The German-American Frontiers of Engineering (GAFOE) brings together early-career German and American engineers bi-annually for an invite-only symposium. This year's symposium is being hosted in Hamburg, Germany where 100 hand-selected participants will gather to discuss collaborative work, new techniques, leading-edge research and more.
Associate Professor of Mechanical Engineering and Biomedical Engineering, Allen Liu, is one of the selected participants for the 2019 conference. In 2018 Liu was awarded the Humboldt Fellowship for Experienced Researcher (Germany) and the Endeavor Executive Fellowship (Australia). Liu's lab at U-M focuses on two main topics of interest, first, understanding how physical and biochemical stimuli influence biological processes with endocytosis and cell migration. Second is building artificial cells that respond to mechanical stimuli. When conducting research several tools and techniques are used from microengineering and biochemistry to molecular biology and cell biology.
The National Academy of Engineering (NAE) is partnering with the Alexander von Humboldt Foundation for the 2019 GAFOE symposium. The NAE started to hold an annual Frontiers of Engineering Symposium in 1995. Since then NAE has expanded the Frontiers program to include bilateral meetings such as the GAFOE with other countries such as Japan, Indian, China, and the EU.