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  • 12/10/2018
    Purdue University's Bryan Boudouris (USFOE 2013) has engineered a glass-like polymer that can be inexpensively and sustainably produced on a large scale, could make smartphones more bendable, and may lead to tailor-made sensors for non-invasive biomedical monitoring.
  • 12/06/2018
    FOE alum Anna Stefanopoulou at the University of Michigan’s Energy Institute is engineering new rechargeable battery technology that could extend electric vehicle ranges and time between mobile phone charges.
  • 12/03/2018
    FOE alum Ronggui Yang at the University of Colorado Boulder has engineered a metamaterial that reflects almost all incoming sunlight while still allowing an object’s stored heat to escape, keeping it cooler than ambient air even in the midday sun.
  • 11/29/2018
    FOE alum W. David Merryman at Vanderbilt University has found a possible way to prevent or even reverse pulmonary arterial hypertension (PAH), a rare, progressive disease characterized by narrowing of and high blood pressure in the small arteries of the lungs.
  • 11/26/2018
    FOE alum Josh Binder at Boeing reports that production was integrated into the development program sooner than in any other airplane. The new craft measures 252 feet long (77 meters), making it Boeing's longest passenger jet, and boasts 12 percent lower fuel consumption and 10 percent lower operating costs than competing airplanes.
  • 11/19/2018
    The University of Cambridge's Clare Grey (JAFOE 2007) is engineering a group of materials that could enable production of batteries that charge significantly faster and deliver much higher power than those made with conventional electrode materials.
  • 11/15/2018
    FOE alum Ana Claudia Arias at the University of California, Berkeley is engineering flexible electronics that can measure oxygen levels anywhere in the body using reflected light rather than transmitted light. The research could lead to improved wound monitoring and more accurate assessment of transplant patients.
  • 11/12/2018
    Cornell University's Hadas Kress-Gazit (USFOE 2014) is engineering a modular robot system that can perceive its surroundings and autonomously assume different shapes suited to the task at hand.
  • 11/08/2018
    Samuel Mao (GAFOE 2008) at the University of California, Berkeley has engineered a new photocatalyst synthesis method that can efficiently decompose water into oxygen and hydrogen using solar light. Hydrogen is growing in popularity as an ecofriendly energy source that can help reduce the air pollution and global warming from other energy sources.
  • 11/05/2018
    Carnegie Mellon University's Christopher Bettinger (USFOE 2011) is engineering an ingestible, electrical method to control the timing of orally-delivered medications. At a precisely-determined moment, all of the medicine can be let loose simultaneously, enabling deposit anywhere in the digestive tract.
  • 11/01/2018
    Purdue University's Kenneth Sandhage (JAFOE 2000) is engineering ceramic-metal plates for heat transfer at higher temperatures and at elevated pressures that would make electricity generation from the sun’s heat more efficient.
  • 10/29/2018
    FOE alum Ken Goldberg at the University of California, Berkeley reports in a study that rather than replace human thinking, AI has the potential to enhance collective intelligence and intellectual diversity, allowing human workers to do more diverse thinking, become more efficient, and undertake more creative, fulfilling labor.
  • 10/25/2018
    The University of Texas at Austin's Guihua Yu (USFOE 2015) is developing a portable, inexpensive, and easy-to-use electronic tag to send wireless alerts to smartphones when a telltale gas is emitted by rotten food.
  • 10/18/2018
    The University of Maryland's Jordan Boyd-Graber (USFOE 2017) says his development of QANTA, an artificial intelligence question-answer system, helped him get chosen as a contestant for the ultimate answer-and-question showdown: Jeopardy!
  • 10/16/2018
    A new National Academies report highlights the dynamic process of learning throughout the lifespan and identifies frontiers needing more research in order to pursue an even deeper understanding of human learning.
  • 10/16/2018
    Among the 83 new members inducted at NAE’s Annual Meeting on September 30 were thirteen FOE alumni: Pedro Alvarez, Rice University (1997 US FOE); Angela Belcher, MIT (2002 JAFOE); Constance Chang-Hasnain, UC Berkeley (1995 US FOE and 2004 JAFOE); Carolina Cruz-Neira, University of Arkansas ...
  • 10/15/2018
    FOE alum Michael McAlpine at the University of Minnesota has engineered a bionic eye prototype using a new 3D-printed device. This adds to the other bionic body parts his team has already created, including a bionic ear, artificial organs for surgeons to practice on, bionic skin, and materials with potential to help people with spinal cord injuries regain function.
  • 10/08/2018
    FOE alum and NAE member Gregory Deierlein at Stanford recommends systematic reassessment of many of San Francisco's older steel-frame skyscrapers when they are renovated or change owners or tenants and consider regulations mandating that buildings are twice as stiff.
  • 10/03/2018
    FOE alum and NAE member Frances Arnold at Caltech, who was a speaker at the first US FOE in 1995, has been awarded the Nobel Prize in chemistry for her pioneering experiments in directed evolution, which harnesses the power of evolution to create biofuels, make more effective pharmaceuticals, and even create more environmentally friendly detergents.
  • 10/01/2018
    FOE alum Nancy Amato at Texas A&M discusses how men outnumber women nearly 2-to-1 in STEM roles on TV and in movies, which may discourage girls from careers in engineering and technology.
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