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  • 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.
  • 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.
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