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Mon, 03/06/2017 | College of Engineering

A formula for success

For 28 years, UW Formula Motorsports has brought together students to design, build and compete formula-style vehicles. Team members credit their culture of student leadership and mentorship as key to the team’s stability and success.

Thu, 03/02/2017 | College of Engineering

Engineering student teams sweep 2017 Hollomon Health Innovation Challenge

Engineering students dominated at the 2017 Hollomon Health Innovation Challenge. First place went to ME's EpiForAll, second place to BioE's BWB Anesthesia and third place to ME's PlayGait.

Wed, 03/01/2017 | UW Today

Singing posters and talking shirts: UW engineers turn everyday objects into FM radio stations

UW researchers used FM radio signals to broadcast music and data notifications from a Simply Three band poster at a Seattle bus stop to a smartphone. An antenna made of copper tape was embedded on the back of the poster.

Tue, 02/28/2017 | UW Today

UW security researchers show that Google’s AI platform for defeating Internet trolls can be easily deceived

University of Washington researchers have shown that Google’s new machine learning-based system to identify toxic comments in online discussion forums can be bypassed by simply misspelling or adding unnecessary punctuation to abusive words, such as “idiot” or “moron.”

Thu, 02/23/2017 | UW Today

UW CSE announces the Guestrin Endowed Professorship in Artificial Intelligence and Machine Learning

University of Washington Computer Science & Engineering announced today the establishment of the Guestrin Endowed Professorship in Artificial Intelligence and Machine Learning. This $1 million endowment will further enhance UW CSE’s ability to recruit and retain the world’s most outstanding faculty members in these burgeoning areas.

Tue, 02/21/2017 | UW Today

Three UW scientists awarded Sloan Fellowships for early-career research

Ali Farhadi, assistant professor of computer science and engineering, is one of three faculty members at the University of Washington to be awarded early-career fellowships from the Alfred P. Sloan Foundation. The fellowships honor early-career scholars whose achievements mark them as the next generation of scientific leaders, and each fellow receives $60,000 to apply toward research endeavors.

Thu, 02/16/2017 | UW Today

New UW Computer Science & Engineering building receives $5M gift from Charles and Lisa Simonyi

The second Computer Science & Engineering building has received another major boost in the form of a $5 million gift from Charles & Lisa Simonyi. This gift will fund the Charles & Lisa Simonyi Undergraduate Commons, which will act as a “home away from home” for undergraduate students.

Mon, 02/13/2017 | College of Engineering

Painting by numbers: Engineering, art and data science

College of Engineering spoke with alumna Susie Lu about how her unique double-major in Painting and Industrial & Systems Engineering set her on a career path to data visualization.

Fri, 02/10/2017 | UW Today

Laser-based camera developed at UW improves view of the carotid artery to assess stroke and heart attack risk

A unique application of a medical camera developed by a University of Washington mechanical engineer could one day help physicians know who is at risk for a cardiovascular event by providing a better view of potential problem areas.

Fri, 02/10/2017 | UW Today

College of Engineering’s STARS program wins $2.2M to improve access for low-income students

The Washington STate Academic RedShirt (STARS) program, which offers engineering students from economically or educationally disadvantaged backgrounds extra academic support, will receive a one-time grant of $2.2 million from the Opportunity Expansion Fund passed by the Washington Legislature and funded by Microsoft.

The 3-year grant is expected to significantly increase the number of students the program can serve during that time period. The expanded STARS initiative will offer supplemental instruction in the math, chemistry and physics courses that are part of the standard engineering curriculum, as well as culturally-aware advising, professional development and career services.

Related: Led by Microsoft's Brad Smith, program gives out $6M in STEM grants in Washington (Puget Sound Business Journal) | Tech, science programs at 3 Washington universities win grants (Seattle Times)

Wed, 02/01/2017 | UW Today

New route-finding map lets Seattle pedestrians avoid hills, construction, accessibility barriers

AccessMap – a project spearheaded by the CSE-based Taskar Center for Accessible Technology – provides customized directions for Seattle pedestrians and wheelchair users looking to avoid hills, construction sites and other accessibility barriers. The online travel planner offers customizable suggestions for people who need accessible or pedestrian-friendly routes when getting from point A to B in Seattle.

Wed, 02/01/2017 | Department of Electrical Engineering

Tackling energy poverty

EE alum Henry Louie founded KiloWatts for Humanity to tackle energy poverty in places like Zambia. Where few are connected to the national grid, solar- and wind-powered energy kiosks provide electricity to communities.

Wed, 01/25/2017 | Daily UW

Pod People: UW Hyperloop revs engines for SpaceX

The UW Hyperloop team makes it easy to believe that the Hyperloop is a straight shot to the future. A conceptual idea first proposed by Elon Musk in 2013, the Hyperloop uses a series of tubes to transport high-speed pods in an attempt to revolutionize transportation.

Tue, 01/24/2017 | Electrical Engineering News

Professors Majumdar and Xu Discover an Important First Step Towards Building Electrically Pumped Nano-Lasers

Assistant Professor of Electrical Engineering and Physics Arka Majumdar, Associate Professor of Materials Science and Engineering and Physics Xiaodong Xu and their team have discovered an important first step towards building electrically pumped nanolasers (or light-based sources). These lasers are critical in the development of integrated photonic based short-distance optical interconnects and sensors.

Thu, 01/12/2017 | UW Today

LATTICE connects women engineers in early academic careers with peers, support

LATTICE is a new national program that aims to diversify the engineering faculty population by building supportive communities during the critical transition from graduate studies to permanent tenure-track positions. Eve Riskin, associate dean of diversity and access for the College of Engineering, is co-principal investigator of LATTICE, which stands for Launching Academics on the Tenure-Track: An Intentional Community in Engineering.

Wed, 01/11/2017 | UW Today

Two UW professors win Presidential Early Career Award for Scientists and Engineers

Emily Fox, associate professor of statistics and adjunct associate professor of computer science and engineering and electrical engineering, was one of two UW recipients of the 2017 Presidential Early Career Award for Scientists and Engineers, the highest honor given by the U.S. government to early career scientists and engineers. Fox was nominated by the National Science Foundation “for her groundbreaking work in large-scale Bayesian modeling and computational approaches to time series and longitudinal data analysis, and for outstanding research and mentoring of women in computer science and statistics.”

Tue, 01/10/2017 | Department of Mechanical Engineering

Passion never rests: Fethya Ibrahim’s journey through mechanical engineering

First in her family to attend college, Fethya Ibrahim makes the most of her time at the UW, participating in ME’s Cell Biomechanics Lab and the Machine Shop.

Tue, 01/10/2017 | UW Today

Zillow Group pledges $5 million for new UW Computer Science & Engineering building

Zillow Group committed $5 million toward the development of a second Computer Science & Engineering (CSE) building. The 130,000-square foot, state-of-the-art facility will allow the university to double the number of CSE degrees it awards each year and reduce the number of qualified students who are turned away from the program. One of the building’s highlights will be the “Zillow Commons,” a 3,000-square-foot event and multiuse space to be used by students, faculty and the community.

Mon, 12/19/2016 | UW Today

UW researcher pursues synthetic ‘scaffolds’ for muscle regeneration

Miqin Zhang, a professor in UW MSE, is looking for ways to help the body heal itself when injury, disease or surgery cause large-scale damage to one type of tissue in particular: skeletal muscle. Muscles have a limited ability to regenerate, repair and realign themselves properly after certain types of damage.

Zhang and her team are taking a synthetic approach to muscle regeneration. Their goal is to create a synthetic, porous, biologically compatible "scaffold" that mimics the normal extracellular environment of skeletal muscle &mdash' onto which human cells could migrate and grow new replacement fibers.

Wed, 12/07/2016 | UW Today

Volunteers hack toys for children with disabilities at UW Dec. 11

The Taskar Center for Accessible Technology is hosting the TCAT Hack for Access: Holiday Toy event at the CoMotion MakerSpace on Dec. 11 from 10 a.m. to 1 p.m. Volunteers will adapt toys to make them accessible for children with disabilities. Many off-the-shelf toys have difficult-to-access buttons or inputs that can be replaced with switches that are easier to operate. The event is an opportunity for community members to learn about the adaptive needs of people with disabilities, and to gain hands-on experience in toy adaptation.

Tue, 12/06/2016 | UW Today

USDOT awards $14M for mobility research at UW-led transportation center

The U.S. Department of Transportation has awarded approximately $14 million over five years to a multi-university, regional transportation center led by the University of Washington to fund research aimed at improving the mobility of people and goods across the Pacific Northwest.

Mon, 12/05/2016 | UW Today

No peeking: Humans play computer game using only direct brain stimulation

Test subjects in a UW experiment navigated simple mazes based solely on inputs delivered to their brains by a magnetic coil placed at the back of the skull, showing how humans can interact with virtual realities via direct brain stimulation.

Wed, 11/30/2016 | UW Today

What makes Bach sound like Bach? New dataset teaches algorithms classical music

University of Washington researchers have released a classical music dataset called MusicNet. MusicNet is the first publicly available large-scale classical music dataset with curated fine-level annotations. It’s designed to allow machine learning researchers and algorithms to tackle a wide range of open challenges — from note prediction to automated music transcription to offering listening recommendations based on the structure of a song a person likes.

Tue, 11/29/2016 | UW Today

In one-two punch, researchers load ‘nanocarriers’ to deliver cancer-fighting drugs and imaging molecules to tumors

MSE professor Miqin Zhang leads research on a new system to encase chemotherapy drugs within tiny, synthetic “nanocarrier” packages, which could be injected into patients and disassembled at the tumor site to release their toxic cargo. “Our nanocarrier system is really a hybrid addressing two needs — drug delivery and tumor imaging,” said Zhang, senior author on a paper published Sept. 27 in the journal Small. “First, this nanocarrier can deliver chemotherapy drugs and release them in the tumor area, which spares healthy tissue from toxic side effects. Second, we load the nanocarrier with materials to help doctors visualize the tumor, either using a microscope or by MRI scan.”

Tue, 11/22/2016 | UW Today

New grasses neutralize toxic pollution from bombs, explosives and munitions

UW engineers have developed transgenic grass species that can eliminate RDX, a toxic compound widely used in explosives that contaminates military bases, battlegrounds and some drinking water wells.