This volume includes 13 papers from the National Academy of Engineering's 2013 U.S. Frontiers of Engineering (USFOE) Symposium held in September 2013. USFOE meetings bring together 100 outstanding engineers (ages 30 to 45) to exchange information about leading-edge technologies in a range of engineering fields. The 2013 symposium covered four topic areas: Designing and Analyzing Societal Networks, Cognitive Manufacturing, Energy: Reducing our Dependence on Fossil Fuels, and Flexible Electronic. The papers describe leading-edge research on such topics as opportunities and challenges posed by the large-scale adoption of social technologies, production systems that utilize “cognitive reasoning” engines, efforts to reduce dependence on fossil fuels, and the transformation of conventional fabrication processes to incorporate electronic control and power sources, among other topics. Appendixes include information about contributors, the symposium program, and a list of meeting participants. This is the nineteenth volume in the USFOE series.


Diaz Anadon, Laura. "Energy from Fossil Fuels: Challenges and Opportunities for Technology Innovation." Frontiers of Engineering: Reports on Leading-Edge Engineering from the 2013 Symposium. Ed. U.S. National Academy of Engineering. National Academies Press, 2014.