USFOE

2018 US Frontiers of Engineering Symposium

The 2018 US Frontiers of Engineering will be hosted by MIT Lincoln Laboratory in Lexington, Massachusetts, September 5-7. About 100 outstanding early career engineers met for an intensive 2-1/2 day symposium to discuss cutting-edge developments in four areas: Quantum Computers, the Role of Engineering in the Face of Conflict and Disaster, Resilient and Reliable Infrastructure, and Theranostics. The goal of the Frontiers of Engineering program is to bring together engineers from all engineering disciplines and from industry, universities, and federal labs to facilitate cross-disciplinary exchange and promote the transfer of new techniques and approaches across fields in order to sustain and build US innovative capacity. 

We are grateful to our sponsors for their support. 

Chair:  Jennifer West, Duke University

LIST OF SESSIONS

QUANTUM COMPUTERS: ARE WE THERE YET?
Session Co-chairs: Jerry Chow, IBM, and Grace Metcalfe, Air Force Office of Scientific Research

Introduction

Quantum Computing - An Introduction to What it is, Why We Want it, and How We're Trying to Get it
Sara Gamble, Army Research Office

Quantum Algorithms
Shelby Kimmel, Middlebury College

Logical Quantum Computing
Sarah Sheldon, IBM Thomas J. Watson Research Center

Quantum Simulation: Platforms, Challenges, and Applications
Norman Yao, University of California, Berkeley

THE ROLE OF ENGINEERING IN THE FACE OF CONFLICT AND DISASTER
Session Co-chairs: Francesca D’Arcangelo, MIT Lincoln Laboratory, and Mira Olson, Drexel University

Mapping Technologies After Hurricane Harvey
Julia Moline, Federal Emergency Management Agency

Engineering for the People: Putting Peace, Social Justice, and Environmental Protection at the Heart of All Engineering
Darshan Karwat, Arizona State University

Bridge of Cards: Combining Formal and Informal Structures in Crisis Response
Willow Brugh, Truss

USAID Approaches to Innovative Engineering: Making the World a Smaller Place
Marissa Jablonski, USAID

RESILIENT AND RELIABLE INFRASTRUCTURE
Session co-chairs: Iris Tien, Georgia Institute of Technology, and Julie Pietrzak, Enovate Engineering

Communicating Advanced Infrastructure Resiliency Analytics to Diverse Groups of Stakeholders
Josh Vertalka, Resilient Solutions 21

Identifying Infrastructure Dependencies and Interdependencies
Robert Hanson, Department of Homeland Security

Climate Change and Infrastructure Resilience
Firas Saleh, Jupiter

THERANOSTICS
Session co-chairs:  Rebekah Drezek, Rice University, and Darrell Irvine, Massachusetts Institute of Technology

Introduction

The Challenges of Developing Targeted Theranostic Nanoparticles and Potential Solutions That Are on the Horizon
Andrew Tsourkas, University of Pennsylvania

Synthetic Biomarkers for Cancer Detection and Diagnosis
Ester Kwon, University of California, San Diego

Immune Theranostics
Evan Scott, Northwestern University

September 5, 2018 – September 7, 2018
Lexington, Massachusetts