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  • 04/27/2017
    Seth Darling (USFOE 2016) at Argonne National Laboratory has developed a reusable sponge that can absorb oil from water both on and below the surface. It could be ready for widespread use to clean up oil spills in five years, and the recovered oil can even be reused.
  • 04/24/2017
    Purdue University's Peter Bermel (USFOE 2015) is using off-the-shelf silicon wafers to design and fabricate a structure that absorbs lots of sunlight without re-radiating as much heat.
  • 04/20/2017
    MIT's Nicholas Fang (USFOE 2010) discusses the Albert Einstein Foundation's project, which pushes the limits of existing technologies. While 3D printing a book may seem like mere art, the combination of engineering and creativity is in line with Einstein's assertion that “science will stagnate if it is made to serve practical goals.”
  • 04/17/2017
    The fifth Arab-American Frontiers of Science, Engineering, and Medicine symposium will be held in partnership with Mohammed V University and hosted by L'École Nationale Supérieure d'Informatique et d'Analyse des Systèmes (ENSIAS) in Rabat Morocco, November 2-4, ...
  • 04/17/2017
    The 2017 Global Grand Challenges Summit is the third in a series of conferences organized by NAE, the Royal Academy of Engineering, and the Chinese Academy of Engineering aimed to inspire the next generation of engineers, policymakers, and the public to address critically important engineering ...
  • 04/05/2017
    FOE alum and NAE member Rebecca Richards-Kortum at Rice University is listed among the world's 50 greatest leaders, according to Fortune magazine. They have in common three lessons, including bringing followers physically together, as the Frontiers of Engineering program does.
  • 03/27/2017
    FOE alum Kara Kockelman at the University of Texas at Austin suggests that demand for parking spaces could be cut by 85 percent in the next couple decades as self-driving vehicles reduce the need for parking near destinations.
  • 03/23/2017
    FOE alum Kevin Fu at the University of Michigan has found a vulnerability that allows him to take control of or secretly influence standard components in consumer products like smartphones, fitness monitors, and even automobiles.
  • 03/20/2017
    Shaochen Chen (CAFOE 2015) at the University of California, San Diego is 3-D printing lifelike, functional networks of synthetic blood vessels that, in animal trials, have successfully integrated into living subjects. This could be a first step towards a long-desired goal of printing functional organs and other regenerative therapies.
  • 03/16/2017
    Michael Dickey (USFOE 2014) at North Carolina State University is using light wavelengths to control how polymer origami structures fold. Self-assembling structures could have applications ranging from shipping things in a flat package and having them assemble on site to having devices self-assemble in ‘clean’ environments for medical or electronic purposes.
  • 03/13/2017
    Takanari Inoue (JAFOE 2014) at Johns Hopkins University is working to engineer single-cell organisms that will seek out and eat bacteria that are deadly to humans, combining the fields of biology and engineering in an emerging discipline known as synthetic biology. Because amoebas are able to travel on their own over surfaces, the engineered cells also could be used to clean soil of bacterial contaminants or even destroy microbes living on medical instruments, and could have important implications for research into cancer and other diseases.
  • 03/09/2017
    MIT's Julie Shah (USFOE 2015) is designing robots that can shadow people in highly instinctual jobs, like head nurses, and detect patterns in how they make decisions. Working with humans rather than replacing them may be the most important frontier for robots.
  • 03/06/2017
    FOE alumni Maria Paz Gutierrez and Luke Lee at the University of California, Berkeley are engineering solar panel technology that makes greywater from sinks, baths, and laundry reusable while creating thermal energy in the process. What is now wastewater would be used at least twice, cutting demand, and the free solar energy can be captured as well.
  • 03/02/2017
    Georgia Tech's dean of engineering Gary May (USFOE 2000) will become chancellor at the University of California, Davis in August. He was chosen as a "dynamic leader and an accomplished scholar and engineer with a passion for helping others succeed."
  • 02/27/2017
    University of Michigan's Shorya Awtar (USFOE 2011) has developed a new type of mechanical instrument to perform complex, minimally-invasive procedures, also known as laparoscopic surgery, that could lead to less trauma for patients and shorter recovery times after surgery. The handheld instrument provides greater precision and functionality but at a lower cost compared to existing robotic surgical systems, which could result in new capabilities for rural hospitals and other medical centers with limited financial resources.
  • 02/23/2017
    Ireena Erteza, a Sandia National Laboratories electrical engineer and USFOE 2005 alum, has been named a 2017 Asian American Engineer of the Year (AAEOY). The award program, celebrated each year during National Engineers Week, salutes Asian-American professionals in science, technology, engineering, and math who demonstrate exceptional leadership, technical achievements, and public service.
  • 02/16/2017
    Check out the list of 17 FOE alumni newly-elected as NAE members.
  • 02/13/2017
    Debasish Banerjee (USFOE 2015) of the Toyota Research Institute of North America and NAE member and FOE alum Xiang Zhang at the University of California, Berkeley separately have been studying how to build an invisibility cloak made from everyday materials.
  • 02/09/2017
    NAE member Eric Fossum at Dartmouth College has been awarded the Queen Elizabeth Prize for Engineering for the invention of image sensor technology that is at the heart of every digital camera today, ubiquitous in personal visual communications, entertainment, automotive safety, medicine, science, security, defense, and social media.
  • 02/06/2017
    Tolga Kurtoglu (USFOE 2014) just became chief executive of Xerox Palo Alto Research Center (PARC), considered the birthplace of personal computing, the graphical user interface, the Ethernet, the laser printer, and key elements of what became the Internet. Now, PARC's core interests are artificial intelligence, machine learning, and integrating devices, systems, and computing for everything from self-driving cars and robotics to virtual and augmented reality.
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