NAE Awards The Grainger Foundation Frontiers of Engineering Grants for Advancement of Interdisciplinary Research


Mon, March 25, 2013

Washington, DC, March 25, 2013 —

Two Grainger Foundation Frontiers of Engineering Grants of $30,000 each have been awarded to attendees of the National Academy of Engineering’s (NAE) 2012 U.S. Frontiers of Engineering (FOE) Symposium.

Andrea Armani (University of Southern California) and Matthew Gevaert (KIYATEC Inc.) will receive a Grainger Grant “for Real-time Monitoring of Cell Behavior in 3D Tissue Scaffolds.” The Grainger Grant will support the team’s work to integrate KIYATEC’s three-dimensional cell culture platform with a label-free optical sensor technology recently developed at USC. This integration will enable more accurate investigations of cellular responses, expediting the discovery and verification of pharmaceutical agents and the understanding of fundamental biological processes.

The second Grainger Grant has been awarded to Mona Jarrahi (University of Michigan) and Jordan Green (Johns Hopkins University) “for High-Performance Label-Free Drug Delivery Monitoring through Terahertz Spectroscopy.” The pair will explore genetic therapy methods to treat diseases by correcting genetic mutations, repairing disease polymorphisms, and enabling the long-term expression of therapeutic proteins.

“The Grainger Grants not only give Frontiers of Engineering participants the opportunity to pursue ideas stimulated at the U.S. FOE symposia,” said NAE President Dr. Charles Vest. “The grants allow for collaboration and the execution of innovative projects aimed at improving our quality of life.”

Frontiers of Engineering (FOE) is an NAE program that brings together outstanding early-career engineers from industry, universities, and government to discuss pioneering technical work and leading-edge research in various engineering fields and industry sectors. The goal is to facilitate interactions and exchange of techniques and approaches across fields and facilitate networking among the next generation of engineering leaders. The Grainger Foundation Frontiers of Engineering Grants provide seed funding for U.S. FOE participants who are at U.S.-based institutions to enable further pursuit of important new interdisciplinary research and projects stimulated by the U.S. FOE symposia.

The Grainger Foundation, an independent, private foundation, based in Lake Forest, Illinois, was established in 1949 by William W. Grainger, founder of W.W. Grainger, Inc.

Founded in 1964, the US National Academy of Engineering (NAE) is a private, independent, nonprofit institution that provides engineering leadership in service to the nation. The mission of the National Academy of Engineering is to advance the well-being of the nation by promoting a vibrant engineering profession and by marshalling the expertise and insights of eminent engineers to provide independent advice to the federal government on matters involving engineering and technology.


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