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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  • An AI-powered TV News Analyzer
    An AI-powered TV News Analyzer
    Thu, September 17, 2020
    FOE alumni Maneesh Agrawala and Kayvon Fatahalian at Stanford have engineered an interactive tool that uses AI to search transcripts and calculate the screen time of public figures appearing on cable TV news, increasing transparency around broadcasters’ editorial decisions.
  • Microscale Surgery by Robot
    Microscale Surgery by Robot
    Mon, September 14, 2020
    Harvard's Robert Wood (EU-US FOE 2010) has engineered a microscale surgical robot, an origami-inspired miniature remote center of motion manipulator that has been used in two mock procedures.
  • Better Wastewater Treatment? It's a Wrap
    Better Wastewater Treatment? It's a Wrap
    Thu, September 10, 2020
    NAE member Pedro Alvarez (USFOE 1997) at Rice University is engineering a shield of graphene that helps particles destroy antibiotic-resistant bacteria and free-floating antibiotic resistance genes in wastewater treatment plants.
  • Apply for the Constellation Prize by Sept. 30
    Apply for the Constellation Prize by Sept. 30
    Tue, September 08, 2020
    FOE alumni Mira Olson at Drexel University and Darshan Karwat at Arizona State University have collaborated to create this award for US engineers who have used their engineering training to promote social justice, human rights, peace, and/or environmental protection.
  • Improving Oral Drug Effectiveness Beyond the Stomach
    Improving Oral Drug Effectiveness Beyond the Stomach
    Thu, September 03, 2020
    Kelly Schultz (USFOE 2016) at Lehigh University is engineering a hydrogel material with the capacity to degrade and spontaneously reform in the gastrointestinal tract that could help researchers develop more effective methods for oral drug delivery.
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Upcoming Events
  • Upcoming
    Feb 25 2021 - Feb 27 2021
    **POSTPONED UNTIL FEBRUARY 2021**

    The 2020 US Frontiers of Engineering will be held at the National Academies Beckman Center in Irvine, California, February 25-27, 2021. About 100 outstanding early career engineers will meet for an intensive 2-1/2 day symposium to ...
    Beckman Center
    Irvine, California
  • Upcoming
    Mar 18 2021 - Mar 20 2021
    The 2021 German-America Frontiers of Engineering symposium will be held March 18-20 at Oak Ridge National Laboratory . Sixty of the most promising engineers under the age of 45 from Germany and the United States will meet for an intensive 2-1/2 day symposium on developments at the cutting ...
    Oak Ridge, Tennessee
  • Upcoming
    Jun 24 2021 - Jun 26 2021
    **POSTPONED UNTIL JUNE 2021**

    The 2021 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 ...
    Irvine, California
FOE ALUMNI SPOTLIGHT
  • IBM Research
    Research Manager, AI Composition Lab

    I study multiagent conversational AI systems with a focus on building routing and orchestration algorithms in such systems for customer care and business process automation. 

    FOE provided me with a unique experience to learn, engage and ...

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  • Purdue University
    Professor of Mechanical Engineering

    I develop cleaner, more efficient, and safer commercial vehicles through advanced systems integration, powertrain control, and vehicle automation.

    FOE is an excellent program for networking and learning best practices.

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  • National Institute of Standards and Technology
    Materials Research Engineer

    employ cutting-edge materials characterization tools to study materials structure and chemistry at the atomic (sub-nm) scale, with particular interest in applying these techniques to practical areas like advanced manufacturing and ...

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  • Dow
    Principal Research Scientist, Chemical Science - Core R&D

    I invent, characterize, and develop heterogeneous catalysts and their processes in order to convert raw feedstock into products more sustainably with less energy, waste, and expense.

    As an industrial scientist, my research efforts ...

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  • Arizona State University
    Associate Professor of Biological and Health Systems Engineering

    develop regenerative medicine approaches for neural injury such as traumatic brain injury, particularly systemic nanoparticle-based theranostics, drug delivery across the blood-brain barrier, and cell transplantation strategies.

    FOE ...

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  • University of California, Berkeley
    Professor of Electrical Engineering and Computer Sciences

    focus on novel physics in nano-scale materials and devices with potential applications in new logic schemes, magnetic sensors, low-power switches, and memory technology.

    FOE provided exposure to innovations and innovators in areas ...

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FeaturesMore Features
  • Science, engineering, and medicine are at the heart of finding solutions to the COVID-19 pandemic, which in a matter of months has triggered a global health, economic, and societal crisis of staggering proportions. In a joint message, the presidents of the NAS, NAE, and NAM give an update on how the National Academies are providing the evidence-based answers and guidance that society needs at every step of pandemic response and recovery — from addressing immediate challenges to building a more resilient future for the nation and world.
  • Mihri and Cengiz Ozkan at the University of California, Riverside (USFOE 2008) are engineering a way to recycle plastic waste, such as soda or water bottles, into a nanomaterial useful for energy storage, which could reduce plastic pollution and hasten the transition to 100% clean energy.
  • This webinar series from the American Public Health Association and the National Academy of Medicine explore the science of the current outbreak of COVID-19 in the US and globally, with a focus on how to best mitigate its impact. Hear from trusted experts in such fields as public health, infectious disease, risk communication, and crisis standards of care.
  • As the COVID-19 pandemic grips the nation and the world, the National Academies are rapidly mobilizing critical expertise in science, engineering, and medicine to inform government response and recovery efforts with evidence-based guidance, and are facilitating collaboration across research disciplines and between the public and private sectors.
Publications More Publications
  • 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.