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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.

drawing of the FASER instrument

Wed, 03/06/2019 | UW News

FASER detector at the Large Hadron Collider to seek clues about hidden matter in the universe

A team from the Mechanical Engineering Department joins other UW researchers for the Forward Search Experiment (FASER) into dark matter.

Steve Brunton

Tue, 03/05/2019 | SIAM News

ME faculty wins SIAG/CSE Early Career Prize

ME Associate Professor Steven Brunton won the 2019 SIAM Activity Group on Computational Science and Engineering Early Career Prize. The award recognizes Brunton for his significant contributions to a broad range of techniques for, and applications of, data-driven analytics, control theory, sparse sensing, and reduced order modeling.

Dale Carlson

Fri, 03/01/2019

Remembering dean and chair emeritus Dale Carlson

At the age of 94, dean and CEE chair emeritus Dale Carlson passed away. During his time at UW, Carlson served as chair of Civil & Environmental Engineering from 1971-1976 and dean of the College of Engineering from 1976 to 1980.

Shayan Oveis Gharan and Alvin Cheung

Fri, 03/01/2019 | UW News

CSE faculty win Sloan Fellowships

Shayan Oveis Gharan and Alvin Cheung, both assistant professors in the Paul G. Allen School of Computer Science & Engineering, have been awarded early-career fellowships from the Alfred P. Sloan Foundation. The fellowships honor those early-career researchers whose achievements mark them among the next generation of scientific leaders.


Mon, 02/25/2019 | UW News

It’s all in the twist: MSE's Xu and his team create a unique platform to study quantum optical physics

MSE's Xiaodong Xu and a team of researchers have developed a new system to trap individual excitons.

The landscape surrounding a thaw bog in Alaska

Mon, 02/04/2019 | UW News

Early spring rain boosts methane from thawing permafrost by 30 percent

A University of Washington-led team has found a new reason behind increased methane emissions from a thawing permafrost bog in Alaska: Early spring rainfall warms up the bog and promotes the growth of plants and methane-producing microbes. The team showed that early precipitation in 2016 warmed the bog about three weeks earlier than usual, and increased the bog's methane emissions by 30 percent compared to previous years. These results were recently published in Geophysical Research Letters.

remote-controlled boat

Wed, 01/23/2019 | UW News

First-of-its-kind center hosts tools to analyze the effects of natural disasters

The RAPID Facility, housed at the University of Washington, offers a new way for scientists to get their hands on state-of-the-art equipment to study the effects of natural disasters.

student with mentor

Tue, 01/22/2019 | College of Engineering

From campus to career

Industry professionals help ISE undergraduates transition from student life to the working world through a unique new mentorship program.

A person standing in a laboratory holding up a small solar cell

Wed, 01/16/2019 | UW News

Three awards from US Energy Department to fuel UW solar cell research

Three teams led by University of Washington researchers have received competitive awards totaling more than $2.3 million from the U.S. Department of Energy Solar Energy Technologies Office for projects that will advance research and development in photovoltaic materials.

SecondChance interface on a smartphone

Thu, 01/10/2019 | UW News

First smartphone app to detect opioid overdose and its precursors

A team of UW researchers, including Computer Science & Engineering associate professor Shyam Gollakota, has developed a cellphone app that can detect an opioid overdose and call for help.


Thu, 01/03/2019 | College of Engineering

Meet The MILL

The new campus makerspace provides the UW community with a place to collaborate, innovate and create.

Pothos ivy

Wed, 12/19/2018 | UW News

Researchers develop a new houseplant that can clean your home's air

Researchers at the UW have genetically modified a common houseplant — pothos ivy — to remove chloroform and benzene from the air around it.

Paul Gibbs, a mechanical engineer at the UW’s Applied Physics Laboratory, inspects the newest Adaptable Monitoring Package, or AMP, before a test in a saltwater pool.

Fri, 12/14/2018 | UW News

Underwater sensors for monitoring sea life (and where to find them)

A team at the University of Washington has created an underwater mechanical eye called an Adaptable Monitoring Package, or AMP. Using a combination of sensors, it watches animals and records their activity when they pass by renewable energy sites.

bee with a sensor attached

Tue, 12/11/2018 | UW News

Researchers create first sensor package that can ride aboard bees

Farmers can already use drones to soar over huge fields and monitor temperature, humidity or crop health, but drone use is limited by the power the devices need. Now, UW engineers have created a sensing system that is small enough to ride aboard a bumblebee.

Picture of how small protein molecules interact with one another.

Fri, 12/07/2018 | UW News

Two-dimensional materials skip the energy barrier by growing one row at a time

A new UW led study verifies Gibbs’ theory for materials that form row by row. The research uncovers the underlying mechanism, which fills in a fundamental knowledge gap and opens new pathways in materials science.

solar power graph

Wed, 12/05/2018 | Clean Energy Institute

Professor Brian B. Johnson leads Department of Energy-funded research to halve cost of solar power electronics

The Department of Energy has awarded $2.8 million to a UW-led team for research on halving the cost of power electronics in solar photovoltaic systems.

SARP team

Mon, 12/03/2018 | College of Engineering

Igniting a passion

For the UW SARP team, it really is rocket science.