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  • Big Data Tool Monitors Disaster Recovery
    Big Data Tool Monitors Disaster Recovery
    Thu, October 14, 2021
    Ali Mostafavi (JAFOE 2021) at Texas A&M analyzed visitation patterns to essential establishments like pharmacies, religious centers, and grocery stores during Hurricane Harvey to assess the recovery of communities after natural disasters in near real time.
  • Engineering and Climate Change
    Engineering and Climate Change
    Thu, October 14, 2021
    A forum on Engineering Responses for Climate Change was held October 3 in conjunction with NAE’s virtual annual meeting. Panel members provided perspectives on climate equity, infrastructure implications of decarbonization, distributed power systems and climate change, and the role of ...
  • Preventing Plastic Pollution
    Preventing Plastic Pollution
    Mon, October 11, 2021
    The University of Georgia's Jenna Jambeck (USFOE 2020) is seeking engineering solutions by studying the types of litter volunteers picked up during a Mississippi River cleanup event and the precise location of where they found it to extrapolate how pollution could be prevented.
  • A Dissolving Pacemaker
    A Dissolving Pacemaker
    Fri, October 08, 2021
    NAE member and FOE alum John Rogers of Northwestern University has engineered a wireless, battery-free, fully implantable heart pacing device that dissolves when it is no longer needed, helping to avoid infections and becoming enveloped in scar tissue.
  • Invincible Lithium-ion Batteries
    Invincible Lithium-ion Batteries
    Mon, October 04, 2021
    Noel Bakhtian (USFOE 2020) at Lawrence Berkeley National Laboratory is engineering battery cathodes using a new class of materials that provide batteries with the same if not higher energy density than conventional lithium-ion batteries but can be made of inexpensive, abundant metals.
  • Helping Robots Collaborate to Get the Job Done
    Helping Robots Collaborate to Get the Job Done
    Mon, September 20, 2021
    George Pappas (GAFOE 2007) at the University of Pennsylvania has engineered an algorithm to ensure the fruitful cooperation of information-gathering robot teams in complex, unpredictable environments such as mapping or search-and-rescue.
  • Using Affordable Gold Leaf to Diagnose Infections
    Using Affordable Gold Leaf to Diagnose Infections
    Thu, September 16, 2021
    FOE alum Catherine Klapperich at Boston University is engineering gold leaf electrodes that, in combination with a CRISPR-based assay, could sensitively detect human papillomavirus (HPV) DNA in human samples. The method also could be modified to diagnose other viral infections.
  • Machine Learning and Earthquake Risk Prediction
    Machine Learning and Earthquake Risk Prediction
    Mon, September 13, 2021
    At the University of Texas at Austin, Ellen Rathje (JAFOE 2000) is using machine learning to study geotechnical engineering responses to liquefaction, when solid ground turns to liquid during earthquakes, which can topple buildings and bridges.
  • Acoustoelectronic Nanotweezers
    Acoustoelectronic Nanotweezers
    Thu, September 09, 2021
    Duke University's Tony Jun Huang (EU-US FOE 2014) is engineering a label-free, dynamically controllable method of moving and trapping nanoparticles over a large area, which holds promise for applications in fields ranging from condensed matter physics to biomedicine.
  • Has the Carbontech Revolution Begun?
    Has the Carbontech Revolution Begun?
    Thu, September 02, 2021
    Columbia University's Julio Friedmann (IAFOE 2008) discusses carbon-removal engineering that can pull carbon out of the air at a profit, supporting a circular carbon economy.
  • A Test That Predicts Brain Cancer Patient Response
    A Test That Predicts Brain Cancer Patient Response
    Thu, August 26, 2021
    FOE alum Matthew Gevaert at KIYATEC announced clinically meaningful prediction of patient-specific responses to standard of care therapy, prior to treatment, in newly diagnosed glioblastoma and other high-grade glioma patients.
  • Safer Ultra-low Temperature Batteries
    Safer Ultra-low Temperature Batteries
    Mon, August 23, 2021
    Zheng Chen (CAFOE 2019) at the University of California, San Diego has engineered a new technology that could dramatically improve the safety of lithium-ion batteries, with future applications to power vehicles in the extreme cold, such as spacecraft, satellites, and deep-sea vessels.
  • A Smartwatch That Can Predict Blood Tests
    A Smartwatch That Can Predict Blood Tests
    Thu, August 19, 2021
    FOE alum Jessilyn Dunn at Duke University is engineering commercial smartwatches that can predict simple blood test results by flagging early signs of dehydration, anemia, or illness, and in some cases are able to give more consistent and precise vital signs than those taken at doctor’s offices.
  • AI Tool Calculates Based on Photos
    AI Tool Calculates Based on Photos
    Mon, August 16, 2021
    FOE alum Markus Buehler at MIT has engineered a technique that quickly determines certain properties of a material and could one day eliminate the need for arduous physics-based calculations, instead relying on computer vision and machine learning to generate estimates in real time.
  • Inequity Extends to Pollution
    Inequity Extends to Pollution
    Thu, August 12, 2021
    Bioproducts and biosystems engineer Jason Hill (GAFOE 2013) at the University of Minnesota found that deadly air pollutant disproportionately and systematically harms Americans of color, who face higher levels of exposure to fine particulate matter from traffic, construction, and other sources.
  • Revealing New Key Insight Into Human Brain Activity
    Revealing New Key Insight Into Human Brain Activity
    Mon, August 09, 2021
    Razi Haque at Lawrence Livermore National Laboratory has engineered thin-film electrodes that generate never-before-seen recordings of brain activity in the hippocampus, a region responsible for memory and other cognitive functions.