Technology & Engineering

Technology and Engineering bridge the gap between what the mind can imagine and what the laws of nature allow. While scientists seek to discover what is not yet known, engineers apply fundamental science to design and develop new devices and systems—technology—to solve societal problems. Technological and engineering innovations then return the favor by affecting human—as well as other animal species'—the ability to control and adapt to their natural environments.


In designs that mimic the texture of starfish shells, engineers have made curved ordered crystals. Such shapes are found readily in nature, but not in a lab. Crystals engineers typically make crystals that either have facets with flat surfaces and hard angles, or are smooth but lack a repeating molecular order. The researchers call them "nanolobes."

Robots in a human world

From disaster recovery to caring for the elderly in the home, NSF-funded scientists and engineers are developing robots that can handle critical tasks in close proximity to humans, safely and with greater resilience than previous generations of intelligent machines.

Highly conductive MXene clay

Highly conductive MXene clay, created by researchers at Drexel University, is a new material that shows great potential for use in energy storage. It can be made quickly and safely and the clay can be formed into any shape or rolled to any thickness while retaining is conductive properties.

A day in the life of Robotina

Robotina is a sophisticated research robot. Specifically, it's a Willow Garage PR2, designed to work with people. But around the MIT Computer Science and Artificial Intelligence Laboratory, it is most-often called Robotina.

Stampede: A virtual tour

Supported by the National Science Foundation, Stampede is one of the most powerful supercomputers in the world. This petascale system enables researchers to solve larger and more diverse science and engineering problems than ever before.