Spring Seminar - Technology Commercialization

BIOEN 504 is open to the entire CoE community. The local entrepreneurial community provides our outstanding guest lecturers who will share knowledge, expertise, and personal experiences in moving technology from the academic laboratory to product and market.

Wednesdays and Fridays, 3:30-5:20 p.m.
Electrical Engineering Building 037

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Our Innovative, Winning Students

students from winning team holding check in a previous competition

April 16, 2014 | Buerk Center for Entrepreneurship

Thirteen engineering teams advance in BPC

Congratulations to 13 teams with roots in UW engineering that have advanced to the Investment Round of the Business Plan Competition: Flu Finder, Ionometals, FractalFilters, LuckySteps, Legato, Trestle, Zetection Diagnostics, Smartypants, Uphill Designs, Spectral DNA, Aurora Plasmonics, vHab, and OpsMagic. Next stop for all 36 teams is a giant trade-show event where teams set up booths and make investment pitches to judges. The final Sweet 16 round is on Thursday May 22 and is open to the public.

Chris Burfeind at work on designing new cancer detection device

February 19, 2014 | King 5 News

Undergraduate researcher makes significant contribution to cancer detection tool

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.

2013 Amgen Scholars Zachary Jarin and Ross Jones

October, 2013 | UW

2013 Amgen Scholars at the 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 Ruohola-Baker lab, Ross has researched metabolomics of stem cells during development and helped investigate micro RNA secondary structure.

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.

Lens attached to smartphone shows leaf details

August, 2013 | GeekWire

Recent grad develops $15 microscope lens for smartphones

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.

Jeff Campbell in lab

August 13, 2013 | UW Daily

Calculating the perfect jump

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

Kyle Rhodes

July, 2013 | Manufacturing Engineering

ChemE alum Kyle Rhodes receives "30 Under 30" honor

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.'

model of the 2013 version of the 3-D printed boat

July 12, 2013 | The Seattle Times

ME's WOOF team refines its methods to "print" new milk-carton boat

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.

David Coven

May 6, 2013

ME Student Pays it Forward — Exponentially

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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