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  • 10/27/2016
    MIT's Nicholas Fang (USFOE 2010) has developed a process that uses a 3D printed polymer that returns to its original form when exposed to a specific temperature. Applications for such shape-memory polymers include solar panels that turn toward the sun and drug capsules that open in response to early signs of infection.
  • 10/27/2016
    Neil DasGupta (USFOE 2016) at the University of Michigan has developed an aperture in a battery to observe the growth of dendrites, whiskers of lithium that grow inside batteries and can cause fires. Lithium sulphur and lithium air batteries have the potential to store 10 times more energy in the same space as current lithium ion batteries, but their all-metal electrodes are prone to forming dendrites, which reduce a battery’s performance, raise safety concerns, and cut short its lifetime.
  • 10/24/2016
    Jin-Oh Hahn (USFOE 2016) at the University of Maryland is mathematically modeling the human body's cardiac functions to create tools that will improve cardiovascular monitoring tools and unobtrusive ways to monitor patient vitals.
  • 10/21/2016
    NAE has released a publication that presents 25 exemplary activities and programs for improving engineers' understanding of ethical and social issues.
  • 10/21/2016
    Six FOE Alumni Inducted into NAE at Annual Meeting
    Among the 80 new members inducted at NAE’s Annual Meeting on October 9 were six FOE alumni: Zhenan Bao, Stanford University (2000 US FOE, 2006 JAFOE); Juan de Pablo, University of Chicago (2002 US FOE); Kristina Johnson, Cube Hydro Partners LLC (1995 US FOE); David Sedlak, University of California Berkeley (2010 IAFOE); Jennifer West, Duke University (2004 US FOE); and Alan Willner, University of Southern California (1996 US FOE).
  • 10/21/2016
    Edison High School in Fairfax County, Virginia has an eager group of ninth-graders in a potentially revolutionary program based on NAE's Grand Challenges for Engineering. These future leaders will focus on goals such as securing cyberspace, preventing nuclear terrorism, engineering better medicines, and developing clean energy.
  • 10/21/2016
    The National Science Foundation (NSF) and the National Nanotechnology Initiative (NNI) invite contestants to submit entries in the Generation Nano: Small Science, Superheroes competition featuring nanotechnology-enabled gear for their original superhero.
  • 10/20/2016
    Zhen Gu (USFOE 2016) at UNC Chapel Hill and NC State tackles cancer treatment innovations with inspiration from nature and his chemist father, who died of an aggressive form of leukemia when Gu was very young.
  • 10/17/2016
    Boeing CEO Dennis Muilenburg (USFOE 2001) vows to beat SpaceX to Mars, working with NASA to develop a heavy-lift rocket called the Space Launch System for deep space exploration. Boeing and SpaceX are also the first commercial companies NASA selected to ferry astronauts to the International Space Station.
  • 10/13/2016
    Joseph Wartman (EU-US FOE 2011) at the University of Washington leads the Post-Disaster, Rapid Response Research (RAPID) Facility, one of the components of NSF's Natural Hazards Engineering Research Infrastructure (NHERI). Researchers in NHERI are set to explore and test ground-breaking concepts for protecting homes, businesses, and infrastructure lifelines, and to enable innovations that will help prevent natural hazards from becoming societal disasters.
  • 10/10/2016
    Stanford's Stephen Quake (USFOE 1999 and NAE member) will co-lead the Biohub, a new biomedical science research center in a collaboration with University of California, San Francisco (UCSF) and the University of California, Berkeley (UC Berkeley). Funded by a $600 million commitment from Facebook CEO and founder Mark Zuckerberg and pediatrician Priscilla Chan, the Biohub's immediate projects include the Cell Atlas and the Infectious Disease Initiative.
  • 09/29/2016
    FOE alum Jeff Karp at Harvard Medical School was delighted that his tissue adhesive successfully treated a dog with a mouth wound similar to cleft palate that was unresponsive to three surgeries. These glues can go on the skin, inside the heart, and on blood vessels and will be tested for vascular reconstruction on humans later this year.
  • 09/26/2016
    Rebecca Richards-Kortum (USFOE 1995 and NAE member), a bioengineer at Rice University, was among the 23 individuals recently named as MacArthur Fellows. Drawing from nanotechnology, molecular imaging, and microfabrication techniques, she has created numerous low-cost and highly practical medical tools to address global health disparities in low-resource settings by developing point-of-care medical technologies and a new approach to engineering education.
  • 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.
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