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[em]Washington Engineer[/em] - April 2014

In the April 2014 issue:

  • Dean's Message
  • Research - Biopsy Device; Battery-free Gesture Recognition; Bad Tweets
  • Campus News - NAE for Riley; $4.4 million for CELT; Oso Landslide
  • Events - Vision for NASA; Discovery Days; Health Innovators
  • In the Media - Better Batteries; Brain Awareness; On-demand Vaccines

Dean's Message

Dean Michael Bragg highlights the role of UW engineers in responding to and understanding the landslide in Oso, Wash. and the use of social media in the aftermath of the Boston Marathon bombings. He also shares news of a substantial grant to boost students' academic success by helping them reflect on their learning experiences and challenges. Read message »

Michael Bragg


holding up a microfluidic device between thumb and forefinger Credit card-sized device could analyze biopsy, help diagnose pancreatic cancer in minutes
UW scientists and engineers are developing a low-cost device that could potentially reduce the time it takes to diagnose cancer to a matter of minutes.
KING 5 News
user holding AllSee prototype attached to smartphone and gesturing with closed hand Battery-free technology brings gesture recognition to all devices
A UW engineering team has built a low-cost gesture recognition system that runs without batteries and lets users control their electronic devices hidden from sight with simple hand movements.
Xconomy | KING 5 News | KPLU Public Radio | CNET
segment of network graph showing the top Twitter hashtags after the Boston Marathon bombing Much misinformation tweeted after 2013 Boston Marathon bombing
Human Centered Design & Engineering's Kate Starbird led research that shows misinformation spread widely on Twitter after the 2013 Boston Marathon bombing, despite efforts to correct inaccurate rumors.
KUOW Public Radio | GeekWire | Huffington Post

Campus News

James Riley UW's James Riley elected to National Academy of Engineering
Riley is among 67 new members and 11 foreign associates elected to the academy this year. In electing Riley, the academy cited his “contributions in analysis, modeling, and computations of transitioning and turbulent phenomena.”
The (UW) Daily
student in a thoughtful conversation Reflection makes sense: New initiative prompts engineering students to look back to go forward
The Center for Engineering Learning & Teaching has received a $4.4 million grant from the Leona M. and Harry B. Helmsley Charitable Trust to develop and promote teaching practices that help undergraduate engineering students reflect on their experiences.
image of Oso landslide UW experts part of technical team investigating Snohomish County mudslide
Joseph Wartman, associate professor of civil and environmental engineering, is co-leading a national team to investigate the Oso, Wash., mudslide to understand why the slope collapsed, in the hope that a similar disaster can be prevented.
National Geographic | The Wall Street Journal | The Seattle Times


Jaiwon Shin A Strategic Vision for NASA Aeronautics
Wednesday, April 23, 4 - 6 p.m.
Husky Union Building (HUB) Room 334 on the UW Seattle campus

Jaiwon Shin, associate administrator for aeronautics at NASA, will discuss the agency's new strategic vision for its aeronautics research programs that will strengthen and grow the U.S. aviation industry.

Engineering Discovery Days logo
Engineering Discovery Days

Friday, April 25, 9 a.m. - 2 p.m.
Saturday, April 26, 9 a.m. - 2 p.m.
UW Seattle campus

The annual open house is free and open to everyone. Students and faculty from all engineering departments will share their work with students, teachers and families in the community. Saturday's events include outdoor and indoor lab exhibits, information sessions for high school students and demonstrations.

Larry Kessler image Health Innovators Seminar: Value in Healthcare Innovation
Tuesday, May 13, 4:30 - 5:30 p.m
William H. Foege Auditorium (S060) on the UW Seattle Campus

The newly formed Health Innovators Collaborative is holding a series of spring seminars on various healthcare topics. This talk features Larry Kessler, chair of the UW Department of Health Services, speaking about how innovations must demonstrably provide value to health professionals and customers.

In the Media

Shyamnath Gollakota with battery-free devices. Photo by Stuart Isett for The New York Times. Building a better battery
The New York Times | Feb. 2, 2014
Batteries, long the poor cousin to computer chips in research-obsessed Silicon Valley, are now the rage. The research of Shyam Gollakota, UW assistant professor of computer science and engineering, is featured.
Show-and-tell with a brain at a Brain Awareness Week open house. Photo by Mike Siegel, The Seattle Times. Kids learn how human brain works -- and feels -- at UW open house
The Seattle Times | March 4, 2014
About 650 elementary- and middle-school students learned about the brain at an annual open house at the UW. Eric Chudler, research associate professor of bioengineering, organizes the event each year to celebrate Brain Awareness Week.
greatly magnified view of a collection of vaccinating nanoparticles Forget expensive labs, what if we made vaccines in the places we needed them?
Fast Company | March 19, 2014
Engineers at the UW have been working on a less-centralized model, where vaccines potentially could be made on-demand and on-site. This could eventually lead to single-dose patches that health workers make when needed.