Student Awards and Honors
June 29, 2013
Lucas Ting and Shirin Feghhi, shown with ME Associate Professor and advisor, Nathan Sniadecki, both took home 1st place awards for presenting their papers at the 2013 ASME Summer Bioengineering Conference. Out of 180 abstracts submitted for the PhD competition, 36 finalists were divided into six sessions and Lucas and Shirin each won their respective sessions.
June 19, 2013 | UW Graduate School
Three engineering students are among the fourteen University of Washington students recently awarded Bonderman Travel Fellowships. Established in 1995 and worth $20,000 each, the fellowships aim to expose students to the intrinsic, often life-changing benefits of international travel. Congratulations to Cori Bucherl (ChemE), Kaiwen Sun (EE & Philosophy), and Kevin Tsuchida (CEE)!
June 6 | HCDE News
Human Centered Design & Engineering (HCDE) master's student Luke Dressel has received a Scan|Design Fellowship to spend the summer in Copenhagen, Denmark, researching participatory design. Dressel has been working with HCDE Professor Beth Kolko as a master's student and will graduate after completing the fellowship. The Scan|Design Fellowship program was developed in 2005 at the University of Washington to foster Danish-American relations through university exchanges, internships, and cultural excursions.
May 22 | Foster School of Business
ChemE senior design team PolyDrop and Pure Blue Technologies, which includes EE's Michael Lee and Sep Makhous, are finalists in the Business Plan Competition. The final round of the Foster School of Business- sponsored competition is Thursday, May 23, 1-4:30pm, in Anthony's Forum (Dempsey Hall). Follow the events as they unfold on Twitter #UWBPC2013 or watch streaming coverage on the Buerk Center page. The teams took first and second places in the Environmental Innovation Challenge earlier this spring.
See also: Environmental Innovation Challenge article | Seattle PI article | Xconomy article
April 25, 2013
Congratulations to EE PhD candidate Erin Sanehira who was selected by NASA to receive the Space Technology Research Fellowship (NSTRF). The prestigious award is a three-year fellowship that seeks to promote highly skilled researchers and technologists. NASA Space Technology Fellows perform innovative space technology research while building the skills necessary to become future technological leaders. Erin's research focuses on using non-toxic, colloidal quantum dots and plasmonic nanoparticles for photovoltaic applications.
April 18, 2013
ME PhD candidate Chris Bassett will be recognized for his efforts to combine academic scholarship with social awareness and concern, as well as his contribution to redefining the value of a doctoral degree at the Graduate Council Meeting on May 16. Bassett, mentored by Research Assistant Professor Brian Polagye, is featured in the linked video talking about noise in Puget Sound.
April 3, 2013
Twenty-four of our engineering students have been awarded the very prestigious NSF Graduate Research Fellowships. Fellows are anticipated to become knowledge experts who can contribute significantly to research, teaching, and innovations in science and engineering. Last year, 15 UW engineering students were awarded the fellowships.
March 27 | NPR
As a participant in the 2013 International Women's Hackathon, CSE sophomore Laura McFarlane worked on an app to combat human trafficking. McFarlane's team built their smartphone app with a way for users to connect with help but looks like it's just about fun for teens. "This ... helped me see it from the perspective of the girls who are getting trafficked. It put a face to the numbers," said McFarlane.
April 4 | Foster School of Business
Assistant professor Lilo Pozzo's senior design team "PolyDrop," were the first prize winners at the 2013 UW Environmental Innovation Challenge. Their prize-winning prototype is an additive that transforms regular coatings into conductive coatings to enable the use of carbon fiber composites in the transportation industry. Their solution prevents the accumulation of static charges that can interfere with a vehicle's sensitive electronics.
In addition to the grand prize winners, engineering students presented and demonstrated their cleantech prototypes on these teams:
Pure Blue Technologies: Water disinfection and desalination technology. From EE: Michael Lee and Sep Makhous (2nd place).
EcoMembrane: Prevention of scaling/fouling of desalination and wastewater treatment membranes using ultrasound. From CEE: Jaffer Alali (honorable mention).
Upcycle: Bio-briquette maker that transforms bio-waste into fuel for cook stoves. From ME: Eri Amasawa, Nishita Anand, Bryan Ferguson (honorable mention).
See also: King5 Evening Magazine video | Foster Unplugged article | Seattle PI article | Xconomy article
December, 2012 | UW Electrical Engineering
Seven UW EE undergraduates have been awarded scholarships in the amount of $2,000 from the IEEE Power and Energy Society (PES). These scholarships recognize undergraduate students who have declared a major in electrical engineering, are high achievers with strong GPAs and distinctive extracurricular commitments, and are committed to exploring the power and energy field.
December 2, 2012 | The Seattle Times
Several dozen UW engineering students will have helped transform a Chevy Malibu into an electric-biodiesel hybrid that will run on two motors — one for the front wheels, one for the back. The car will use battery power for the first 45 miles, then switch to a biodiesel engine. ME student Brendan Boyer says the real-world aspect of the project is especially interesting: "I'm actually modeling a real part that has to survive a crash, that has to meet federal safety standards," he said.
November 28, 2012 | Office of Minority Affairs & Diversity
Fourth-year Bioengineering PhD student Nuvala Fomban's research looks at how nanotechnology and the molecules he has developed can improve the way infectious diseases and cancer are diagnosed and monitored. For his efforts, he has received a pre-doctoral fellowship to train with the Nanotechnology and Physical Sciences Training Program in Cancer Research. Fomban is also a UW LSAMP graduate mentor and UW PEERs leader.
November 20, 2012 | UW Daily
Design-Build-Launch team prepares for takeoff
A team of students is building a rocket to launch 10,000 feet into the earth's atmosphere and measure CO2 levels and the quantity of random particles in the atmosphere. At 10,000 feet the rocket, equipped with a camera, will split in half and eject a variety of instruments along with a small parachute. The team will then recover the rocket and study the data gathered by the instruments. The summer competition is part of the nationwide Intercollegiate Rocket Engineering Competition (IREC).
October 28, 2012 | UW Chemical Engineering
The undergraduate ChemE Car team won two awards at the AIChE ChemE Car Global Finals in Pittsburgh. The team took home the "Most Creative Drive System Award," and "Golden Tire Award," both awards in the quality and creativity in the technical work category. See also: About the car and team
October 25, 2012 | UW Today
A UW team this week claimed top prize in the first 3D4D Challenge, an international contest to use 3-D printing for social benefit in the developing world. The three undergraduates won $100,000 to form a company that will work with partners in Oaxaca, Mexico to build machines that can transform waste plastic into composting toilets and pieces for rainwater harvesting systems. See also: Daily
August 30, 2012 | UW Today
UW and Chinese students came together at UW this summer for the first World Lab Summer Institute. Together they spent seven weeks developing ways that technology could be used to address global issues in health, environment and education. The World Lab was founded by James Landay, a UW professor of computer science, and colleagues at Tsinghua, one of the top universities in mainland China.
August 22, 2012 | Seattle PI
The Germans might be renowned for their high-performance sports cars. But don't count out these mechanical engineering students from the University of Washington. The UW Formula Motorsports Team had two strong finishes this summer, including first place for best-designed car in a national competition of 80 teams, and 14th overall in an international competition of 77 teams in Hockenheim, Germany.
See also: Team website
July 31, 2012 | UW Department of Aeronautics & Astronautics
A UW student team competing in the 7th Intercollegiate Rocket Engineering Competition in Utah last month won first place in the Advanced Category and the coveted Furfaro Award for Technical Excellence. The students launched a custom-built, N20-paraffin hybrid rocket to an altitude of approximately 5 miles. See also: photo gallery | YouTube video | SARP @ UW
July 20, 2012 | UW Today
University of Washington mechanical engineering students braved uncharted waters as they paddled to the finish line at the annual Milk Carton Derby at Green Lake in Seattle in what they believe is the world's first boat made using a 3-D printer and discarded plastic milk bottles. See also: The Daily
July 4, 2012 | Queensland University of Technology
Fifteen UW students are undertaking a summer quarter in robotics, including marine robotics, in a program created and sponsored by the College of Engineering, OMA&D, and Queensland University of Technology (QUT) and their home university.
July 17, 2012 | UW Today
The UW is now developing classes using an open online course platform, to be offered in the 2012-13 academic year. The courses will include an applied mathematics program in scientific computing, computer science courses, computational finance, and a certificate in information security. See also: Seattle Times
July 17, 2012 | UW Today
The DO-IT Scholars program prepares high school students with disabilities for college, careers, independent living, and leadership roles in society. First-year participants live in dorms, experience campus life, and participate in an academic program. Returning second-years mentor new scholars while pursuing their own program. See also: DO-IT scholars video
June 26, 2012 | UW Daily
A team of UW aerospace engineering seniors has won first place in a NASA Aeronautics competition to design a human settlement on the moon. The team's proposal addressed not only the habitation, but also a mining operation in which rare Earth elements are flung to Earth using a cost-effective slingshot mechanism.
June 26, 2012 | Mechanical Engineering
The Formula SAE team designed a beautiful car this year, taking 1st place in design, 4th overall at the regional competition in Lincoln Nebraska. The team had some very competitive drive times, but an unexplained stall cost the team in the overall category. Next month they travel to Germany for the international design competition.
May 29, 2012 | UW Engineering
Each year, the UW Engineering dean recognizes two exceptional students for academic excellence. Emily Hollenbeck graduated with a BS in chemical engineering, an outstanding academic record and research accomplishments, and with great potential as an engineer, a researcher/scholar, and a leader. Ben Dulken is graduating in bioengineering with an outstanding academic record, impressive accomplishments in research, and many hours of service. Both are Stanford bound: Emily to pursue a PhD in chemical engineering; Ben to pursue an MD/PhD. See also: Dean's Medal for Academic Excellence
May 21, 2012 | CSE News
CSE and Music double-major Melissa Winstanley was selected for the 2012 UW President’s "Most Accomplished Senior" medal. Winstanley has excelled academically while serving as a head teaching assistant and chair of UW’s ACM-W chapter, performing as saxophone principal in the UW Wind Ensemble, serving as an Honors Peer Mentor, and carrying out an honors research project on mobile tools for public health.
April 27, 2012 | UW Today
The UW cyber defense team made it clear: last year's win was no fluke. They maintained a sense of humor while defending their web hosting "company" against a barrage of attacks and technical challenges set up by the competition organizers. Team members: CSE seniors Ian Finder, Mick Ayzenberg, Henry Baba-Weiss, Landon Meernik, Miles Sackler and Cullen Walsh; junior Lars Zornes, and doctoral student Karl Koscher. See also: Dynasty? U of W repeats as national cyber defense champ
In a trade show format that supplies judges with 1,000 CIE dollars to “invest,” the 2012 UW Business Plan Competition is down to 16 teams. The following teams received the highest investment and will now advance to the Sweet 16 Round on May 24. Engineering student teams heading to the finals: Barrels of Hope, Game2Code, Genius Lighting, LumiSands, and OmniOff.
See also: GeekWire article
March 30, 2012 | UW Today
Clean-tech teams made up of UW engineering and business students won honors and cash awards Thursday at the 2012 UW Environmental Innovation Challenge. The grand prize went to Green Innovative Safety Technologies (GIST) for highway lane dividers made of recycled rubber tires. Second prize went to Barrels of Hope -- sustainable, emergency housing kits that fit inside a rain barrel.
See also: GIST's pitch on video
See also: Urban Harvest's pitch to grow vegetables on commercial buildings
March 1, 2012 | UW Today
The UW campus is seeing more alternative fuel vehicles like the Toyota Prius, the Nissan Leaf and the Chevy Volt. In the lower level of the mechanical engineering building annex, UW students are working on a car that aims to leave them in the dust, from an environmental standpoint.
November 27, 2011
The UW EcoCAR2 team is working to design a hybrid car that goes 45-50 miles on an electric charge, then switches to biodiesel to get 100 MPG. The team received $25,000 in seed money from GM, matched by the Mechanical Engineering department to compete in a three-year national competition.
Seattle Times article » | UW EcoCAR2 Team's website »
November 21, 2011 | UW Today
One of two UW students receiving 2012 Rhodes scholarships, Cameron Turtle is also a Mary Gates scholar and a Goldwater scholar. He co-founded Bioengineers Without Borders at the UW, and is a social entrepreneur, founding and now serving as CEO of Point of Care Technologies, a company that develops molecular medical diagnostic devices that interface with Android-based mobile equipment. From Pullman, Turtle will study cardiovascular medicine at Oxford starting October 2012.
See also: Goldwater Scholarship
November 7, 2011 | UW Today
An interdisciplinary team of UW students, including many engineering students and advisers, has won the world championship in synthetic biology at the 2011 International Genetically Engineered Machine (iGEM) competition.
Their work in iGEM included months of lab work and genetic engineering of microbes – one to produce diesel fuel and another to help treat the difficult digestion problems for people with gluten intolerance. In addition to the grand prize, UW iGEM tied for prizes in Best Food or Energy Project and Best Poster. Students from BioE, MSE, CSE, biochemistry, and microbiology were advised by faculty members Eric Klavins (EE, CSE), David Baker (BioE, CSE, EE) and Herbert Sauro (BioE). Learn more about the UW iGEM team and the iGEM competitions. Read more in The Seattle Times.
September 23, 2011 | Intel
Congratulations to CSE doctoral student Joe Devietti for receiving a 2011 Intel PhD Fellowship! Joe works on making multiprocessors easier to program by leveraging changes in both computer architecture and parallel programming models. Intel awarded 21 PhD fellowships this year to support the training of future technology leaders.
July 27, 2011 | UW Today
Eight students lurched, tumbled and floated through an unforgettable final lab project last month. Participants in NASA's Microgravity University in Houston spent the last week of their undergraduate careers carrying out an experiment they designed for testing in a reduced-gravity environment.
May 26, 2011 | Foster School of Business
EE PhD student Charlie Matlack's PotaVida took grand prize at the 2011 competition, while four other UW engineering students gathered awards. They are: Shivang Dave with LodeSpin Labs and Erik Feest with Aqueduct Neurosciences (both PhD students in BioE), and Valerie Lieu and Guoqiang Ren (both PhD students in ChemE) with Static Flow Analytics.
May 2011 | University Honors Program
Two engineering students have received Bonderman Travel Fellowships: Dean Chahim, an undergrad in CEE, and Hans Boenish, a grad student in A&A. The fellowship fosters independence by enabling students to undertake independent international travel to explore, be open to the unexpected, and come to know the world in new ways.
May 2011 | College of Engineering
Dean Matt O'Donnell has awarded Alfred "Johhny" Deichsel and Melanie Drake the 2011 engineering dean's medals. Deichsel, a senior in CEE, chose to study civil engineering to solve problems and looks forward to working outdoors. Drake graduates this spring from ChemE. She will continue her studies and energy-related research at UC Berkeley in the fall.
April 28, 2011 | GeekWire and UW Foster School of Business
GeekWire reports on the "Sweet 16" teams advancing after the UW Business Plan Competition investment round. UW Engineering students participate in at least five of those teams:
- Aqueduct Neurosciences - Erik Feest, BioE grad student
- LodeSpin Labs - Shivang Dave, BioE grad student; Matt Ferguson and Amit Khandhar, MSE grad students
- Point of Care Technologies - Ben Dulken, BioE undergrad
- PotaVida - Charlie Matlack, EE grad student
- Pterofin - Nicholas Wang, ChemE undergrad
April 13, 2011 | UW Today
This weekend in San Antonio, eight students from the UW's Department of Computer Science & Engineering won the trophy in the National Collegiate Cyber Defense Competition. The team was started four years ago by doctoral students Alexei Czeskis and Karl Koscher and others. This is their first national title.
April 1, 2011 | UW Foster School of Business
Finalists in the UW Environmental Innovation Challenge made their last pitches yesterday at the Seattle Center Exhibition Hall. After scoring by nearly 100 judges, two teams with strong ties to UW Engineering—Voltaic and PotaVida—placed first and second, collecting awards of $10,000 and $5,000.
March 31, 2011
Biochemistry undergraduates Ben Dulken and Cameron Turtle have received prestigious Goldwater Scholarships. Dulken does research in Suzie Pun's lab and intends to pursue an MD/PhD in biomolecular engineering. Turtle, is a student leader of Bioengineers Without Borders and intends to pursue a PhD and a career in medical research. More »
March 28, 2011
Thirty-two engineering students have received scholarships and awards from the Mary Gates Endowment for the 2010-2011 academic year. More »
January 18, 2011 | The (UW) Daily
A group of graduate engineering students have adapted Microsoft's new Kinect technology to give surgeons force feedback when using tools to perform robotic surgery. Involved in the project: Howard Chizeck and Blake Hannaford (both EE profs.), Fredrik Ryden (visiting grad student), and Hawkeye King (EE grad student).
November 17, 2010 | UW Today
An interdisciplinary team that included engineering students and faculty advisers took home the top prize in the Health and Medicine category this month at the International Genetically Engineered Machine competition. The team’s winning creation is a bacterium that has been modified to seek out and destroy anthrax.
November 9, 2010 | UW News magazine
A team of UW engineering undergrads were among 65 research groups to win a Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation's $100K Grand Challenges Explorations grant. They will use the grant to travel to Africa to test their tool's capability to increase access to ultrasound and lower childbirth-related mortality.
Patrick Aubin, PhD electrical engineering, received a Fulbright grant to further study Parkinson's disease in Lithuania. He is developing an early detection test for the disease using an artificial neural network. After completing his Fulbright, Aubin will pursue an academic career in biomedical engineering.
Geoffrey Morgan, a double-major in civil & environmental engineering and international studies, received the Morris K. Udall Scholarship. Morgan is one of two UW students to receive the award from a pool of 537 nominees from 256 colleges and universities.
Bioengineering and neurobiology major Christopher Mount received a Barry M. Goldwater Scholarship. Mount, who plans to pursue a PhD in biomedical engineering in combination with a medical degree, works in Dr. Suzie Pun’s lab and participates in the UW chapter of Bioengineers Without Borders.
Two teams including ME students won three awards at the competition sponsored by Foster School of Business. Brian Glaister (PhD) and Katie Mulholland (MS) share Second Place and a Best Idea prize. Grant Marchelli (MS) and Renuka Prabhakar (BS) of the EnVitrum team won a Best Idea prize.
Each year, the UW Engineering dean recognizes two exceptional students for academic excellence. This year, Susie Lu and Eric Arendt were selected based on their grades, rigor and distribution of courses, research experience, extracurricular activities, and leadership. MORE »
Fourteen current and six future UW engineering graduate students were awarded NSF graduate research fellowships. In addition to demonstrating academic and research knowledge, most recipients have contributed to the field of engineering outside the lab or classroom. MORE »
Mary Gates Scholars 2010-2011
Congratulations to these engineering students who received honors from the Mary Gates Scholars Awarded for the 2010-2011 academic year. For a full list of scholars and their research topics, see the Mary Gates Endowment page.
Honors And NASA Space Grant Scholars
Derek Britain, pre-engineering
Nathaniel Coulson, pre-engineering
Declan Mallamo, A&A
Craig Plendl, pre-engineering
|Ryan Charrier||EE, ME||Ashley Emery, Mechanical Engineering|
|Kelly Myers||EE||Katie Winters, Youth & Family Programs, Pacific Science Center|
|Todor Avramov||BioE||Wendy Thomas, BioE|
|Molly Blank||ME||Eric Seibel, ME|
|Elijah Christensen||BioE||Daniel Ratner, BioE|
|Melanie Drake||ChemE||Stuart Adler and Cortney Kreller, ChemE|
|Ben Dulken||BioE||Suzie Pun, BioE|
|Alex Fisher||CEE||Jessica Lundquist, CEE|
|Wayne Gerard||CSE||Ruth Anderson, CSE; Beth Kolko, HCDE|
|Deep Hathi||BioE||Kim Woodrow, BioE|
|Kristina Huynh||BioE; ME||Yoky Matsuoka, CSE|
|Bryce Johnson||BioE||Michael Regnier and Steven Korte, BioE|
|Christoph Krumm||ChemE||Jim Pfaendtner, ChemE|
|Peter Lambe||ME||Alberto Aliseda, ME|
|Martina Miteva||BioE||Patrick Stayton and Brittany Lundy, BioE|
|Katherine Root||BioE||Daniel Ratner, BioE|
|Elliot Saba||EE||Les Atlas and Pascal Clark, EE|
|Lauren Schergen||BioE||Kim Woodrow, BioE|
|Cameron Turner||ME||Jiangyu Li, ME|
|Cameron Turtle||BioE||Michael Regnier and Maria Razumova, BioE|
|Gen Vigil||EE||Karl F. Bohringer and Anupama Govindarajan, EE|
|Gibbs Yim||BioE||Wendy Thomas, BioE|
|Arthur Yu||BioE||Daniel Ratner, BioE|
|Ada Zhang||BioE||Yoky Matsuoka, CSE|
A team of UW mechanical engineering students with a business called EnVitrum has won the $10,000 grand prize in the second annual UW Environmental Innovation Challenge. Their technology converts glass into bricks that are stronger and cheaper than masonry and have a dual purpose of cultivating plants. Engineering students were also part of the Triangle Energy team, which won the $5,000 second prize for technology to convert solid biomass into synthesis gas. Watch a video about the challenge.
Bioengineering student awarded prestigious Luce Scholarship Jesse Burk-Rafel, a senior honors student in bioengineering, was selected as a 2010-11 Luce Scholar. Burk-Rafel is one of only 18 students nationwide to receive this scholarship. As a Luce Scholar, he plans to study Asia's efforts to meet healthcare challenges and improve patient outcomes. More about Burk-Rafel: UW Week article, student profile
EE's Nabar and Wu win "Pride at Boeing" award
Sidharth Nabar and Tony Wu of EE's Network Security Lab (NSL), working with Professor Radha Poovendran, received the Pride@Boeing award for their technology transition demo.
EE's "Bumblebee" team wins electronics systems design competition
A team from Professor Brian Otis' Wireless Sensing Lab has been named a winner at the 2010 Design Automation Conference (DAC)/International Solid-State Circuits Conference (ISSCC) Design Competition. The Bumblebee team: Shailesh Rai, Jagdish Pandey, Brian Otis, Tim Morrison, Helen Zhang and Jeremy Holleman (inset)
A&A rocket team wins two awards
A team of A&A students won second place and the award for technical excellence in the 2009 Intercollegiate Rocket Engineering Competition. The team designed, built and tested a research rocket that carried a 10-pound load up nearly two miles.
Three Undergraduate Researchers from CSE Receive National Recognition
The Computing Research Association recognized three CSE students in the 2010 Outstanding Undergraduate Research Awards. Justine Sherry: national winner among females; Rita Sodt: finalist; Eric Kimbrel: honorable mention.
UW teams receive gold and silver medals
The International Genetically Engineered Machine competition recognizes work in, as one faculty adviser puts it, "getting bacteria to do neat things." More about the teams and competition.
Pavan Vaswani receives UW President's Medal
Pavan Vaswani, a senior majoring in computer science, neurobiology, and biochemistry, received a 2009 President's Medal for outstanding academic achievement.
Pranoti Hiremath Wins Goldwater Scholarship
Bioengineering sophomore Pranoti Hiremath was awarded a prestigious 2009 Barry M. Goldwater Scholarship.
ISE Students Win Big at Regional — On to Nationals
ISE undergrads took 3rd place in the Technical Paper and 1st place in the Student Simulation competitions at the IIE Western Region University Conference. The INDE 424 special projects student group was named one of the "top five" simulation teams in the IIE worldwide simulation competition and will compete at the IIE Annual Conference and Expo in Miami.
Team HydroSense Wins Environmental Innovation Challenge »
Team HydroSense created a sensor that detects leaks and pipe ruptures. The team projected a 10 to 25 percent reduction in water usage and savings of $50 to $120 a year for one household.
CEE Team Wins at Waste Management & Environmental Research Event
A team of CEE students earned high praise for addressing technical, social and economic aspects of treating brackish water for a desalination process.