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2006 Media Archive

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Dec. 25, 2006 | Asian News International

Now, a robot that checks underground high voltage electric cables for faults

Scientists at the University of Washington claim to have built a robot that can perform utility check ups on miles long high voltage power cable much like human workers, with the added advantage that it can find faults in the cables before they really show up.

Dec. 22, 2006 | The Puget Sound Business Journal

Hard charger: Executive of the Year 2006 Sally Jewell

Balancing commitments to work, family and community is important to mechanical engineering alumna and UW Regent Sally Jewell. A four-page profile follows a day in the life of the CEO of outdoor-equipment giant Recreational Equipment Inc.

Dec. 21, 2006 | The Seattle Times

Robot puts human thoughts into action

With 32 wires sprouting from a cap on his head, University of Washington research assistant C.J. Bell stared at a computer screen and thought: "Red." It’s a first step toward developing a practical household robot controlled solely by brain waves, said Rajesh Rao, leader of the UW robot team and associate professor of computer science and engineering.

Dec. 17, 2006 | The Seattle Times

Janicki’s innovative molds change engineering of superyachts, jets

Alum Peter Janicki left UW in 1989 with a master's degree in Mechanical Engineering. Today he's founder and chief executive of fast-growing Janicki Industries, which supplies one-of-a-kind manufacturing molds for billionaires' superyachts and fuselages for Boeing's new 787.

Dec. 11, 2006 | The Seattle Times

Bright light for biotech could be UW

We could use some uplifting news from the [biotech] sector, and it may be coming from the University of Washington. With help from several newcomers, the engineering and medical schools are trying to create a world-class neuroengineering research center that could raise the school's profile in the emerging field of brain-powered robotics.

Dec. 5, 2006 | Newsday

An escape into healing: Virtual reality is helping ease excruciating pain, phobic anxiety and stress from trauma

"The idea is to give kids a place to escape from their pain," says Hunter Hoffman, director of the Virtual Reality Analgesia Research Center at the UW. Hoffman's groundbreaking creation, a wintry wonderland called SnowWorld, has proven a surprisingly effective outlet, reducing self-reported pain by up to half among both adult and pediatric burn patients undergoing wound treatments and physical therapy.

Nov. 30, 2006 | Wired

Nike + iPod = Surveillance

If you enhance your workout with the new Nike+ iPod Sport Kit, you may be making yourself a surveillance target. A report from four University of Washington researchers reveals that security flaws in the new RFID-powered device from Nike and Apple make it easy for tech-savvy stalkers, thieves and corporations to track your movements.

Nov. 26, 2006

Seattle moves to forefront in global fight to save lives

A three-page feature article on the Gates Foundation and its impact on Seattle includes bioengineer Paul Yager's work developing a lab-on-a-card technologies to diagnose disease. (The Seattle Times) [Read more]

August 08, 2006 | The Washington Post

Google, MTV Sign Video Deal

Oren Etzioni comments on how the Internet is rewriting business models in a story on Google and MTV entering into a video deal.

August 06, 2006 | The Daily Pioneer

Picture This!

Steven Seitz in CSE is mentioned in a story about a new technology he developed in conjunction with Microsoft that constructs 3-D images from a series of photos.

August 04, 2006 |

Microsoft teases 3-D photo technology

The UW gets a mention in a story about Photosynth, a 3-D photo technology that CSE's Steven Seitz developed in conjunction with Microsoft. The program uses a series of photos to create a 3-D image.

August 03, 2006 |

Microsoft Turns Photo Albums into 3D Worlds

CSE graduate student Noah Snavely and associate professor Steven Seitz are mentioned as collaborators in this story about Photosynth, a joint venture with Microsoft that has created a technology that builds 3-D images from a series of photos.

August 03, 2006 | C/NET

Creating 3D worlds from photo albums

C/NET mentions the UW in connection Photosynth, a new technology that CSE's Steven Seitz developed in collaboration with Microsoft that creates 3-D pictures from a series of photos.

July 31, 2006 | The Seattle Post-Intelligencer

Blind get unique tour of Maya Lin exhibit at Henry

Participants in Computer Science & Engineering’s Richard Ladner's Vertical Mentoring Workshop for the Blind are featured in a Seattle Post-Intelligencer story. A photo of their interaction with the Maya Lin exhibit in the Henry Art Gallery provided the splash photo on the local cover.

July 27, 2006 | The Seattle Times

Trash-to-diesel technology raises eyebrows

Chemical Engineering Department Chair Eric Stuve comments on a technology being promoted by an Issaquah entrepreneur that promises to convert organic landfill waste into high-quality diesel fuel.

July 26, 2006 | Business Week

A Dose of Virtual Reality

Hunter Hoffman is quoted by Business Week in a story about using virtual reality to help treat soldiers suffering from post traumatic stress disorder.

July 11, 2006 | The Wall Street Journal

Homing In on Lower Airfares

Oren Etzioni in CSE continues to get coverage for his start-up company, Farecast, this time in the Wall Street Journal.

July 01, 2006 | The New York Times

Airfares Made Easy (or Easier)

New York Times writer Damon Darlin reports on CSE's Oren Etzioni and his airfare forecasting startup, Farecast.

June 27, 2006 | National Public Radio

Tech Tycoons' Dream: My Own Private Spaceship

Adam Bruckner in AA is quoted on NPR's All Things Considered in a story about billionaire space enthusiasts who show their passion by researching and building their own personal rocketships.

June 04, 2006 | The Boston Globe

While other sites list airfares, newcomer forecasts where they're headed

Oren Etzioni in Computer Science & Engineering appeared in a story in the Boston Globe's Sunday edition about, a travel search engine that helps consumers choose when to purchase airfare depending on whether the price of a ticket is headed up or down. The system works on algorithms developed and tested by a team led by Etzioni.

June 03, 2006 | The Seattle Times

A place to call my own

Dawn Wiggin, project manager for the UW Engineering Co-op Program, is featured on the cover of the Seattle Times Home and Garden section and in a story about young first-time home buyers.

April 21, 2006 | The Washington Post and Los Angeles Times

Legendary test pilot Scott Crossfield, 84

A&A alum and legendary test pilot Scott Crossfield dies when his single-engine plane crashes in northern Georgia.

April 21, 2006 | The Seattle Post-Intelligencer

Scott Crossfield, 1921-2006: Test pilot set records with 'the right stuff'

Scott Crossfield, A&A alum and legendary test pilot, dies in a plane crash in northern Georgia. A&A Chair Adam Bruckner tells the Post-Intelligencer that Crossfield was a hero in the department. “What better role model can you imagine than someone who flew the greatest and the latest and then helped design an even better one?” Bruckner said.

April 12, 2006 | The Oregonian

Countdown delayed for newest astronauts

James P. Dutton Jr., an Air Force pilot and master&s degree graduate of the Department of Aeronautics & Astronautics, is among those selected for NASA’s latest crop of astronauts. Dutton is helping design the cockpit for the new crew exploration vehicle, which is scheduled to replace the aging space shuttle in 2010, and hopes to be among the first to fly it.

April 09, 2006 | Trinidad & Tobago’s Newsday

Cell tower controversy

Bioengineering’s Henry Lai weighs in on a controversy in Trinidad where citizens there are fighting the erection of hundreds of cell phone towers. Lai tells Newsday reporter Suzanne Sheppard that research has yet to provide solid answers about potential health effects related to tower radiation, but that there is cause for concern.

March 29, 2006 | The Seattle Post-Intelligencer

Technology Briefing: UW names Levy chairman of computer science department

Hank Levy, longtime professor in the Department of Computer Science & Engineering, is named chair of the nationally ranked department. He takes the place of David Notkin who, after five years in the position, is stepping down.

February 20, 2006 | King County Journal

Growth crowding bridge capacity - Eastside booms will make SR 520 traffic jams worse before they get better

Engineering's Mark Hallenbeck speaks to traffic problems on the 520 bridge and what will happen as the Eastside ramps up growth.