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[em]Washington Engineer[/em] Special Edition - September 2014

Michael Bragg photoWelcoming a New Class of Innovators

Dear Friends of Engineering,

This year I am thrilled to welcome 19 incredible new faculty members to the College of Engineering. In a banner year for hiring, these new faculty members come to us from some of the most prominent institutions around the world. They will focus on key areas of impact including nanomaterials, energy systems, big data, computer security and privacy, and biomedicine.

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1st row: Steven Brunton (ME), David Butman (CEE), Alvin Cheung (CSE), Yejin Choi (CSE)

2nd row: Bruce Hinds (MSE), Vincent Holmberg (ChemE), Faisal Hossain (CEE), Shuai Huang (ISE)

3rd row: Sreeram Kannan (EE), Edward Kolodziej (CEE), Jonathan Liu (ME), David McDonald (HCDE)

4th row: Franziska Roesner (CSE), Venkat R. Subramanian (ChemE), Emina Torlak (CSE), Anthony Waas (A&A)

5th row: Xi Wang (CSE), Richard Wiebe (CEE), Baosen Zhang (EE)

Among these new hires, I’m pleased to welcome Anthony M. Waas as the new chair of the William E. Boeing Department of Aeronautics & Astronautics. Waas joins us from the University of Michigan, where he is currently the Felix Pawlowski Collegiate Professor of Aerospace Engineering and of Mechanical Engineering. He brings research expertise in composite structures and lightweight materials as well as a long history of working with Boeing, General Electric, and the automotive industry.

We compete with the top engineering schools in the nation to hire new faculty, and it speaks volumes about the quality of our institution that many candidates select the UW. Last year, our research expenditures topped $125 million, strengthening the UW’s top-five ranking in sponsored research funds in the country.

We recently announced that Shyam Gollakota, assistant professor of computer science and engineering, received the prestigious Innovators Under 35 award from MIT Technology Review. Shyam leads the UW’s Networks and Wireless Lab, and his research is transforming wireless networks to power devices and enable gesture recognition.

Our faculty members receive national and international recognition for their innovative teaching and research and I’m excited for these new distinguished professors to join our vibrant community. I hope you’ll take the opportunity to learn more about them. Thank you for reading Washington Engineer.

Michael B. Bragg
Frank & Julie Jungers Dean of Engineering