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  • 10/16/2018
    A new National Academies report highlights the dynamic process of learning throughout the lifespan and identifies frontiers needing more research in order to pursue an even deeper understanding of human learning.
  • 10/16/2018
    Among the 83 new members inducted at NAE’s Annual Meeting on September 30 were thirteen FOE alumni: Pedro Alvarez, Rice University (1997 US FOE); Angela Belcher, MIT (2002 JAFOE); Constance Chang-Hasnain, UC Berkeley (1995 US FOE and 2004 JAFOE); Carolina Cruz-Neira, University of Arkansas ...
  • 10/15/2018
    FOE alum Michael McAlpine at the University of Minnesota has engineered a bionic eye prototype using a new 3D-printed device. This adds to the other bionic body parts his team has already created, including a bionic ear, artificial organs for surgeons to practice on, bionic skin, and materials with potential to help people with spinal cord injuries regain function.
  • 10/08/2018
    FOE alum and NAE member Gregory Deierlein at Stanford recommends systematic reassessment of many of San Francisco's older steel-frame skyscrapers when they are renovated or change owners or tenants and consider regulations mandating that buildings are twice as stiff.
  • 10/03/2018
    FOE alum and NAE member Frances Arnold at Caltech, who was a speaker at the first US FOE in 1995, has been awarded the Nobel Prize in chemistry for her pioneering experiments in directed evolution, which harnesses the power of evolution to create biofuels, make more effective pharmaceuticals, and even create more environmentally friendly detergents.
  • 10/01/2018
    FOE alum Nancy Amato at Texas A&M discusses how men outnumber women nearly 2-to-1 in STEM roles on TV and in movies, which may discourage girls from careers in engineering and technology.
  • 09/27/2018
    Stanford's Shanhui Fan (JAFOE 2014) has been able to power a moving light bulb, with the ultimate goal of developing wireless energy transfer to vehicles.
  • 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.
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