About FOE

The Grainger Foundation Frontiers of Engineering program brings together through 2-1/2 day meetings a select group of emerging engineering leaders from industry, academe, and government labs to discuss pioneering technical work and leading edge research in various engineering fields and industry sectors. The goal of the meetings is to introduce these outstanding early career engineers to each other, and through this interaction facilitate collaboration in engineering, the transfer of new techniques and approaches across fields, and establishment of contacts among the next generation of engineering leaders.

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  • Protecting Authenticity of Engineered Cell Lines
    Protecting Authenticity of Engineered Cell Lines
    Thu, October 06, 2022
    Yiorgos Makris (USFOE 2007) at University of Texas at Dallas has engineered a first-of-its-kind method to create a unique identifier for each copy of a cell line to allow users to verify its authenticity and protect the manufacturer's intellectual property.
  • AI Automates Diagnosis of Alzheimer’s Disease
    AI Automates Diagnosis of Alzheimer’s Disease
    Thu, September 29, 2022
    Ioannis Paschalidis (USFOE 2002) at Boston University has engineered a tool that could automate the process of diagnosing Alzheimer’s disease, an advance that could eventually be available online and offer care providers a step closer to early intervention.
  • Implanting Cardiac Muscle Tissue
    Implanting Cardiac Muscle Tissue
    Mon, September 26, 2022
    Christopher Chen (USFOE 2001) at Boston University is engineering viable heart tissue in the lab from the patient's own cells that can be transplanted directly into a heart to repair damage or abnormalities.
  • Better Cancer Treatment
    Better Cancer Treatment
    Thu, September 22, 2022
    Jeffrey Hubbell at the University of Chicago has engineered a new “masked” version of cancer immunotherapies to reduce the plethora of side effects that usually accompany the treatment.
  • Blood Pressure E-tattoo for Continuous, Mobile Monitoring
    Blood Pressure E-tattoo for Continuous, Mobile Monitoring
    Mon, September 19, 2022
    Roozbeh Jafari (JAFOE 2016) at Texas A&M University is engineering an electronic tattoo that can be worn comfortably on the wrist for hours and deliver continuous blood pressure measurements at an accuracy level exceeding nearly all available options on the market today.
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Upcoming Events
  • Upcoming
    Oct 19 2022 - Oct 22 2022
    The 2022 EU-US Frontiers of Engineering symposium will be held October 19-22 in Bled, Slovenia. Sixty of the most promising early career engineers from the US and EU will meet for an intensive 2-1/2 day symposium to discuss cutting-edge developments in four topic areas: ...
    Bled, Slovenia
  • Upcoming
    Mar 22 2023 - Mar 25 2023
    The 2023 German-America Frontiers of Engineering symposium will be held in Jülich, Germany. Sixty of the most promising engineers under the age of 45 from Germany and the United States will meet for an intensive 2-1/2 day symposium on developments at the cutting edge of engineering ...
    Jülich, Germany
  • Upcoming
    Jul 17 2023 - Jul 20 2023
    The 2023 Japan-America Frontiers of Engineering symposium will be held July 17-20 in Tokyo, Japan. Sixty of the most promising early career engineers from Japan and the United States will meet for an intensive 2-1/2 day symposium on developments at the cutting edge of ...
    Tokyo, Japan
FOE ALUMNI SPOTLIGHT
  • Upstream Bio
    Head of Technical Operations

    I research patient-centered design and programs, biotech product development, patient empowerment, program management, design thinking, gender parity, biologics process development manufacturing, and regulatory strategy.

    The value of FOE has been ...

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  • National Renewable Energy Laboratory
    Researcher - Mechanical Engineering

    My research applies fundamental heat transfer and thermodynamics to advanced energy technologies and building components, with an emphasis on thermal electromechanical energy storage and advanced manufacturing.

    FOE was one of the best avenues for ...

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  • Texas A&M University
    Associate Professor of Materials Science and Engineering

    We architect the intimate connection of dissimilar materials into hybrid composite structures for enhanced CO2 uptake, 3D printing electrically conductive structures, and solvent purification.

    As an FOE participant, I was able to meet and engage ...

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  • Boston University
    Assistant Professor of Electrical and Computer Engineering

    We develop computational imaging systems that synergistically combine optics and computations to achieve novel capabilities with applications in biomedical microscopy, neuroscience, and semiconductor metrology.

    FOE was ...

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  • University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign
    Associate Professor of Civil and Environmental Engineering

    My focus includes urban water and energy sustainability at the residential and city scales, drought and heat wave impacts on power generation, green stormwater infrastructure performances, and water, energy, and carbon policy analysis.

    FOE has been ...

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  • AbbVie
    Senior Scientist

    I study selective oxidation to form renewable replacements, homogeneous and heterogeneous catalysis, the production of transformative specialty chemicals, and scaling technologies from bench to pilot.

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FeaturesMore Features
  • This GUIRR webinar will discuss a recent report on The Role of Engineering to Address Climate Change by the Engineering Research Visioning Alliance (ERVA), which enables the engineering research community to identify opportunities and priorities for high-impact research that addresses global and societal change.
  • FOE alum Michael Dickey at NC State University reports ionogels with best in class mechanical properties in a paper in Nature Materials titled "Tough and stretchable ionogels via in situ phase separation."
  • Following a rapid global shift to remote work, work is changing faster than it has in a generation. Microsoft's Jaime Teevan (USFOE 2014) writes about evolving hybrid work practices and developing technologies that will address the biggest new challenges while taking advantage of the biggest new opportunities.
  • Civil and environmental engineer Burcin Becerik-Gerber at the University of Southern California co-produced this film about students traveling to the Moria Camp in Greece, known as "the worst refugee camp on earth," to design and build innovations that can improve the lives of refugees fleeing wars and natural disasters.
Publications More Publications
  • This volume includes 12 papers from the National Academy of Engineering's 2019 US Frontiers of Engineering (US FOE) Symposium held in September 2019. US FOE meetings bring together 100 outstanding early career engineers to exchange information about leading-edge technologies in a range of engineering fields. The 2019 symposium covered four topic areas: Advanced Manufacturing in the Age of Digital Transformation; Engineering the Genome; Self-Driving Cars: Technology and Ethics; and Blockchain Technology. The papers describe leading-edge research on these topics, among others: next-generation robotic locomotion, using CRISPR to combat human disease vectors, the ethics of autonomous vehicles, and blockchain technology. Appendixes include information about contributors, the symposium program, and participants. This is the 25th volume in the US Frontiers of Engineering series.

  • This volume includes 12 papers from the National Academy of Engineering's 2018 US Frontiers of Engineering (US FOE) Symposium held in September 2018. US FOE meetings bring together 100 outstanding engineers (ages 30 to 45) to exchange information about leading-edge technologies in a range of engineering fields. The 2018 symposium covered four topic areas: Quantum Computers: Are We There Yet?, the Role of Engineering in the Face of Conflict and Disaster, Resilient and Reliable Infrastructure, and Theranostics. The papers describe leading-edge research on these topics, among others: quantum computing, combining formal and informal structures in crisis response, infrastructure resilience, and immune theranostics. Appendixes include information about contributors, the symposium program, and participants. This is the 24th volume in the US Frontiers of Engineering series.

  • This volume includes 12 papers from the National Academy of Engineering's 2017 US Frontiers of Engineering (US FOE) Symposium held in September 2017. US FOE meetings bring together 100 outstanding engineers (ages 30 to 45) to exchange information about leading-edge technologies in a range of engineering fields. The 2017 symposium covered four topic areas: Machines That Teach Themselves, Energy Strategies to Power Our Future, Unraveling the Complexity of the Brain, and Megatall Buildings and Other Future Places of Work. The papers describe leading-edge research on such topics as whether machines can spot diseases faster than humans, wireless charging of electric vehicles, brain-machine interfaces, and functional natural materials for high-rise structures, among other topics. Appendixes include information about contributors, the symposium program, and a list of meeting participants. This is the twenty-second volume in the US FOE series. 

  • This volume includes 13 papers from the National Academy of Engineering's 2016 US Frontiers of Engineering (US FOE) Symposium held in September 2016. US FOE meetings bring together 100 outstanding engineers (ages 30 to 45) to exchange information about leading-edge technologies in a range of engineering fields. The 2016 symposium covered four topic areas: Pixels at Scale, Extreme Engineering, Water Desalination and Purification, and Technologies for Understanding and Treating Cancer. The papers describe leading-edge research on such topics as frontiers in virtual reality headsets, autonomous precision landing of space rockets, new materials for emerging desalination technologies, and engineering immunity against cancer, among other topics. Appendixes include information about contributors, the symposium program, and a list of meeting participants. This is the twenty-third volume in the US FOE series. 

  • This volume includes 14 papers from the National Academy of Engineering's 2015 US Frontiers of Engineering (USFOE) Symposium held in September 2015. USFOE meetings bring together 100 outstanding engineers (ages 30 to 45) to exchange information about leading-edge technologies in a range of engineering fields. The 2015 symposium covered four topic areas: Cybersecurity and Privacy, Engineering the Search for Earth-like Exoplanets, Optical and Mechanical Metamaterials, and Forecasting Natural Disasters. The papers describe leading-edge research on such topics as designing materials with unprecedented capabilities, building image-relaying mechanisms to better explore exoplanets, and improving medical device cybersecurity, among other topics. Appendixes include information about contributors, the symposium program, and a list of meeting participants. This is the twenty-first volume in the USFOE series.