes, which consume a massive amount of energy each year separating and refining feedstocks to make gasoline, plastics, food, and other products.
  • Improving National Water Security
    Improving National Water Security
    Thu, October 03, 2019
    FOE alum Karl Linden at the University of Colorado Boulder is engineering energy-efficient and competitive desalination technologies to secure a circular water economy in which 90% of nontraditional water sources can be cost-competitive with existing water sources within 10 years.
  • Using Hydrogels to Repair Heart Muscle
    Using Hydrogels to Repair Heart Muscle
    Tue, October 01, 2019
    FOE alum Karen Christman at the University of California, San Diego has engineered an injectable hydrogel to repair cardiac tissue in patients who have suffered a heart attack.
  • Antineutrino Detection Could Help Remotely Monitor Nuclear Reactors
    Antineutrino Detection Could Help Remotely Monitor Nuclear Reactors
    Mon, September 09, 2019
    Georgia Tech’s Anna Erickson (USFOE 2015) has engineered a method to measure the flow of subatomic particles known as antineutrinos from nuclear reactors. This continuous remote monitoring is designed to detect fueling changes that might indicate the diversion of nuclear materials.
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Upcoming Events
  • Upcoming
    Nov 18 2019 - Nov 20 2019
    The 2019 EU-US Frontiers of Engineering symposium will be held November 18 - 20 in Stockholm, Sweden. About 60 outstanding engineers under the age of 45 will meet for an intensive 2-1/2 day symposium to discuss cutting-edge developments in four areas: 5G and Internet of ...
    Stockholm, Sweden
  • Upcoming
    Jun 22 2020 - Jun 24 2020
    The 2020 Japan-America Frontiers of Engineering symposium will be held in the United States. 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 engineering ...
    Irvine, California
  • Upcoming
    Sep 14 2020 - Sep 16 2020
    The 2020 US Frontiers of Engineering will be hosted by the National Renewable Energy Lab  in Golden, Colorado, September 14-16. About 100 outstanding early career engineers will meet for an intensive 2-1/2 day symposium to discuss cutting-edge developments in four areas: ...
    National Renewable Energy Lab
    Golden, Colorado
FOE ALUMNI SPOTLIGHT
  • Colorado State University
    Professor, Civil and Environmental Engineering

    I combine engineering and biology to assess performance of structures and communities as complex systems under extreme hazards such as fire, tsunamis, earthquakes, and wind to ensure resilience while minimizing social and economic ...

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  • Princeton University
    Professor, Chemical and Biological Engineering

    My group studies the structural evolution of electrically-active materials and develops innovative processing and patterning technologies for the realization of low-cost, lightweight, and mechanically flexible thin-film devices, such as circuit ...

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  • Boeing Commercial Airplanes
    Technical Fellow

    My research areas include engineered composite materials, advanced composite manufacturing technologies, nanoparticle technology, functional coating for efficient aerospace structures, and high-performance electric space propulsion.

    FOE provides ...

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  • IBM Almaden Research Center
    Research Manager, Public Health and Food Safety

    I lead multidisciplinary research in big data, next-gen sequencing for food safety, AI-powered robot microscope, open-source spatio-temporal epidemiological modeling, and cloud-based genome assembly, classification, annotation, and data ...

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  • Oak Ridge National Laboratory
    Director, Sustainable Transportation Program

    I oversee more than 230 researchers working on materials, components, vehicles, and mobility systems for an efficient, secure, and sustainable transportation future.

    The Frontiers of Engineering symposia are excellent gatherings with people ...

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  • Virginia Tech
    Associate Professor, Mining and Minerals Engineering

    My research is increasingly focused on the monitoring, characterization, and abatement of respirable dust and diesel particulates in underground mines. I also work on other environmental and social aspects of natural resource development, ...

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FeaturesMore Features
  • Wil Srubar (USFOE 2017) at the University of Colorado Boulder is engineering living hybrid building material that exhibits both structural and biological functions.
  • At the University of California, Berkeley, Ronald Fearing (USFOE 2001) has engineered a jumping robot with control systems that allow the agile machine to master increasingly complex tasks.
  • Mathematical foundations and opportunities in cryptography and cybersecurity will be discussed in this week's webinar, part of a monthly series on exciting and upcoming mathematics research across an array of topics.
  • FOE alum Markus Buehler at MIT engineered "Spider’s Canvas," an exploration that sonifies the threads of a spider web by applying different frequencies of sound to different lengths of spider webs. Spider webs feature hierarchical structures similar to the complex harmonies and rhythms music.
  • This video introduces a new study by the National Academies of Sciences, Engineering, and Medicine asserting that climate change is occurring, is caused largely by human activities, and poses significant risks for--and in many cases is already affecting--a broad range of human and natural systems.
Publications More Publications
  • 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. 

  • This volume includes 13 papers from the National Academy of Engineering's 2014 US Frontiers of Engineering (USFOE) Symposium held in September 2014. 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 2014 symposium covered four topic areas:Co-Robotics, Battery Anxiety, Technologies for the Heart, and Shale Gas and Oil. The papers describe leading-edge research on such topics as progress in self-driving vehicles, lithion ion batteries and their manufacturing challenges, biomaterials for treating myocardial infarctions, and microbial ecology of hydraulic fracturing, among other topics. Appendixes include information about contributors, the symposium program, and a list of meeting participants. This is the twentieth volume in the USFOE series.