2014 EU-US Frontiers of Engineering Symposium

The 2014 EU-US Frontiers of Engineering symposium was hosted by Boeing on November 10-12 at the Fairmont Olympic Hotel in Seattle, Washington. About 60 outstanding engineers under the age of 45 met for an intensive 2-1/2 day symposium to discuss cutting-edge developments in four areas: Smart Homes,  Energy Storage Across Scales, Atoms to Airplanes: Designer/Engineered Aerospace Materials, and Protein Design for Therapeutic and Biotech Applications. The event facilitates international and cross-disciplinary research collaboration, promotes the transfer of new techniques and approaches across disparate engineering fields, and encourages the creation of a transatlantic network of world-class engineers.

This symposium is hosted in partnership with the European Council of Academies of Applied Sciences, Technologies and Engineering with organizational support provided by the National Academy of Technologies of France.

The National Academy of Engineering would like to express its gratitude to The Boeing Company, The Grainger Foundation, and the U.S. National Science Foundation for their support of the 2014 EU-US FOE Symposium.


Symposium co-chairs: Christodoulos Floudas, Princeton University, and Yves Caseau, AXA

Session co-chairs: Olivier Hersent, Actility SA, and Stephen Intille, Northeastern University

Session co-chairs

Towards Ubiquitous Connected Objects that also Connect Outside the Home
Nicolas Sornin, Semtech

New Approaches to Sensing in the Home
Shwetak Patel, University of Washington

Smart Environments as a Decision-Support Framework
Aaron Crandall, Washington State University

Contributing to a Carbon-Free Economy with Smarter Homes
Mihai Petcu, Coda Strategies

ENERGY STORAGE ACROSS SCALES: Energy Storage as the Cornerstone of Renewables, Mobility, and Smart Grids
Session co-chairs: Malte Behrens, University of Duisburg-Essen, and Davion Hill, DNV

Session co-chairs

Batteries on the Grid: Opportunities, Challenges, and New Technologies
Colin Wessells, Alveo Energy

Safety in Lithium Ion Batteries: State-of-the-Art in Separators

Brian Morin, Dreamweaver International

Options for Chemical Storage of Renewable Energy
Thomas Aicher, Fraunhofer Institute for Solar Energy Systems

Chemical Energy Storage: Bridging Catalyst and Process Design
Regina Palkovits, RWTH Aachen University

Session co-chairs: Brian Falzon, Queen’s University, Belfast, and Weidong Song, Boeing

Session co-chairs

Engineering Low-Dimensional Carbon for Aerospace Composites

Ian Kinloch, University of Manchester

Architected Cellular Materials: Designing Lighter and Stronger Materials
Tobias Schaedler, HRL Laboratories

Modeling of Fracture Across Scales and Time

Stephane Bordas, University of Luxembourg and Cardiff University

Multiscale Modeling of Airplane Structures
William Grosse, The Boeing Company

Session co-chairs: Isabelle André, University of Toulouse, and Carlos Camacho, University of Pittsburgh

Session co-chairs

Transformative Products Toward a Sustainable Future
Daniela Grabs-Röthlisberger, Arzeda Inc.

New Concepts and Software Tools for Rational Design of Enzymes

Jiri Damborsky, Masaryk University

Chemico-allosteric Control of Kinase Activity in Living Cells
Nikolay Dokholyan, University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill

November 10, 2014 – November 12, 2014
Seattle, Washington