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Winter Bridge on Frontiers of Engineering
December 14, 2018 Volume 48 Issue 4
Articles In This Issue
  • Friday, December 14, 2018
    AuthorRonald Latanision

    Each year the winter issue of The Bridge focuses on the US symposium of the NAE’s exciting Frontiers of Engineering (FOE) program. As Jennifer West, chair of the Organizing Committee, observes in her guest editor’s note, this unique program provides an opportunity “to facilitate ...

  • Friday, December 14, 2018
    AuthorJennifer West

    The US Frontiers of Engineering Symposium, held September 5–7 at MIT Lincoln Laboratory, brought together an incredibly diverse group of talented young engineers representing the best and brightest from academia, industry, government, and nonprofit sectors across all engineering disciplines. ...

  • Friday, December 14, 2018
    AuthorSarah Sheldon

    Quantum computing has the potential to revolutionize a wide array of industries, from pharmaceuticals and materials research to finance and logistics, by offering a fundamentally different way of processing information using quantum mechanical systems. The promise of quantum computing lies in its ...

  • Friday, December 14, 2018
    AuthorNorman Yao

    Nearly four decades ago, Richard Feynman gave a visionary lecture, “Simulating Physics with Computers,” in which he emphasized the impossible complexity of simulating a quantum mechanical system using a classical computer (Feynman 1960, 1982). Indeed, even describing the full quantum ...

  • Friday, December 14, 2018
    AuthorWillow Brugh, Galit Sorokin, and Gerald R. Scott


    Crisis response is often highly fragmented; formal, informal, and ad hoc response entities all spring into action with little coordination or communication. Attempts to improve coordination during crises by synchronizing and planning outside of a crisis setting often fail because of either ...

  • Friday, December 14, 2018
    AuthorFiras Saleh

    Infrastructure for energy, transportation, and water has evolved over time into inextricably interconnected systems. Traditionally, the engineering design practice of such systems has proceeded on the assumption of “climate stationarity,” in which the frequency and magnitude of weather ...

  • Friday, December 14, 2018
    AuthorAndrew Tsourkas

    It has been nearly 50 years since President Richard Nixon declared “War on Cancer” with the National Cancer Act of 1971. Yet according to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention[1] the cancer death rate has decreased by only about 20 percent since then, paling in comparison to ...

  • Friday, December 14, 2018
    AuthorEvan Scott

    As understanding improves about how the immune system functions, engineers can begin employing principles of rational design to modulate immune responses for therapeutic applications. Key tools in this frontier of immunoengineering have emerged from biomaterials and nanoscale science, such as ...

  • Friday, December 14, 2018
    AuthorGuru Madhavan and Charles E. Phelps

    Voting is a powerful instrument in the civic arsenal. The ballot is mightier than the bullet, Abraham Lincoln once observed, and Theodore Roosevelt likened votes to rifles. Individual expressions are transformed to public choices, thus “poll-vaulting” the fates and futures of societies. ...

  • Friday, December 14, 2018
    AuthorMeera Sampath and Pramod P. Khargonekar

    Socially responsible automation (SRA) is a vision, concept, and framework to address the strong need to shape the future development of automation to help create a better world for people and society.

    The past few decades have witnessed significant strides in the adoption and proliferation of ...

  • Friday, December 14, 2018
    AuthorMaverick McNealy

    RON LATANISION (RML): Hi, Maverick. I understand you’re taking a little break from the PGA tour?

    MAVERICK McNEALY: Yes, I’m practicing, playing with friends, and I’ll spend time with family in the off-season as well. It’s nice to be home for a little while.

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