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  • 09/20/2018
    Purdue University's Pablo Zavattieri (USFOE 2014) is studying how super-resilient materials found in the animal kingdom owe their strength and toughness to a design strategy that causes cracks to follow the twisting pattern of fibers, preventing catastrophic failure.
  • 09/17/2018
    By manipulating DNA, MIT's Timothy Lu (CAFOE 2017) is bioengineering microbes that, once ingested, work to treat a rare genetic condition — a milestone in synthetic biology.
  • 09/13/2018
    Spencer Lake (USFOE 2018) at Washington University in St. Louis engineered a camera inspired by the Mantis shrimp that captures images of the microscopic structure of elbow ligaments.
  • 08/31/2018
    Caltech's Azita Emami (USFOE 2017) is engineering low-power, energy-efficient ways for the information world to interface with the physical world, including an implantable device that can relay real-time glucose readings to a wearable reader.
  • 08/27/2018
    Yale's Hui Cao (GAFOE 2010) is engineering D-shaped lasers designed to eradicate instabilities that can limit their usage in materials processing, large-scale displays, laser surgery, and LiDar.
  • 08/20/2018
    FOE alum Jeff Sakamoto at the University of Michigan is engineering a new rechargeable battery technology that could double the output of current lithium ion cells, an advance that promises to extend electric vehicle ranges and the time between mobile phone charges.
  • 08/13/2018
    FOE alum Aydogan Ozcan at UCLA is developing new opportunities to use an artificial intelligence-based passive device to instantaneously analyze data and images to classify objects.
  • 08/09/2018
    MIT's Hadley Sikes (USFOE 2017) has engineered a new sensor that sees inside cancer cells to determine whether they are responding to a particular type of chemotherapy drug.
  • 08/06/2018
    FOE alum Mona Jarrahi at UCLA has engineered a photodetector that operates across a broad range of light, processes images more quickly, and is more sensitive than current technology to low levels of light, with applications in night vision, medical diagnostics, and environmental sensing technologies.
  • 08/02/2018
    Sameer Sonkusale (USFOE 2015) at Tufts University has engineered a prototype smart bandage designed to actively monitor chronic wounds and even deliver drug treatments, which will particularly help patients who are older, non-ambulatory, and limited in their ability to provide self-care.
  • 07/30/2018
    Jeannette Garcia (USFOE 2015) at IBM Almaden Research Center is working on ways to “upcycle” plastics, breaking them down into new types of monomers to enable the ability to take something like the plastic that is used for soda bottles (polyethylene terephthalate, or PET) and turn it into the plastic used for high-performance products, like airplane parts.
  • 07/26/2018
    MIT's Sangbae Kim (USFOE 2016) has engineered a robotic cheetah that is able to climb stairs and gallop across rough terrain without using cameras or any other visual sensors. Instead, it “feels” its way through its surroundings, with potential applications for exploring disaster zones and other dangerous or inaccessible environments.
  • 07/23/2018
    FOE alum and NAE member Samir Mitragotri at Harvard is developing advances leading to the delivery of blood-sugar-regulating hormones in a pill, long regarded as the “holy grail” of diabetes treatment.
  • 06/28/2018
    Press Release
    Eighty-four of the nation’s brightest young engineers have been selected to take part in the National Academy of Engineering’s (NAE) 24th annual US Frontiers of Engineering (USFOE) symposium.
  • 06/25/2018
    FOE alum and NAE member Sangeeta Bhatia at MIT has engineered malaria in dormant form, which is resistant to most antimalarial drugs and can reawaken months or years later, causing disease relapse. Learning about the biology of these dormant parasites could help lead to the development of drugs that target them.
  • 06/21/2018
    FOE alum and NAE member Zhigang Suo at Harvard University is engineering materials with bonding capability built-in rather than needing a separate agent to bond, which will better enable electrical devices to mimic the function of muscle, skin, and other tissues.
  • 06/18/2018
    FOE alum and NAE member Dina Katabi at MIT’s Computer Science and Artificial Intelligence Laboratory (CSAIL) uses AI to teach wireless devices to sense people’s postures and movement, even from the other side of a wall.
  • 06/14/2018
    FOE alum Tina Salguero at the University of Georgia has contributed to the development of prototype devices made of an exotic material that can conduct a current density 50 times greater than conventional copper interconnect technology.
  • 06/11/2018
    NC State's Michael Escuti (USFOE 2012) has developed a light diffraction technology that allows for more light input and greater efficiency, an advance that could lead to more immersive augmented reality displays.
  • 06/07/2018
    FOE alum He (Helen) Huang at NC State and UNC at Chapel Hill has developed a generic musculoskeletal model that takes the place of an amputee’s missing muscles, joints, and bones to generate control signals for prosthetics.
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