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Engineering 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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Generic Discovery Image Nanogrid, activated by sunlight, breaks down pollutants in water, leaving biodegradable compounds
Innovation Corps project explores how to bring technology to the field
Released  November 8, 2013
Generic Discovery Image Hunting the spark of creativity
NSF-funded researchers envision harnessing collective wisdom from social networks
Released  November 4, 2013
soil columns Using engineering to help microbes destroy contaminates in soil and groundwater
Researcher's work could help with faster cleanup following oil spills or toxic waste spills
Released  September 30, 2013
Human heart surrounded by electrical orb. Researchers envision switching a heart beat on and off with light
Relatively new field of optogenetics may offer solutions for cardiac arrhythmia
Released  September 19, 2013
Graduate Student Jackson English installing crack displacement sensors on the Watts Towers Engineers, art conservators collaborate to preserve iconic L.A. landmark
NEES earthquake engineers monitor the structural soundness of the historic Watts Towers
Released  September 10, 2013
Mool Gupta Inspired by nature: textured materials to aid industry and military
Innovation Corps team developed metals and plastic that repel water, capture sunlight and prevent ice buildup
Released  August 19, 2013
Stephen DiMagno in his lab From fundamental science to Innovation Corps: Technology to develop new therapeutic medicines
Researcher founded company that manufactures molecules that become imaging agents for managing cancer, cardiac disease and neurological disorders
Released  August 15, 2013
Graphic illustration showing a human head, light and waves Prying Open the Black Box of the Brain
NSF-funded workshop addresses brain structure and function
Released  June 12, 2013
image of rug fibers as seen through a microscope Researcher Studies Indoor Air Particles and Their Movement
Team is working on developing tools to predict exposure of bacteria or chemical and biological agents
Released  June 12, 2013
Nathan Scherrer, a Navy veteran and senior mechanical engineering student at USD Recruiting Veterans Helps Program Engineer Its Future
NSF grant increases veteran student population, enhances overall strength of University of San Diego’s engineering program
Released  May 27, 2013
Graphic illustration showing a beam of light hitting a neuron New Technique Opens Window Into Brain Research
Optogenetics allows researchers to control neuronal activity in the brain via light stimulation
Released  May 14, 2013
photograph of Ali Abbas Helping People Through the Decision-Making Process Using a Web-Based Application
Researcher was part of inaugural group of NSF Innovation Corps awards in 2011
Released  May 7, 2013
students with 3-D printer Fabricating the Future: 3-D Printing Molds New K-12 STEM Model
Unique lab school uses engineering design to teach scientific concepts
Released  April 26, 2013
G. Kumar Venayagamoorthy in his lab, surrounded by computers Engineers Use Brain Cells to Power Smart Grid
Studying how neural networks integrate and respond to complex information could inspire methods for managing power supply and use
Released  April 17, 2013
Pamela Bhati holding a cochlear implant New Implant Holds Promise for Improved Hearing
Researchers are developing a device that could improve sound resolution for deaf individuals who opt for cochlear implants
Released  April 4, 2013
an image of primary human amniotic fluid stem cells in a culture dish Engineering New Tissue for Pediatric Heart Surgery
Bioengineering professor explores potential to grow cardiac cells to repair infant heart defects
Released  March 19, 2013
3-D visualization of the TV genome Small Business Innovation Research Award Leads to Multimillion Dollar Investment
NSF-funded Bluefin Labs, recently acquired by Twitter, will shape the future of social television
Released  March 5, 2013
A close-up image of a polymer solar cell developed by Jinsong Huang Producing Solar Energy Materials That Are Affordable, Efficient and Flexible
Researcher working toward making solar cells that can be used in computer bags, clothing, walls and more
Released  February 21, 2013
Rolls of printed graphene electronics. Graphene Technology Gaining a Foothold in the Marketplace
NSF grantee Vorbeck Materials, one of the first companies to produce graphene-based products, is expanding its operations
Released  February 13, 2013
Ohio State engineers Bharat Bhushan (left) and Gregory Bixler (right). To Combat Biological Build-up, Engineers Look to Nature for Inspiration
Rice leaves and butterfly wings provide insight into nature's best self-cleaning surfaces
Released  January 23, 2013
image of tripolar ring electrode and conventional electrode, side by side Simple Innovation to Electrodes Makes a Big Difference
Researcher expects improvements in epilepsy diagnosis and prevention of life-threatening seizures
Released  December 20, 2012
Graphic image showing a new ear bud and a human ear. Perfecting Sound Quality In-ear
An audio pioneer who has worked with the likes of Stevie Wonder, Bon Jovi and Pink Floyd continues to provide innovative devices to perfect sound quality and alleviate in-ear pressure and listener fatigue
Released  December 18, 2012
Robbosquirrel, the robotic squirrel. Snake Tales
Scientists use high-tech methods to interpret tail signals from squirrel prey to rattlesnake predators
Released  December 17, 2012
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 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
Photo of children studying the feet of a leopard gecko. Mission Possible: Adding Engineering to the K-12 Curriculum
Museum director's dream to teach young students engineering spurs effort to bring technological literacy to all, with support from NSF
Released  September 5, 2012
Image of a young woman holding a circuit board and next to table with electronics. CalWomenTech Scale Up Project: Proven Tools Attract Women to STEM Training Programs
Project aims to increase recruitment and retention of women in community college STEM programs
Released  April 6, 2012

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