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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  • Freestanding Membranes of Smart Materials
    Freestanding Membranes of Smart Materials
    Thu, January 26, 2023
    Bharat Jalan (USFOE 2022) at the University of Minnesota has engineered a new method for making smart materials that can change in response to stimuli like light, magnetic fields, or electric fields for better devices such as sensors, smart textiles, and flexible electronics.
  • And Now, Artificial...Smelling?
    And Now, Artificial...Smelling?
    Mon, January 23, 2023
    Google's Alex Wiltschko (USFOE 2020) has engineered a type of AI known as a graph neural network to predict what a compound will smell like to a person—rose, medicinal, earthy, and so on—based on the chemical features of odor molecules.
  • Cloaking Objects That Trick Light and Sound
    Cloaking Objects That Trick Light and Sound
    Thu, January 19, 2023
    FOE alum Andrea Alù at City University of New York has engineered a cloak that reduces radio waves, making them hard to detect by radar. Metamaterial cloaks for small objects and longer wavelengths, such as those of sound, could change radar, wireless communications, and sensor technologies.
  • Printing Degradable Polymers Using Salt
    Printing Degradable Polymers Using Salt
    Mon, January 09, 2023
    Emily Pentzer (USFOE 2020) at Texas A&M University is engineering a 3D-printed polymer process which she hopes will lead to creating packaging materials like boxes and tape that can degrade quickly rather than sitting in a landfill for years to come.
  • Discovery of Obscure Heat Transfer Behaviors
    Discovery of Obscure Heat Transfer Behaviors
    Thu, January 05, 2023
    UCLA's Yongjie Hu (USFOE 2019) has discovered a new physics principle that may lead to novel materials for smart energy systems with built-in "pressure windows" with systems that only switch on within a certain pressure range before shutting off automatically after reaching a maximum pressure point.
  • Bias and Vulnerability in Remote Proctoring Software
    Bias and Vulnerability in Remote Proctoring Software
    Thu, December 15, 2022
    NAE member Edward Felten (USFOE 2007) at Princeton University conducted a study on remote proctoring software used by educators and licensing boards and found bias towards minorities as well as issues surrounding cybersecurity, data privacy, and artificial intelligence.
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Upcoming Events
  • Upcoming
    Mar 22 2023 - Mar 25 2023
    The 2023 German-America Frontiers of Engineering symposium will be held March 22-25 in Jülich, Germany. Sixty highly accomplished early-career engineers from Germany and the United States will meet for an intensive 2-1/2 day symposium on developments at the cutting edge of ...
    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
  • Upcoming
    Sep 10 2023 - Sep 13 2023
    The Grainger Foundation Frontiers of Engineering 2023 Symposium will be hosted by the University of Colorado, Boulder, September 10-13. About 100 outstanding early career engineers will meet for an intensive 2-1/2 day symposium to discuss cutting-edge developments in four areas: ...
FOE ALUMNI SPOTLIGHT
  • Georgia Tech
    Professor of Biomedical Engineering

    We incorporate physical and mechanical influences to study sickle cell disease, HIV-mediated cardiovascular disease, and cancer metastasis with experimental, computational, and tissue engineered models.

    FOE was a great experience to meet new ...

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  • Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute
    Associate Professor of Industrial and Systems Engineering

    My research focuses on the development of mathematical models and solution algorithms to guide decision-making for supply chain and logistics challenges. 

    FOE expanded my network and understanding of engineering challenges in a wide range of ...

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  • Toyota North America
    Senior Manager

    I collaborate with a diverse group of renowned researchers to develop novel materials and systems to control light, thermal, and magnetic energy.

    FOE helped me to get engaged with top research professionals in various fields of both academia and ...

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  • Amgen
    Senior Manager, Data Sciences

    I develop digital twins for end-to-end biopharmaceutical processes and continuous manufacturing processes for drug substance and drug products, and I lead digitalization through data science and modeling.

    The FOE symposium gave me the ...

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  • Los Alamos National Laboratory
    Staff Scientist

    I work in artificial intelligence and optimization algorithms applied to critical infrastructure and other complex networked systems, using mathematical programming, constraint programming, and local search. I explore novel computing ...

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  • Utah State University
    Assistant Professor of Civil and Environmental Engineering

    My research focuses around the use of electronics, robotics, and automation to increase our understanding of complex processes in environmental and agricultural systems.

    FOE enabled me to make new inter- and cross-disciplinary connections to ...

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FeaturesMore Features
  • In a podcast episode, FOE alum Shirley Meng at Argonne National Laboratory and the University of Chicago discusses the need to engineer different metals and elements that could last longer and charge faster than our current lithium-ion batteries.
  • NAE member Darryll Pines at the University of Maryland Global Campus and Gregory Washington (USFOE 2004) at George Mason University are assembling nonpartisan, data-driven, research-based faculty experts from engineering and other disciplines to educate our communities about gun violence.
  • 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.
  • 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."
Publications More Publications
  • The NAE typically dedicates the winter issue of The Bridge to papers from The Grainger Foundation Frontiers of Engineering US symposium, held in September each year. Because of the covid-19 pandemic, the 2020 US FOE was rescheduled to February 25–26, 2021. This issue presents a selection of papers from the 2020 and 2021 US FOE meetings.

  • 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.