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A 10-story building constructed from mass timber and designed to withstand Seattle-area earthquakes is tested at one of the largest shake tables in San Diego.

Thu, 05/11/2023 | UW Civil & Environmental Engineering

Timber triumph

Civil and environmental engineering researchers test a sustainable and seismically resilient 10-story mass timber building.

Flock of birds flying across sunset

Tue, 05/09/2023 | UW Mechanical Engineering

To improve robots, look to birds

Mechanical engineering researchers improved a mathematical model describing how birds flock together – which could be applied to build robots that move in similar ways.

digital illustration of yellow dots and lines that form what looks like a sun

Mon, 05/08/2023

Why quantum matters

UW scientists and engineers share their thoughts on the potential of quantum research and why it’s so important now.

A snake’s musculoskeletal system

Fri, 05/05/2023 | UW Aeronautics and Astronautics

Put more muscle into that structure

Inspired by a snake's biology, aeronautics and astronautics researchers add soft actuation to rigid structures for key aerospace benefits.

Aerial view of a city showing a network of multi-lane streets, sidewalks and crosswalks flanked by a row of tall buildings of metal, glass and concrete with smooth facades. In the middle of the main boulevard, divided by a pedestrian courtyard with red, dedicated bike lanes along one edge and featuring a copse of leafy trees in the center, two oval-shaped cut-outs reveal additional streets traversing the same section of city a level below. People are walking around the courtyard and along the sidewalks.

Tue, 05/02/2023 | Allen School News

From Seattle to São Paulo

The Taskar Center for Accessible Technology is mapping the world, and improving accessibility, one sidewalk at a time.

Green island with curved glass buildings and Manhattan in the background

Fri, 04/28/2023 | UW News

New York Climate Exchange

The UW is a core member of newly announced New York Climate Exchange, a first-of-its kind international center for developing solutions to our global climate crisis.

Genom e-traffic iIllustration

Wed, 04/26/2023 | UW Bioengineering

Watching traffic jams on the genomic highway

UW and UW Medicine researchers have developed a new method for measuring the speed of enzymes on different regions of the genome inside living cells.

Two people on the left watching a computer screen in the middle of the picture. A huge wave tank is behind the computer.

Mon, 04/24/2023 | UW News

Studying marine microplastics

Learn how two researchers — including Michelle DiBenedetto, an assistant professor of mechanical engineering — are investigating marine microplastics.

A remotely operated vehicle being submerged via a cable into the ocean

Thu, 04/20/2023 | UW Electrical & Computer Engineering

Listening to the ocean

Doctoral student John Ragland is finding ways to improve techniques for listening to ambient noise in the ocean — and helping to measure the impact of climate change.

finger pressing on smart phone for diabetes test

Mon, 04/17/2023 | UW Medicine

Adapting smartphones for blood-sugar screening

UW and UW Medicine researchers modified a commercially available test strip into a prototype that enables people to self-test for prediabetes.

Two men shaking hands

Thu, 04/13/2023 | UW News

Investing in science at the UW

National and local leaders convene at the UW to discuss the CHIPS and Science Act.

Illustration of a trans flag with a black medical plus sign in the middle and five people standing in front and behind the sign.

Tue, 04/11/2023 | UW Human Centered Design & Engineering

Designing sex ed with trans youth

HCDE Ph.D. candidate Calvin Liang is working with trans and queer youth to design an online sex education resource and build more inclusive sexual health experiences for all.

Professor Charles Marcus makes adjustments on equipment in his lab at the Niels Bohr Institute in Copenhagen, Denmark.

Thu, 04/06/2023 | UW Materials Science and Engineering

Asking quantum questions

Asking deep – possibly unknowable – questions has been the driving force behind MSE and Physics Professor Charles Marcus’s entire life.

Group photo of 1st place winners of the 2023 Alaska Airlines Environmental Innovation Challenge holding a big check award

Tue, 04/04/2023 | UW Foster School of Business

Big wins for engineering students

Congrats to the engineering students whose teams placed first and second at the 2023 Alaska Airlines Environmental Innovation Challenge.

A group of students looking under the hood of an electric car

Tue, 04/04/2023

Capstone collaborations

The College’s Industry Capstone Program pairs students with companies, nonprofits and government organizations to tackle real-world engineering challenges.

Nancy Allbritton and Dianne Harris

Thu, 03/30/2023 | The Seattle Times

Invest to build "Quantum Valley" in Washington

In this op-ed, UW Deans Nancy Allbritton and Dianne Harris and industry leaders call for an investment in quantum education, research and tech.

Aerial view, looking west, of the new SR 520 floating bridge, with the Medina shoreline in the foreground and downtown Seattle skyline in the distance.

Tue, 03/28/2023 | UW Mechanical Engineering

Quieting a bridge

Mechanical engineering researchers found a solution to mitigating the noise caused by the Washington SR 520 floating bridge’s expansion joints.

 Arvind Krishnamurthy and Michael Taylor headshots

Thu, 03/23/2023 | Allen School News

Pair of ACEs

The Allen School's Arvind Krishnamurthy and Michael Taylor will help spur innovation in distributed computing as part of the ACE Center for Evolvable Computing, a new multi-university research center.

Woman adjusting wires connected to an IV bag

Tue, 03/21/2023 | UW Electrical & Computer Engineering

A low-cost IV monitor for newborn care

Designed by an Engineering Innovation in Health team, the device is twice as accurate as similar commercial monitoring systems.

A close-up of Boeing 747 creator, Joe Sutter standing in front of a plane.

Thu, 03/16/2023 | UW Magazine

Saying goodbye to the 747

Boeing rolled out the final 747 this winter, marking the end of an era for a plane designed by engineering alumnus Joe Sutter, '43.

Di Xiao

Mon, 03/13/2023

Di Xiao named chair of Materials Science & Engineering

The professor — who holds joint positions in materials science and engineering, physics and at PNNL — will begin his appointment on March 16.

Patrick Boyle and two researchers looking at a computer monitor

Mon, 03/13/2023

Research from the heart

When it comes to cardiac systems research, a UW bioengineering professor wants to play his cards right.

Collage of winning teams of the Hollomon Health Innovation Challenge

Thu, 03/09/2023 | UW Foster School of Business

Health innovation wins

Engineering students won big at the 2023 Hollomon Health Innovation Challenge, hosted by the UW Foster School’s Buerk Center for Entrepreneurship.

Seattle skyline

Wed, 03/08/2023 | UW Civil & Environmental Engineering

PacTrans receives $15 million renewal award

The Pacific Northwest Transportation Consortium (PacTrans) has received a five-year $15 million renewal grant from USDOT to expand its work to improve the movement of people and goods throughout the region.

Astronaut at the International Space Station talking in front of a camera

Thu, 03/02/2023 | UW News

Students video chat with ISS astronaut

Lummi Nation School students visit the UW to talk to an International Space Station astronaut.