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  • 03/23/2017
    FOE alum Kevin Fu at the University of Michigan has found a vulnerability that allows him to take control of or secretly influence standard components in consumer products like smartphones, fitness monitors, and even automobiles.
  • 03/20/2017
    Shaochen Chen (CAFOE 2015) at the University of California, San Diego is 3-D printing lifelike, functional networks of synthetic blood vessels that, in animal trials, have successfully integrated into living subjects. This could be a first step towards a long-desired goal of printing functional organs and other regenerative therapies.
  • 03/16/2017
    Michael Dickey (USFOE 2014) at North Carolina State University is using light wavelengths to control how polymer origami structures fold. Self-assembling structures could have applications ranging from shipping things in a flat package and having them assemble on site to having devices self-assemble in ‘clean’ environments for medical or electronic purposes.
  • 03/13/2017
    Takanari Inoue (JAFOE 2014) at Johns Hopkins University is working to engineer single-cell organisms that will seek out and eat bacteria that are deadly to humans, combining the fields of biology and engineering in an emerging discipline known as synthetic biology. Because amoebas are able to travel on their own over surfaces, the engineered cells also could be used to clean soil of bacterial contaminants or even destroy microbes living on medical instruments, and could have important implications for research into cancer and other diseases.
  • 03/09/2017
    MIT's Julie Shah (USFOE 2015) is designing robots that can shadow people in highly instinctual jobs, like head nurses, and detect patterns in how they make decisions. Working with humans rather than replacing them may be the most important frontier for robots.
  • 03/06/2017
    FOE alumni Maria Paz Gutierrez and Luke Lee at the University of California, Berkeley are engineering solar panel technology that makes greywater from sinks, baths, and laundry reusable while creating thermal energy in the process. What is now wastewater would be used at least twice, cutting demand, and the free solar energy can be captured as well.
  • 03/02/2017
    Georgia Tech's dean of engineering Gary May (USFOE 2000) will become chancellor at the University of California, Davis in August. He was chosen as a "dynamic leader and an accomplished scholar and engineer with a passion for helping others succeed."
  • 02/27/2017
    University of Michigan's Shorya Awtar (USFOE 2011) has developed a new type of mechanical instrument to perform complex, minimally-invasive procedures, also known as laparoscopic surgery, that could lead to less trauma for patients and shorter recovery times after surgery. The handheld instrument provides greater precision and functionality but at a lower cost compared to existing robotic surgical systems, which could result in new capabilities for rural hospitals and other medical centers with limited financial resources.
  • 02/23/2017
    Ireena Erteza, a Sandia National Laboratories electrical engineer and USFOE 2005 alum, has been named a 2017 Asian American Engineer of the Year (AAEOY). The award program, celebrated each year during National Engineers Week, salutes Asian-American professionals in science, technology, engineering, and math who demonstrate exceptional leadership, technical achievements, and public service.
  • 02/16/2017
    Check out the list of 17 FOE alumni newly-elected as NAE members.
  • 02/13/2017
    Debasish Banerjee (USFOE 2015) of the Toyota Research Institute of North America and NAE member and FOE alum Xiang Zhang at the University of California, Berkeley separately have been studying how to build an invisibility cloak made from everyday materials.
  • 02/09/2017
    NAE member Eric Fossum at Dartmouth College has been awarded the Queen Elizabeth Prize for Engineering for the invention of image sensor technology that is at the heart of every digital camera today, ubiquitous in personal visual communications, entertainment, automotive safety, medicine, science, security, defense, and social media.
  • 02/06/2017
    Tolga Kurtoglu (USFOE 2014) just became chief executive of Xerox Palo Alto Research Center (PARC), considered the birthplace of personal computing, the graphical user interface, the Ethernet, the laser printer, and key elements of what became the Internet. Now, PARC's core interests are artificial intelligence, machine learning, and integrating devices, systems, and computing for everything from self-driving cars and robotics to virtual and augmented reality.
  • 02/02/2017
    Read papers from the 2016 US FOE online, or purchase the publication in print. Included is leading-edge research in virtual reality headsets, autonomous precision landing of space rockets, new materials for emerging desalination technologies, and engineering immunity against cancer, among other topics.
  • 01/30/2017
    Georgia Tech's Justin Romberg (USFOE 2010) collaborated with MIT's Ramesh Raskar (EU-USFOE 2010) in the design of a machine that uses a terahertz scanner and shape recognition software to read, page by page, the interior of a book while the cover is still closed. The technology could potentially be used to read ancient scrolls that are too fragile to unroll and for non-invasive analysis of various layered materials.
  • 01/26/2017
    Contrary to the belief that seawalls cause a sense of complacency and consequently lead to lower evacuation rates, FOE alum Seth Guikema's analysis at the University of Michigan indicates that seawalls higher than 5 meters reduce damage and death, while coastal forests also play an important role in protecting the public.
  • 01/23/2017
    FOE alum Melissa Knothe Tate of the University of New South Wales is developing a fabric that can mimic the properties of periosteum, a tissue that surrounds bone in the body, that could be the basis for protective clothing, medical equipment, and even safer tires.
  • 01/19/2017
    FOE alum Markus Buehler at MIT has developed an almost completely hollow structure with a surface-area-to-volume ratio that makes it very strong. Potential applications include massive bridges, which would be ultrastrong, lightweight, and insulated against heat and cold.
  • 01/17/2017
    Check out the four FOE alumni selected as PECASE awardees.
  • 01/09/2017
    Google's Quoc Le (CAFOE 2015) searched for a new paradigm in AI and came up with the "Cat Paper," in which a computer could be trained to identify on its own the information that was absolutely essential to a given image. From there, the Google Brain team theorized that neural networks might be configured to handle the structure of language.
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