Understanding NSF Research: Engineering
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Collaborative robotsFuture robotic systems will work safely and side-by-side with people, and they will use artificial intelligence, advanced sensing and communications, and new, sometimes soft materials to assist people in brand new ways.
Credit: National Science Foundation (NSF)
Resilient, adaptive infrastructureState-of-the-art research facilities and tools, ranging from giant shake tables to a "wall of wind," allow new building and infrastructure designs to be tested to survive earthquakes, hurricanes, and other natural disasters.
Credit: Courtesy of Florida International University
Understanding and engineering biologyNew ways to understand cells and tissues, such as brain imaging, enable researchers to create health technologies and harness the cells to produce medicines, biofuels and industrial chemicals.
Credit: Ed Boyden, MIT
Quantum technologies and networks
Exploiting the behavior of particles and energy at atomic and subatomic scales, researchers are creating unprecedented technologies for sensing, computing, modeling, and communicating – including integrated chips for secure communication systems.
Credit: Nicolle R. Fuller/ NSF
Lab to MarketNSF investments in new discoveries, technology translation and high-tech small businesses speed beneficial innovations -- such as 3-D printing -- to the marketplace.
What is Engineering?Self-driving cars, quick access to clean water, phones with holograms, and more. Who makes these things happen? Engineers.
HealthFundamental engineering research for improving health leads to the creation of new drug delivery systems, advanced monitoring and diagnostic systems and assistive technologies.
Credit: Columbia University School of Engineering and Applied Science
InfrastructureFuture autonomous vehicles equipped with real-time sensing, control and decision-making capabilities will help transport people and goods safely and quickly.
Credit: Karsten Neglia/Shutterstock
Advanced manufacturingFlexible electronics, made with novel materials and manufacturing techniques, will bring new possibilities to health monitoring, display technologies, textiles and many other areas.
Credit: Hongjie Hu, University of California, San Diego
Energy and EnvironmentEngineering researchers create sustainable ways to purify drinking water, monitor and prevent contamination, and treat and re-use wastewater.
Credit: Courtesy West Virginia University