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  • 08/25/2016
    Rice University's Richard Baraniuk (EU-US FOE 2010) and Kimberly Turner (USFOE 2012) at the University of California, Santa Barbara will conduct frontier research focused on neural and cognitive systems with grants from NSF.
  • 08/22/2016
    Rajeev Ram (USFOE 1999) at MIT developed a tiny microbioreactor containing a microfluidic chip that could ultimately produce treatments at the point of care, with applications in the battlefield and remote villages.
  • 08/18/2016
    FOE alumni Andrea Alu at UT Austin and Yong Chen at Purdue have received grants for emerging frontier research aimed at manipulating light, high-frequency, and sound waves by unconventional methods.
  • 08/15/2016
    FOE alum Ju Li at MIT is developing a new approach to lithium-air batteries that could lead to more energy-efficient, faster-charging cells that last longer than conventional lithium-ion versions.
  • 08/11/2016
    Microsoft's Karin Strauss (USFOE 2011) is developing methods to store an exabyte (one billion gigabytes) of data in about one cubic inch of synthetic DNA material that could be readable for thousands of years. Storing that much data by conventional methods would require a warehouse-sized data center.
  • 08/08/2016
    Franklin Robotics co-founder Rory MacKean (JAFOE 2011) is testing Tertill, a Roomba-type device to cut grass that will cost the same or less than a lawn mower requiring human exertion. In a world where most people are pressed for time, outsourcing lawn maintenance to a robot seems destined to happen.
  • 07/28/2016
    Vulcan Aerospace president Charles Beames (USFOE 2008) and NAE member Burt Rutan are working on Stratolaunch's goal of revolutionizing access to space with more efficient methods of getting into orbit, mostly for commercial satellite operators.
  • 07/25/2016
    Sameer Sonkusale (USFOE 2015) at Tufts University and Ali Khademhosseini (USFOE 2012, 2011) at Harvard have integrated nanoscale sensors, electronics, and microfluidics into threads – ranging from simple cotton to sophisticated synthetics – that can be sutured through multiple layers of tissue to gather diagnostic data wirelessly in real time.
  • 07/21/2016
    Pablo Zavattieri (USFOE 2014) at Purdue University is developing super strong composite materials modeled on the tough herringbone structure of the mantis shrimp's powerful dactyl club. In a 3D-printed biomimetic composite, damaging stress could be more uniformly distributed, mitigating catastrophic structural failure.
  • 07/18/2016
    NC State University's Veena Misra (USFOE 2003) is designing a system that could track the wearer's wellness, particularly related to oncoming asthma attacks, so that users could change their activities or environment to help prevent them.
  • 07/14/2016
    Shantanu Chakrabartty (JAFOE 2014) at the Washington University of St. Louis is designing a “tattoo” made of biocompatible silk that, by emitting mild heat on locust wings, could make it possible to steer them by remote control. The team is tapping into locusts' fantastic sensitivity for odor to bioengineer the bomb-detection systems of the future.
  • 07/11/2016
    FOE alum and NAE member Frances Arnold is the first woman to be recognized with a Millennium Technology Prize by the Technology Academy Finland, host of the 2016 EU-US FOE. Inspired by the biological processes that drive natural selection, she launched a field called "directed evolution" and revolutionized the way researchers design more effective drugs and create cleaner industrial processes.
  • 07/05/2016
    Harvard's Robert Wood (EU-US FOE 2010) has created autonomous robotic insects capable of sustained, independent flight, with such minuscule component parts promising other applications from manufacturing to micro-surgery.
  • 06/27/2016
    MIT's Julie Shah (USFOE 2015) studies how humans and robots can work together more efficiently, especially in high-intensity situations, like manufacturing plants, search-and-rescue situations, and space exploration.
  • 06/27/2016
    Press Release
    Eighty-three of the nation’s brightest young engineers have been selected to take part in the National Academy of Engineering’s (NAE) 22nd annual US Frontiers of Engineering (USFOE) symposium.
  • 06/23/2016
    Carnegie Melon University's Aaron Steinfeld (JAFOE 2016) is designing cooperative robots, or co-robots, to empower people with disabilities to safely travel and navigate unfamiliar environments, like subway systems. The team focuses on information exchange, assistive localization, and urban navigation -- essentially finding new ways for robots and humans to interact.
  • 05/23/2016
    Guihua Yu (USFOE 2015) at the University of Texas, Austin has developed a new gel that repairs and connects electronic circuits, creating opportunities to advance the development of flexible electronics, biosensors, and batteries as energy storage devices.
  • 05/19/2016
    Georgia Tech's Athanasios Nenes (JAFOE 2009) combined information about power plant operation with real-time air quality predictions to create the hybrid Air Pollutant Optimization Model to minimize the impact of air pollution from electric power generation on cardiovascular and respiratory health.
  • 05/16/2016
    Penn State mechanical engineer Tak-Sing Wong (USFOE 2014) is developing nature-inspired slippery liquid materials with a variety of applications, such as bio-compatible medical devices and highly durable ship hulls. More possibilities include keeping walls clear of graffiti and aircraft free of ice.
  • 05/12/2016
    Maryam Shanechi (USFOE 2015) will lead US and British researchers in neuroscience, machine learning, and signal processing to develop new methods for modeling neural, behavioral, and physiological data from humans in an attempt to understand the brain’s multisensory processing.
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