2016 Engineering Lecture Series

City Smarts:
Engineering Resilient Communities

Living in the fourth fastest growing city in the United States, the future of Seattle area residents depends on a number of related factors, from withstanding natural disasters to reducing environmental toxins. Join us for the 2016 Engineering Lecture Series to examine the latest research and emerging technologies that will inform the development of more resilient urban communities. Hear from engineering experts on earthquake preparation, sustainable transportation of goods and emerging methods for safer, cleaner water.

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Engineering Solutions for a Seismically Resilient Seattle

photo, Jeffrey BermanJeffrey Berman, Thomas & Marilyn Nielsen Associate Professor, Civil & Environmental Engineering

Compared to California, the Pacific Northwest remains largely unprepared for a major earthquake. Seattle’s seismic hazard is unique, with earthquakes that occur less frequently and faults that are not as well understood. It will take innovation, research and planning to prepare for "the big one." At the UW, engineers are developing novel solutions to improve the resilience of buildings, bridges and other structures. Learn about our regional earthquake hazards, examine structural engineering technologies that enable faster and stronger post-event repair, and understand the risks and requirements involved.

Jeffrey Berman is the co-PI of the M9 Project, an NSF interdisciplinary research center that studies the impacts of a magnitude 9 Cascadia subduction zone earthquake in the Pacific Northwest. His research interests include developing structural systems to improve the seismic resilience of buildings and bridges, and seismic evaluation and retrofitting of older steel buildings. Jeffrey’s research has resulted in building code improvements and the incorporation of novel structural systems.


Delivering Sustainability: Transporting Goods in Urban Spaces

photo, Anne GoodchildAnne Goodchild, Allan & Inger Osberg Associate Professor, Civil & Environmental Engineering

With greenhouse gas emissions threatening the health of the planet at an alarming rate, actions both big and small play an important role in addressing climate change. As the popularity of online shopping and grocery delivery rises, consumers have an opportunity to make more sustainable choices when it comes to transporting goods in urban spaces. Based on new transportation research, what you’ll learn might surprise you. From drones to delivery vans, find out which transportation methods are the most sustainable today and in the future.

Anne Goodchild is an internationally recognized freight and logistics expert and serves as chair of the Transportation Research Board’s Freight Group. Her recent research projects have examined the impact and sustainability of shopping and delivery patterns, logistics sprawl, and the relationship between freight activity and the economy. Anne is the director of the Supply Chain Transportation and Logistics Center.


Understanding Our Chemical Fingerprints: Safer Water for Our Cities

photo, Edward KolodziejEdward Kolodziej, Associate Professor, Civil & Environmental Engineering

Although more than 80,000 chemicals are in circulation and thousands of new chemicals are introduced each year, only a handful are comprehensively evaluated for safety by the Environmental Protection Agency. Through daily actions, humans leave a distinctive chemical fingerprint on water, which lingers for years, impacting salmon populations and other fish, animals and plants, as well as people’s health and safety. Learn about the paths chemicals take from homes, factories and offices into the waters around us, developing systems to remove toxic chemicals, and discover how this impacts our ability to coexist with the ecosystem.

Edward Kolodziej joined the Department of Civil and Environmental Engineering in September 2014 as part of the UW Freshwater Science Initiative. He holds a joint faculty appointment with Interdisciplinary Arts and Sciences at UW Tacoma, and is affiliated with local and regional water quality efforts through The Center for Urban Waters in Tacoma. Edward’s research interests include water quality and contaminant fate in natural and engineered systems. His research has been published in Science, and featured in news media such as Nature, Scientific American, U.S. News and World Report, Yahoo Health News, BBC Radio’s "Inside Science" and the Huffington Post among others.

Presented by the College of Engineering in partnership with UW Alumni Association.


Past Engineering Lecture Series' on UWTV

Robots to Web Trackers: Privacy in the Age of Smart Technology

The Invisible Trail: Pervasive Tracking in a Connected Age »
Franziska Roesner (CSE)

Our Robotic Future: Building Smart Robots that See in 3-D »
Dieter Fox (CSE, UW Robotics and State Estimation Lab

Responsible Innovation: A Cross Disciplinary Lens on Privacy and Security Challenges »
Tadayoshi Kohno (CSE, UW Tech Policy Lab)
Ryan Calo (UW Tech Policy Lab)
Batya Friedman (UW Tech Policy Lab)

Engineering the Heart: From Cell Therapy to Computer Technology

Engineering a Broken Heart »
Charles Murry (BioE, Pathology, Cardiology)

Get a Grip: Cell Biomechanics in Cardiovascular Health »
Nate Sniadecki (ME) and Nathan White (BioE)

Cutting the Cord: Wireless Power for Implantable Devices »
Joshua Smith (CSE, EE)

Engineering Infrastructure: From Failing Grades to Future Systems

Failing Grades to Future Systems »
Paula Hammond (Parsons Brinckerhoff) and Greg Miller (CEE)

Spanning the Gap: Lessons in Bridge Engineering »
John Stanton (CEE)

Tunneling Toward a New State Route 99 Corridor »
Matthew Preedy, PE (BSCE '92)

Engineering Molecules: Tiny Solutions for Big Problems

Launching the Molecular Engineering Revolution »
Matt O'Donnell (BioE)

Here Comes the Sun: Engineering New Solar Technologies at the Molecular Scale »
Hugh Hillhouse (ChemE) and Christine Luscombe (MSE)

Into the Body: Molecular Systems for Healing »
Suzie Pun (BioE) and Patrick Stayton (BioE)

Re-engineering Aerospace: Flying Cleaner, Greener, Smarter

Shrinking the Aerospace Carbon Footprint »
Mary Armstrong (’79)

Repowering the Military with Alternative Energy »
Tim Vinopal (’91)

Flying Smart with Autonomous Vehicles »
Mehran Mesbahi (A&A)

Engineering in the Headlines

High-Pressure Crisis in the Gulf »
James Riley and Alberto Aliseda (ME)

Going for the Green: London 2012 »
Robert G. Card (’75)

Driven to Distraction »
Linda Ng Boyle (ISE and CEE)

Engineering Xtreme Challenges: Outerspace to Cyberspace

The Cyberspace Data Explosion: Boon or Black Hole? »
Magdalena Balazinska (CSE) and Tadayoshi Kohno (CSE)

Eye on the Universe: Final Mission to Hubble »
Gregory Johnson (’77).

Energy Crisis, Smart Solutions »
Carl Imhoff (PNNL) and Shwetak Patel (CSE and EE)

Engineering Inspired by Nature: Robots, Greener Energy and Nanotech Systems

Where Humans and Robots Connect »
Yoky Matsuoka (CSE)

Back to Nature for the Next Technology Revolution »
Babak Parviz (EE)

Beyond Oil: Powering the Future »
Miles P. Drake (Weyerhaeuser) and Dan Schwartz (ChemE)

Engineering the Best: Boomers, A Bridge and the Boeing 787

Rebuilding the Baby Boomer: Replacement Parts for the 21st Century »
Buddy Ratner (BioE, ChemE)

Building the New Tacoma Narrows Bridge »
Joe P. Mahoney (CEE) and Steve Hansen (’69)

Building the Future of Commercial Aviation: Boeing's 787 Dreamliner »
Al Miller ('71, '77) and Mark Tuttle (ME)