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Washington Engineer - October 2014 Dean's Message

Our world needs astute, innovative and compassionate engineers. World leaders are looking to engineering fields to solve the energy crisis, ensure our infrastructure is robust and capable, and design new methods for diagnosing and treating complex diseases. The Ebola crisis reminds us that engineers and physicians, among others, are making a difference in that and other disasters.

In this edition of Washington Engineer, you will read about faculty and students in the Center for Game Science and the Institute for Protein Design working to develop a protein that could stop the Ebola virus and how a dissolvable fabric brings us a step closer to protecting against HIV. A collaboration between medicine, computer science and engineering, and electrical engineering brings promise of a new smartphone app to detect jaundice in newborns. And a team of students recently received a Ford Motor Co. grant to further develop "StopInfo," a new feature within the app called "OneBusAway" that provides relevant safety information to blind and low-vision riders.

The College of Engineering fall lecture series features heart-related research. Two lectures remain and will explore alternative ways to power implantable devices such as pacemakers as well as understand the processes that help blood move throughout our circulatory system.

Our outstanding faculty continue to impact our campus community and the larger world. Jeffrey Heer, an associate professor in computer science and engineering, was selected for the Moore Investigator in Data-Driven Discovery award to develop new theories, tools and techniques for data visualization. The grant, $1.5 million over five years, will allow Heer's lab to expand its work and enable campus researchers in the natural and social sciences to more effectively explore and analyze data.

I'm also pleased to recognize UW Engineering alumna Tami Bond, who received a 2014 "genius" award from the MacArthur Foundation. Dr. Bond, who is now a professor at the University of Illinois Urbana-Champaign, earned her bachelor's in mechanical engineering in 1993 and an interdisciplinary doctorate in 2000, advised by professors in civil and environmental engineering, mechanical engineering and atmospheric sciences.

Thank you for taking time to learn more about UW Engineering and for reading Washington Engineer.

Michael B. Bragg
Frank & Julie Jungers Dean of Engineering