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  • 01/19/2017
    FOE alum Markus Buehler at MIT has developed an almost completely hollow structure with a surface-area-to-volume ratio that makes it very strong. Potential applications include massive bridges, which would be ultrastrong, lightweight, and insulated against heat and cold.
  • 01/17/2017
    Check out the four FOE alumni selected as PECASE awardees.
  • 01/09/2017
    Google's Quoc Le (CAFOE 2015) searched for a new paradigm in AI and came up with the "Cat Paper," in which a computer could be trained to identify on its own the information that was absolutely essential to a given image. From there, the Google Brain team theorized that neural networks might be configured to handle the structure of language.
  • 01/05/2017
    Cornell University's Robert Shepherd (USFOE 2016) is developing a prosthesis that uses light to sense curvature, elongation, and force. Not only could the robotic hand grasp and test for shape and texture; it was also able to detect which of three tomatoes was ripe by gauging their softness.
  • 01/03/2017
    Chad Bouton (USFOE 2011) at Sanguistat is developing a portable device that will pass an electrical current through a nerve to kick the body’s blood clotting system into action. Beyond the centuries-old standard treatment of tourniquets, this method will be tested for internal bleeding, specifically postpartum hemorrhage, which is a leading cause of maternal death worldwide.
  • 12/27/2016
    FOE alum Bill Grieco's Energy & Environment division at Southern Research will serve as an independent, unbiased technical evaluator tasked with assessing performance of the competing technologies in the NRG COSIA Carbon XPRIZE. The $20M global competition incents innovators to transform how the world approaches CO2 mitigation with the development of groundbreaking technologies that convert carbon dioxide emissions into valuable products.
  • 12/19/2016
    MIT's Sara Seager (USFOE 2015) pioneering theoretical work has led to a newer, more efficient way to detect exoplanets by using light, or its absence, to study the composition of alien atmospheres. It’s a way of seeing something by looking for what’s not there.
  • 12/15/2016
    Check out the list of 15 FOE alumni selected as NAI 2016 Fellows.
  • 12/12/2016
    NAE member and FOE alum John Rogers of Northwestern University is developing a stick-on patch incorporating flexible electronics and microfluidic channels that could analyze sweat to help diagnose disease and determine whether exercise regimes are actually doing any good.
  • 12/08/2016
    Michael Strano (USFOE 2007) at MIT is confining water in cylindrical nanotubes, changing its phase-transition temperature, with possible applications in electronics.
  • 12/05/2016
    MIT's Xuanhe Zhao (USFOE 2013) is using biocompatible and highly stretchable optical fibers made from hydrogel that may one day serve as sensors, lighting up in response to signs of disease.
  • 11/17/2016
    FOE alum Alan Russell at Carnegie Mellon University is using proteins that change the color of food packaging after the expiration date or enable paint to respond to the presence of a toxin in the room. The polymer-based protein engineering may also have therapeutic applications in treating cancer and other diseases.
  • 11/14/2016
    Dan Sievenpiper (USFOE 2005) at the University of California San Diego is developing the world’s first semiconductor-free, optically-controlled microelectronic device, which could lead to faster electronics and more efficient solar panels. Semiconductors are at the heart of modern computing devices but are approaching the physical limits of what they can achieve using current materials.
  • 11/10/2016
    FOE alum Nelson Tansu at Lehigh University reports that gallium nitride (GaN) resists wear almost as well as diamonds, which promises to open up applications in touch screens, space vehicles, and radio-frequency microelectromechanical systems (RF MEMS), all of which require high-speed, high-vibration technology. GaN can be made very thin yet still strong, which will accelerate the move to flexible electronics.
  • 11/07/2016
    MIT's Michael Strano (USFOE 2007) has engineered electronic systems into spinach plants to detect landmines and other explosives and then transmit that information to a handheld device.
  • 11/03/2016
    Noting current testing by Uber in Pittsburgh, FOE alum Daniel Lee at the University of Pennsylvania observes that use of autonomous vehicles is expected to accelerate in the next ten years.
  • 10/31/2016
    Harry Martz (USFOE 1997) at Lawrence Livermore National Laboratory announces his new book, "X-Ray Imaging: Fundamentals, Industrial Techniques and Applications," which focuses on industrial applications such as improved inspection of fuel pipelines, chemical pipelines, and weapons.
  • 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.
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