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2007 News Archive

December 14, 2007 | Dean's Office

COE Announces 2008 Diamond Award Winners

Five outstanding alumni are being recognized for their contributions as engineers of excellence in categories including Distinguished Achievement in Industry and Academia, Entrepreneurial Excellence, Distinguished Service and Early Career Achievement.

December 6, 2007

Computer Science and Engineering faculty member elected IEEE fellow

David Notkin, faculty in the Department of Computer Science & Engineering, has been elected a fellow of the Institute of Electrical and Electronics Engineers.

November 3, 2007 | Seattle Times

Student wins $15K for elegant code at an international programming contest

Michael Skinner won an 8-hour marathon coding competition to maneuver a tank on a hilly landscape and fire at the highest number of moving targets in the least amount of time.

November 1, 2007 | UW News

Vacation Photos Create 3D Models of World Landmarks

UW researchers download photos from online sites to create virtual, 3D models of landmarks such as Notre Dame Cathedral and the Statue of Liberty.

October 22, 2007

Alex Jen Elected OSA Fellow

Professor Alex Jen, chair of the Materials Science & Engineering department, has been elected a fellow of the Optical Society of America (OSA).

October 25, 2007 | UW Week

Civil & Environmental Engineering prof named AAAS fellow

Civil & Environmental Engineering professor Dennis Lettenmaier was honored for distinguished contributions to the field of surface hydrology.

October 9, 2007 | UW News

Ooh, ahh! Vocal Joystick uses voice to surf the Web

UW researchers have developed a tool that detects sounds like "ah," "ee," and "oo" and turns the sounds into movement on the screen for browsing the Web, drawing, controlling a cursor, and playing a game.

October 2007

Dean Matt O'Donnell wins IEEE Achievement Award

Dean of the College of Engineering and Professor of Bioengineering, Matt O'Donnell, was awarded for his outstanding contributions to biomedical ultrasonics and real-time ultrasound imaging technologies.

September 27, 2007 | UW Week

Four new chairs in College of Engineering

Meet Craig Benson, Civil and Environmental Engineering; Leung Tsang, Electrical Engineering; Alex Jen, Materials Science & Engineering; and Paul Yager, acting chair of Bioengineering.

September 27, 2007 | UW Week

Genius in our midst: Matsuoka wins coveted MacArthur

Yoky Matsuoka, associate professor in the Department of Computer Science and Engineering, has been named one of this year's MacArthur Fellows. Matsuoka's research combines neuroscience and robotics to create more realistic prosthetics.

September 12, 2007 | UW News

UW's Turing Center Unveils Multilingual Search Tool

PanImages, which can find images on the Web using 300 languages and 2.5 million words, was recently unveiled by UW's Turing Center, led by Professor Oren Etzioni.

September, 2007 | Columns

UW Engineers Contribute to Boeing's "Most Successful Launch"

Composites experts from the UW's Mechanical Engineering department helped make Boeing's 787 lighter and more fuel efficient… Industrial engineers created an algorithm used in the design process… What's next?

August 30, 2007 | UW News

Surgery the Star Trek Way: Bioengineers Research Ultrasound Treatment

Engineering researchers at the UW are working with Harborview doctors to create new emergency treatments right out of Star Trek: a high-intensity ultrasound device to heal punctured lungs.

August 15, 2007 | UW News

Three College of Engineering members recognized as being among the world's top young innovators

Technology Review magazine selected Yoshi Kohno, Tapan Parikh and Babak Parviz from more than 300 nominees in industry and academia. The TR35 salutes an elite group of 35 people who exemplify the spirit of innovation in business, technology and the arts.

August 14, 2007 | UW News

State of the Climate: Report to Cite Effects of Climate Change on State's Health, Agriculture

Dennis Lettenmaier, Professor of Civil and Environmental Engineering, will co-lead a study that includes the first statewide look at how climate change may affect the health of Washington residents.

August 9, 2007 | UW News

UW Research Helps Explain the Physics of NASCAR

Software developed at the UW had its national screen debut on ESPN's coverage of a NASCAR race. The super-fast algorithm for simulating fluid dynamics shows race fans how air flows around speeding cars.

August 7, 2007 | The Trend in Engineering

“Engineering House” Becomes a Community for Freshmen

Generations of alumni might envy the class of 2010 and all thereafter. Last fall 115 pre-engineering students moved into dorm rooms on two floors of McCarty Hall. “Engineering House” aims to improve the freshman experience by fostering a strong peer community.

August 2, 2007 | UW Week

New Computer Science academy welcomes hearing-impaired students

The UW has spearheaded a national effort to encourage deaf and hard-of-hearing students to pursue computer science. The inaugural Summer Academy for Advancing Deaf & Hard of Hearing in Computing welcomed 10 students from around the country to participate in a nine-week computer science academy.

July 16, 2007 | UW News

Microsoft, UW launch new center to develop distance learning technologies

Microsoft and the UW established the new Center for Collaborative Technologies to lead a community of engineers developing distance learning tools. UW professor Richard Anderson has worked with Microsoft Research to develop two-way video classes and software that allows students, in the classroom or around the world, to work interactively on a "virtual blackboard."

July 5, 2007 | UW Week

Center for Engineering Learning and Teaching announces study results

Engineering undergraduates begin college with little idea of what it means to be an engineer, and they often don't find out until their third year, according to an ongoing study. The findings also show that male and female engineering students approach technical questions differently.

July 5, 2007 | UW Week

Materials scientists going places

Travel the world. Meet fascinating people. Study materials science. Surprised by the punch line? Don't be. The UW's Department of Materials Science and Engineering offers many ways for students to conduct research on other continents.

July 1, 2007 | TVW

Clinic on a Chip

The Gates Foundation hopes to put an entire clinic's worth of diagnostic tests on a credit-card-sized device. Watch a video featuring the UW's Paul Yager.

June 21, 2007 | UW Week

Husband's thesis starts wife's business

Computer science alumna Suzanna Kovoor started a company in January selling implantable brain chips. The company, called Neumio, has its headquarters in the basement of her Bellevue home. When she has a question for the technology's inventor, she doesn't have far to travel -- the device was created by her husband, Jaideep Mavoori, as part of his doctoral thesis at the UW.

June 5, 2007 | UW News

Ports could hasten freight traffic by doubling up on crane trips

Ports could use their cranes to move goods more quickly without investing in any new equipment. A system called double cycling would minimize empty return trips – what taxi drivers and long-haul truckers refer to as “deadheading” – by the massive cranes.

May 31, 2007 | UW Week

Concrete floats at annual races

Don't tell these paddlers that concrete isn't the best material for building boats. In a couple of weeks, hundreds of civil engineering students from around the country will gather at the UW for the national concrete canoe championships. Known as the "America's Cup of Civil Engineering," it's a test of strength, skill and engineering savvy -- now in its 20th year.

May 23, 2007 | The Trend in Engineering

Hurricane Katrina area becomes learning lab

The Gulf Coast town of Bay St. Louis, Miss. became a hands-on learning lab for students in a special winter quarter course. Led by Denise Wilson, associate professor of electrical engineering, students were exposed to the epic societal, economic, and technological issues of Hurricane Katrina.

May 10, 2007 | UW Week

Underwater turbines could turn Puget Sound's tides into electricity

The UW recently signed an agreement with Snohomish County Public Utility District to study tidal currents in Puget Sound as a possible source of power. The Snohomish County consortium will investigate sites where turbines sitting beneath the water's surface might use the powerful tidal currents to generate electricity.

April 26, 2007 | UW Week

Researcher, student, volunteer: Graduate School Medal recipient busy as he is multitalented

For bioengineering graduate student Thomas Robey, recipient of the 2007 UW Graduate School Medal, it's all about finding common ground between science, academia and city life.

April 26, 2007 | UW Week

High-definition videoconferencing system donated to the UW

A high-definition videoconferencing system was launched in the College of Engineering's Department of Technical Communication this week. The system allows faculty on the Seattle campus to interact with colleagues without the time, expense and environmental cost of face-to-face meetings.

April 18, 2007 | UW News

Robotic surgeon to team up with doctors, astronauts on NASA mission

Raven, a lightweight surgical robot developed in the BioRobotics Lab, is departing a 12-day simulated space mission. Engineers are working on remote-controlled surgical robots that could tend to soldiers on the battlefield or travel with astronauts in space.

April 2, 2007

UW to host 2007 ASCE National Concrete Canoe Competition

Now in its 20th year, in June this national competition will come to the UW for the first time. Top teams from around the country will gather here to test both their skills and their stamina.

March 27, 2007 | UW News

'Smart' sunglasses and goggles let users adjust shade and color

The future looks bright for sunglasses with adjustable lenses. A low-cost, low-energy material with adjustable transparency lets wearers choose their color and shade.

March 19, 2007 | The Trend in Engineering

Pavia Gets Green Light on Internet Highway

Two faculty members in the UW Department of Civil and Environmental Engineering bring paving technology training online.

March 19, 2007 | UW News

UW, Micron launch materials-testing lab in quest for next-generation microchips

Computers, cell phones and other electronics can't keep shrinking in size without radical changes to their design. Finding novel semiconductor materials is the first goal of the new Micron Laboratory for Combinatorial Materials Exploration.

March 1, 2007 | UW Week

High tech for global justice: UW computer scientist designs custom cell phones

Motivated by a passion for global justice, Tapan Parikh, a doctoral student in the UW's Department of Computer Science & Engineering, has modified a cell phone for use in the developing world.

Feb. 22, 2007 | UW Week

Daredevil's fall re-enacted in UW's water tunnel

A stuntman's mid-air accident in 1991 is recreated by a former UW aeronautics and astronautics student at the UW’s water tunnel. The unusual experiment -- with the help of a Superman figure -- will air on the Discovery Channel's show Survive This!

Feb. 16, 2007 | UW News

Better freshwater forecasts to aid drought-plagued West

Even at the best of times, the West's water supplies are fraught with political, economic and environmental wrangling. Yet the ability to predict drought at seasonal lead times -- months or longer -- has scarcely improved since the 1960s.

Feb. 15, 2007 | UW Week

Photo software creates 3-D world

Good news for digital photographers: Experimental software developed by UW and Microsoft computer scientists, called Photo Tourism, turns having a lot of images into a benefit instead of a headache. Hundreds of photos of a single scene can be mapped into a 3-D virtual world. The technology has potential not just for organizing photo collections, but for capturing scenes and, perhaps someday, creating a visual map of all the photos on the Internet.

Feb. 12, 2007 | UW News

Mobile phones facilitate romance in modern India

Indians -- like young people everywhere -- are integrating technology into their romantic lives. Cell phones allow long-distance relationships and arranged marriages to flourish in a modern high-tech boomtown, according to a new study.

Feb. 12, 2007 | The Trend in Engineering

Where Is My Bus?

When does the next bus leave my stop? Is it on time or behind schedule? Riders in Seattle and Chicago with Internet access through a computer, cell phone, or other hand-held device can get quick answers through Bus Tracker, an online system using My Bus software developed by Electrical Engineering Professor Daniel Dailey.

Jan. 18, 2007 | UW Week

Weathering the storm: Students rebuild after Katrina

Twelve undergraduate students have traveled to Bay St. Louis, a Mississippi town hit hard in Hurricane Katrina. They will be rebuilding houses and learning about technology, natural disasters and emergency response in a new course, "Impact of Katrina on Technology and Infrastructure."

Jan. 4, 2007 | UW News

BitTyrant makes a turbulent entry into digital filesharing

This week UW computer scientists released an update to BitTorrent, the world's most popular filesharing program. BitTyrant aims to foil anyone cheating the system -- while seizing 70 percent more bandwidth.