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  • 08/21/2017
    Purdue University's Alina Alexeenko (USFOE 2015) is developing the FEMTA (Film-Evaporation MEMS Tunable Array) thruster that uses heaters to create water vapor, which flows into the vacuum of space through tiny capillaries. Such reductions in mass, volume, and power in micropropulsion technologies may one day integrate with small spacecraft.
  • 08/17/2017
    Georgia Tech's Zhiqun Lin (USFOE 2010) is using a meniscus-assisted solution printing (MASP) technique that boosts power conversion efficiency by controlling crystal size and orientation.
  • 08/14/2017
    FOE alum Rashid Bahsir at the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign has developed a point-of-care device that quickly identifies markers of sepsis infection from a single drop of blood. Helping doctors identify sepsis, which can rapidly lead to organ failure and death, at its onset, could even point to a prognosis.
  • 08/10/2017
    Electrical engineer and computer science expert Gary S. May (USFOE 2000) became chancellor at the University of California, Davis, where he will oversee all aspects of the university’s teaching, research, and public service mission. He looks forward to boldly leading the university to new heights in academic excellence, public service, diversity and upward mobility for students from all backgrounds.
  • 08/03/2017
    Georgia Tech's Mark Prausnitz (USFOE 2008) has successfully tested a flu vaccine patch that delivered as much protection as a traditional jab with a needle, which doctors and public health experts hope will boost the number of people who get immunized and prevent some of the half-million worldwide flu deaths each year.
  • 07/31/2017
    FOE alum Yueh-Lin (Lynn) Loo at Princeton has developed a smart window featuring solar cells that selectively absorb near-ultraviolet (near-UV) light, so the new windows are completely self-powered.
  • 07/27/2017
    Christopher Chen (USFOE 2001) at Boston University and NAE member Sangeeta Bhatia (USFOE 2000) at MIT have created an expandable liver the size of a contact lens that they hope will help patients with deadly diseases such as cirrhosis and hepatitis.
  • 07/24/2017
    At North Carolina State University, Mehmet Ozturk (USFOE 1996) and Michael Dickey (USFOE 2014) have designed a flexible thermoelectric energy harvester that could rival the effectiveness of existing wearable electronic devices that use body heat as an energy source.
  • 07/17/2017
    Tune in for the webcast beginning on July 19 of the 2017 Global Grand Challenges Summit (GGCS), which aims to spark global collaborations that lead to innovative ways of addressing critically important engineering challenges and inspiring the next generation of change makers.
  • 06/21/2017
    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) 23rd annual US Frontiers of Engineering (USFOE) symposium.
  • 06/19/2017
    Boston University's Christopher Chen (USFOE 2001) has developed a 3D-printed patch with embedded cells that line the interior of blood vessels. Not only did the patch result in the growth of new vessels, but the bioengineering team was actually able to give structure to the growth, helping the vessels operate more effectively.
  • 06/15/2017
    At the University of Washington’s Department of Human Centered Design & Engineering, Kate Starbird (USFOE 2013) studies the ways people and technology interact. She argues that conspiracy talk, when mapped, points to an emerging alternative media ecosystem of surprising power and reach.
  • 06/12/2017
    John Lee (USFOE 2008) at the University of Wisconsin is developing systems that will give drivers appropriate levels of trust and accurate expectations of vehicle automation.
  • 06/08/2017
    FOE alum Robert Schoelkopf at Yale has been selected for the 2017 Connecticut Medal Of Science for his seminal contributions to the field of quantum science and to the new field of circuit quantum electrodynamics.
  • 06/05/2017
    FOE alum Markus Buehler at MIT is working to replicate the unique, extra-tough structure of conch shells, which could lead to enhanced and personalized impact-resistant equipment such as helmets and body armor.
  • 06/01/2017
    Xuanhe Zhao (USFOE 2013) at MIT has developed a workout suit which incorporates microbial cells into flaps that allow it to self-ventilate, perfectly melding biological systems with engineering.
  • 05/25/2017
    Gert Cauwenberghs (USFOE 2000) at the University of California, San Diego is developing high-resolution implants combining silicon nanowires and wireless technology, potentially restoring sight that has been lost due to diabetes and macular degeneration and other neurodegenerative diseases that affect millions and currently have no effective treatment.
  • 05/22/2017
    FOE alum Michael McAlpine at the University of Minnesota is developing a method for printing flexible tactile sensors that could give the sense of touch to prosthetic limbs and surgical robots. The new stretchy sensors could be 3D printed onto a variety of surfaces, including directly onto human skin, where it could be used for remote health monitoring.
  • 05/18/2017
    Sumita Pennathur (EU-USFOE 2013) at the University of California, Santa Barbara, was among six recipients of a 2017 Pathway Visionary Award from the American Diabetes Association for her research project that aims to apply novel engineering approaches to develop a painless, minimally invasive, accurate, and disposable continuous glucose monitoring (CGM) patch.
  • 05/15/2017
    Oren Etzioni (USFOE 1999) at the Allen Institute for Artificial Intelligence is working to teach computers to answer science questions at a grade-school level — a task that might sound simple, but requires the computer to decipher images and diagrams and understand contextual meaning.
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