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Four members of the team behind Prescience

Wed, 10/10/2018 | UW News

Helping doctors predict the future

Researchers at the University of Washington have developed a new machine-learning system, called Prescience, to predict the likelihood that a patient will develop hypoxemia during surgery.

3-D printed devices

Tue, 10/09/2018 | UW News

Researchers develop 3-D printed objects that can track and store how they are used

Engineers at the UW have developed 3-D printed devices that can track and store their own use without using batteries or electronics.

Mon, 10/08/2018

Dissecting disinformation

Within a rapidly evolving — and increasingly disorienting — digital arena, researchers in the emCOMP Lab analyze how false information spreads online.

Siddhartha Srinivasa and his robot

Mon, 10/01/2018 | UW News

Engineering lecture series focuses on engineering for social good

This fall, the University of Washington’s annual engineering lecture series will feature three College of Engineering faculty whose research is accelerating positive impact here and around the world.

photo collage of images

Fri, 09/28/2018 | UW News

Lunar library to include photos, books stored in DNA

People who have submitted photos to the #MemoriesInDNA project have selected images of family members, favorite places and tasty food that will be preserved for years in the form of synthetic DNA. Now this collection — which currently contains more than 3,000 images and is still growing — will be headed to the final frontier: space.

Mt Rainier

Mon, 09/24/2018 | Department of Civil & Environmental Engineering

Glacier melt likely to impact Pacific Northwest water supply

For the first time, a team of researchers including CEE alumnus Chris Frans and associate professor Erkan Istanbulluoglu have evaluated the hydrological impact of receding glaciers in the region.

Electrical & Computer Engineering Building

Mon, 09/24/2018 | College of Engineering

Electrical Engineering celebrates new name: Department of Electrical & Computer Engineering

UW Electrical Engineering has changed its name to the Department of Electrical & Computer Engineering (ECE) to expand student opportunities and better reflect current teaching, research and service.

Sham Kakade

Thu, 09/13/2018 | UW News

Three UW teams receive TRIPODS+X grants for research in data science

The National Science Foundation announced on Sept. 11 that it is awarding grants totaling $8.5 million to 19 collaborative projects at 23 universities for the study of complex and entrenched problems in data science. Three of these projects will be based at the University of Washington and led by researchers in the College of Engineering and the College of Arts & Sciences.

a brain-computer interface based on an electroencephalogram (EEG) cap

Tue, 09/04/2018 | UW News

UW-based center updates name to highlight role of ‘neurotechnologies’ in healing the brain and spinal cord

Building on seven years of research that helps patients with sensory and motor neurological disorders, the Center for Sensorimotor Neural Engineering is updating its name to the Center for Neurotechnology (CNT).

Tue, 08/21/2018 | UW News

Bus battle: Do private shuttles affect the reliability of public transit?

A recent study from researchers at UW suggests that public buses are unaffected by private shuttles most of the time.

Fri, 08/17/2018 | College of Engineering

Meal Matchup

A human centered design and engineering team is helping campus dining halls donate and deliver excess food to local homeless shelters.

Wed, 08/15/2018

Flying blind: How a drone can soar without using GPS

Researchers from the Aeronautics and Astronautics Department have developed a method to help ensure unpiloted drones won't lose course.

photo of Herbert Sauro

Wed, 08/08/2018 | UW News

NIH awards University of Washington, partner institutions $6.5M for reusable, reproducible biomedical modeling

The National Institutes of Health has awarded a $6.5 million, five-year grant to the University of Washington and partner institutions to establish the Center for Reproducible Biomedical Modeling. The center’s primary goal is to develop more effective predictive models of biological systems, which are used in research and medicine.

photo of François Baneyx

Tue, 08/07/2018 | UW News

UW, PNNL to host energy research center focusing on bio-inspired design and assembly

The United States Department of Energy has awarded an expected $10.75 million, four-year grant to the University of Washington, the Pacific Northwest National Laboratory and other partner institutions for a new interdisciplinary research center to define the enigmatic rules that govern how molecular-scale building blocks assemble into ordered structures — and give rise to complex hierarchical materials.

a back-reflector surface used to test perovskite performance, with a sunny background

Thu, 07/26/2018 | UW News

And then there was (more) light: Researchers boost performance quality of perovskites

In a paper published in Nature Photonics, a UW group showed that a prototype semiconductor thin-film has performed even better than today’s best solar cell materials at emitting light. The team achieved a record performance in this material, known as a lead-halide perovskite, by chemically treating it through a process known as “surface passivation,” which treats imperfections and reduces the likelihood that the absorbed photons will end up wasted rather than converted to useful energy.

photo of Daniela Rosner

Mon, 07/02/2018 | UW News

Q&A: What can we learn from the hidden history of technology design?

UW News sat down with University of Washington assistant professor of human-centered design and engineering Daniela Rosner to learn more about what it means to uncover the hidden figures in the history of technology design.

Daniel Schwartz

Fri, 06/29/2018 | UW News

Daniel Schwartz wins highest U.S. award for STEM mentors

Daniel Schwartz received the Presidential Award for Excellence in Science, Mathematics and Engineering Mentoring (PAESMEM) from the White House Office of Science and Technology Policy and the National Science Foundation this week.

Wed, 06/27/2018 | Department of Civil & Environmental Engineering

Staying afloat

UW researchers are working to improve the health and living conditions of an impoverished floating community in the Amazon.

Kiana Peterson, a STARS student and EE major in 2017

Thu, 06/14/2018 | Seattle Times

UW program helps disadvantaged students thrive in tough engineering college

Five years after it began, the program to help more low-income, women and minority students become engineers at the UW is showing strong results, with 75 percent of its students either continuing in engineering or graduating.

Tue, 06/12/2018 | Department of Mechanical Engineering

Secrets of the sky

In this novel course, Boeing engineers and Mechanical Engineering faculty partner to teach students how to design commercial airplanes.

Sonya Cunningham

Fri, 06/08/2018 | Faculty & Staff Insider

STARS Director Sonya G. Cunningham Wins UW Award

STARS Program Director Sonya G. Cunningham has been awarded the 2018 David B. Thorud Leadership Award, a UW Award of Excellence. Thanks to Sonya's leadership, the outcomes for STARS students — those studying engineering in the Washington State Academic RedShirts program — have been spectacular.

Mackenzie Andrews walks with her father on the UW campus. Photo: Bettina Hansen/The Seattle Times

Fri, 06/01/2018 | The Seattle Times

A UW student found success, and answers about her father’s addiction

Courses in bioengineering offered Mackenzie Andrews the chance to explore the brain’s wiring and answer nagging questions about her dad's addiction. Now she's about to graduate with a double major in bioengineering and neuroscience and continue at the UW to earn her master's degree. The Seattle Times produced a great story about this powerhouse's journey.

Wed, 05/16/2018 | UW News

The first wireless flying robotic insect takes off

Insect-sized flying robots could help with tasks like surveying crop growth or sniffing out gas leaks. But current flying robo-insects are still tethered to the ground because of heavy electronics they need. ME doctoral students, ME Assistant Professor Sawyer Fuller and CSE Associate Professor Shyam Gollakota have for the first time cut the cord and added a brain, allowing their RoboFly to take its first independent flaps.

Mon, 05/14/2018

Making play possible

Driven by students, HuskyADAPT is teaching the UW community how to modify toys for kids with disabilities.

Thu, 05/10/2018 | Electrical Engineering

Eve Riskin honored by ECEDHA with Diversity Award

Eve Riskin has been a tireless — and effective — champion of diversity and inclusion at the University of Washington. In recognition of her efforts, Riskin was honored with the 2017 Diversity Award by the Electrical and Computer Engineering Department Heads Association (ECEDHA) during the organization’s annual conference in March.