2014 US Frontiers of Engineering Symposium

The 2014 US Frontiers of Engineering was held on September 11-13, at the National Academies' Beckman Center in Irvine, California.  About 100 outstanding engineers under the age of 45 met for an intensive 2-1/2 day symposium to discuss cutting-edge developments in four areas: Co-Robotics, Battery Anxiety, Technologies for the Heart, Impacts of Shale Gas and Oil. 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 U.S. innovative capacity.

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

The National Academy of Engineering would like to express its gratitude to the meeting sponsors for their support of the 2014 USFOE Symposium.


Chair:  Kristi Anseth, University of Colorado, Boulder

Session co-chairs:  Brian Gerkey, Open Source Robotics Foundation, and Carmel Majidi, Carnegie Mellon University

Session co-chairs

Progress in Self-Driving Vehicles
Chris Urmson, Google

Safe, Cheap, and Smart: Collaborative Robots in Manufacturing

Matthew Williamson, Rethink Robotics

Personalized Medical Robots
Allison Okamura, Stanford University

Biologically Inspired Mobile Robots
Dennis Hong, University of California, Los Angeles

Session co-chairs:  Jeff Sakamoto, University of Michigan, and Daniel Steingart, Princeton University

Session co-chairs

Electrochemical Prozac:  Relieving Battery Anxiety through Life and Safety Research
Alvaro Masias, Ford Motor Company

Challenges in Batteries for Electric Vehicles
Sarah Stewart, Robert Bosch LLC

Lithium Ion Batteries and Their Manufacturing Challenges
Claus Daniel, Oak Ridge National Laboratory

Materials Design and Diagnosis for Rechargeable Battery Energy Storage

Shirley Meng, University of California, San Diego

Session co-chairs:  Karen Christman, University of California, San Diego, and Ashley Peterson, Medtronic

Session co-chairs

The History of Heart Valves--An Industry Perspective: From Initial Designs to Today
Erin Spinner, Edwards Lifesciences

Engineering Heart Valve Treatment Strategies for Tomorrow
David Merryman, Vanderbilt University

Biomaterials for Treating Myocardial Infarctions
Jason Burdick, University of Pennsylvania

Regulatory Perspectives on Technologies for the Heart
Sonna Patel-Raman, Halloran Consulting Group, Inc.

Session co-chairs:  Billy Bardin, Dow Chemical Company, and Christopher Jones, Georgia Tech

Session co-chairs

Shale Natural Resources
Stephen Ingram, Halliburton

Microbial Ecology of Hydraulic Fracturing: Implications for Sustainable Resource Development

Kelvin Gregory, Carnegie Mellon University

The Shale Gas Revolution: A Methane to Organic Chemicals Renaissance?

Eric Stangland, The Dow Chemical Company


What is Impact?
Arunava Majumdar, Stanford University

September 11, 2014 – September 13, 2014
Irvine, California