Washington Engineer - April 2012

In this issue:

  • Dean's Message
  • Research - Greenroads Certification; Space Weather Forecast; Ferrolectric Hearts
  • Campus News - Faculty Honors; UW Launches Tech Startup Incubator; Students win Environmental Innovation Challenge
  • Events - Engineering Discovery Days; Diamond Awards; Seattle Science Festival
  • In the Media

Dean's Message

Dean Matt O’Donnell discusses his strategies for expanding the UW’s College of Engineering to address the high demand for engineers in Washington State. Play video »



Research

Greenroads log Roadway with Recycled Toilets is World's First Official 'Greenroad'
A new rating system, designed at the UW to be a roadway equivalent to the LEED system for sustainable buildings, has awarded its first official certification.
KING 5 | MSNBC | Scientific American

John Sahr with passive radar apparatus Space Weather Forecast: Sunspotty, with an Increasing Chance of Solar Storms
Solar storms have generated spectacular northern lights as far south as Seattle. Engineer John Sahr gives his read on the space weather forecast, and how it relates to his research.

image of electrical response overlaid on the inner aortic wall Ferroelectric Switching Discovered in Soft Biological Tissue
In a discovery that could aid understanding of heart disease, the wall of the aorta is found to exhibit ferroelectricity—a response to an electric field known to exist in inorganic and synthetic materials.
BBC | New Scientist | Nature Nanotechnology

Campus News

Faculty Honors: NAE Membership, Sloan Research Fellowship, CAREER Awards
This winter, David Stahl was elected to the National Academy of Engineering, Shwetak Patel won a Sloan Research Fellowship, and Jim Pfaendtner, Xiaodong Xu and Marco Rolandi won NSF CAREER awards.

UW president Michael Young at C4C event UW Launches Technology Startup Incubator, Aims to Double Startups in Three Years
The new business incubator is part of a commercialization initiative announced by UW President Michael Young that will double the number of startups produced by the university—from an average of 10 per year to 20—over the next three years.
Seattle Times | Puget Sound Business Journal | Xconomy

the winning team Bigger, Bolder, Greener: The UW Environmental Innovation Challenge
Dozens of engineering students participated in the 2012 Environmental Innovation Challenge. Top prize went to a team proposing to recycle car tires into safe and sustainable highway barriers.
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Events

Discovery Days logo Engineering Discovery Days
Friday, April 20, 9 a.m.–2 p.m.
Saturday, April 21, 9 a.m.–3 p.m.
UW Seattle campus
This year’s open house will coincide with HuskyFest, a three-day campus-wide event to celebrate the UW’s 150th anniversary.

Diamond Awards logo Diamond Awards
Friday, May 18, 6–9 p.m.
This year’s honored alumni include five-time astronaut Bonnie Dunbar (MS ’76), former Weyerhaeuser CEO Steve Rogel (BS ’65), and Facebook vice president of engineering and products Greg Badros (PhD ’00).

Science Festival logo Seattle Science Festival
June 2012
UW engineers will be involved in the region’s first science festival. Join them at Science EXPO Day, the Computer Programming Symposium and the Science Luminaries Series.

In the Media

Nerve cells like these could be controlled by quantum dots <i>(Image: CNRI/Science Photo Library)</i> Quantum dots control brain cells for the first time
New Scientist | Feb. 14, 2012
In an unlikely marriage of quantum physics and neuroscience, Lih Lin has used tiny particles called quantum dots to control brain cells.

closeup of woman wearing internet glasses Google offers look at Internet-connected glasses
The New York Times | Apr. 4, 2012
The researchers behind Google’s Project Glass include Babak Parviz, whose area is bio-nanotechnology, the fusion of biology and technology at small scales.

man with Facebook slide in background Facebook’s got a lot of love for Seattle
The Seattle Times | Apr. 16, 2012
Facebook's vice president of engineering talks about what drew the company to Seattle—a "critical mass density of engineers” and a culture in which “it’s cool to be an engineer."