GAFOE

2015 German-American Frontiers of Engineering Symposium

The 2015 German-American Frontiers of Engineering Symposium was held April 16-18 at the Steigenberger Hotel in Potsdam, Germany. 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: Nano-to-Micro Robotics, Synthetic Membranes and their Applications, Particle Accelerators and their Applications, and Protecting User Privacy in the Age Big Data. The event facilitated 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.

Links to presentation slides are in the List of Sessions below, and links to the papers are in the Program.

This program was carried out in cooperation with the Alexander von Humboldt Foundation.

The National Academy of Engineering would like to express its gratitude to The Grainger Foundation and the National Science Foundation for their support of the 2015 GAFOE Symposium.

National Academy of Engineering
Alexander von Humboldt Foundation

2015 German-American Frontiers of Engineering
April 16-18, 2015
Steigenberger Hotel Sanssouci
Potsdam, Germany

LIST OF SESSIONS

Symposium co-chairs:  Cynthia Barnhart, Massachusetts Institute of Technology, and Peter Moser, RWE Power AG

NANO-TO-MICRO ROBOTICS
Session co-chairs: Sarah Bergbreiter, University of Maryland, and Samuel Sanchez, Max Planck Institute for Intelligent Systems

Introduction 
Session co-chairs

Bionanomechanics with Optical Tweezers: Molecular Machines under Tension
Erik Schäffer, University of Tübingen

Designing Synthetic DNA Walkers
Jong Hyun Choi, Purdue University

Nanorobot Propulsion in Biological Fluids
Peer Fischer, University of Stuttgart

PiezoMEMS Technology for RF Systems and mm-Scale Robotics
Ronald Polcawich, US Army Research Laboratory

PARTICLE ACCELERATORS AND THEIR APPLICATIONS
Session Co-chairs:  Daniela Leitner, Michigan State University, and Julia Herzen, Technical University Munich

Introduction 
Session co-chairs

Engineering and Industrializing Superconducting Particle Accelerators
Matthew Johnson, Michigan State University

Development of High Field Superconducting Accelerator Magnets
Helene Felice, Lawrence Berkeley National Laboratory

X-ray Nano-Diffraction Meets Materials Science
Christina Krywka, Institute of Materials Research, Helmholtz Zentrum Geesthacht

Development of Laser-Driven High-Energy Particle and Radiation Sources
Jörg Schreiber, Ludwig-Maximilian-University of Munich and the Max-Planck-Institute for Quantum Optics

SYNTHETIC MEMBRANES AND THEIR APPLICATIONS
Session Co-chairs: Kathryn Beers, National Institute of Standards and Technology, and Martin Bram, Forschungszentrum Juelich GmbH

Introduction 
Session co-chairs

Synthetic Membranes - Principles and Challenges
Chinedum Osuji, Yale University

How Membrane Technology Contributes to Sustainability and Life Sciences
Abhishek Roy, Dow Chemical Company

Efficient Gas Separation with Inorganic Membranes
Stefan Wagner, Karlsruhe Institute of Technology

The Role of Liquid Electrolytes and Solid Membranes in New Battery Systems
Phillip Adelhelm, Justus Liebig University Giessen

PROTECTING USER PRIVACY IN THE AGE OF BIG DATA
Session Co-chairs: Michael Backes, Saarland University, and Nick Feamster, Princeton University

Introduction 

Session co-chairs

Understanding Politically Motivated Adversaries: Targeted Threats and Censorship Product Fingerprinting
Phillipa Gill, Stony Brook University

Human Factors in Big Data Privacy
Matthew Smith, University of Bonn

Towards Provable Privacy Guarantees in the Age of User Profiling
Matteo Maffei, University of Saarland

The Tor Project
Roger Dingledine, The Tor Project

 

April 16, 2015 – April 18, 2015
Potsdam, Germany
2015 GAFOE Photos