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April 25, 2013
Congratulations to EE PhD candidate Erin Sanehira who was selected by NASA to receive the Space Technology Research Fellowship (NSTRF). The prestigious award is a three-year fellowship that seeks to promote highly skilled researchers and technologists. NASA Space Technology Fellows perform innovative space technology research while building the skills necessary to become future technological leaders. Erin's research focuses on using non-toxic, colloidal quantum dots and plasmonic nanoparticles for photovoltaic applications.
April 18, 2013
ME PhD candidate Chris Bassett will be recognized for his efforts to combine academic scholarship with social awareness and concern, as well as his contribution to redefining the value of a doctoral degree at the Graduate Council Meeting on May 16. Bassett, mentored by Research Assistant Professor Brian Polagye, is featured in the linked video talking about noise in Puget Sound.
April 4 | Foster School of Business
Assistant professor Danilo Pozzo's senior design team "Polydrop," were the first prize winners at the 2013 UW Environmental Innovation Challenge. Their prize-winning prototype is an additive that transforms regular coatings into conductive coatings to enable the use of carbon fiber composites in the transportation industry. Their solution prevents the accumulation of static charges that can interfere with a vehicle's sensitive electronics.
In addition to the grand prize winners, engineering students presented and demonstrated their cleantech prototypes on these teams:
Pure Blue Technologies: Water disinfection and desalination technology. From EE: Michael Lee and Sep Makhous (2nd place).
EcoMembrane: Prevention of scaling/fouling of desalination and wastewater treatment membranes using ultrasound. From CEE: Jaffer Alali (honorable mention).
Upcycle: Bio-briquette maker that transforms bio-waste into fuel for cook stoves. From ME: Eri Amasawa, Nishita Anand, Bryan Ferguson (honorable mention).
See also: King5 Evening Magazine video | Foster Unplugged article | Seattle PI article | Xconomy article
April 3, 2013
Twenty-four of our engineering students have been awarded the very prestigious NSF Graduate Research Fellowships. Fellows are anticipated to become knowledge experts who can contribute significantly to research, teaching, and innovations in science and engineering. Last year, 15 UW engineering students were awarded the fellowships.
March 27 | NPR
As a participant in the 2013 International Women's Hackathon, CSE sophomore Laura McFarlane worked on an app to combat human trafficking. McFarlane's team built their smartphone app with a way for users to connect with help but looks like it's just about fun for teens. "This ... helped me see it from the perspective of the girls who are getting trafficked. It put a face to the numbers," said McFarlane.
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