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  • 02/22/2018
    FOE alum Bill Grieco at Southern Research is engineering a multistep catalytic process for conversion of sugars from non-food biomass to acrylonitrile – a key precursor in the production of high strength and light weight carbon fiber, with applications in defense, space, aviation, automotive, wind turbine production, and sporting goods manufacturing.
  • 02/15/2018
    Check out the list of 13 FOE alumni newly-elected as NAE members.
  • 02/12/2018
    NAE member Jennifer Lewis (USFOE 2000) at Harvard and Brett Compton (JAFOE 2016) at the University of Tennessee have engineered rotational 3D printing to create structural materials optimized for strength and damage tolerance.
  • 02/08/2018
    Nike's Cyrus Wadia (USFOE 2011) is implementing sustainable initiatives that remove barriers to harnessing clean energy technologies in order to reduce dependence on fossil fuels and decrease climate change risks.
  • 02/05/2018
    Kaustav Banerjee (GAFOE 2015) at the University of California, Santa Barbara is developing inductors for ultra-compact wireless communication systems for applications in the Internet of Things (IoT), sensing, and energy storage and transfer.
  • 02/01/2018
    MIT's John Hart (USFOE 2010) is developing 3D printing processes that can produce parts in minutes rather than hours, which is too long to wait in modern manufacturing.
  • 01/29/2018
    FOE alumni Xuanhe Zhao (USFOE 2013) and Timothy Lu (CAFOE 2017) formed an interdisciplinary team at MIT that is engineering technologies based on responsive materials, gels, and polymers, including a variety of inks for 3D printing. Applications include flexible patches that will detect environmental stimuli such as pollutants, changes in pH, and temperature.
  • 01/25/2018
    Check out the list of 12 FOE alumni selected as NAI 2017 Fellows.
  • 01/22/2018
    Duke University's Adrienne Stiff-Roberts (EU-US FOE 2016) hopes to open a whole new world of materials to the solar cell industry with these materials that could also be useful for other applications, such as light-emitting diodes, photodetectors, and X-ray detectors.
  • 01/11/2018
    FOE alum and NAE member Subra Suresh at Nanyang Technological University in Singapore is directing the growth of hydrogel to mimic plant or animal tissue structure and shapes, an advance with potential applications in medical and robotics fields.
  • 01/08/2018
    FOE alum Silvia Ferrari at Cornell is developing event-based sensing and control algorithms that use significantly less power than traditional processors and packed into smaller payloads that would enable robot insects to react to the unpredictable scenarios in the real world.
  • 01/04/2018
    Purdue's Shriram Ramanathan has developed a sensor that can detect minute electrical signals travelling through salt water, and is robust enough to survive the harsh conditions of frigid seas, which could help study marine ecosystems and organisms or could detect shipping movement for commercial or military maritime applications.
  • 12/21/2017
    Stanford's Debbie Senesky (USFOE 2016) works at the intersection of aerospace and electrical engineering to develop new semiconductor materials that can survive the heat of Venus, where the surface temperatures are enough to melt lead. Learn more about her research during this appearance on the Future of Everything radio show.
  • 12/18/2017
    FOE alum Julie Champion's process at Georgia Tech could offer a solution to microbial contamination on implantable medical devices and on food processing equipment. In addition to its antibacterial effects, the nano-texturing also appears to improve corrosion resistance.
  • 12/14/2017
    Konrad Kording (USFOE 2017) at the University of Pennsylvania is using cryptographic techniques to decode brain data to predict which direction monkeys will move their arms. The same cryptography-inspired technique could eventually be used to decode more complex patterns of muscle activation for use in prosthetic devices or even speech, to aid those with total paralysis.
  • 12/11/2017
    Stanford's Eric Pop (JAFOE 2014) is developing semiconductors just a few atoms thick for the next generation of feature-filled and energy-efficient electronics.
  • 12/07/2017
    Sheng Lin-Gibson (CAFOE 2011) at the National Institute of Standards and Technology describes the potential shift from the traditional paradigm of health care to one with greater focus on regenerative and curative treatments.
  • 12/04/2017
    MIT's Timothy Lu (CAFOE 2017) founded two companies spun off from his labwork that are looking to manipulate the bacteria in our bodies by adding or removing microbial agents to solve very different problems.
  • 11/30/2017
    NAE member Michael Strano (USFOE 2007) at MIT has developed sensors that when printed on leaves could tell farmers when to water crops.
  • 11/17/2017
    Virgin Orbit's Will Pomerantz (EU-US FOE 2017) founded the Brooke Owens Fellowship Program, which offers paid internships and executive-level mentorship to extraordinary undergraduate women seeking careers in aviation or space exploration. Application deadline is December 5.
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