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  • 01/17/2019
    FOE alum and NAE member Zhenan Bao at Stanford is engineering a biodegradable, battery-free arterial-pulse sensor to wirelessly monitor blood flow, an advance that could allow doctors to remotely monitor the success of blood vessel surgery.
  • 01/10/2019
    FOE alum Chris Urmson leads Aurora, the developer of a full-stack self-driving software system for automobile manufacturers. Aurora is collaborating with a number of automotive retailers to integrate its technology into their vehicles and make self-driving cars a “practical reality.”
  • 01/07/2019
    FOE alum and NAE member Gang Chen at MIT reports that his lab is engineering a device that can use solar heat to turn water into superheated steam. The development may one day enable sterilization in medical settings and provide clean drinking water, both persistent problems in developing countries.
  • 01/03/2019
    FOE alum and NAE member John Rogers at Northwestern University has developed a device that delivers electrical pulses to damaged peripheral nerves in rats, which then have accelerated nerve regrowth and enhanced muscle strength and control. The wireless device is the size of a small coin and operates for about two weeks before being absorbed into the body.
  • 12/20/2018
    FOE alum and NAE member Paula Hammond at MIT has engineered a new molecule that can administer drugs deep into cartilage in an effort to help reverse or slow the tissue breakdown associated with osteoarthritis, which affects 20 to 30 million people in the US.
  • 12/17/2018
    Johns Hopkins University's Noah Cowan (EU-US FOE 2010) studied the constant and seemingly random movement of fish that serves to optimize their sensory feedback, leading to ways to improve sensors in robot design.
  • 12/13/2018
    FOE alum Cynthia Breazeal at MIT engineered Jibo, a crowdfunded robot that has been successfully used to foster connections with elderly patients. Intelligent chatbots offer talking software that is increasingly able to help us manage our emotions.
  • 12/10/2018
    Purdue University's Bryan Boudouris (USFOE 2013) has engineered a glass-like polymer that can be inexpensively and sustainably produced on a large scale, could make smartphones more bendable, and may lead to tailor-made sensors for non-invasive biomedical monitoring.
  • 12/06/2018
    FOE alum Anna Stefanopoulou at the University of Michigan’s Energy Institute is engineering new rechargeable battery technology that could extend electric vehicle ranges and time between mobile phone charges.
  • 12/03/2018
    FOE alum Ronggui Yang at the University of Colorado Boulder has engineered a metamaterial that reflects almost all incoming sunlight while still allowing an object’s stored heat to escape, keeping it cooler than ambient air even in the midday sun.
  • 11/29/2018
    FOE alum W. David Merryman at Vanderbilt University has found a possible way to prevent or even reverse pulmonary arterial hypertension (PAH), a rare, progressive disease characterized by narrowing of and high blood pressure in the small arteries of the lungs.
  • 11/26/2018
    FOE alum Josh Binder at Boeing reports that production was integrated into the development program sooner than in any other airplane. The new craft measures 252 feet long (77 meters), making it Boeing's longest passenger jet, and boasts 12 percent lower fuel consumption and 10 percent lower operating costs than competing airplanes.
  • 11/19/2018
    The University of Cambridge's Clare Grey (JAFOE 2007) is engineering a group of materials that could enable production of batteries that charge significantly faster and deliver much higher power than those made with conventional electrode materials.
  • 11/15/2018
    FOE alum Ana Claudia Arias at the University of California, Berkeley is engineering flexible electronics that can measure oxygen levels anywhere in the body using reflected light rather than transmitted light. The research could lead to improved wound monitoring and more accurate assessment of transplant patients.
  • 11/12/2018
    Cornell University's Hadas Kress-Gazit (USFOE 2014) is engineering a modular robot system that can perceive its surroundings and autonomously assume different shapes suited to the task at hand.
  • 11/08/2018
    Samuel Mao (GAFOE 2008) at the University of California, Berkeley has engineered a new photocatalyst synthesis method that can efficiently decompose water into oxygen and hydrogen using solar light. Hydrogen is growing in popularity as an ecofriendly energy source that can help reduce the air pollution and global warming from other energy sources.
  • 11/05/2018
    Carnegie Mellon University's Christopher Bettinger (USFOE 2011) is engineering an ingestible, electrical method to control the timing of orally-delivered medications. At a precisely-determined moment, all of the medicine can be let loose simultaneously, enabling deposit anywhere in the digestive tract.
  • 11/01/2018
    Purdue University's Kenneth Sandhage (JAFOE 2000) is engineering ceramic-metal plates for heat transfer at higher temperatures and at elevated pressures that would make electricity generation from the sun’s heat more efficient.
  • 10/29/2018
    FOE alum Ken Goldberg at the University of California, Berkeley reports in a study that rather than replace human thinking, AI has the potential to enhance collective intelligence and intellectual diversity, allowing human workers to do more diverse thinking, become more efficient, and undertake more creative, fulfilling labor.
  • 10/25/2018
    The University of Texas at Austin's Guihua Yu (USFOE 2015) is developing a portable, inexpensive, and easy-to-use electronic tag to send wireless alerts to smartphones when a telltale gas is emitted by rotten food.
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