March 2019

Several programs in EPFL Engineering move up in the rankings

Two programs are now ranked in the top ten worldwide. According to the most recent QS World University Rankings, the Institute of Materials Science is now ranked #6 up from #10, and the Institute of Electrical Engineering is now ranked #9 up from #16. The Institute of Mechanical Engineering has moved up 9 positions to #18 from #27. Overall, EPFL is ranked #11 under Engineering and Technology.

A prosthetic that restores the sense of where your hand is

Researchers have developed a next-generation bionic hand that allows amputees to regain their proprioception. The results of the study, which have been published in Science Robotics, are the culmination of ten years of robotics research.

Gummy-like robots could help prevent disease

EPFL scientists have developed microscopic, hydrogel-based muscles that can manipulate and mechanically stimulate biological tissue. These soft, biocompatible robots could be used for targeted therapy and to help diagnose and prevent disease.

Next-generation optics in just two minutes of cooking time

One of the key building blocks of flexible photonic circuits and ultra-thin optics are metasurfaces. And EPFL engineers have now discovered a simple way of making these surfaces in just a few minutes – without needing a clean room – using a method already employed in manufacturing. Their findings have just been published in Nature Nanotechnology.

The holy grail of nanowire production

EPFL researchers have found a way to control and standardize the production of nanowires on silicon surfaces. This discovery could make it possible to grow nanowires on electronic platforms, with potential applications including the integration of nanolasers into electronic chips and improved energy conversion in solar panels.

Why a blow to the chest can kill or save you

It is still a mystery why a blow to the chest can kill some people yet save others. We may be one step closer to an answer, however, thanks to a device developed by researchers at EPFL and the University of Bern that can replicate the experience in the laboratory.

A new EPFL fund rewards nine open science ideas

The first call for proposal for the EPFL Open Science Fund attracted nearly 50 propositions. Nine projects were selected and will receive support to develop ideas fostering open and reproducible research on campus, and beyond. Three of the nine selected projects are being developed by the School of Engineering.

Lunaphore, an EPFL spin-off, brings its first product to market

The first rapid screening test for cancer developed by EPFL spin-off Lunaphore is being released today. It holds the European Union's CE marking and will be available in most European countries.

Transferring technology from the lab to industry

Much of the pioneering technology developed in research labs struggles to reach the market. To help scientists and engineers turn their ideas into viable business plans, 22 Swiss companies and research institutes – including EPFL – have teamed up to create a network of Advanced Manufacturing Technology Transfer Centers across the country.


Faculty Position at the Interface of Engineering and Neuroscience

Faculty Position in Cancer Bioengineering

Faculty position in Data-Driven Engineering Design