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Mon, 08/01/2016 | UW Today

Twelve UW faculty elected to the Washington State Academy of Sciences

Four College of Engineering faculty were elected to the Washington State Academy of Sciences: Tom Anderson, professor of computer science and engineering, also elected to the National Academy of Engineering; François Baneyx, professor and chair of chemical engineering; Cecilia Giachelli, professor and chair of bioengineering; and Daniel Schwartz, professor of chemical engineering.

Mon, 08/01/2016 | College of Engineering

Alumnus Marc Edwards named one of the world’s most influential people by Time Magazine

Civil and environmental engineering alumnus Marc Edwards led a team of volunteers to uncovered the source of lead poisoning in Flint, Michigan during the "Flint water crisis." Time Magazine has named him one of the world’s most influential people for this work.

Wed, 07/27/2016 | UW Today

Carbon-financed cookstove fails to deliver hoped-for benefits in the field

A team of researchers, including civil and environmental engineering professor Julian Marshall, investigated the benefits of cleaner carbon-burning cookstoves in the field. They found that the increased efficiency observed in the lab did not carry over when these stoves were used in Karnataka, India. The continued use of traditional cooking methods alongside the new stoves contributed to the lower than expected results.

Mon, 07/25/2016 | College of Engineering

Crafting a dream: An engineer’s passion for brewing

Since 2010, Mike Francis, ’06, has been an emerging leader in the Northwest’s craft brewing industry, thanks to a degree in Industrial & Systems Engineering. His brewery, Payette Brewing Company, is now the largest in the state of Idaho.

Fri, 07/22/2016 | Department of Mechanical Engineering

UW Human Powered Submarine Team places third at international competition

The Human Powered Submarine team traveled to Gosport, England, for the European International Submarine Races, where they also placed first for top speed by a female pilot.

Thu, 07/21/2016 | UW Today

Imaging software predicts how you look with different hair styles, colors, appearances

Ira Kemelmacher-Shlizerman, assistant professor of computer science and engineering, has developed a new personalized image search engine called Dreambit. Dreambit lets people imagine how they would look with different hairstyles or in different time periods. To accomplish the image transformation, Dreambit searches internet photographs to locate a “doppelgänger set” of images that resemble the original person but have the desired hairstyle, color, or other characteristic.

Fri, 07/08/2016 | UW Today

Researchers show phone calls can forecast dengue fever outbreaks

A team including Fahad Pervaiz, a CSE doctoral student, has developed a system that can forecast the outbreak of dengue fever by simply analyzing the calling behavior of citizens to a public-health hotline. The telephone-based disease surveillance system can forecast 2 to 3 weeks ahead of time outbreaks of dengue fever, a mosquito-borne virus that infects up to 400,000 people each year.

The forecasting system, described in a paper published July 8 in Science Advances, was developed by researchers from the UW and NYU, working teams in Pakistan.

Thu, 07/07/2016 | UW 360

UW|360 video: DNA Data Storage

CSE Professors Karin Strauss and Luis Ceze have partnered with Microsoft researchers to develop a technique to store digital data in a DNA molecule. They are among the first in the country to demonstrate how to encode, store, and retrieve digital data using manufactured DNA.

Thu, 07/07/2016 | UW Today

UW, Microsoft researchers break record for DNA data storage

The team of computer scientists and electrical engineers encoded and decoded a video of the band OK Go (featuring the craziest Rube Goldberg machine ever), the Universal Declaration of Human Rights in more than 100 languages, the top 100 books of Project Gutenberg and the Crop Trust’s seed database — among other things— all on strands of DNA.

Luis Ceze, the UW’s Torode Family Career Development Professor of computer science and engineering and one of the project’s lead researchers, says, "The world is producing data at an incredible rate, and storage technologies need to keep up. DNA... is millions of times denser than other storage media, it is incredibly durable (think millennia) and it never becomes obsolete. "

Tue, 07/05/2016 | College of Engineering

A riveting combination: The UW and Boeing advance research together through BARC

The Boeing Advanced Research Center, or BARC, is providing UW students with the opportunity to get real world engineering experience as they work alongside UW professors and industry leaders from Boeing. BARC projects have tackled tricky problems like building and repairing the insides of airplane wings, and this winter, BARC is launching a new aircraft engineering class that will be co-taught by UW faculty and Boeing engineers.

Fri, 06/24/2016 | UW Today

UW’s Clean Energy Institute to participate in national smart manufacturing initiative

The UW’s Clean Energy Institute, which is led by ChemE Professor Daniel Schwartz, will be part of the Smart Manufacturing Innovation Institute. The new institute is led by the Smart Manufacturing Leadership Coalition in partnership with the U.S. Department of Energy, and its aim is to develop innovative manufacturing methods for energy-intensive industries.

Thu, 06/23/2016 | UW Today

How well do facial recognition algorithms cope with a million strangers?

A team of UW researchers, led by CSE assistant professor Ira Kemelmacher-Shlizerman, is investigating how facial recognition algorithms scale in the MegaFace Challenge. All the algorithms tested experienced a drop in accuracy when given a set million images. This set is much larger than the set of 10,000 images that some algorithms have previously performed with near perfect accuracy against.

Tue, 06/21/2016 | UW Today

UW-led team awarded $1M bioelectronics innovation prize

A team of researchers from the Center for Sensorimotor Neural Engineering, led by EE adjunct associate professor Chet Moritz, has been awarded $1 million as one of three finalists in the GlaxoSmithKline Bioelectronics Innovation Challenge. The team is developing an implantable device that could help restore bladder function for people with spinal cord injuries. The device uses a wireless power transmitter developed by UW associate professor of EE and CSE, Joshua Smith.

Sun, 06/19/2016 | College of Engineering

UW team places second at Formula SAE Lincoln competition

The UW Formula Motorsports team placed second overall at the Formula SAE competition in Lincoln. A mere 0.5 point difference, out of a 1,000 point total, separated UW's score from the first place team.

Tue, 06/14/2016 | College of Engineering

The College of Engineering and Burke Museum partner on a 3-D scan-and-print project of mammoth proportions

The Burke Museum plans to display a giant Columbian Mammoth in its new building, set to open in 2019; however, only 20% of the mammoth’s bones survive. So museum staff have partnered with College of Engineering students and instructors who are taking advantage of 3-D printing technology to reproduce the rest of the mammoth.

Mon, 06/06/2016 | College of Engineering

Alumna Sally Jewell selected as 2016 UW commencement speaker and ASLD award recipient

Sally Jewell, U.S. Secretary of the Interior and mechanical engineering alumna, will be the featured speaker at the UW’s Commencement exercises on Saturday, June 11. Jewell was also acknowledged by the UW with the Alumna Summa Laude Dignata award, which is the highest award the UW and the UW Alumni Association can bestow upon a graduate.

Tue, 05/31/2016 | UW Chemical Engineering

Gov. Inslee appoints ChemE UG Austin Wright-Pettibone as student regent

Gov. Jay Inslee named Austin Wright-Pettibone, a Chemical Engineering undergraduate, as the next student member of the University of Washington Board of Regents for the 2016-17 school year. Wright-Pettibone becomes the first undergraduate since 2008 to be selected as the UW's student regent.

Tue, 05/31/2016 | Foster School of Business

Big Wins for ChemE at UW Business Plan Competition

All three Chemical Engineering Entrepreneurial Design teams took home prizes at the UW Business Plan Competition. The team concepts included Decaf Style, a way to instantly decaffeinate beverages; Iconic Windows, a battery membrane that reduces energy costs; and Coulomb Sea, a smart electronic charger.

Tue, 05/31/2016 | UW Today

Tiny probe could produce big improvements in batteries and fuel cells

ME professor Jiangyu Li and colleagues have developed a tiny probe capable of reading variations in the nanoscale particles that power batteries and fuel cells. The rate at which these particles react determines how fast batteries charge and how much power they can provide. This new probe could improve understanding of electrochemical systems, thus enabling the development of higher performance batteries and fuel cells.

Thu, 05/19/2016 | UW Today

Using static electricity, insect-sized flying robots can land and stick to surfaces

A team of roboticists including ME assistant professor Sawyer Fuller have developed a flying, insect sized robot, nicknamed the RoboBee, which can perch on surfaces like wood or leaves using static electricity. The amount of energy required to perch is 1000 times less than that required to hover, so this breakthrough could dramatically extend the fight time of these tiny drones.

Tue, 05/17/2016 | UW Today

UW team first to measure microscale granular crystal dynamics

ME assistant professor Nicholas Boechler and UW engineers have, for the first time, analyzed interactions between microscale granular crystals. Granular materials resonate into complex patterns when forces are applied to them. Microscale granular crystals have significantly different reactions to forces than better-understood macroscale particles. Understanding how microscale granular crystals self-assemble in response to forces could enable faster and less expensive ways to manufacture microstructed materials like spacecraft shielding.

Fri, 05/13/2016 | UW Today

Proton-conducting material found in jelly that fills organs of sharks, skates and rays

Sharks, skates, and rays use networks of electrosensory organs to detect the weak electrical fields produced by prey and other animals. MSE affiliate associate professor Marco Rolandi and collaborating researchers determined that a proton-conducting material found in the jelly of these organs may explain how electrical signals are transmitted from surface pores to electrosensory cells.

Fri, 05/13/2016 | UW Today

UW researchers unleash graphene ‘tiger’ for more efficient optoelectronics

MSE associate professor Xiaodong Xu and colleagues have developed a promising approach to increasing optoelectronic efficiency. The key to making efficient light-captured energetics possible is to coax one photon into stimulating multiple electrons. Xu directed photons towards a "superlattice" of graphene sandwiched between two layers of boron-nitride. The superlattice creates regions of huge electron density, where one energized photon can transfer its energy to as many as five electrons. According to collaborator Sanfeng Wu, “Graphene is a tiger with great potential for optoelectronics, but locked in a cage. The singularities in this superlattice are a key to unlocking that cage and releasing graphene’s potential for light harvesting application.”

Wed, 05/11/2016 | UW Today

Paper gets 'smart' with drawn-on, stenciled sensor tags

UW computer engineers collaborated with Disney Research and Carnegie Mellon researchers to give a piece of paper sensing capabilities. The paper can respond to gesture commands and connect to the digital world. The method relies on small radio frequency (RFID) tags that are stuck on, printed or drawn onto the paper to create interactive, lightweight interfaces that can do anything from controlling music using a paper baton, to live polling in a classroom.

Wed, 05/11/2016 | UW Today

UW researchers secure prestigious MURI grants for self-cooling lasers and fluid mechanics

Three Multidisciplinary University Research Initiative grants were awarded to UW engineering research projects by the U.S. Department of Defense. UW Electrical Engineering professor Radha Poovendran leads an effort to develop novel defenses against cyberattacks. Materials Science & Engineering assistant professor Peter Pauzauskie's team has unveiled an approach to cooling liquids using laser light. And Alberto Aliseda, associate professor in Mechanical Engineering, is part of a team addressing problems in controlling fluid sprays.