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  • 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.
  • 11/13/2017
    Pieter Abbeel (USFOE 2012) and his new startup Embodied Intelligence are intent on bringing a new level of robotic automation to the world’s factories, warehouses, and perhaps even homes, using an algorithmic method called reinforcement learning — a way for machines to learn tasks by extreme trial and error.
  • 11/09/2017
    Rice University's Matteo Pasquali (USFOE 2008) is developing fibers that when configured as wireless antennas can be as good as copper antennas but 20 times lighter. The strong, flexible, and conductive fibers could help engineers in streamlining materials for airplanes, spacecraft, and wrist-worn health monitors and clothing.
  • 11/06/2017
    Cornell's Robert Shepherd (USFOE 2016) has created a thin membrane that contorts into complex 3-D shapes — much like the shape-shifting skin of an octopus — that can inflate in seconds to the shapes of everyday objects, such as potted plants or a cluster of stones.
  • 11/02/2017
    Mechanical engineer Marcello Canova (CAFOE 2011) at Ohio State University won the regional qualifying competition and is heading for the 2018 Genoa World Pesto Championship, where he will employ a traditional mortar and pestle to go for the title.
  • 10/30/2017
    CalTech electrical engineer Azita Emami and chemical engineer Mikhail Shapiro, who both participated in USFOE 2017, have developed a technique which allows smart pills, aka capsule endoscopes, to be located in the body using magnetic fields.
  • 10/26/2017
    Jerome Lynch (CAFOE 2009) at the University of Michigan is developing a smart prosthetic leg equipped with specially designed sensors to monitor walking gait and alert users to wear and tear, helping to avoid pain, an awkward walking motion, and possible skin infection.
  • 10/24/2017
    The colloquium will focus on the consensus study as a framework for advancing research and practice in science communication and will explore ways to build capacity for and foster the use of evidence-based strategies for engaging the public with science and engineering. The event at the ...
  • 10/24/2017
    This recently released report outlines a research agenda to better understand the relationship among microbiomes, indoor environments, and human health. Learn more . 
  • 10/24/2017
    The fifth Arab-American FOSEM will be held November 2-4 in Rabat, Morocco, in partnership with Mohammed V University and hosted by L’École Nationale Supérieure d’Informatique et d’Analyse des Systèmes (ENSIAS). The meeting will bring together US ...
  • 10/23/2017
    Duke University's Lingchong You (CAFOE 2017) demonstrated that bacteria can be programed to self-organize into a form that the cells themselves can transform into components of a working sensor. This approach could be attractive because tweaking growth instructions to create different shapes and patterns could be much cheaper and faster than casting the new dies or moulds needed for traditional manufacturing.
  • 10/19/2017
    Christopher Bowman (USFOE 2002) at the University of Colorado, Boulder and Arup Chakraborty at MIT were among the 70 regular members and 10 international members recently elected by National Academy of Medicine (NAM). Election to the Academy is considered one of the highest honors in the fields of health and medicine and recognizes individuals who have demonstrated outstanding professional achievement and commitment to service.
  • 10/16/2017
    FOE alum Andrew Alleyne at the University of Illinois, Urbana-Champaign has been named a recipient of the 2017 Advocating for Women in Engineering Award. The award is presented by the Society of Women Engineers (SWE) and honors individuals who have demonstrated professional excellence in their chosen STEM fields and have proven to be advocates of women in engineering and SWE’s objectives.
  • 10/12/2017
    Emmanuel Candès (EU-US FOE 2010) at Stanford University was among the 24 individuals recently named as MacArthur Fellows. With applications in healthcare, digital photography, radar imaging, and wireless communications, the framework he developed holds promise for phase retrieval, a problem arising in many applications such as crystallography, diffraction imaging (X-ray), and astronomical instrumentation.
  • 10/09/2017
    FOE alum Shu Yang at the University of Pennsylvania is using a $100,000 grant from the Keck Futures Initiative—a project of the National Academies of Sciences, Engineering, and Medicine that supports forward-thinking, highly interdisciplinary collaborations—to develop a garment that gathers health information from its wearer through his or her sweat. Her team's nanotechnology-inspired yarn can be knitted like its conventional counterparts and could alert the wearer to potential adverse health indications, such as heat stroke.
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