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Engineering (ENG) Discoveries

NSF's public investment in science, engineering, education and technology helps to create knowledge and sustain prosperity. Read here about the Internet, microbursts, Web browsers, extrasolar planets, and more... a panoply of discoveries and innovations that began with NSF support.

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A tent-like kiln over woody waste material Helping Landowners With Waste Wood While Improving Agribusiness and Energy
NSF Innovation Corps allowed researcher to explore business model for offering biochar products
Released  December 14, 2012
Photo of biodegradable packaging material, made from mushroom and agricultural waste. Eco-friendly Company Introduces Nature’s Packing Peanuts
Mushroom mycelium is an alternative to plastics and foams
Released  December 11, 2012
Illustration showing how liquid crystal molecules become images in the Boogie Board eWriter. How Liquid Crystal Displays Work in an eWriter
The Boogie Board eWriter developed by Kent Displays Inc. as an alternative to paper products
Released  December 3, 2012
Photo of Ankit Kalani, Satish Kandlikar and Kirthana Kripash holding a LED light cooling device. Learning to Pivot in the Commercial World
Researchers attempt to take their discoveries to customers
Released  November 16, 2012
Photo of student Keith Berry in the chemistry lab A Student's Road to Research
NSF's Research Experiences for Undergraduates program is a pathway to a career in science and engineering
Released  November 13, 2012
Photo of researcher Ram Dantu holding smart phone in his car. An App to Improve Driving
NSF-funded inventor is an expert in wireless networks and security
Released  November 1, 2012
Photo of curve-crease sculpture called Green Balance, created by Erik and Martin Demaine. Computer Scientist Turned Artist
CAREER awardee studies geometric folding algorithms
Released  October 25, 2012
Image of a dining room of a Denny's restaurant illuminated with Cree LR6 LED downlights. Alternative LED Lighting Combats Energy Crisis
Using breakthroughs developed with support from NSF and the Department of Energy, Cree develops LED lighting for the marketplace as a replacement for more wasteful lighting technologies
Released  November 16, 2011
Image of APEI, Inc.'s SiC power module technology Next-Generation Charging Technology for Environmentally Friendly Vehicles
Arkansas Power Electronics International is working to create a power module that can support the demands of plug-in electric vehicles
Released  October 27, 2011
Image of a sundw leaf showing tentacles that secrete a powerful adhesive. The Nanotechnology of Sundew and English Ivy
Researchers are studying the adhesive properties of sundew plants and the nanoparticles in English ivy for innovative medical applications
Released  October 17, 2011
A 3-D rendering of the Air Barrier System area of protection. Air Shield Keeps Bacteria Out of Open Wounds
The Nimbic Systems' Air Barrier System uses proprietary technology to create a "cocoon" of highly pure air that surrounds surgical incisions
Released  October 7, 2011
Image of MABEL, a bipedal robot. Meet MABEL: World's Fastest Two-Legged Robot With Knees
Researchers have made a robot run like a human and that's the height of agility for a two-legged machine
Released  September 30, 2011
Photo of Encore Path founder Kristen Appel. Rewiring the Brain to Regain Control After Stroke
Kris Appel's company, Encore Path, Inc., markets a new device that stimulates and encourages rewiring of the brain, helping stroke victims recover from partial paralysis
Released  September 22, 2011
Photo of Julie Lenzer Kirk, top, and Renee Lewis, bottom, Path Forward Center co-founders. Bridging New Technology's "Valley Of Death"
Julie Lenzer Kirk's nonprofit Path Forward Center brings women entrepreneurs together with scientists and engineers, helping to bridge the gap between basic research, innovation and the marketplace
Released  September 15, 2011
George Huber poses with a vial of green gasoline compounds. Green Gasoline Comes Closer to Fueling Your Car
Researchers have discovered how to make gasoline from sawdust and other plant materials
Released  August 18, 2011
Image showing facial reconstruction through the use of topological optimization. Engineering a New Face After Injury
An engineering method used in the optimization of spaceships and airplanes may guarantee the full recovery of patients suffering from craniofacial injury
Released  July 21, 2011
Photo of Shark Defense researcher Patrick Rice with a bonnethead shark. New Fishing Hook Reduces Shark Catch
SMART Hook™ combines two shark repellent technologies into standard fishing hooks in order to reduce the number of sharks caught from commercial fishing
Released  June 7, 2011
Optical micrograph showing an array of graphene transistors prepared on silicon carbide. Miracle Material
Two-dimensional graphene may lead to faster electronics, stronger spacecraft and much more
Released  May 19, 2011
Photo of the snake robot that moves without the aid of a fixed base. The Search Serpent: The Next Wave in Robotics
Researchers are designing snake robots that can navigate a variety of terrains, surmount obstacles in their way and function in range of conditions
Released  May 16, 2011
Photo of Robert Cheetham, founder and president of Azavea. Mapping Patterns in Crime With Geography and Math
With support from NSF's SBIR program, Robert Cheetham, founder and president of Azavea, is developing software to sort through crime data and create maps that are useful for police departments
Released  April 21, 2011
Photo of Sossina Haile and William Chueh next to the benchtop thermochemical reactor. Future Fuels for Everyone Powered by the Sun
New scheme would use only sunlight, air and water to supply energy for cars, laptops, GPS systems
Released  April 6, 2011
Photo of two second generation robotic fish. Robot Fish Can Trick the Real Thing
NSF CAREER awardee studies the behavior of schooling fish and creates biologically inspired robots that may someday help preserve marine life
Released  March 7, 2011
Photo of Elena Semouchkina testing a microwave dielectric cloak in an anechoic chamber. Are Invisibility Cloaks Hiding Around the Corner?
With NSF support, Elena Semouchkina and colleagues are experimenting with ways of using magnetic resonance to capture rays of visible light and route them around objects, rendering those objects invisible to the human eye
Released  March 1, 2011
Kavli Prize logo Three NSF-Funded Scientists Among Recipients of $3 Million Kavli Prize
Among the latest winners of the Kavli Prize are three scientists who have received NSF funding over the past several years
Released  November 28, 2010
Photo of bioengineer Rafael Davalos in his laboratory at Virginia Tech. New Cancer Treatments More Potent With Fewer Side Effects
Scientists are investigating new combined therapies to deliver cancer treatments that target only the tumor without damaging normal tissue
Released  November 19, 2010
Photo of Jun Yao, a graduate student at Rice University. Electronics Breakthrough Could Revolutionize Memory Chips
Rice University graduate student Jun Yao's research with silicon-oxide circuits could be a game-changer in nanoelectronics
Released  October 8, 2010
Photo of a rabbit femur bone showing cracks due to compression at a slow rate. Bone-crushing Experiments Could Yield Better Protective Gear
With NSF support, Nikhil Gupta and Paulo Coelho have pioneered research that reveals surprising insights about the effect of compression on bones, and about the limitations of the foams used for protection in helmets and armor
Released  October 4, 2010
Photo of students participating in the STOMP program. Bringing Engineering to K-12 Classrooms
With NSF support, engineers from Tufts University are bringing engineering to young students.
Released  September 2, 2010
Illustration depicting cybersecurity in the United States. Scientists Take Aim at Website Hackers
With NSF support, a team of computer scientists is using a novel, two-pronged approach to protect websites from hackers
Released  July 23, 2010
Photos of cockroach and robot showing how they are used to refine robotic design. Insects Inspire Robot Design
With NSF support, Oregon State University professor John Schmitt and his colleagues look to nature’s running machines as locomotion models for future robots that can easily run over rough surfaces
Released  June 18, 2010

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