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August 24, 2016 | College of Engineering
The UWashington Hyperloop team is taking part in Elon Musk's competition to design a pod that can travel at transonic speed within a vacuum tube. After winning the Safety Subsystem Technical Excellence Award this January, the team will advance to the next leg of the competition, set to take place in January 2017 at SpaceX.
August 17, 2016 | UW Today
University of Washington researchers have introduced a new way of communicating that allows devices such as brain implants, contact lenses, credit cards and smaller wearable electronics to talk to everyday devices such as smartphones and watches.
August 15, 2016 | UW Today
At the USENIX Security Conference in Austin, Texas, a team of University of Washington researchers on Aug. 12 presented the first-ever comprehensive analysis of third-party web tracking across three decades and a new tool, TrackingExcavator, which they developed to extract and analyze tracking behaviors on a given web page. They saw a four-fold increase in third-party tracking on top sites from 1996 to 2016, and mapped the growing complexity of trackers stretching back decades.
August 10, 2016 | Civil & Environmental Engineering Blog
CEE researchers are helping Pakistani farmers be more profitable and sustainable with a satellite-based app that advises them how much to water their crops. More than 700 farmers in Pakistan who grow bananas, wheat and a variety of other crops have started receiving weekly text messages. "The farmers were previously going on instinct and overwatering the crops," Civil & Environmental Engineering Associate Professor Faisal Hossain said. "Now, it is scientifically driven and uses satellite data."
August 1, 2016 | College of Engineering
Civil and environmental engineering alumnus Marc Edwards led a team of volunteers to uncovered the source of lead poisoning in Flint, Michigan during the "Flint water crisis." Time Magazine has named him one of the world’s most influential people for this work.
August 1, 2016 | UW Today
Four College of Engineering faculty were elected to the Washington State Academy of Sciences: Tom Anderson, professor of computer science and engineering, also elected to the National Academy of Engineering; François Baneyx, professor and chair of chemical engineering; Cecilia Giachelli, professor and chair of bioengineering; and Daniel Schwartz, professor of chemical engineering.
July 27, 2016 | UW Today
A team of researchers, including civil and environmental engineering professor Julian Marshall, investigated the benefits of cleaner carbon-burning cookstoves in the field. They found that the increased efficiency observed in the lab did not carry over when these stoves were used in Karnataka, India. The continued use of traditional cooking methods alongside the new stoves contributed to the lower than expected results.
July 25, 2016 | College of Engineering
Since 2010, Mike Francis, ’06, has been an emerging leader in the Northwest’s craft brewing industry, thanks to a degree in Industrial & Systems Engineering. His brewery, Payette Brewing Company, is now the largest in the state of Idaho.
July 22, 2016 | Department of Mechanical Engineering
The Human Powered Submarine team traveled to Gosport, England, for the European International Submarine Races, where they also placed first for top speed by a female pilot.
July 21, 2016 | UW Today
Ira Kemelmacher-Shlizerman, assistant professor of computer science and engineering, has developed a new personalized image search engine called Dreambit. Dreambit lets people imagine how they would look with different hairstyles or in different time periods. To accomplish the image transformation, Dreambit searches internet photographs to locate a “doppelgänger set” of images that resemble the original person but have the desired hairstyle, color, or other characteristic.
July 8, 2016 | UW Today

A team including Fahad Pervaiz, a CSE doctoral student, has developed a system that can forecast the outbreak of dengue fever by simply analyzing the calling behavior of citizens to a public-health hotline. The telephone-based disease surveillance system can forecast 2 to 3 weeks ahead of time outbreaks of dengue fever, a mosquito-borne virus that infects up to 400,000 people each year.

The forecasting system, described in a paper published July 8 in Science Advances, was developed by researchers from the UW and NYU, working teams in Pakistan.

July 7, 2016 | UW 360
CSE Professors Karin Strauss and Luis Ceze have partnered with Microsoft researchers to develop a technique to store digital data in a DNA molecule. They are among the first in the country to demonstrate how to encode, store, and retrieve digital data using manufactured DNA.
July 7, 2016 | UW Today

The team of computer scientists and electrical engineers encoded and decoded a video of the band OK Go (featuring the craziest Rube Goldberg machine ever), the Universal Declaration of Human Rights in more than 100 languages, the top 100 books of Project Gutenberg and the Crop Trust’s seed database — among other things— all on strands of DNA.

Luis Ceze, the UW’s Torode Family Career Development Professor of computer science and engineering and one of the project’s lead researchers, says, "The world is producing data at an incredible rate, and storage technologies need to keep up. DNA... is millions of times denser than other storage media, it is incredibly durable (think millennia) and it never becomes obsolete. "

July 5, 2016 | College of Engineering
The Boeing Advanced Research Center, or BARC, is providing UW students with the opportunity to get real world engineering experience as they work alongside UW professors and industry leaders from Boeing. BARC projects have tackled tricky problems like building and repairing the insides of airplane wings, and this winter, BARC is launching a new aircraft engineering class that will be co-taught by UW faculty and Boeing engineers.
June 24, 2016 | UW Today
The UW’s Clean Energy Institute, which is led by ChemE Professor Daniel Schwartz, will be part of the Smart Manufacturing Innovation Institute. The new institute is led by the Smart Manufacturing Leadership Coalition in partnership with the U.S. Department of Energy, and its aim is to develop innovative manufacturing methods for energy-intensive industries.
June 23, 2016 | UW Today
A team of UW researchers, led by CSE assistant professor Ira Kemelmacher-Shlizerman, is investigating how facial recognition algorithms scale in the MegaFace Challenge. All the algorithms tested experienced a drop in accuracy when given a set million images. This set is much larger than the set of 10,000 images that some algorithms have previously performed with near perfect accuracy against.
June 21, 2016 | UW Today
A team of researchers from the Center for Sensorimotor Neural Engineering, led by EE adjunct associate professor Chet Moritz, has been awarded $1 million as one of three finalists in the GlaxoSmithKline Bioelectronics Innovation Challenge. The team is developing an implantable device that could help restore bladder function for people with spinal cord injuries. The device uses a wireless power transmitter developed by UW associate professor of EE and CSE, Joshua Smith.
June 19, 2016 | College of Engineering
The UW Formula Motorsports team placed second overall at the Formula SAE competition in Lincoln. A mere 0.5 point difference, out of a 1,000 point total, separated UW's score from the first place team.
June 14, 2016 | College of Engineering
The Burke Museum plans to display a giant Columbian Mammoth in its new building, set to open in 2019; however, only 20% of the mammoth’s bones survive. So museum staff have partnered with College of Engineering students and instructors who are taking advantage of 3-D printing technology to reproduce the rest of the mammoth.
June 6, 2016 | College of Engineering
Sally Jewell, U.S. Secretary of the Interior and mechanical engineering alumna, will be the featured speaker at the UW’s Commencement exercises on Saturday, June 11. Jewell was also acknowledged by the UW with the Alumna Summa Laude Dignata award, which is the highest award the UW and the UW Alumni Association can bestow upon a graduate.
May 31, 2016 | UW Today
ME professor Jiangyu Li and colleagues have developed a tiny probe capable of reading variations in the nanoscale particles that power batteries and fuel cells. The rate at which these particles react determines how fast batteries charge and how much power they can provide. This new probe could improve understanding of electrochemical systems, thus enabling the development of higher performance batteries and fuel cells.
May 31, 2016 | Foster School of Business
All three Chemical Engineering Entrepreneurial Design teams took home prizes at the UW Business Plan Competition. The team concepts included Decaf Style, a way to instantly decaffeinate beverages; Iconic Windows, a battery membrane that reduces energy costs; and Coulomb Sea, a smart electronic charger.
May 31, 2016 | UW Chemical Engineering
Gov. Jay Inslee named Austin Wright-Pettibone, a Chemical Engineering undergraduate, as the next student member of the University of Washington Board of Regents for the 2016-17 school year. Wright-Pettibone becomes the first undergraduate since 2008 to be selected as the UW's student regent.
May 19, 2016 | UW Today
A team of roboticists including ME assistant professor Sawyer Fuller have developed a flying, insect sized robot, nicknamed the RoboBee, which can perch on surfaces like wood or leaves using static electricity. The amount of energy required to perch is 1000 times less than that required to hover, so this breakthrough could dramatically extend the fight time of these tiny drones.
May 17, 2016 | UW Today
ME assistant professor Nicholas Boechler and UW engineers have, for the first time, analyzed interactions between microscale granular crystals. Granular materials resonate into complex patterns when forces are applied to them. Microscale granular crystals have significantly different reactions to forces than better-understood macroscale particles. Understanding how microscale granular crystals self-assemble in response to forces could enable faster and less expensive ways to manufacture microstructed materials like spacecraft shielding.

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