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

In the July 2014 issue:

  • Dean's Message
  • Research - Heart Muscle; Glaucoma Sensor; Age Progression Software
  • Campus News - $31 Million from WRF; On the Move; EcoCAR 2; Discovery Days Photos
  • Events - NESAC/BIO; Lecture Series Save-the-Date
  • In the Media - Visual AI; Telerobotics; Innovation in the Developing World

Dean's Message

Dean Michael Bragg highlights a $31 million boost to interdisciplinary efforts and cites two recent medical engineering breakthroughs achieved through cross-department collaboration. He also highlights telerobotics technology developed by faculty and students in response to a national challenge. Finally, Dean Bragg reports on leadership changes in the college. Read message »

Michael Bragg


green and red image showing human-derived cardiac cells meshing with primate cells Scientists regenerate heart muscle in primates
In a major advance, UW researchers have successfully restored damaged heart muscle of monkeys using heart cells created from human embryonic stem cells. UW bioengineer Charles Murry led the research team.
Huffington Post | U.S. News & World Report | Seattle Times

commercially available artificial lens implanted in an eye Sensor in eye could track pressure changes, monitor for glaucoma
UW electrical engineers have developed a low-power sensor that could be placed permanently in a person's eye to track hard-to-measure changes in eye pressure.
Puget Sound Business Journal | Smithsonian Magazine | New York Daily News | Wired UK

pair of images showing age progression Automated age-progression software lets you see how a child will age
UW computer scientists have developed software that automatically generates images of a young child’s face as it ages through a lifetime.
The Seattle Times | The Today Show | Gizmag | Wired UK

Campus News

graduate student Brad Dickerson runs tests on an insect using a pair of Helmholtz coils $31M gift will fund early stage UW research by high-tech entrepreneurs
UW is receiving a $31.2 million gift from Washington Research Foundation to boost entrepreneurship and support research to advance global innovation in clean energy, protein design, big data science and neuroengineering.

4 thumbnail images. Clockwise from top left: David McDonald, Linda Ng Boyle, John Sahr, Vikram Jandhyala Engineering leaders on the move
New chair appointments in the College of Engineering include David McDonald in human centered design & engineering; Linda Ng Boyle in industrial & systems engineering; and John Sahr as interim chair of electrical engineering. Former electrical engineering chair Vikram Jandhyala was named vice provost for innovation for the University of Washington’s Center for Commercialization.

UW team's EcoCar2 entry UW students' electric-hybrid car takes 2nd in international competition
The UW's Advanced Vehicle Works team won second place in the international EcoCAR 2 competition for turning a Chevrolet Malibu into a highly efficient hybrid vehicle running on electric grid energy and biodiesel.
GeekWire | The Seattle Times

smiling girl with orange 5-gal bucket with floating pennies Discovery Days slide show
If you missed Engineering Discovery Days on the Seattle campus in April, you can still look at photos of the big event on Flickr.


NESAC/BIO logo over photo of demo NESAC / BIO Workshop
August 18-20, 2014
Molecular Engineering & Sciences Building

This year's workshop focuses on surface characterization of biomaterials. Through lectures and demonstrations, attendees learn the capabilities of surface analysis methods and how to intelligently review data received from surface analysis laboratories.

headshots of the speakers Save the dates!
2014 Engineering Lecture Series

October 15, 2014
Charles Murry, Professor of Pathology, Cardiology, and Bioengineering

November 4, 2014
Nate Sniadecki, Associate Professor, Mechanical Engineering
Nathan White, Adjunct Assistant Professor, Bioengineering

November 18, 2014
Joshua Smith, Associate Professor, Computer Science & Engineering and Electrical Engineering

All lectures are held at 7 p.m. in Kane Hall. Supported in part by the University of Washington Alumni Association.

In the Media

sample of images grouped by Levan for the term 'shrimp'

This computer wants to teach itself everything about anything
Time | June 13, 2014
UW computer scientists in partnership with the Allen Institute for Artificial Intelligence have created LEVAN (Learning Everything About Anything), the first fully automated computer program that teaches everything there is to know about any visual concept.

rescue dog with wearable robotics

Research goes to the dogs and the drones
Science | June 20, 2014
UW electrical engineers have developed telerobotics technology that could make disaster response faster and more efficient. The group brought a prototype to Washington, D.C., in June as one of 24 participants in the SmartAmerica Challenge.

DripAssist device with a cat looking on

Third-world ideas that are changing first-world lives
USA Today | July 9, 2014
For Beth Kolko, a UW professor of human centered design & engineering, it's not just cool when innovation comes from Azerbaijan or Uganda. It's a must.