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  • 07/28/2016
    Vulcan Aerospace president Charles Beames (USFOE 2008) and NAE member Burt Rutan are working on Stratolaunch's goal of revolutionizing access to space with more efficient methods of getting into orbit, mostly for commercial satellite operators.
  • 07/25/2016
    Sameer Sonkusale (USFOE 2015) at Tufts University and Ali Khademhosseini (USFOE 2012, 2011) at Harvard have integrated nanoscale sensors, electronics, and microfluidics into threads – ranging from simple cotton to sophisticated synthetics – that can be sutured through multiple layers of tissue to gather diagnostic data wirelessly in real time.
  • 07/21/2016
    Pablo Zavattieri (USFOE 2014) at Purdue University is developing super strong composite materials modeled on the tough herringbone structure of the mantis shrimp's powerful dactyl club. In a 3D-printed biomimetic composite, damaging stress could be more uniformly distributed, mitigating catastrophic structural failure.
  • 07/18/2016
    NC State University's Veena Misra (USFOE 2003) is designing a system that could track the wearer's wellness, particularly related to oncoming asthma attacks, so that users could change their activities or environment to help prevent them.
  • 07/14/2016
    Shantanu Chakrabartty (JAFOE 2014) at the Washington University of St. Louis is designing a “tattoo” made of biocompatible silk that, by emitting mild heat on locust wings, could make it possible to steer them by remote control. The team is tapping into locusts' fantastic sensitivity for odor to bioengineer the bomb-detection systems of the future.
  • 07/11/2016
    FOE alum and NAE member Frances Arnold is the first woman to be recognized with a Millennium Technology Prize by the Technology Academy Finland, host of the 2016 EU-US FOE. Inspired by the biological processes that drive natural selection, she launched a field called "directed evolution" and revolutionized the way researchers design more effective drugs and create cleaner industrial processes.
  • 07/05/2016
    Harvard's Robert Wood (EU-US FOE 2010) has created autonomous robotic insects capable of sustained, independent flight, with such minuscule component parts promising other applications from manufacturing to micro-surgery.
  • 06/27/2016
    MIT's Julie Shah (USFOE 2015) studies how humans and robots can work together more efficiently, especially in high-intensity situations, like manufacturing plants, search-and-rescue situations, and space exploration.
  • 06/27/2016
    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) 22nd annual US Frontiers of Engineering (USFOE) symposium.
  • 06/23/2016
    Carnegie Melon University's Aaron Steinfeld (JAFOE 2016) is designing cooperative robots, or co-robots, to empower people with disabilities to safely travel and navigate unfamiliar environments, like subway systems. The team focuses on information exchange, assistive localization, and urban navigation -- essentially finding new ways for robots and humans to interact.
  • 05/23/2016
    Guihua Yu (USFOE 2015) at the University of Texas, Austin has developed a new gel that repairs and connects electronic circuits, creating opportunities to advance the development of flexible electronics, biosensors, and batteries as energy storage devices.
  • 05/19/2016
    Georgia Tech's Athanasios Nenes (JAFOE 2009) combined information about power plant operation with real-time air quality predictions to create the hybrid Air Pollutant Optimization Model to minimize the impact of air pollution from electric power generation on cardiovascular and respiratory health.
  • 05/16/2016
    Penn State mechanical engineer Tak-Sing Wong (USFOE 2014) is developing nature-inspired slippery liquid materials with a variety of applications, such as bio-compatible medical devices and highly durable ship hulls. More possibilities include keeping walls clear of graffiti and aircraft free of ice.
  • 05/12/2016
    Maryam Shanechi (USFOE 2015) will lead US and British researchers in neuroscience, machine learning, and signal processing to develop new methods for modeling neural, behavioral, and physiological data from humans in an attempt to understand the brain’s multisensory processing.
  • 05/09/2016
    Congratulations to FOE alum and NAE member Arup Chakraborty on his election to the National Academy of Sciences in recognition of his distinguished and continuing achievements in original research.
  • 05/05/2016
    Amy Lo (USFOE 2015) has been working on Northrop Grumman's project to engineer the world's largest space telescope. The James Webb Space Telescope is scheduled to launch in 2018 and soar a million miles above Earth, giving astronomers an unprecedented glimpse at the edge of space and the beginning of time.
  • 05/02/2016
    University of Florida's Juan Gilbert (USFOE 2005) just conducted the "world's first" drone race involving a brain-controlled interface (BCI), which might one day be worn like a watch to interact with the external world.
  • 04/28/2016
    Anna Erickson (USFOE 2015) at Georgia Tech has developed a new imaging technique that can detect the presence of "special nuclear materials" carried in cargo containers. The method can simultaneously measure the suspected material's density and atomic number, while minimizing the amount of radiation entering the container itself, thus reducing the likelihood of harming electronics and other items inside.
  • 04/25/2016
    Andrew Singer (USFOE 2008) at the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign used shop-bought pork loin and beef liver to provide high data rates with low error rates through tissues at frequencies that would allow propagation through the body. These ultrasonic signal processing techniques that enable high-quality video data to be transmitted through samples of meat could lead to major advances in medical implant technology.
  • 04/21/2016
    FOE alum Aydogan Ozcan has created a $400 souped-up smartphone that could identify copy-number variations and disease risk, replacing detection methods that require hundreds of thousands of dollars of equipment. Medical staff practicing in rural or resource-limited environments would benefit the most from this immediate and low-cost risk assessment.
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