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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  • Studying Health on the International Space Station
    Studying Health on the International Space Station
    Thu, August 04, 2022
    Biomedical engineer Ronke Olabisi (USFOE 2020) at the University of California, Irvine is working on a multidisciplinary initiative dedicated to fostering the capabilities for interstellar travel and habitats with artificial partial gravity.
  • Engineered Crystals Could Help Computers Run on Less Power
    Engineered Crystals Could Help Computers Run on Less Power
    Thu, July 28, 2022
    Sayeef Salahuddin (GAFOE 2013) at the University of California, Berkeley has engineered a major breakthrough in the design of a component of transistors that could significantly reduce their energy consumption without sacrificing speed, size or performance.
  • And Now, a Bionic Ear
    And Now, a Bionic Ear
    Mon, July 25, 2022
    FOE alum Hod Lipson at Columbia University has engineered a 3D-bioprinted ear implant from the patient’s own living cells and could lead to tissue implants for treating other conditions and traumatic injuries, reconstructive and regenerative therapy, and even the biomanufacture of whole organs.
  • Sustainable Electronics
    Sustainable Electronics
    Mon, July 18, 2022
    Ying Diao (USFOE 2017) at the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign is engineering a way to improve the charge capacity of flexible solar cells, which could expand access to affordable renewable energy.
  • Plant-based Jet Fuel That is More Climate-Friendly
    Plant-based Jet Fuel That is More Climate-Friendly
    Thu, July 14, 2022
    Joshua Heyne (USFOE 2021), now at Washington State University Tri-Cities and Pacific Northwest National Lab, is engineering an experimental plant-based jet fuel that dispenses with aromatics and could improve aircraft engine performance and efficiency.
  • Capturing Carbon With Inspiration From Battery Chemistry
    Capturing Carbon With Inspiration From Battery Chemistry
    Mon, July 11, 2022
    Bryan McCloskey (USFOE 2015) at the University of California, Berkeley and Lawrence Berkeley National Laboratory is engineering an electrochemistry approach to capture carbon dioxide that could be less energy-intensive than current systems.
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Upcoming Events
  • Upcoming
    Sep 21 2022 - Sep 23 2022
    The Grainger Foundation Frontiers of Engineering 2022 Symposium will be hosted by Amazon September 21-23 at the Grand Hyatt Seattle. About 100 outstanding early career engineers will meet for an intensive 2-1/2 day symposium to discuss cutting-edge developments in four areas: Microbes - ...
    Seattle, Washington
  • 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
FOE ALUMNI SPOTLIGHT
  • Altec, Inc.
    President

    We create radical new technologies to solve some of the world’s hardest problems in health and human performance.

    The Grainger Foundation Frontiers of Engineering provided an incredible opportunity both personally and professionally to learn ...

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  • Georgia Institute of Technology
    Associate Professor of Mechanical Engineering

    We combine expertise in mechanical, environmental, and chemical engineering to define thermodynamic limits and materials targets for renewable-driven electrochemical water and agriculture systems using separations, catalysis, energy systems, ...

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  • Sandia National Laboratories
    Manager, Systems Research & Engineering

    My research involves using life-cycle and techno-economic analyses to elucidate the design space for engineering materials, chemicals, and processes to create system-level impacts. My current focus is in biofuels, transportation systems, and the ...

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  • PARC, a Xerox company
    Machine Learning and Data Science

    My research focuses on developing and interpreting novel quantitative models for complex systems and domain-informed artificial intelligent applications in the context of natural and built environment interactions.

    Being a part of FOE, at the ...

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  • University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign
    Professor of Electrical and Computer Engineering

    We develop novel light-based devices and techniques for sensing, metrology, communications, data processing, and nano-manufacturing. Our research focuses on modeling, fabricating, and characterizing individual lasers and photodetectors, ...

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  • North Carolina State University
    Assistant Professor of Industrial and Systems Engineering

    My research is at the intersection of virtual reality and human factors, with integrated applications in health, safety, and well-being. Specific topics include human performance and behavior in virtual reality, which are applied to student ...

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FeaturesMore Features
  • The National Academies of Sciences, Engineering, and Medicine is soliciting nominations for an ad hoc planning committee to review multi-disciplinary collaboration and scientific advances in the National Science Foundation’s Understanding the Rules of Life Big Idea program.
  • 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.