Washington Engineer - August 2013
In this issue:
- Dean's Message
- Research - Wi-Fi Gestures; Grocery Delivery & C02; Brain-Computer Interface
- Campus News - Academic Redshirts; UW Formula Motorsports Win; Remembering David Notkin
- Events - National Engineering Forum; Career Fair; STEM Research Symposium
- In the Media - Boeing 787; Tracking Genetic Flaws; 3-D Printed Boat
In his introductory message, Dean Michael Bragg touches on the strengths of UW Engineering, current research, and the opportunities ahead. He also highlights the Washington State Academic Redshirt program (STARS) to be launched this fall. Read message »
|Wi-Fi signals enable gesture recognition throughout home
Computer scientists at the UW have shown it’s possible to leverage Wi-Fi signals around us to detect specific movements without needing sensors or cameras. Users could control their electronics and household appliances from any room with a simple gesture.
BBC | The Washington Post | The Economist | Los Angeles Times
|Grocery delivery service is greener than driving to the store
UW civil and environmental engineers have found that using a grocery delivery service can cut carbon dioxide emissions by at least half when compared with individual household trips to the store.
The Washington Post | Time | NPR
|New tasks become as simple as waving a hand with brain-computer interfaces
Learning to control a robotic arm or a prosthetic limb could become second nature for people who are paralyzed.
Los Angeles Times | BBC
|New 'academic redshirt' program to support undergraduate STEM education
The UW in collaboration with Washington State University is developing an “academic redshirt” program beginning this fall that will bring dozens of low-income Washington state high school graduates to the two universities to study engineering in a five-year bachelor’s program.
KPLU | Inside Higher Ed | GeekWire
|UW gas-, electric-powered cars claim 1st and 2nd in national contest
The UW Formula Motorsports team clinched the overall win in a field of nearly 80 teams at the Formula Society of Automotive Engineers competition held June 19-22 in Lincoln, Neb. The overall win is a first for the student-run team, now in its 24th year. In the new electric car category, the team placed second out of 20 teams.
|Computer science professor remembered through scholarship fund
David Notkin, a UW professor of computer science and engineering, passed away on April 22, 2013 at the age of 58. He will be remembered as a gifted mentor and world leader in software engineering.
The Seattle Times | The (UW) Daily
|Save the Date:
National Engineering Forum Regional Dialogues
Monday, Oct. 14, 5-8 p.m.
Student Union Building (HUB) Lyceum
The UW and Pacific Northwest National Laboratory will host this event that brings together leaders and stakeholders to discuss three engineering challenges: capacity, capability and competitiveness. Follow @NatlEngForum for updates. The event is invite-only.
|Science and Engineering Career Fair
Wednesday, Oct. 23, 12 - 5 p.m.
Student Union Building (HUB), UW Seattle campus
The career fair is geared toward connecting engineering and science students with companies in the Northwest and around the nation.
|Summer STEM Poster Session
Wednesday, Aug. 21, 9 a.m. - 12 p.m.
Mary Gates Hall Commons, UW Seattle campus
Students will display their posters in this public event.
In the Media
|New challenges for fixers of Boeing's 787
The New York Times | July 29, 2013
While airlines love how this lightweight plane saves fuel, the recent fire on a 787 at Heathrow Airport in London provides the first test of how difficult and costly it will be to repair serious damage. Mark Tuttle, a UW professor of mechanical engineering, weighs in.
|UW team hunts tiny genetic flaws linked to big problems
KPLU | July 30, 2013
Even the tiniest misprint in a person’s genetic code can cause big health problems, but they can be hard to find. Now UW researchers say they’ve designed a better way to track down those mutations.
See also: UW Today
|UW club refines its methods to 'print' new milk-carton boat
The Seattle Times | July 12, 2013
For the second year, the Washington Open Object Fabricators team entered a 3-D printed boat in this summer's Seafair Milk Carton Derby. The mechanical engineering students printed the boat over the course of 11 hours.