The Grainger Foundation Frontiers of Engineering

The Grainger Foundation and various government, corporate, and individual donors
The Grainger Foundation Frontiers of Engineering Website
The Grainger Foundation Frontiers of Engineering homepage
Grainger Foundation Frontiers of Engineering website includes information on upcoming events, news about FOE alumni, a directory of participants, and presentations from past meetings.
The Grainger Foundation Frontiers of Engineering symposia bring together emerging engineering leaders from industry, academe, and government labs to discuss pioneering technical work and leading-edge research.
Key Contacts

The goal of the meetings is to introduce 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. 

There are five Frontiers of Engineering (FOE) meetings in the FOE portfolio: The Grainger Frontiers of Engineering Symposium held annually and a rotating schedule of FOE meetings with Germany, Japan, China, and the European Union. 

Each Frontiers symposium covers four topics that vary from year to year. Examples from past symposia include:

  • visualization for design & display
  • nanotechnology
  • advanced materials
  • robotics
  • additive manufacturing
  • energy and the environment
  • optics
  • autonomous vehicles
  • space technologies
  • design research
  • genomic engineering
  • cybersecurity of critical infrastructure
  • quantum computing

Following each talk, there is substantial time devoted to discussion. In addition, breakout sessions, poster sessions, and other events offer ample opportunity for informal exchange among the participants. An alumni program supports continuing contact among the participants. Attendees find the programs useful and unique in their ability to bring together a diverse group for the purpose of exchanging information about engineering developments and challenges across disciplines.