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  • Seeking Self-Sufficiency for Long-Term Space Journeys
    Seeking Self-Sufficiency for Long-Term Space Journeys
    Mon, June 17, 2019
    FOE alum Adam Arkin at the University of California, Berkeley is genetically engineering processes to convert the carbon dioxide, nitrogen, and water found in Mars’ atmosphere to food, drugs, and even resins that could be fashioned into tools and other usable objects.
  • Additive Manufacturing Glass Optics
    Additive Manufacturing Glass Optics
    Thu, June 13, 2019
    Lawrence Livermore National Laboratory’s Rebecca Dylla-Spears (USFOE 2014) has engineered a direct ink writing (DIW) process for 3D printing glass that ultimately could lead to improving the size, weight, and power of optical systems.
  • Rise of the Plastic Eaters
    Rise of the Plastic Eaters
    Thu, June 06, 2019
    Gregg Beckham (USFOE 2018) at the National Renewable Energy Laboratory has engineered a new enzyme capable of breaking down plastic bottles, which could put a much-needed dent in plastic pollution.
  • Quantum Leap Into the Brain
    Quantum Leap Into the Brain
    Thu, May 30, 2019
    Purdue's Shriram Ramanathan (USFOE 2010) has engineered a quantum material that may help in early diagnosis of neurological diseases such as Parkinson’s and could even lead to unlocking science-fiction concepts like downloading the contents of the brain.
  • Inspiration from a Nobel Prize Winner
    Inspiration from a Nobel Prize Winner
    Thu, May 23, 2019
    From appearing on the Big Bang Theory to visiting her high school alma mater, Nobel Prize winner, NAE member, and FOE alum Frances Arnold continues to inspire the next generation of engineers to never stop learning.
  • Desalinating Hypersaline Brines
    Desalinating Hypersaline Brines
    Thu, May 16, 2019
    Ngai Yin Yip (JAFOE 2018) at Columbia University has engineered a process to treat hypersaline brines, which are produced by industrial processes such as oil and gas production and present a growing environmental concern around the world.
  • Averting an L Train Apocalypse in NYC
    Averting an L Train Apocalypse in NYC
    Mon, May 13, 2019
    Columbia's Andrew Smyth (JAFOE 2012) engineered strategic repairs to New York's L train tunnel, which had been damaged by flooding during Hurricane Sandy in 2012. The plan allowed normal operation on weekdays, with only minor adjustments to nighttime and weekend schedules.
  • Engineering That Serves the Homeless
    Engineering That Serves the Homeless
    Mon, May 06, 2019
    At the University of Arkansas, NAE member Ajay Malshe (USFOE 2007) led student teams in providing recommendations based on materials engineering and manufacturing to build a self-managed community of low-cost housing for people experiencing chronic homelessness.
  • FOE Alumni Elected to the National Academy of Sciences
    FOE Alumni Elected to the National Academy of Sciences
    Thu, May 02, 2019
    Congratulations to MIT's Paula Hammond, Columbia's Michal Lipson, Harvard's Zhigang Suo, and the University of Chicago's Matt Tirrell, who were elected to NAS this week. Forty percent of newly elected members are women, the most in any one year. Hammond, Suo, and Tirrell are also NAE members.
  • Creating a Culture That Boosts Female Inventors
    Creating a Culture That Boosts Female Inventors
    Mon, April 29, 2019
    Jayshree Seth (USFOE 2008) has secured more than 60 patents in a world once dominated by white men, thanks in part to 3M's commitment to information sharing and increasing the number of women in its technical ranks and management.
  • Rare Toxic Cocktail from California Wildfires
    Rare Toxic Cocktail from California Wildfires
    Thu, April 25, 2019
    Purdue University's Andrew Whelton (USFOE 2018) is advising California on water contamination in Paradise with benzene, a known carcinogen, caused by last fall's Camp Fire and is pushing the state to authorize more sophisticated testing.
  • 3D Printed Metamaterials Offer Novel Optical Properties
    3D Printed Metamaterials Offer Novel Optical Properties
    Mon, April 22, 2019
    Sameer Sonkusale (USFOE 2015) at Tufts University has engineered 3D printed metamaterials with advanced microwave or optical properties inspired by the compound eye of a moth, with possible applications in healthcare, telecommunications, and imaging.
  • Using Nano-Needles to Modify Plant Genes
    Using Nano-Needles to Modify Plant Genes
    Thu, April 11, 2019
    Markita Landry (USFOE 2017) at the University of California, Berkeley has engineered nanotubes to edit plant genes, which could lead to breeding new varieties of crop plants faster and easier.
  • A Water Filter That Uses Bacteria to Kill Bacteria
    A Water Filter That Uses Bacteria to Kill Bacteria
    Mon, April 08, 2019
    Young-Shin Jun (EU-US FOE 2016) at Washington University in St. Louis used bacteria to engineer a novel membrane technology to purify water while preventing biofouling, or buildup of bacteria and other harmful microorganisms that reduce the flow of water.
  • Innovative Sensor for Bridges
    Innovative Sensor for Bridges
    Mon, April 01, 2019
    Shantanu Chakrabartty (JAFOE 2014) at Washington University in St. Louis has engineered a novel low-cost sensing technology to dramatically transform the economics of bridge preservation and management and ultimately improve the serviceability of bridges.