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September 27, 2016 | UW Today
University of Washington computer scientists and electrical engineers have devised a way to send secure passwords through the human body — using benign, low-frequency transmissions generated by fingerprint sensors and touchpads on consumer devices.
September 19, 2016 | UW Today
Researchers at the University of Washington are among the winners of a startup challenge to shorten the transition time from lab bench to patient. The team, including members of professor Suzie Pun‘s research group in the UW Department of Bioengineering, was selected based on its proposal and business plan to develop a targeted drug delivery system for breast cancer.
September 12, 2016 | UW Today
CE Professor Jim Pfaendtner is leading a new endeavor funded by the National Science Foundation to bring big data to graduate education in clean energy research at the UW. Known as DIRECT — or Data Intensive Research Enabling Clean Technologies — this traineeship will phase in practical, data-driven research projects for graduate students in fields such as chemistry, renewable energy and chemical engineering.
September 8, 2016 | UW Today
Is life better or worse after sticking your Fitbit in a drawer? UW researchers surveyed hundreds of people who had abandoned self-tracking tools and found emotions ranged from guilt to indifference to relief that the tracking experience was over.
September 7, 2016 | UW Today
HemaApp measures hemoglobin levels and screens for anemia non-invasively by illuminating the patient’s finger with a smartphone’s camera flash.
August 30, 2016 | The Seattle Times
Alumnus Joe Sutter (1921 – 2016), ‘Father of the 747,’ was an engineering giant and pioneer of the aerospace industry.
August 26, 2016 | The Whole U

Gary Hsieh, an assistant professor in Human Centered Design & Engineering (HCDE), studies incentives, motivation, and the tools that make our lives more efficient. If you stumbled on a list of his publications, it would be hard to guess which department he belongs to. He’s researched mindfulness, nutrition, teen moms, activism, volunteering, video games, and advertising. Hsieh says his research is about everyday life. He’s analyzed websites like Wikipedia and Change.org, and this summer he’s prototyping an app that helps doctors and pharmacists navigate drug risks for pregnant patients.

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 other crops receive 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." Also see the video story from King5 News ».
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.

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