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[em]Washington Engineer[/em] - January 2013

In this issue:

  • Dean's Message
  • Research - Electrospun HIV Protection; Ferroelectric Circuits; ARPA-E Grant
  • Campus News - Interim Dean for UW College of Engineering; New Name for A&A; Clare Boothe Luce Award
  • Events - Lecture Series on UWTV; Engineering Exploration Night; Women in Engineering Conference
  • In the Media - Dr. Robot; EcoCar2; Big Data Partnership

Dean's Message

Judy Ramey, interim dean, issues her first message as head of the College and looks at what's ahead for UW Engineering. Watch video »

still from Judy Ramey video


highly zoomed view of nanofiber cloth and sperm cells Electrically spun fabric offers dual defense against pregnancy, HIV
A University of Washington team has developed a versatile platform to simultaneously offer contraception and prevent HIV. Electrically spun cloth with nanometer-sized fibers can dissolve to release drugs, providing a platform for cheap, discrete and reversible protection.
CBS | The Atlantic

image of electrical response of the newly developed organic crystal Organic ferroelectric molecule shows promise for memory chips, sensors
Researchers at UW and Southeast University in China have discovered a cheap, flexible, and nontoxic molecule that is well suited to a wide range of applications in memory, sensing and low-cost energy storage. Findings are published in the journal Science.

ChemE professor Mary Lidstrom photo Energy Dept. funds UW project to turn wasted natural gas into diesel
The U.S. Department of Energy recently awarded a group led by the University of Washington $4 million to develop bacteria that can turn the methane in natural gas into diesel fuel for transportation.

Campus News

Judy Ramey photo Judith Ramey appointed interim dean of UW College of Engineering
Judith Ramey, professor and former chair in the UW’s Department of Human Centered Design & Engineering, steps into the role of Frank & Julie Jungers Interim Dean of Engineering.

Bill Boeing photo UW Department of Aeronautics & Astronautics named for William E. Boeing
The UW Board of Regents approved changing the name of the UW’s aeronautics and astronautics department to the William E. Boeing Department of Aeronautics & Astronautics, recognizing the shared history of the department and The Boeing Company and honoring the man who launched them both.

Luce Foundation awards $495,000 grant to support two professorships for women in engineering
The Henry Luce Foundation's Clare Boothe Luce Program grant will support the addition of two faculty members: one in the Molecular Engineering & Sciences Institute and the other in the National Science Foundation (NSF) Engineering Research Center for Sensorimotor Neural Engineering, two new innovative interdisciplinary research centers.


lecture series poster excerpt Watch the 2012 lecture series
Engineering Molecules: Tiny Solutions for Big Problems is now online at

The 2012 Engineering Lecture Series took a close look at the emerging field of molecular engineering which builds from the bottom up and aims high, promising new ways to diagnose disease earlier and treat it more precisely, and inexpensive and practical ways to harness clean sources of energy. The series is now available to view online.

2013 Women in Science & Engineering Conference
Image of Innovation

Saturday, March 2, 2013, 8:30 a.m. - 5:00 p.m.
Husky Union Building (HUB) on the UW Seattle Campus

Engineering Exploration Night
Thursday, January 31 at 6:00 p.m.
McCarty Hall
Students meet in a speed-dating setting with local alumni working at Boeing, Amazon, Microsoft and other companies to ask questions and get career advice.

In the Media

Meet your next surgeon: Dr. Robot
Fortune | Jan. 15, 2013
Raven, the surgical robot developed in the UW electrical engineering biorobotics lab led by Blake Hannaford, is featured.

Students work on converting a Chevy Malibu. Photo: ALAN BERNER / THE SEATTLE TIMES UW students turning 2013 Malibu into fuel-saving dual-motor hybrid
The Seattle Times | Dec. 2, 2012
Mechanical engineering students are turning a gas-powered car into an unusual electric-diesel hybrid as part of a competition sponsored by the U.S. Department of Energy.

New Advanced Computing Institute Bolsters NW Big Data Cluster
Xconomy | Jan. 9, 2013
A new partnership between the University of Washington and the federal government’s Pacific Northwest National Laboratory is featured.