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  • 09/15/2016
    At UC-Berkeley, Ronald Fearing (USFOE 2001) creates biologically-inspired robot teams that can cover rough ground while sending information to and receiving guidance from search and rescue personnel.
  • 09/12/2016
    Aerospace Corporation's Siegfried Janson (USFOE 1996) is developing plastic wrap-like technology to wrap around and remove space debris, thus protecting satellites and spacecraft from catastrophic impacts with the more than 7,000 metric tons of material currently in the near-Earth space environment.
  • 09/08/2016
    FOE alumni Jennifer Lewis and Robert Wood at Harvard use microfluidics to power their autonomous robot with a design inspired by the movement, strength, and elasticity of an octopus.
  • 09/01/2016
    FOE alum Jason Burdick at the University of Pennsylvania is developing hydrogels that can help prevent future heart damage in heart attack survivors. These hydrogels shore up enlarged hearts with thinned walls and scar tissue that can lead to heart failure.
  • 08/29/2016
    MIT's Emilio Frazzoli (GAFOE 2009) leads startup nuTonomy, which is developing driverless taxis offering convenient public transit while helping reduce greenhouse gas emissions. These electric vehicles follow optimal paths for passenger pickup and dropoff, reducing traffic congestion.
  • 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.
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