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Elizabeth, Sophia and Christin Lin

Mon, 12/07/2020 | Paul G. Allen School of Computer Science & Engineering

Allen School and ECE students create virtual summer coding program for kids

Allen School senior Elizabeth Lin and her twin sister Christin, an electrical and computer engineering senior, have developed a free online coding program for kids.

A moth in rest in front of a drone

Mon, 12/07/2020 | UW News

The Smellicopter is an obstacle-avoiding drone that uses a live moth antenna to seek out smells

A team led by the UW has developed Smellicopter: an autonomous drone that uses a live antenna from a moth to navigate toward smells.

Three researchers stand in or near an urban creek in Seattle, Washington

Thu, 12/03/2020 | UW News

Tire-related chemical is largely responsible for adult coho salmon deaths in urban streams

UW researchers discovered a chemical that kills coho salmon in urban streams before the fish can spawn.

screenshot of a Zoom call

Wed, 12/02/2020 | Center for Neurotechnology

Neuroscience for neurodiverse learners

A joint CNT and DO-IT Center program provides neurodiverse high school students an opportunity to develop unique strengths, even through a pandemic.

Pedro Domingos and Daniel Weld

Tue, 11/24/2020 | UW News

Engineering faculty named AAAS fellows

CSE faculty Pedro Domingos and Daniel Weld have been named fellows by the American Association for the Advancement of Science.

Portrait of Faisal Hossain

Mon, 11/23/2020 | UW Civil & Environmental Engineering

Faisal Hossain receives AGU international award

The prestigious award recognizes his efforts to advance access to information about water resources.


Tue, 11/17/2020 | UW News

UW part of $5.8M contract to study wireless charging on moon

A team of multiple organizations, including the UW, plans to develop a line of lightweight, ultrafast wireless chargers that could help both humans and robots live and work on the moon.

Person wearing gloves and PPE looking at sample in tube

Fri, 11/13/2020 | College of Engineering

A culture of collaboration

Bioengineering faculty pivot diagnostics research to support the need for COVID-19 testing.

CEE alumna Madison Smith standing in the Arctic

Mon, 11/09/2020 | UW Civil & Environmental Engineering

An extraordinary expedition

Alumna Madison Smith advances climate change research as part of the largest polar expedition in history.

A group of students dancing on stage

Mon, 11/09/2020

A body in motion

Allen School student Louis Maliyam came to the U.S. for computer science — and along the way discovered dance.

cancer cells under a microscope

Tue, 11/03/2020 | UW News

Break it up: Polymer derived from material in shrimp’s shells could deliver anti-cancer drugs to tumor sites

A research team led by MSE's Miqin Zhang has created a nanoparticle-based drug delivery system that can ferry a potent anti-cancer drug through the bloodstream safely.

coffee mug next to a laptop on a table

Mon, 11/02/2020 | College of Engineering

Engineering education goes remote

Associate Dean of Academic Affairs Dan Ratner shares how the College of Engineering is translating excellence and access to the remote learning environment.

A wrist with a smartwatch on it. The smartwatch has an alert that says "Car honk, 98%, Loud, 101 dB" It also has options to snooze the alert for 10 minutes or open in an app on the user's phone

Wed, 10/28/2020 | UW News

SoundWatch: New smartwatch app alerts deaf and hard-of-hearing users to birdsong, sirens and other desired sounds

CSE researchers have developed a new smartwatch app that alerts d/Deaf and hard-of-hearing users to birdsong, sirens and other desired sounds

headshot of Dr. Shen

Wed, 10/28/2020 | College of Engineering

Tueng Shen announced as Associate Dean for Medical Technology Innovation

From Vice Dean of College of Engineering Jihui Yang and Vice Dean of School of Medicine John Slattery: It is with great enthusiasm that we write to announce a partnership between the School of Medicine (SOM) and the College of Engineering (COE) through the appointment of Professor Tueng Shen to a new joint position, Associate Dean for Medical Technology Innovation, effective November 1, 2020.

aerial view of mud and trees with building remains

Thu, 10/22/2020 | UW News

Simple actions can help people survive landslides, UW analysis shows

A new study by CEE researchers shows that behavioral changes can save lives.

illustration of the human brain

Wed, 10/21/2020 | Department of Electrical & Computing Engineering

Researchers design an implantable brain chip

ECE associate professors Chris Rudell and Visvesh Sathe have developed an implantable chip that will help neuroscientists deepen understanding of the brain and enable better treatments for a wide range of medical conditions and disorders.

Illustration of two mobile phones

Mon, 10/19/2020

Putting health care in your hands

UW faculty and students are developing smartphone apps to improve health and save lives.

Mount Ranier

Tue, 10/13/2020 | UW Population Health Initiative

Healthy planet, healthy people

How  can we  recover  from a health crisis during a climate crisis? Engineering faculty weigh in. 

COVID-19 illustration

Mon, 10/12/2020 | UW News

Stream anytime: Engineering lecture on contact tracing while respecting privacy

The lecture, now available on Youtube, centered around monitoring COVID-19 infections while respecting privacy featuring Stefano Tessaro, an associate professor in the Paul G. Allen School of Computer Science.

Mon, 10/12/2020 | Chemical Engineering

How to build a network of pharmaceutical biofactories

Advances in synthetic biology and biomaterials open up exciting prospects for distributed manufacturing of drugs, food products, and other commodities

A moth with a sensor chip on its back

Thu, 10/08/2020 | UW News

Airdropping sensors from moths: Researchers use flying insects to drop sensors from air, land them safely on the ground

UW researchers have created a sensor system that can ride on the back of a moth.

Xiaodong Xu

Wed, 10/07/2020 | Department of Materials Science and Engineering

MSE's Xu honored

MSE's Xiaodong Xu has won prestigious honors from the American Physical Society and the Optical Society.

Illustration of a moiré pattern

Tue, 10/06/2020 | UW News

All together now: Experiments with twisted 2D materials catch electrons behaving collectively

In a paper published in Nature Physics, a team led by MSE researchers reports that carefully constructed stacks of graphene can exhibit highly correlated electron properties.

Ayan Hassan

Mon, 10/05/2020 | University of Washington

A twist of fate

Engineering alumna Ayan Hassan’s life was changed by the UW Making Connections program — and then unexpectedly saved by one of the program’s founders.

A group of students underwater surrounding a human-powered submarine

Fri, 10/02/2020 | College of Engineering

Today’s engineering student experience

UW photographers share some of their favorite examples of engineering education at the UW.