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February 19, 2014 | King 5 News
Mechanical engineering junior Chris Burfeind, while working with professor Eric Siebel in the UW's Human Photonics Lab, found a way to improve a microfluidic device to allow a better look at biopsy samples and potentially improve diagnosis of pancreatic cancer. At the UW, the number of undergrads participating in research has nearly doubled in the past 5 years. See also, UW Today article.
October, 2013 | UW
Of 25 Amgen Scholars in 2013, two are UW engineering students and several visited the UW last summer to participate in research.
Zachary Jarin, UW ChemE class of 2014, worked in the Pfaendtner research group, using multiscale modeling to understand problems with real world applications.
Ross Jones, UW BioE class of 2014, aims to automatically quantify apoptosis and DNA damage of cell samples. In the
The UW welcomed Amgen Scholars from around the country to participate in research. Alissa Bleem, Montana State, worked with BioE Associate Professor Wendy Thomas; Danielle Bright, Seattle U, worked in Kim Woodrow's lab; Matthew Kahabka, Clarkson University worked with ChemE Assistant professor Lilo Pozzo; and Julia Zhao, Rice University, worked in Dr. Suzie Pun's lab.
August, 2013 | GeekWire
Recent ME grad Thomas Larson has launched a campaign to develop a simple but powerful microscope for smartphones. He was asking for $5000, but funding has snowballed to more than $90,000! Larson conceptualized the smartphone accessory in the 2013 Business Plan Competition and Nate Sniadecki's Cell Biomechanics lab. At the UW last year, Larson won 3rd place at the UW SEBA Science and Technology Showcases and 1st Place for Best Technical Presentation at Pacific District D of ASME and 1st Place for the Student Presentation Competition at Western Washington section of ASME.
August 13, 2013 | UW Daily
ME PhD student Jeff Campbell is trying to reduce injuries incurred by skiers and snowboarders in terrain parks. Campbell collects data on how a rider's center of mass shifts as the body continually moves during a ride, how jumpers' knees flex as they go off a jump, and the forces and torque felt by riders while on a jump.
See also: Powder magazine article and video
July, 2013 | Manufacturing Engineering
Manufacturing Engineering honored Kyle Rhodes (BS ChemE '07) as 'a natural leader with many of the attributes of a seasoned veteran who ensures his teams make sound decisions based on data and consider alternative approaches to identify the optimum path forward.'
July 12, 2013 | The Seattle Times
For the second year, Washington Open Object Fabricators (WOOF) entered a 3-D printed boat in this year's Seafair Milk Carton Derby. The new boat represents a better understanding of how to print with recycled plastic, said Dana Henshaw, a student and director of operations for WOOF. The boat required fewer recycled bottles. It was printed over 11 hours instead of 19 hours, by using a different nozzle that extruded a thicker line of plastic.
May 6, 2013
David Coven faced some significant challenges growing up and making his way to college. He had help though, particularly from a teacher who recognized his potential, and now from donors. Those donations are being paid forward exponentially by Coven, who tutors, helps students find scholarship money, and speaks in public about overcoming adversity and living life with compassion.
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