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Greg Miller

December 18, 2014 | Office of the Dean

Greg Miller's appointment as CEE Chair extended through June 2018

Dean Michael Bragg has announced that Greg Miller, chair of the Department of Civil & Environmental Engineering, has accepted the dean's invitation to remain as chair through June 2018.

Brian Fabien

December 17, 2014 | Office of the Dean

Brian Fabien appointed Associate Dean of Academic Affairs

Dean Michael Bragg has announced the appointment of Brian Fabien, a UW professor of mechanical engineering, to the position of Associate Dean of Academic Affairs. Fabien is the Director of the Dynamic Systems Modeling and Controls Laboratory and co-faculty advisor for the University of Washington EcoCAR team. He begins his role January 2, 2015.

excerpt of video still showing mountain photo with superimposed rain-on-snow diagram

December 17, 2014 | UW Today

Improving forecasts for rain-on-snow flooding

Researchers in the UW Department of Civil & Environmental Engineering are using the physics behind rain-on-snow events to better predict flood risks. They are also helping clear up some misconceptions—including a common assumption that the rain itself in these events is primarily responsible for melting or washing away snow. See also: YouTube

graphic of tailpipe with calculator

December 12, 2014 | UW Today

Online tool lets Washington residents calculate carbon tax impacts

Justin Bare, a PhD student in Computer Science & Engineering, has created a tool that lets residents calculate how a state carbon tax swap proposed by Carbon Washington would impact them financially.

Jeffrey Heer, Ali Farhadi, Hannaneh Hajishirzi, and Luke Zettlemoyer

December 3, 2014 | UW Today

Competitive award to fund new approaches to artificial intelligence work

Four UW Engineering researchers have received the Allen Distinguished Investigator award totaling $2.7 million for their work in artificial intelligence research. The researchers are: Jeffrey Heer, Ali Farhadi, and Luke Zettlemoyer (CSE), and Hannaneh Hajishirzi (EE). The money will fund early stage research in several areas of artificial intelligence.
See also: Paul G. Allen Family Foundation news release

excerpt from 'Not Quite Human' comic

December 1, 2014 | UW Today

‘What is HCDE?’ New comics class aims to answer the question

A new class at the University of Washington that teaches comic artistry to undergraduate and graduate students is using comics to explain what, exactly, the field of human-centered design is all about. HCDE associate professor Charlotte Lee developed the class and teaches it with local artist Jeremy Kayes.

Devin Pegues in an excerpt of a Seattle Times photo by Mike Siegle

November 29, 2014 | Seattle Times

UW, WSU give future engineers a ‘redshirt season’

In an idea borrowed from college athletics, the University of Washington and Washington State boost promising engineering students—many of them women and minorities—with an extra year of academic work. See also Education Lab Blog posts: Google+ Hangout recording | STEM stats | guest post

David Coven holds up and inspects a vial in a lab

November 19, 2014 | UW Today

UW undergrad’s early life challenges become a hectic schedule of opportunity

UW undergraduate David Coven has started a company, directs a nonprofit, works in the lab alongside alongside doctoral-level researchers, and takes a full course load on his path to a mechanical engineering degree with a mathematics minor. He has made the most of opportunities, from Mathematics Academy and the UW STEM Bridge Program to college funding awards from Costco and Washington State Opportunity Scholarship.
See also: YouTube

drawing of safer helmet prototype

November 13, 2014 | UW Today

UW researchers win Head Health Challenge with new football helmet designed to combat concussions.

A startup and collaboration that includes ME's Per Reinhall (professor and chair) and Jonathan Posner (associate professor) has developed a new football helmet designed to mitigate the forces likely to cause concussion. Their design won the Head Health Challenge II. See also: GeekWire

colored rectangles around individuals in surveillance video

November 12, 2014 | UW Today

Moving cameras talk to each other to identify, track pedestrians

UW electrical engineers have developed a way to automatically track people across moving and still cameras by using an algorithm that trains the networked cameras to learn one another’s differences. Lead researcher and EE professor Jenq-Neng Hwang said the technology may eventually allow people to see an "animated version of the real-time dynamics of city streets on a platform like Google Earth.” See also: YouTube

UW students Darby Losey with electroencephalography cap

November 5, 2014 | UW Today

UW study shows direct brain interface between humans

UW researchers have successfully replicated a direct brain-to-brain connection with three pairs of people. In a newly published study led by Computer Science & Engineering's Rajesh Rao, researchers were able to transmit the signals from one person’s brain over the Internet to control the hand motions of another person a half mile away. A new grant will allow research into transmitting more complex brain processes.
See also: YouTube

Carlos Guestrin

October 29, 2014 | GeekWire

Geek of the Week: GraphLab CEO Carlos Guestrin is unlocking the potential of machine learning

GeekWire names Computer Science & Engineering professor Carlos Guestrin its Geek of the Week and interviews him about the potential of big data, where he finds inspiration, his favorite Star Trek captain, and more.

Nisqually Road (Mt. Rainier area) in a 2006 flood

October 29, 2014 | UW Today

Fires and floods: North Cascades federal lands prepare for climate change

In a changing climate, the North Cascades are expected to become increasingly prone to flooding, fire and insect outbreaks. UW scientists, including UW Civil & Environmental Engineering graduate student Ronda Strauch, have been helping federal agencies to pinpoint especially vulnerable resources and outline management responses to minimize adverse impacts. Findings were released this week in a report from the Pacific Northwest Research Station.

ALTTEXT

October 28, 2014 | GeekWire

Q&A: How the University of Washington plans to become a hub for entrepreneurship and innovation

Vikram Jandyala, the former chair of UW's electrical engineering department, assumed the role of Vice Provost for Innovation in July. GeekWire stopped by the UW’s Center for Commercialization to talk with Jandhyala about his ambitions for the university. See also: Seattle Business

graphic of buildings and ambient signals

October 27, 2014 | Seattle Times

UW researchers pulling energy out of the air

Brier Dudley reports on the formation of a UW spinout company called Jiva Wireless that will produce wireless, battery-free sensing devices to enable the Internet of Things. Company founders are UW faculty members Joshua Smith (CSE and EE) and Shyam Gollakota (CSE), who have spent years developing the technology. See also: UW Today

screen shot of one of Sutherland's replies to reader comments

October 24, 2014 | UW Today

Fusion researchers take a different approach to a heated conversation

When A&A professor Thomas Jarboe and grad student Derek Sutherland went public with their concept for an economically feasible fusion reactor, they expected some naysayers and negativity. Sutherland has taken on a task perhaps more daunting that the field of fusion physics — reading and responding to reader comments. "We’re not hiding anything and we’ll answer any question you throw at us, which is different from other fusion groups that are quite secretive," Sutherland said.

ME student holds a turbine prototype

October 24, 2014 | UW Today

U.S. Navy awards $8 million to develop wave, tidal energy technology

UW will develop marine renewable energy for use at the Navy’s facilities worldwide as part of an $8 million, four-year contract from the Naval Facilities Engineering Command (NAVFAC). Tide and wave energy from waters near coastal bases will help the Navy meet a commitment to get half of its energy from renewable sources by 2020. Team members include Brian Polagye, an ME assistant professor, and the Applied Physics Laboratory's Jim Thomson, a CEE associate professor.

CT scan of machinery

October 24, 2014 | UW Today

Large X-ray scanner to produce 3-D images for labs across campus

A state-of-the-art imaging machine is coming to UW for use by researchers in a variety of disciplines. Researchers at UW and from other Pacific Northwest schools will be able to use the machine to answer questions such as how concrete and steel components are damaged in earthquakes and what the inside of a 3-D printed object looks like.

solar cell printer

October 22, 2014 | UW Today

Solar energy research gets boost from federal grant

Energy researchers at the UW will expand their work in making high-efficiency, printable solar cells and solar inks with the help of from the U.S. Department of Energy. The tandem, or "stacked," solar cells could be twice as efficient as today's standard solar technologies. See also: Clean Energy Institute research update

Geordi LaForge, a blind character from Star Trek who wore VISOR for super-human vision. Image from Wikipedia

October 21, 2014 | GeekWire

How tech advances are helping innovators do more for people with disabilities

CSE Professor Richard Ladner is jazzed about a better future for people with disabilities. There’s been an increase in attention to assistive technology, and Ladner, whose research includes MobileASL and the Tactile Graphics Project, says we need more people with disabilities pursing careers as coders, engineers, and designers — people who know exactly what a disabled person may need in a product.

Mark Haselkorn

October 17, 2014 | Human Centered Design & Engineering

Announcing the Center for Collaborative Systems for Security, Safety, and Regional Resilience (CoSSaR)

Regional security and the ability to effectively respond to and bounce back from disasters requires good communication and coordination among a wide range of public and private agencies. Focusing on the Puget Sound maritime community, a new UW research center is gaining valuable insights into how information is shared today—and identifying major opportunities to increase effectiveness.

The Center for Collaborative Systems for Security, Safety, and Regional Resilience (CoSSaR) is directed by Mark Haselkorn, a UW professor of human centered design and engineering. CoSSaR’s Maritime Operations Information Sharing Analysis (MOISA) research project was recently awarded federal funding for a second year.

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