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Engineering Lecture Series 2018

Engineering for Social Good:
Assistive Robots, Environmental Equity and Disaster Relief

View a video of each lecture below.


Engineers have incredible potential to make a difference in our quality of life – such as maintaining independence while aging, aiding natural disaster recovery and addressing pollution for vulnerable populations. At the UW these interdisciplinary efforts blend science and technology with a focus on helping people. Our 2018 lecture series featured faculty at the College of Engineering who are using their engineering skills to accelerate positive impact here and around the world.

Meeting Our Global Obligations: The Hurricane Maria Energy & Health Project

Lilo Pozzo, Weyerhaeuser Endowed Associate Professor of Chemical Engineering

In September 2017, Hurricane Maria devastated Puerto Rico and left its residents without power, water and sanitation systems. A group led by associate professor Lilo Pozzo initiated a combined research and service project to assess the disaster’s impact on the health of rural residents.

Clearing the Air: Environmental Justice and Air Quality

Julian Marshall, John R. Kiely Professor of Civil & Environmental Engineering

Air pollution is the leading environmental health risk in the United States, causing thousands of deaths each year. Research has revealed that, on average, people of color are exposed to more air pollution. By modeling changes in specific sources, Professor Julian Marshall is examining how air pollution impacts groups differently, and testing solutions to reduce the exposure disparity.

Building a Robot Butler: Towards Fluent Human Robot Interaction

Siddhartha Srinivasa, Boeing Endowed Professor, Paul G. Allen School of Computer Science & Engineering

Human collaboration is a delicate dance of prediction, inference, and action. Building robots with the capability to interact with humans as equals has potential to improve the daily lives of those who require assistive care, such as the elderly or mobility impaired. Learn how researchers are developing these robots using mathematical models and physics-based manipulation.


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

Past Engineering Lecture Series on UWTV

2017
Engineering the Data Revolution

Finding "Fake News" in Times of Crisis: Online Rumors, Conspiracy Theories and Disinformation »
Kate Starbird (HCDE)

Borrowing from Nature to Build Better Computers: DNA Data Storage and Beyond »
Luis Ceze (CSE)

Making Cities Smarter for Drivers: Using Data to Improve Urban Congestion and Parking »
Lillian Ratliff (EE)

2016
City Smarts: Engineering Resilient Communities

Engineering Solutions for a Seismically Resilient Seattle »
Jeffrey Berman (CEE)

Delivering Sustainability: Transporting Goods in Urban Spaces »
Anne Goodchild (CEE)

Understanding Our Chemical Fingerprints: Safer Water for Our Cities »
Edward Kolodziej (CEE)

2015
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)

2014
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)

2013
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)

2012
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)

2011
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)

2010
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)

2009
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)

2008
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)

2007
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)