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UW College of Engineering NewsFlash  |  Vol. 1, No. 7  |  Oct. 3, 2007  

College of Engineering in the Media

NewsFlash is a monthly email of press items featuring our College's researchers. For a more complete and regularly updated list of COE media coverage, see In the Media.

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  Sept. 25, 2007   |  CBS Evening News
Robotic technology gets a hand
Seattle computer scientist Yoky Matsuoka receives major prize to help improve her robotic hand design. John Blackstone reports.

UW computer engineer wins MacArthur Foundation 'genius' award  |  Sept. 24, 2007
  Sept. 25, 2007   |  The Seattle Times
2 local researchers win $500,000 MacArthur 'genius awards'
The UW's Yoky Matsuoka, associate professor of computer science and engineering, and Mark Roth, affiliate associate professor of biochemistry, are the two local recipients of this year's $500,000 "genius awards," announced today by the John D. and Catherine T. MacArthur Foundation.

UW computer engineer wins MacArthur Foundation 'genius' award  |  Sept. 24, 2007
  Sept. 25, 2007   |  The Washington Post
Va. bluesman, U-Md. professor among 24 awarded MacArthur grants
Among this year's MacArthur winners is Marc Edwards, who earned his doctorate with UW civil engineer Mark Benjamin and is now a professor of civil and environmental engineering at Virginia Tech. Edwards helped bring attention to elevated lead levels in drinking water fountains at several Washington, D.C. public schools.

  Aug. 31, 2007   |  CBC News
Ultrasound could treat lung trauma: study
Ultrasound is often associated with scanning pregnant bellies, a painless, non-invasive way of examining internal organs through high-frequency sound waves. Now the diagnostic technique holds promise for quickly and painlessly treating internal lung injuries caused by trauma such as car accidents, according to a new study by UW bioengineer Shahram Vaezy.

Star Trek medical device uses ultrasound to heal punctured lungs  |  Aug. 30, 2007

  Sept. 26, 2007   |  Business Week (South Africa)
The promise of bloodless surgery
  High-intensity focused ultrasound is being investigated for a range of medical treatments, including repair of lungs damaged in vehicle accidents. Bioengineer Shahram Vaezy's research is described.

Star Trek medical device uses ultrasound to heal punctured lungs  |  Aug. 30, 2007

  Aug. 28, 2007   |  USA Today
China8 project boxes up grand ad plan
Everett, Wash.-based Erudite is developing an advanced system for making shipping containers tamperproof. Company founder Paul Willms recruited University of Washington electrical engineering professor Les Atlas to develop a system that uses a GPS-activated lock to keep a container shut tight until it reaches its destination.

  Sept. 21, 2007   |  Puget Sound Business Journal
Delay of first flight squeezes timetable for jet certification
  Boeing is racing to deliver its first 787 on schedule in May and as the deadline approaches, Boeing's success hinges increasingly on Federal Aviation Administration tests. The FAA office in Seattle is tapping resources and pilots from around the nation to do the job by the delivery date. UW mechanical engineer Mark Tuttle and aeronautics engineer Adam Bruckner are quoted.

  Sept. 14, 2007   |  KING 5
State tests faster bridge-building technique
The state Department of Transportation is testing a new technique to build bridges and overpasses faster in Redmond, which may eventually go statewide. Civil engineer John Stanton shows how new methods of connecting columns and beams can speed up the construction.


  Sept. 22, 2007   |  New Scientist
Gizmo: PanImages
If you speak a language that isn't very popular, such as Hungarian or Kurdish, searching for images online is a pain. UW computer scientist Oren Etzioni created PanImages, an image search engine that translates terms into hundreds of languages and hunts those terms too.

A rose is a rózsa is a 薔薇: Image-search tool speaks hundreds of languages  |  Sept. 12, 2007

  Sept. 28, 2007   |  Puget Sound Business Journal
UW makes breakthrough in translation technology
  For decades, scientists have tried to create machines that can translate languages as competently as a human being. PanImages, a research project led by UW computer scientist Oren Etzioni, is taking machine translation and applying it to a specific segment: image searches on the web.

A rose is a rózsa is a 薔薇: Image-search tool speaks hundreds of languages  |  Sept. 12, 2007

  Sept. 26, 2007   |  The Seattle Times
PUD moves ahead on tidal project
The PUD is moving forward with initial studies of seven sites throughout Puget Sound. Last week, it removed testing equipment from the bottom of Admiralty Inlet and Deception Pass. "Overall power capacity is based on how strong the currents are," said mechanical engineer Brian Polagye. "And based on what we're initially seeing, that could be two or three times what we initially suspected."

Underwater turbines could turn Puget Sound's tides into electricity  |  May 10, 2007

  Sept. 21, 2007   |  The Seattle Post-Intelligencer
Sensors measure power in waters of Admiralty Inlet
The UW has a team of engineers and oceanographers working on tidal energy research in collaboration with the Snohomish Public Utility District. In addition to finding the tidal current hot spots, mechanical engineering doctoral student Brian Polagye said it's crucial to determine the shape of the tidal exchange. Some tides shift back and forth in a straight line, he said, while others flow in a more elliptical, or turbulent, pathway. All of that has to be factored in when designing a network of seafloor tidal turbines.

Underwater turbines could turn Puget Sound's tides into electricity  |  May 10, 2007

  Sept. 18, 2007   |  The Seattle Post-Intelligencer
Greenwood Technologies gets $3 million in venture capital
Using a grant from the Washington Technology Center, Greenwood Technologies is working with mechanical engineer John Kramlich to develop a more efficient wood-burning boiler.


  Sept. 17, 2006   |  The Seattle Times
Where'd the whiz kids go?
When Seattle looks in the mirror, it sees Bill Gates looking back: a city that's geeky smart, entrepreneurial, socially compassionate and on the cutting edge of technology. Yet consider this: Just 160 seniors graduate in computer science or computer engineering each year from the UW, home to the state's most respected program. Computer science lecturer Barbara Mones and students Maxine Toh and Jenny Yuen are quoted.

  Aug. 2, 2007   |  The Seattle Times: Brier Dudley’s blog
Groovy download iConcertCal 2.0 now available
  UW engineering grad students Jeff Cole and Brandon Smith had a surprise hit last Christmas when they released iConcertCal, a free software plug-in for iTunes notifies you of upcoming shows featuring bands in your music collection. Today they announced the release of a new version that adds CD release dates, links to buy albums and two social features.

  Sept. 9, 2007   |  The Washington Post
Hold the line: The debate over the health effects of wireless
It's hard to imagine life without cellphones, BlackBerrys and WiFi. But some people believe the technology that makes modern life so convenient may be hazardous to our health. "There are enough scientific data to indicate that one should limit direct exposures to cellphone radiation," says UW bioengineer Henry Lai, a leading researcher on the subject.

Exposure to low-level magnetic fields causes DNA damage in rat brain cells, researchers find  |  Feb. 18, 2004

  Sept. 10, 2007   |  EE Times
Nets to offer patients health care 'to go'
  Researchers envision a coming revolution in health care: today's services, controlled by physicians and hospitals will give way to a new model in which consumers directly access devices and services on the Internet and other networks. Equipment now locked up in hospitals will someday be available on home or public networks, according to UW bioengineer Yongmin Kim.

  Aug. 27, 2007   |  The Seattle Times
Human stem cells fix heart damage in lab rats
Human embryonic stem cells have been used to regrow the heart muscles of rats that had survived lab-induced heart attacks, scientists from the University of Washington and a private biotechnology company reported Sunday. Charles Murry, a UW professor of bioengineering and pathology, is quoted.

Human derived stem cells can repair rat hearts damaged by heart attack  |  Aug. 27, 2007

  Sept. 27, 2007   |  The Seattle Post-Intelligencer
Lakefront might have better uses than upgraded Husky Stadium
  Columnist Art Thiel suggests moving Husky Stadium to a new site north of the current location. Steve Kramer, a professor of civil engineering for 23 years at the UW, comments on the technical feasibility of building a stadium on landfill and peat bog.

  Sept. 12, 2007   |  The Seattle Times
Obituary: Undefeated UW rower earned gold
Joe Rantz, a member of the 1936 University of Washington eight-oared crew that won the Olympic gold medal, died Monday night. Rantz studied chemical engineering at the UW.


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