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  • 06/21/2017
    Press Release
    Eighty two of the nation’s brightest young engineers have been selected to take part in the National Academy of Engineering’s (NAE) 23rd annual US Frontiers of Engineering (USFOE) symposium.
  • 06/19/2017
    Boston University's Christopher Chen (USFOE 2001) has developed a 3D-printed patch with embedded cells that line the interior of blood vessels. Not only did the patch result in the growth of new vessels, but the bioengineering team was actually able to give structure to the growth, helping the vessels operate more effectively.
  • 06/15/2017
    At the University of Washington’s Department of Human Centered Design & Engineering, Kate Starbird (USFOE 2013) studies the ways people and technology interact. She argues that conspiracy talk, when mapped, points to an emerging alternative media ecosystem of surprising power and reach.
  • 06/12/2017
    John Lee (USFOE 2008) at the University of Wisconsin is developing systems that will give drivers appropriate levels of trust and accurate expectations of vehicle automation.
  • 06/08/2017
    FOE alum Robert Schoelkopf at Yale has been selected for the 2017 Connecticut Medal Of Science for his seminal contributions to the field of quantum science and to the new field of circuit quantum electrodynamics.
  • 06/05/2017
    FOE alum Markus Buehler at MIT is working to replicate the unique, extra-tough structure of conch shells, which could lead to enhanced and personalized impact-resistant equipment such as helmets and body armor.
  • 06/01/2017
    Xuanhe Zhao (USFOE 2013) at MIT has developed a workout suit which incorporates microbial cells into flaps that allow it to self-ventilate, perfectly melding biological systems with engineering.
  • 05/25/2017
    Gert Cauwenberghs (USFOE 2000) at the University of California, San Diego is developing high-resolution implants combining silicon nanowires and wireless technology, potentially restoring sight that has been lost due to diabetes and macular degeneration and other neurodegenerative diseases that affect millions and currently have no effective treatment.
  • 05/22/2017
    FOE alum Michael McAlpine at the University of Minnesota is developing a method for printing flexible tactile sensors that could give the sense of touch to prosthetic limbs and surgical robots. The new stretchy sensors could be 3D printed onto a variety of surfaces, including directly onto human skin, where it could be used for remote health monitoring.
  • 05/18/2017
    Sumita Pennathur (EU-USFOE 2013) at the University of California, Santa Barbara, was among six recipients of a 2017 Pathway Visionary Award from the American Diabetes Association for her research project that aims to apply novel engineering approaches to develop a painless, minimally invasive, accurate, and disposable continuous glucose monitoring (CGM) patch.
  • 05/15/2017
    Oren Etzioni (USFOE 1999) at the Allen Institute for Artificial Intelligence is working to teach computers to answer science questions at a grade-school level — a task that might sound simple, but requires the computer to decipher images and diagrams and understand contextual meaning.
  • 05/08/2017
    Popular Mechanics has recognized FOE alum Mona Jarrahi at UCLA with its 2016 Breakthrough Award for her work in terahertz scanners which can see through clothes and inside organs, detecting unique chemical signatures from substances like water without damaging DNA. She's been able to build scanners as small as a deck of cards and hopes to one day be able to spot breast cancer with a smartphone.
  • 05/04/2017
    The State University of New York (SUNY) has appointed NAE member Kristina Johnson (USFOE 1995) as chancellor, based on her proven leadership, innovation, cross-sector experience, and strong belief in the power of education. The current founder and chief executive officer of Cube Hydro Partners, LLC, which develops hydroelectric generation facilities that provide clean energy to communities and businesses throughout the country, will assume the role in September.
  • 05/01/2017
    Mihri Ozkan (USFOE 2008) at the University of California, Riverside has developed a low-cost technique to turn glass from discarded bottles into electrodes for lithium-ion batteries that significantly outperform conventional cells with graphite electrodes.
  • 04/27/2017
    Seth Darling (USFOE 2016) at Argonne National Laboratory has developed a reusable sponge that can absorb oil from water both on and below the surface. It could be ready for widespread use to clean up oil spills in five years, and the recovered oil can even be reused.
  • 04/24/2017
    Purdue University's Peter Bermel (USFOE 2015) is using off-the-shelf silicon wafers to design and fabricate a structure that absorbs lots of sunlight without re-radiating as much heat.
  • 04/20/2017
    MIT's Nicholas Fang (USFOE 2010) discusses the Albert Einstein Foundation's project, which pushes the limits of existing technologies. While 3D printing a book may seem like mere art, the combination of engineering and creativity is in line with Einstein's assertion that “science will stagnate if it is made to serve practical goals.”
  • 04/17/2017
    The fifth Arab-American Frontiers of Science, Engineering, and Medicine symposium will be held in partnership with Mohammed V University and hosted by L'École Nationale Supérieure d'Informatique et d'Analyse des Systèmes (ENSIAS) in Rabat Morocco, November 2-4, ...
  • 04/17/2017
    The 2017 Global Grand Challenges Summit is the third in a series of conferences organized by NAE, the Royal Academy of Engineering, and the Chinese Academy of Engineering aimed to inspire the next generation of engineers, policymakers, and the public to address critically important engineering ...
  • 04/05/2017
    FOE alum and NAE member Rebecca Richards-Kortum at Rice University is listed among the world's 50 greatest leaders, according to Fortune magazine. They have in common three lessons, including bringing followers physically together, as the Frontiers of Engineering program does.
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