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2009 News Archive

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December 14, 2009 | Silicon Solar Consortium

Consortium Funds UW Solar Cell Research

The Silicon Solar Consortium (SiSoC) recently announced funding for solar cell research proposed by Scott Dunham, a UW professor of electrical engineering. The proposal was entitled "Technology Computer Aided Design Tools for Silicon Solar Cells." SiSoC is a National Science Foundation Industry/University Cooperative Research Center. UW is now one of six university members.

launching a tennis ball temp. sensor

December 14, 2009 | UW News

Low-cost Temperature Sensors, Tennis Balls to Monitor Mountain Snowpack

Dime-sized temperature sensors that were first built for the refrigerated food industry have been adapted by Jessica Lundquist to sense mountain microclimates. Lundquist is a UW assistant professor of civil and environmental engineering.

schoolchildren in Bangalore test the MultiLearn system

December 10, 2009 | UW Week

'One Keypad per Child' Lets Schoolchildren Share Screen to Learn Math

A new device developed by UW undergraduates enables up to four students to share a single computer to do interactive math problems, effectively quadrupling the number of computers available for such exercises.

photos, Justin Sherry, Rita Sodt and Eric Kimbrel

November 30, 2009 | Computer Science & Engineering

Three Undergraduate Researchers from CSE Receive National Recognition

The Computing Research Association recognized three CSE students in the 2010 Outstanding Undergraduate Research Awards. In the competition, Justine Sherry was selected as the national winner among females. Rita Sodt was selected as a finalist. And Eric Kimbrel received an honorable mention.

map of Washington state test sites

November 24, 2009 | College of Engineering

UW to participate in Smart Grid Demo

The DOE awarded $178 million to a Pacific Northwest team, led by Battelle’s PNNL, to conduct a smart grid demo designed to expand existing electric infrastructure and test new technologies. The UW Seattle campus is one of 14 test sites where energy consumption will be measured in residence halls and academic buildings.

healthy, algae-fed zooplankton

November 23, 2009 | UW Week

Fish Food Fight

Prominent research theorized that fish diets relied on decayed trees and leaves. Civil and Environmental Engineering professor Michael Brett has shown that algae is more important for healthy zooplankton and boosting fish populations.

iGEM logo

November 19, 2009 | UW Week

Gold, Silver Medals for UW Teams in the International Genetically Engineered Machine Competition (iGEM)

iGEM challenges undergraduates to build novel biological systems that operate within living cells. A team advised by Eric Klavins, a UW associate professor of electrical engineering, sought a simpler, quicker way to purify proteins. A second team advised by Herbert Sauro, associate professor of bioengineering, focused on building an inexpensive device for assembling biological parts.

thumbnail images of Dan Schwartz and Greg Miller

November 12, 2009 | UW Week

Two New Department Chairs in College of Engineering

The College of Engineering named new chairs this fall to the departments of Chemical Engineering and Civil & Environmental Engineering. Dan Schwartz, previously CoE's Associate Dean for New Initiatives, is chair of Chemical Engineering. Greg Miller, CoE's Associate Dean for Infrastructure, begins as chair of Civil & Environmental Engineering on December 1.

UW graduate Jeff Siegmeth takes measurements of vibration during a recent Husky football game.

November 12, 2009 | UW Week

Students Brainstorming to Reduce Not-so-good Vibrations at Husky Stadium

It's being called the Husky Vibration project—finding a way to keep TV camera platforms at the south end of Husky Stadium from vibrating when the crowds get heated up. Students of Vipin Kumar, associate professor of mechanical engineering, are taking up the challenge as part of ME 395, Introduction to Mechanical Design. Update: UW Week 02/11/2010

cropped photo of a medal of honor

November 10, 2009 | The Seattle Times

Eight from UW Who Received Medal of Honor

Two College of Engineering alumni are among the eight Medal of Honor recipients from UW profiled today in the Seattle Times: Marine Maj. Gregory "Pappy" Boyington, 1912-1988, and Marine Maj. Robert E. Galer, 1913-2005. The UW Medal of Honor Memorial will be dedicated on Veterans Day, November 11, 2009 with a parade and ceremonies starting at 10:00 a.m.

Craig Mundie demos new technology at Kane Hall lecture; from photo by Patrick Riley, UW Daily

November 6, 2009 | The Daily

Microsoft Exec Visits UW

Craig Mundie, Chief Research and Strategy Officer at Microsoft, spoke to a packed room at Kane Hall about how software and information technology can help solve global problems. The event was part of the Distinguished Lecturer Series hosted by the Department of Computer Science & Engineering.

Clean Tech Open logo excerpt

October 30, 2009 | Xconomy

LivinGreen a Finalist in Clean Tech Open Competition

LivinGreen, a spinout from Guozhong Cao's lab, is one of three regional finalists in the national Clean Tech Open competition. Cao is a professor in the Department of Materials Science and Engineering.

Doctoral student Carl Hartung (right) demonstrates the UW tool, Open Data Kit, in Uganda

October 29, 2009 | UW News

Cell Phones as Tools for Environment, Global Health

Free, open-source tools developed by PhD students in Computer Science & Engineering are being used to gather information in areas with little infrastructure. Planned and current uses include monitoring deforestation in Tanzania and Brazil, guiding health workers treating children under 5 years old in Tanzania, and recording human rights violations in the Central African Republic.

illustration excerpt: view from the Johnson Hall courtyard looking northwest at the new Molecular Engineering Building

October 9, 2009 | UW News

UW Breaks Ground on Nation's Largest Molecular Engineering Building

UW leaders today officially broke ground on a molecular engineering building. The underground instrumentation space that minimizes vibrations and electromagnetic interference will be the largest such lab space on the West Coast.

yellow Lamborghini supercar

October 6, 2009 | UW News

'Lamborghini Lab' Brings Composite Parts to Sports-Car Arena

The newly named Automobili Lamborghini Advanced Composite Structures Lab will test the safety of structures built out of new composite materials. See In the Media for stories and photos!

October 1, 2009 | UW Week

In Praise of Scum: Planet's Nitrogen Cycle Overturned by 'Tiny Ammonia Eater of the Seas'

A few years ago, UW researchers cultured a tiny organism from the bottom of a Seattle Aquarium tank and found it can digest ammonia, a key environmental function. New results show this minute organism and its brethren play a more central role in the planet's ecology than previously suspected. The findings are published online in the journal Nature.

An object printed from powdered glass, using the Solheim Lab's new Vitraglyphic process.

September 24, 2009 | UW News

UW Lab Demonstrates 3-D Printing in Glass

A team of engineers and artists working at UW's Solheim Rapid Manufacturing Laboratory has developed a way to create glass objects using a conventional 3-D printer. The technique allows a new type of material to be used in such devices.

images of the three winners (Kathleen Tuite, Daniel Halperin, and Parmoon Seddighrad

September 22, 2009 | Intel

Three Engineering Students Win Intel PhD Fellowships

Intel Corporation has awarded Intel PhD fellowships to three UW Engineering students. The winners are Kathleen Tuite and Daniel Halperin in Computer Science & Engineering and Parmoon Seddighrad in Electrical Engineering. Intel made 26 awards nationwide, each covering tuition, a stipend, a connection with an Intel technical leader, and a travel grant.

an example of a tidal turbine

September 16, 2009 | Snohomish PUD

DOE Awards $600K for Aquatic Species Study In Support of PUD Tidal Energy Pilot in Puget Sound

The U.S. Department of Energy will fund $600,000 to study aquatic species in Admiralty Inlet off Whidbey Island, WA. "The study data will be useful not just for tidal energy, but also for better understanding how fish and marine mammals use Admiralty Inlet," said Brian Polagye, research assistant professor of mechanical engineering at UW.

The Colosseum in Rome as seen in the digital reconstruction.

September 15, 2009 | UW News

Rome Was Built in a Day, with Hundreds of Thousands of Digital Photos

Using tourist photos downloaded from the Web, computer scientists created a digital version of Rome in about a day.


Electrical engineers Babak Parviz and Brian Otis and undergraduate student Carlton Himes (r-l) monitor a custom circuit powered by a tree.

September 8, 2009 | UW News

Electrical Circuit Runs Entirely off Power in Trees

For the first time researchers have run an electrical circuit entirely off power in trees. The findings suggest a new power source for wireless sensors—and a way to monitor tree health.

photo, Shwetak Patel

August 18, 2009 | Technology Review

TR35 Outstanding Innovator Award for UW's Shwetak Patel

Assistant professor Patel and two recent UW engineering PhDs are on Technology Review's 35 outstanding innovators under the age of 35. Award descriptions: Shwetak Patel, Jeff Bigham and Adrien Treuille .

photo, organic circuit

August 17, 2009 | UW News

New Semiconductor to Allow Simpler Circuit Design

The organic circuit developed by Chemical Engineering professor Samson Jenekhe transmits positive and negative charges.

EnerG2 logo - www.energ2.com

August 5, 2009 | Puget Sound Business Journal TechFlash

EnerG2 Gets $21 Million Federal Grant

A spinout company from MSE prof Guozhong Cao's lab that is developing next-generation batteries was awarded $21 million in stimulus funds to build a manufacturing facility in Oregon. See also the Xconomy article and EnerG2 press release.

An example of the Indus script - a stamp seal that measure one or two inches per side. Courtesy of J. M. Kenoyer / Harappa.com

August 3, 2009 | UW News

Computers Unlock More Secrets of the Mysterious Indus Valley Script

Team led by UW researcher shows distinct patterns in the mysterious language.

Fluorescent nanoparticle enhanced image of brain tumor in mouse

August 3, 2009 | UW News

Brain Tumor Painting with Nanoparticles

UW researchers find fluorescent nanoparticles can cross blood-brain barrier to help identify brain tumors in mice.

Two students using sign language while seated at a computer

July 29, 2009 | The Seattle Times

Summer Program Opens the High-tech World to Deaf Students

The UW's Summer Academy for Advancing Deaf & Hard of Hearing in Computing is in session through August 22. Get a student's eye view in this Seattle Times profile.

A quantum dot (red) encapsulated in a gold shell - the total structure measures less than 20 nanometers across.

July 27, 2009 | UW News

All-in-one Nanoparticle: A Swiss Army Knife for Nanomedicine

Nanoparticles are being developed to perform a wide range of medical uses -- imaging tumors, carrying drugs, delivering pulses of heat. Rather than settling for just one of these, researchers at the University of Washington have combined two nanoparticles in one tiny package.

Michael Hochberg photo

July 23, 2009 | UW Week

Hochberg Honored with Presidential Early Career Award for Scientists and Engineers

UW electrical engineering professor Michael Hochberg is among 100 outstanding early-career scientists named by President Obama. The award is the "highest honor bestowed by the United States government on young professionals in the early stages of their independent research careers." Three other UW faculty were also honored. See also the White House press release.

Portion of logo from Vanish prototype

July 21, 2009 | UW News

This Article Will Self-destruct: A Tool to Make Online Personal Data Vanish

A team of UW computer scientists developed a prototype system called Vanish that can place a time limit on text uploaded to any Web service through a Web browser. After a set time text written using Vanish will, in essence, self-destruct. A paper about the project went public today and will be presented at the Usenix Security Symposium Aug. 10-14 in Montreal. See also the New York Times article and Vanish Web site.

The student rocket blasts off.  (Photo by Gregory Rixon)

July 9, 2009 | UW Week

Student-built Rocket Blasts More than Two Miles High

The UW’s Department of Aeronautics & Astronautics held its first hands-on graduate course focused on rocket design and construction. The course ended with a dramatic class test: A rocket launch in the Utah desert. And a second-place finish!

Students show enthusiasm during a GEAR-UP activity.

July 9, 2009 | UW Week

GEAR-UP Project Thriving at the 10 Year Mark

The GEAR-UP Project, which helps middle school students prepare for high school and high schoolers prepare for college, is celebrating its 10th anniversary this summer by continuing to do what it has always done. Four institutes are being held on campus to introduce students to college life.

The artificial cilia are flexible rubber fingers less than 1/100 of an inch long, and 1/1000 of an inch wide. The tips shown here vibrate 65 times per second.

June 30, 2009 | UW News

Stirred, Not Shaken: Bio-inspired Cilia Mix Medical Reagents at Small Scales

Modern biomedical research requires mixing liquids in tiny amounts too small to shake. Researchers in the UW Department of Mechancal Engineering have developed a way to manufacture tiny stirring structures underwater. The structures mimic cilia, which do the small-scale moving and shaking inside the human body.

illustration excerpt: view from the Johnson Hall courtyard looking northwest at the new Molecular Engineering Building

June 25, 2009 | UW Week

Moving Day: Cunningham Hall, Johnson Hall Annex Emptied to Make Way for New Molecular Engineering Building

Occupants of Cunningham Hall and Johnson Hall Annex are moving out this month, and Cunningham itself will be moving later this summer to make way for the new Molecular Engineering Building on the site. On June 11 the Board of Regents approved the issuing of up to $74 million in bonds to finance the building project after the Legislature declined to fund it.

photo, closeup of chitosan and polyester fibers woven at the nanometer scale

June 16, 2009 | UW News

Crustacean Shell with Polyester Creates Mixed-Fiber Material for Nerve Repair

Mixing chitosan, found in the shells of crabs and shrimp, with an industrial polyester creates a promising new material for the tiny tubes that support repair of a severed nerve. Miqin Zhang, a UW professor of materials science and engineering, is lead author of a paper describing the technique in the journal Advanced Materials.

photo, CEE students paddle their canoe (courtesy ASCE)

June 13, 2009 | ASCE

UW Competes in Concrete Canoe Race

Teams from across the U.S. and Canada met in Tuscaloosa, AL for the annual "America's Cup of Civil Engineering." UW Civil & Environmental Engineering students entered the competition again this year, placing 16th.

image of best and brightest award medal

June 2009 | UW Week special supplement

UW's Best and Brightest 2009

The College of Engineering has four honorees among this year's University of Washington Recognition Awards:

Richard Ladner photoRichard Ladner, a UW professor of computer science and engineering, was recognized for outstanding public service in making education and technology more accessible. More &raquo

Cindy Atman photoCindy Atman, founder of the UW Center for Engineering Learning & Teaching, won the Thorud Leadership Award for transforming how we teach. More &raquo

Wayne Quinton photoWayne Quinton, ME '59 and bioengineering pioneer, has been named the 2009 Alumnus Summa Laude Dignatus—the alumnus worthy of the highest praise. More &raquo

Pavan Vaswani photoPavan Vaswani, a senior majoring in computer science, neurobiology, and biochemistry, has been selected as one of two President's Medalists for the Class of 2009 for outstanding academic achievement. More &raquo

lightbulb portion of Foster School's business plan competition graphic

May 22, 2009 | UW Foster School of Business

Nanocel Takes Top Honors in Business Plan Competition

Nanocel, an outgrowth of research at UW's Department of Mechanical Engineering, has won the grand prize in the 2009 Business Plan Competition. Nanocel provides high performance liquid cooling solutions to the electronics market. Teams for all five finalist plans include one or more UW engineering students. See also the story in Xconomy.

photo, astronaut Dominic Antonelli

May 21, 2009 | NASA

Another Dawg to Pilot Space Shuttle

NASA announced that UW alum Dominic "Tony" Antonelli will pilot next spring's mission to the International Space Station. Antonelli graduated from the UW in 2002 with a master's degree in aeronautics and astronautics. Just this month, UW alum and Seattle native Gregory Johnson successfully piloted the shuttle Atlantis to the Hubble Space Telescope.

photo, Modumetal co-founder Christina Lomasney

May 20, 2009 | Washington Technology Center (WTC)

Modumetal, UW Partnership Receives Funding for Anti-Corrosion Technology

Modumetal, Inc., a Seattle-based developer of nanostructured materials, is collaborating with materials science and engineering researchers to create a “... cutting-edge material for new commercial anti-corrosion application,” says Leslie Warren, senior engineer in the effort. CEO Christina Lomasney confirms that “with support from partners like the WTC and University of Washington, Modumetal is poised to create a new technology that will have broad industrial application and will result in new jobs and economic growth in our region.” See Seattle P-I article

Roxana Geambasu
Mike Piatek

May 15, 2009 | Google

Two UW Students Awarded Google Fellowships

Two students in UW's Department of Computer Science & Engineering have won 2009 Google PhD Fellowships: Roxana Geambasu for cloud computing and Mike Piatek for computer networking. Each 2-year fellowship includes a $35,000 cash award and other benefits. In total, Google awarded 13 fellowships to exemplary PhD students in computer science and related research areas. Each participating university was limited to two nominations.

astronaut and camera at Hubble in 1994 - courtesy NASA

May 6, 2009 | UW News

UW Will Be Prominent in Space Shuttle Mission to Service Hubble Telescope

When the space shuttle Atlantis blasts off from Cape Canaveral, Fla., on May 11, the University of Washington will be front and center in the final mission to service and repair the Hubble Space Telescope. Also see the Seattle Times and New York Times articles.

photo, Matt O'Donnell

April 30, 2009 | Notre Dame

O'Donnell Honored by Notre Dame

UW Engineering Dean Matthew O'Donnell has been named Notre Dame's 2009 Distinguished Alumnus. O'Donnell received bachelor’s and doctoral degrees in physics from Notre Dame in 1972 and 1976, respectively.

photo, Pranoti Hiremath

April 23, 2009 | UW News

Pranoti Hiremath Wins Goldwater Scholarship

Bioengineering sophomore Pranoti Hiremath was awarded a 2009 Barry M. Goldwater Scholarship, established to encourage outstanding students to pursue careers in math, the natural sciences and engineering.

An example of the Indus script - a stamp seal that measure one or two inches per side. Courtesy of J. M. Kenoyer / Harappa.com

April 23, 2009 | UW News

Indus Script Encodes Language, Reveals New Study of Ancient Symbols

Symbols from the Indus civilization have never been deciphered, prompting doubts that they code for language. In a new paper in Science, a computer scientist used mathematics and machine learning to show the symbols' pattern matches that of other languages. Also see articles in Wired, The Guardian and New Scientist.

depiction of nanoprobe

April 16, 2009 | UW News

Slowing Brain Cancer with Nanoparticles and Scorpion Venom

By combining nanoparticles with a scorpion venom compound already being investigated for treating brain cancer, University of Washington researchers found they could cut the spread of cancerous cells by 98 percent, compared to 45 percent for the scorpion venom alone.

images from the mouth of the Columbia River depicting water depth and salinity

April 14, 2009 | UW News

Cloud Computing for Ocean and Space Research

UW is helping bring scientific research into the era of "cloud computing," massive clusters of computers connected through the Internet. Recent National Science Foundation grants to UW will fund projects examining ocean climate simulations and analyzing astronomical images.

CSE student Will Johnson

April 9, 2009 | UW Week

CSE Student Places 6th in Putnam Math Competition

William Johnson, a sophomore in Computer Science & Engineering, placed sixth among about 3,700 competitors in the William Lowell Putnam Mathematical Competition. Johnson had the highest score for a student at a public institution. The UW team placed placed 15th among 405 schools.

HydroSense team with oversize award check

April 9, 2009 | UW Week

Student Teams Win Cash for Finding Solutions to Real-world Environmental Problems

What do you get when you combine engineers, entrepreneurs and environmental experts? A host of innovative, clean-tech solutions to real-world environmental problems and the business plans to back them up. Team HydroSense placed first and won $10,000 in the inaugural UW Environmental Innovation Challenge. Also see articles in Xconomy and Puget Sound Business Journal's TechFlash blog.

partial screenshot of Baby Steps application

April 6, 2009 | UW News

Digital Album Puts Focus on Kids' Health

Julie Kientz has built a high-tech tool that takes photos and video, creates an online diary and family newsletters, and at the same time tracks a child's developmental milestones. The multimedia system is called Baby Steps.

photo of Professor Buddy Ratner

April 2, 2009 | UW Week

Ratner Honored for Work on Biomaterials

Buddy Ratner, a UW professor of bioengineering and chemical engineering, was recently selected as the 2009 recipient of the Acta Biomaterialia Gold Medal. The award recognizes excellence and leadership in biomaterials research and practical applications.

ceramic cups printed using the UW recipe

March 31, 2009 | UW Week

3-D Printing Hits Rock-bottom Prices with Homemade Ceramics Mix

This story is, literally, stone age meets digital age: University of Washington researchers are combining the ancient art of ceramics and the new technology of 3-D printing. Along the way, they are making 3-D printing dramatically cheaper. See doctoral student Meghan Trainor's video demonstrating the process.

March 5, 2009 | UW Week

Two New UW TechTransfer Programs Bring Local Entrepreneurs to Campus

UW TechTransfer is offering two new services to support researchers who want to start companies, or have other people start companies using their technologies: Entrepreneurs-in-Residence and LaunchPad Entrepreneur Advisers.

'Aromatic channel' - superimposed perfume bottle over a scientific photgraph

February 27, 2009 | UW Week

Art Under the Microscope: Bioengineering Lab Images on Exhibit at Harborview

Stunning images from the research of Albert Folch, an associate professor of bioengineering, are on display at Harborview Medical Center cafeteria through April 3. This is the first time the Harborview Art Program will feature scientific research.

James Lee

February 19, 2009 | UW Week

James Lee Named Sloan Research Fellow

James Lee, a UW assistant professor of computer science and engineering, is among 118 early career scientists, mathematicians, and economists to be chosen as Alfred P. Sloan Research Fellows. Lee studies the mathematical structures underlying difficult computational problems. Also honored from UW is Subhadeep Gupta in physics.

Tech Universe map excerpt

February 19, 2009 | UW Week

UW is One of Six 'Suns' in Map of Tech Industry's 'Solar System'

A new map depicts the "solar system" of the Puget Sound technology industry as it developed over the past 30 years. The UW is one of six "suns" on the map, representing the foundation of the local tech industry.

Patrick Stayton photo

February 19, 2009 | UW Week

New Biologics Center to Advance Personalized Drug Delivery

UW bioengineering professor Patrick Stayton will lead the new Center for Intracellular Delivery of Biologics, an interdisciplinary effort that could "open up a new universe of intracellular treatment targets."

excerpt of a map showing changes in precipitation predicted for the 2040s

February 11, 2009 | UW News

New State Climate Report Indicates Coming Decades Will Be Challenging

Dennis Lettenmaier, a UW professor of civil and environmental engineering, is a co-principal investigator on the most detailed report ever on how climate change could affect Washington State.

February 10, 2009 | U.S. News & World Report blog

UW a Top 25 Institution in Web Presence

The Cybermetrics Lab has released its January 2009 Webometrics Ranking of World Universities, placing UW 12th out of more than 16,000 higher education institutions worldwide.

3-D microscope's image of a cell captured during cell division

February 9, 2009 | UW News

Cancer Diagnosis: Now in 3-D

University of Washington researchers have helped develop a new kind of microscope to visualize cells in three dimensions, an advance that could bring great progress in the field of early cancer detection.

clockwise from upper left: Matt O'Donnell, David Auth, Jeff Dean

February 9, 2009 | UW News

Three of UW Engineering's Own Elected to National Academy of Engineering

The honorees are:

  • Matthew O'Donnell, Dean of the UW College of Engineering, for "contributions to biomedical ultrasonics and real-time ultrasound imaging technologies"
  • David Auth, Affiliate Professor of Bioengineering, for "the invention and application of minimally invasive devices for the treatment of gastrointestinal bleeding and coronary artery obstructions"
  • Jeff Dean, a 1996 UW Computer Science & Engineering Ph.D. alumnus, for "contributions to the science and engineering of large-scale distributed computer systems"

Todd Alberstone, Ed Cummings, and reduced TechTransfer logo

February 5, 2009 | UW Week

UW TechTransfer Secures Two Highly Experienced IP Professionals to Join Unit

UW TechTransfer has hired Todd Alberstone as director of intellectual property management and Ed Cummings as a licensing officer focused on computing technologies. Both have experience in the local high-tech industry.

Brian Ferris with cell phone at bus stop

February 5, 2009 | UW Week

Bus Left You Waiting in the Cold? Use Your Cell Phone to Track It Down

Brian Ferris, a doctoral student in computer science and engineering, created OneBusAway, a free service that lets bus riders use phones, computers or iPhones to get real-time updates on bus arrivals.

January 29, 2009 | UW News

Technical Communication Adopts New Name: Department of Human Centered Design & Engineering

The 20-year-old department of Technical Communication now has a new name that better reflects both departmental research and academic programs.

small card for diagnosing malaria

January 20, 2009 | UW News

Dehydrated, Wallet-sized Malaria Tests Promise Better Diagnoses in Developing World

UW researchers have developed a prototype malaria test printed on a disposable Mylar card that could easily slip into your wallet and still work when you took it out, even months later. The test is part of an effort dubbed DxBox led by UW bioengineering professor Paul Yager.

the UW's 'Red Dragon' surgical device

January 15, 2009 | University Week

UW Surgical Device Wins Award

A joint product of the UW's medical and engineering schools was named a "top technology of 2008" by the Society of Laparoendoscopic Surgeons. Known first as the "Red Dragon" and now EDGE, the device uses mathematical algorithms to objectively assess surgical skills.

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