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paper model

Fri, 05/24/2019 | UW News

Origami-inspired materials could soften the blow for reusable spacecraft

A&A researchers have developed a novel solution, inspired by origami, to help reduce impact forces on spacecraft.

Cole DeForest, Gabrielle Benuska, and Jared Shadish

Mon, 05/20/2019 | UW News

Scientists use molecular tethers and chemical ‘light sabers’ to construct platforms for tissue engineering

In a paper published May 20 in the journal Nature Materials, a team of UW researchers unveiled a strategy for more efficient, precise tissue engineering, which could have broad implications in medicine.

Father using the app on his daughter

Wed, 05/15/2019 | UW News

First smartphone app that can hear ear infections in children

Ear infections are difficult to diagnose because the symptoms are vague. UW researchers have created a way to detect them by simply using a piece of paper and a smartphone’s microphone and speaker.

two students in a lab

Fri, 05/03/2019 | UW News

Researchers take a bottom-up approach to synthesizing microscopic diamonds for bioimaging, quantum computing

MSE professor Peter Pauzauskie and a team of researchers have published a paper in Science Advances on nanodiamonds. Their research indicates the potential for advances in medical research, computation and beyond.

Kristi Morgansen

Thu, 05/02/2019 | College of Engineering

Kristi Morgansen appointed department chair

Professor Kristi Morgansen has accepted the position of Chair of the Aeronautics & Astronautics Department. Says College of Engineering Dean Mike Bragg, "Her experience and dedication to the mission and excellence of A&A will serve the department and college well."

Thanika Painruttanasukho and Alexander Ratcliff

Tue, 04/30/2019 | College of Engineering

Dean Bragg announces 2019 Dean's Medalists

Dean Michael Bragg has announced the recipients of the 2019 Dean's Medal for Academic Excellence: Thanika Painruttanasukho (Industrial Systems & Engineering ) and Alexander Ratcliff (Civil & Environmental Engineering). Selection criteria include grades, rigor and distribution of courses, research experience, extracurricular activities, and leadership. Medals will be presented at the College of Engineering Awards Ceremony and reception on Thursday, May 23. Read more about the honorees on the Dean's Medal page.

A group of people looking at their phones

Mon, 04/29/2019 | UW News

Patterns of compulsive smartphone use suggest how to kick the habit

Researchers at the University of Washington conducted in-depth interviews to learn why we compulsively check our phones. They found a series of triggers, common across age groups, that start and end habitual smartphone use. The team also explored user-generated solutions to end undesirable phone use. The results will be presented May 7 at the 2019 ACM CHI conference on Human Factors in Computing Systems in Glasgow, Scotland.

students at a table

Mon, 04/29/2019 | College of Engineering

Peer-to-peer education

Through the College’s new Engineering Peer Educator program, experienced undergraduates help first-year undeclared students transition into the UW Engineering community.

screenshot of Project Sidewalk

Thu, 04/18/2019 | UW News

Project Sidewalk helps users map accessibility around Seattle, other cities

Computer Science & Engineering researchers have led the development of Project Sidewalk, an online crowdsourcing game that lets anyone with an internet connection use Google Street View to virtually explore neighborhoods and label curb ramps, missing or rough sidewalks, obstacles and more.

stylized image of the human brain

Mon, 04/15/2019 | UW News

Synthetic peptide can inhibit toxicity, aggregation of protein in Alzheimer’s disease, researchers show

In a paper to be published this week in the Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences, Daggett and co-authors announce that they’ve developed synthetic peptides that can target and inhibit the small, toxic protein aggregates that are thought to trigger Alzheimer’s disease. Their synthetic peptides, which are designed to fold into a structure known as an alpha sheet, can block aggregation of amyloid beta, a brain protein, at its earliest and most toxic stages – as shown by experiments in human neural cell cultures, in mice and the common laboratory worm Caenorhabditis elegans. The results indicate that synthetic alpha sheets could form the basis of therapeutics to clear these small, toxic aggregates in people.

Pozzo installing a solar panel on the roof of a house in Jayuya, Puerto Rico

Wed, 04/10/2019 | Clean Energy Institute

Lilo Pozzo Recognized for Outstanding Leadership in Clean Energy Education

Lilo Pozzo, the Weyerhaeuser Endowed Associate Professor of Chemical Engineering, was recognized by the Clean Energy Education and Empowerment Initiative (C3E) for outstanding leadership in education. Pozzo was one of eight honorees at C3E’s annual Women in Clean Energy Symposium.

A doctoral student takes a sample from a tube

Mon, 04/08/2019 | UW News

Water disinfection can help prevent the spread of antibiotic resistant bacteria, but what about their genes?

A team of UW civil and environmental engineering researchers tested how well current water and wastewater disinfection methods affect antibiotic resistance genes in bacterial DNA. While these methods work well to deter bacterial growth, they had varied success in either degrading or deactivating a representative antibiotic resistance gene.

Students posing behind a check

Thu, 04/04/2019 | UW Foster Blog

Students Impress at 2019 Alaska Airlines Environmental Innovation Challenge

Mechanical Engineering's MOtiF Materials team won the grand prize at the 2019 Alaska Airlines Environmental Innovation Challenge (EIC). ElectroSolar Oxygen (Chemical Engineering, Business) took home the Clean Energy Prize, while AeroSpec (Mechanical Engineering, Chemical Engineering, Electrical & Computer Engineering, Chemistry) and NanoPrint (Business, Bioresource Science and Engineering, Mechanical Engineering) won the Judges Also Really Liked (JARL) award.

Shwetak Patel

Wed, 04/03/2019 | UW News

UW virtuoso of mobile sensing technology receives ACM Prize in Computing

Shwetak Patel, professor of Computer Science and Engineering and Electrical and Computer Engineering, was awarded the 2018 ACM Prize in Computing. He has created a system for monitoring energy and health that is affordable and accurate enough for widespread use.

Wed, 04/03/2019 | The Wall Street Journal

How many fish are there in the sea? AI can find the answer

ECE professor Jenq-Neng Hwang is using cameras, satellite imagery and computers to better understand the health of global fish stocks, as well as prevent illegal fishing (Note: This story may be behind a paywall).

The PanicAway creators, from left: Dylan Jensen, Ashley Fogwell, Rachael Tessem and Renae Tessem. Noah Ransom is at right.

Wed, 03/27/2019 | GeekWire

UW students rely on input from professor’s son to create prototype for app that eases panic attacks

Bioengineering and electrical engineering seniors developed an app to help people who experience panic attacks.

Mary Lidstrom

Thu, 03/21/2019 | UW News

UW, Microsoft, PNNL establish new Northwest Quantum Nexus for a quantum revolution in science, technology

The University of Washington, the Pacific Northwest National Laboratory and Microsoft Quantum announced this week that they have joined forces to bring about a revolution in quantum research and technology. The new Northwest Quantum Nexus aims to develop a quantum-fluent workforce and economy in the Pacific Northwest region of the United States and Canada.

Thu, 03/21/2019 | UW News

With a 'hello,' Microsoft and UW demonstrate first fully automated DNA data storage

UW and Microsoft researchers have demonstrated the first fully automated system to store data in manufactured DNA, a key step in moving the technology out of the research lab and into commercial data centers. DNA offers a promising solution for storing the exploding amount of data the world generates each day.

last year's EIC winning team

Fri, 03/15/2019 | UW Foster Blog

Student Finalists Revealed for 2019 Alaska Airlines Environmental Innovation Challenge

Twenty-one student teams will present their approaches to solving environmental problems at the competition finals hosted by the UW Foster School’s Buerk Center for Entrepreneurship. Engineering students are involved in an overwhelming majority of teams. Read about the finalist teams that will compete on April 3.

Vikram Jandhyala

Wed, 03/13/2019

Mourning the loss of Vikram Jandhyala

Vikram Jandhyala, UW vice president for innovation strategy and Electrical & Computer Engineering faculty member, was an innovator in every sense of the word.

a hand holding the new device

Tue, 03/12/2019 | UW News

New method to assess platelet health could help ER doctors

Department of Mechanical Engineering researchers are part of a team that has created a novel system that can measure platelet function within two minutes and can help doctors determine which trauma patients might need a blood transfusion upon being admitted to a hospital.

UW Campus Shot

Tue, 03/12/2019 | UW News

Eight postdoctoral researchers at the University of Washington receive awards from the Washington Research Foundation

Congratulations to Samuel Bryson, a postdoctoral researcher in the Department of Civil & Environmental Engineering, and Jue Wang, a postdoctoral researcher in both the College of Engineering and the School of Medicine for being named Washington Research Foundation Postdoctoral Fellows.

Smoke coming out of chimneys

Mon, 03/11/2019 | UW News

Black and Hispanic Americans bear a disproportionate burden from air pollution

Black and Hispanic Americans bear a disproportionate burden from air pollution generated mainly by non-Hispanic white Americans, according to new research from a team led by the University of Washington and the University of Minnesota.

robot feeding a person

Mon, 03/11/2019 | UW News

How to train your robot (to feed you dinner)

CSE researchers are working on a robotic system for adults who need help eating.

Nanodropper's waste-free eyedropper wins the $15,000 IntuitiveX grand prize

Thu, 03/07/2019 | UW Foster Blog

Student Ideas Shine at Hollomon Health Innovation Challenge

UW Engineering student teams received rave reviews and prize money to continue development of their health innovation ideas. Twenty-two finalist teams competed at the 2019 Hollomon Health Innovation Challenge hosted by the UW Foster School’s Buerk Center for Entrepreneurship. Among the UW prizewinners:

Nanodropper (BioE, pharmacology, medicine) won the grand prize for their affordable universal eye dropper that saves patients money and reduces wasted medication. Pulmora, (BioE) was rewarded for their emergency ventilator that most people could use to help someone who has stopped breathing. Judges also really liked (JARL) prizes went to DopCuff (ME, ECE, CSE, MSE) for their device to facilitate accurate blood pressure readings in heart disease patients and Insulin Anywhere (BioE) for their portable device to enable diabetic patients to treat themselves for possibly longer than a week following a natural disaster.