News & Events

Washington Engineer - October 2012

In this issue:

  • Dean's Message
  • Research - Lung Monitoring App; Paper-Based Diagnostics; Web Tools for 2012 Election
  • Campus News - Molecular Engineering Building; Banner Year for Federal Grants; Summer 'World Lab' with Tsinghua University
  • Events - Fall Lecture Series; Talk by Microsoft's Legal VP; Career Networking Night
  • In the Media

Dean's Message

Dean Matt O’Donnell issues his last message as head of the College before he returns to his teaching and research. He reflects on his tenure and looks at what's ahead for UW Engineering. Watch video »

still from Matt O'Donnell video

Research

smartphone with SpiroSmart app loaded App lets you monitor lung health using only a smartphone
A new tool lets people monitor their lung function simply by blowing into their smartphones. Initial results come within 5 percent of commercial devices, meaning it already meets the medical community’s standards for accuracy.
CBS News | CNET | KOMO TV

treated paper shows a UW husky mascot outline Sticky paper offers cheap, easy solution for paper-based diagnostics
A formula to make paper-based diagnostics using plain paper, the kind found at office supply stores around the world. It could provide a cheap and simple platform to test for malaria, diabetes or other diseases.

stick figure from Balancer plug-in Two Web-based projects promote political literacy for 2012 election
The Living Voters Guide lets people in Washington and California collaborate to build a crowdsourced voters' guide, while Balancer provides a way to measure political bias in online news reading habits.

Campus News

Molecular Engineering & Sciences Building UW celebrates opening of new Molecular Engineering & Sciences Building
This fall students and faculty moved into the new Molecular Engineering & Sciences Building, one of the first facilities in the country dedicated to an emerging area of research.
Seattle Times

UW Engineering's research program continues to grow
Among many federal grants awarded this fall, bioengineer Kim Woodrow was selected for the NIH's High Risk High Rewards program; the UW's eScience Institute won one of eight NSF/NIH 'big data' research awards; and chemical engineer Hugh Hillhouse's work on solar technology was awarded one of NSF's Sustainable Energy Pathways grants.

students work together at white board New program joins computer science and design experts at UW, Tsinghua University
UW and Chinese students participated this summer in the first World Lab Summer Institute. Together they spent seven weeks in Seattle developing ways for technology to address global issues relating to health, environment and education.

Events

lecture series poster excerpt

Engineering Molecules: Tiny Solutions for Big Problems
Attend the last two talks in the College of Engineering's annual fall lecture series, presented in partnership with the UW Alumni Association. Lectures are at 7 p.m. in Kane Hall; free registration is required.

Here Comes the Sun: Engineering New Solar Technologies at the Molecular Scale
Thursday, Nov. 1
Hugh Hillhouse, Chemical Engineering, and Christine Luscombe, Materials Science & Engineering

Into the Body: Molecular Systems for Healing
Thursday, Nov. 8
Pat Stayton and Suzie Pun, Bioengineering

All of the lectures will air at a later date on UWTV.

Microsoft's Brad Smith Creating an Environment for Innovation
Tuesday, Oct. 30 at 3:30 p.m.
Microsoft Atrium, Paul G. Allen Center for Computer Science & Engineering
Brad Smith, top legal counsel at Microsoft Corp., discusses the legal framework to encourage innovation.

two participants all smiles at Networking Night Engineering Networking Night
Wednesday Nov. 7 at 6:30 p.m.
Microsoft Atrium, Paul G. Allen Center for Computer Science & Engineering
Students meet in a speed-dating setting with local alumni working at Boeing, Facebook, Microsoft and other companies to ask questions and get career advice.

In the Media

Yoshi Kohno interviewed on NOVA Can science stop crime?
PBS NOVA | Oct. 17, 2012
Computer security and privacy researcher Yoshi Kohno and his graduate students discuss and demonstrate their research on emerging threats in cyber security.

gloved hands treating a patient's head My cyborg sister: When life-saving gadgets break down
CNET | Aug. 21, 2012
A piece of silicone less than 2 inches wide keeps the writer's sister alive, by draining excess fluid from her brain. UW bioengineer Barry Lutz and pediatric neurosurgeon Samuel Browd are working on an entirely redesigned and smarter version of today's brain shunts.