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Environmental Innovation Challenge Practicum

2016 Environmental Innovation Practicum
Recommended for juniors, seniors and grad students.

The entrepreneurship class, ENTRE 443/543 Environmental Innovation Practicum, focuses on developing innovative solutions to real-world environmental problems and creating new business opportunities. Themes include water, energy, green building, and transportation. Offered in fall 2016 in preparation for the 2017 Alaska Airlines Environmental Innovation Challenge.

Health Innovation Challenge Practicum

2016 Health Innovation Challenge Practicum

The entrepreneurship class, ENTRE 490/579 Health Innovation Practicum, teaches the mechanics of taking a promising healthcare solution from inception to commercialization. Topics revolve around biodesign processes and the health innovation pipeline. Offered in fall 2016 in preparation for the 2017 Health Innovation Challenge.

Organizations, Clubs and Competitions

Joining a student group is a great way to explore majors in the college of engineering. Whether you want to work hands on with an engineering design project, or you just want to meet other students, it all starts with attending a meeting or contacting one of the officers or the faculty sponsor. Competitions offer opportunities to do hands-on work in a public forum. These events are often sponsored by professional organizations and corporations.

American Indian Science & Engineering Society »

photo collage Build community while bridging science and technology with traditional Native values. Opportunities for American Indians and Native Alaskans to pursue studies in science, engineering, and other academic arenas.
Faculty sponsor: Scott Pinkham
A member of the Community of Minority and Women Engineering Societies (CMWES)

Concrete Canoe »

UW students carrying canoeCivil & Environmental Engineering students race canoes they have planned, built and constructed. The competition includes a technical paper on design and construction, presentation of the canoe’s design, construction, racing ability to judges.
 Video about the team, work, and competition

Design/Build/Fly »

design, build, fly competitionAeronautics & Astronautics students design, build and fly a flight vehicle in the national AIAA Design/Build/Fly competition each year. The UW DBF team is run by students to give them hands-on experience while applying the skills they learn in the classroom to a real-life problem. DBF 2013-2014 video

EcoCAR3 »

UW EcoCAR team logo Four-year student competition to convert a Chevy Camaro to hybrid. Team designs and integrates advanced vehicle technology powertrains and controls to develop their vehicle solutions to reduce emissions. Student Contact: Alexander Ong. Faculty adviser: Prof. Brian Fabien
Read more: UW students build hybrid-electric muscle car

Engineering Student Advisory Council »

UW Engineering Meet monthly with the Dean or Associate Dean and staff to discuss planning and budgeting matters for the College. Pre-engineering, undergraduate, and grad students and at-large members. Council members represent the diverse student community in 1-year terms.

Engineers Without Borders »

workers fixing roof Work with disadvantaged communities worldwide to improve their quality of life through environmentally sustainable, equitable and economical engineering projects.
Faculty sponsor: Susan Bolton & Mark Benjamin

Environmental Innovation Challenge »

hand holding a chip, from EIC program Interdisciplinary student teams from across Washington state compete for a chance to win experience, exposure, and $10,000 by developing clean tech solutions for today's environmental issues.

Human Powered Submarine »

submarine The Human Powered Submarine program, run by Mechanical Engineering, includes engineering students from any discipline. Students design, build, and test a fully functional submersible vehicle in nine months. The finished submarine competes in an international race against other colleges, universities and private businesses.

Husky Robotics Team »

Husky Robotics logo This undergraduate student club is focused on real-world engineering experience. The team competes in the University Rover Challenge, to design, build, and operate a mock Mars rover in May. Contact Info: Faculty adviser: Prof. Per Reinhall.

iGEM Synthetic Biology Competition »

2011 iGEM student team Annual competition of the International Genetically Engineered Machine competition. Undergrad teams work from kits of biological parts to build biological systems and operate them in living cells. Read about the UW's 2011 world champions. Contact: Aaron Chevalier.

National Society of Black Engineers »

NSBE logo Excel academically, succeed professionally, and positively impact the community through NSBE-sponsored career fair and other events.
Faculty sponsor: Diane Martin (staff)
A member of the Community of Minority and Women Engineering Societies (CMWES)

Phi Sigma Rho »

Phi Sigma Rho logo and link Socialize, support and get support from a sorority for women in engineering whose studies sometimes mean you're in the libraries until well after midnight.
SAS Adviser: Cathryne Jordan
A member of the Community of Minority and Women Engineering Societies (CMWES)

Science & Engineering Business Association »

SEBA logo Interact with and learn from the business community through annual events that inspire an entrepreneurial spirit.
Faculty sponsor: Connie Bourassa-Shaw, Pierre Mourad and Buddy Ratner

Society of Advancing Chicanos and Native Americans in Sciences (SACNAS) »

SACNAS logo and link Participate in social and technical events that enhance and achieve the potential of Hispanics in engineering, math, and science.
SAS Adviser: Cathryne Jordan
Faculty adviser: Alberto Aliseda

Society of Hispanic Professional Engineers »

students working on project Participate in social and technical events that enhance and achieve the potential of Hispanics in engineering, math, and science.
Advising sponsor: Cathryne Jordan
A member of the Community of Minority and Women Engineering Societies (CMWES)

Society of Women Engineers »

Group of SWE officers Enhance your education and career through scholarships, fun competitions, job and internship search resources, and an annual recognition of outstanding achievements, career fair, and the Evening with Industry awards banquet.
Adviser: Hélène Martin
A member of the Community of Minority and Women Engineering Societies (CMWES)

Steel Bridge Competition »

steel bridge competition Design, fabricate, and test a 1/5th-scale steel bridge and compete against teams from universities across the country in the annual event held by the American Society of Civil Engineers (ASCE) and the American Institute of Steel Construction (AISC).

Washington Formula Motorsports »

SAE car Become part of a manufacturing firm that must produce four race cars per day, providing excellent handling, braking, and acceleration capabilities while considering affordability, ease of maintenance, reliability, ergonomics and aesthetics.

Washington Open Object Fabricators (WOOF) »

WOOF logo Participate in research and development of 3D printing/additive manufacturing technology, build 3D printers, and increase public awareness of 3D printing and additive manufacturing.

Department Organizations

Aeronautics and Astronautics

American Institute of Aeronautics and Astronautics
Faculty sponsor: Jim Hermanson

Design Build Fly
Faculty sponsor: Adam P Bruckner


Biomedical Engineering Society
Faculty sponsor: Wendy Thomas

Chemical Engineering

American Institute of Chemical Engineers
Faculty sponsor: John Berg

Civil and Environmental Engineering

Institute of Transportation Engineers
Faculty sponsor: Yinhai Wang

American Society of Civil Engineers

Concrete Canoe Team
Faculty sponsor: Pedro Arduino

Steel Bridge Team
Faculty sponsor: Jeff Berman

Water Environment Federation of the Pacific Northwest Clean Water Association
Faculty sponsor: Mark Benjamin

Electrical Engineering

Institute of Electrical and Electronics Engineers
Faculty sponsor: TBA

Human Centered Design & Engineering

HCDE Student Association
Faculty sponsor: Judy Ramey

Industrial & Systems Engineering

Institute of Industrial Engineers
Staff sponsor: Kellus Stone

Mechanical Engineering

American Society of Mechanical Engineers
Faculty sponsor: Steve Shen

Formula SAE (Society of Automotive Engineers)
Faculty sponsor: Ashley Emery

Human Powered Sub
Faculty sponsor: Bruce Adee

Material Science and Engineering

Society of Manufacturing Engineers

Paper Science and Engineering

Technical Association of the Pulp and Paper Industry
Faculty sponsor: Mark Lewis

Student Awards and Honors

Engineering Student Teams in the 2015 Environmental Innovation Challenge

Polydrop team member Volha Hrechka describes their project to an EIC judge Out of 22 regional student teams selected to compete this year, 10 teams are based in UW engineering departments:


This is the team that won both the $15,000 grand prize and the $5,000 clean energy prize for their portable thermoelectric generator that turns cooking fires into personal power stations in countries that are otherwise off the grid.
Read more: GeekWire | Clean Energy Institute
From Mechanical Engineering: Daniel Parrish, Ryan Ahearn, and Aaron Owen.


The BrightBike has a revolutionary set of features designed to make it an irresistible alternative to driving.
From Mechanical Engineering: Max Goodwin, Henry Kellogg, Jonathan Morasch, David Law, and Jonathan Morasch. With Foster MBA students Kyle Huber, David Meers, and Richard Hendricks.

Extrusion Electronics

3D printing with a conductive plastic filament, enabling makers to create and replicate simple electronics at home.
From Chemical Engineering: Kiran Kanekal, John Lenz, Scott Parkin, Reilly Proudsworth, and Michael Stafford.


A flexible and lightweight polymer-based solar cell.
From Materials Science & Engineering: Nam Chul Cho, Caitlin Cramer, Adharsh Rajagopal, and Brian Tran.


A home automation hub that converts existing electronics to smart devices to decrease energy consumption, improve home safety, and reduce waste.
From Electrical Engineering: Rahil Jain with Robert Moehle (Foster MBA).

Illuminant Diagnostics

A biosensor empowered by nanotechnology that provides rapid, mobile bacteria detection.
From Chemical Engineering: David Galvan, Erika Green, Hannah Morgan, Jason Smith, and Yajie Zhu.

Ion Informatics

A proprietary technology that provides critical information to battery operators, prolonging the useful life of the battery.
From Chemical Engineering: Charles Daitch, Brendan Erickson, Daniel Gilbert, Matthew Murbach, and Arianna Whitten. With Uttara Sahaym (Foster MBA).

Marine Situ

Environmental monitoring solutions that facilitate the sustainable development of marine renewable energy.
From Mechanical Engineering: Emma Dewitt Cotter, Trevor Harrison, and James Joslin.


A web-based industrial energy monitoring system that enables users to monitor machine-specific power consumption.
From Electrical Engineering: Ryan Jacobson and Natat Premvuti, with James Franck (Foster MBA).


A low-cost disposable protein purification system that uses more environmentally friendly materials than existing technology.
From Chemical Engineering: John Cisney, Tiffany Du, Chase Groves, Jessica Soto-Rodriguez, and Cameron Walters.

Read more about:

Our winning students »
All the EIC 2015 teams »
Students to pitch clean-tech solutions... blogpost on UW Today »
Environmental Innovation Challenge »