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[em]Washington Engineer[/em] - May 2015

In the May 2015 issue:

  • Dean's Message
  • Research - Who's a CEO?, Injectable Clot Reinforcement, Nanolasers
  • Campus News - CoE Leadership, Nature-Inspired Flight, Optimizing Industry Sponsored Research
  • Events - Diamond Awards, EcoCar 3, ASEE Annual Conference
  • In the Media - Lethal Landslides, Brain-to-Brain Communication, STARS Program

Dean's Message

The dean touches on a new strategic plan reflecting the changing landscape of engineering education, lifesaving interdisciplinary collaboration, community and industry partnerships, and entrepreneurial students. Read message »

Michael Bragg


excerpt of Google image search results for CEO
Who’s a CEO? Google image results can shift gender biases
A new UW study tracks how accurately gender representations in online image search results for 45 different occupations match reality. In a few jobs — including CEO — women were significantly underrepresented in Google image search results, the study found, and that can change worldviews. The first female face to appear in a CEO image search was Barbie.
Washington Post | The Verge | The Atlantic | Huffington Post | PC Magazine | BBC News

A 3-D rendering of fibrin forming a blood clot, with PolySTAT (in blue) binding strands together. Credit: William Walker/UW
An injectable UW polymer could keep soldiers, trauma patients from bleeding to death
Most military battlefield casualties die from uncontrolled bleeding. That’s why UW bioengineer Suzie Pun teamed with emergency medicine doctors to develop a new injectable polymer that strengthens blood clots, called PolySTAT. Administered in a simple shot, the polymer finds any unseen or internal injuries and starts working in the field.
The Verge | Popular Science | Gizmodo | Wired UK | KUOW | KING5 | KIRO-TV

graphic of ultrathin semiconductor
UW scientists build a nanolaser using a single atomic sheet
UW scientists have built a new nanometer-sized laser using a semiconductor that’s only three atoms thick. It could help open the door to next-generation computing that uses light, rather than electrons, to transfer information.
EE Times |

Campus News

Loew Hall sign (outdoors)
Engineering leaders on the move
New chair appointments in the College of Engineering include Anthony Waas in the William E. Boeing Department of Aeronautics & Astronautics;  Cecilia Giachelli in bioengineering; and Radha Poovendran in electrical engineering. In the dean’s office Brian Fabien was appointed associate dean of academic affairs and Pedro Arduino was named associate dean of infrastructure.

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New Air Force center at UW learns from animals for better flight
The Air Force Center of Excellence on Nature-Inspired Flight Technologies and Ideas is being established at the University of Washington, with university partners across the U.S. and Europe. It's one of six nationwide centers funded by the U.S. Air Force and the only to focus on how elements in nature can help build small, remotely operated aircraft.
GeekWire | KOMO

stylized image featuring Patrick Stayton
UW introduces pre-packaged IP to optimize industry sponsored research
The Washington Innovation Advantage is a “pre-packaged” intellectual property program for sponsored research.  The goal is to make it easier for businesses to partner with UW. The College of Engineering was a key driver in establishing this program.
Xconomy | Seattle Times op-ed


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Diamond Awards
May 8
Don James Center, Husky Stadium

The UW Engineering Diamond Awards honor outstanding alumni. 2015 honorees include Boeing materials science engineer Alan Miller; electrical engineering entrepreneur Milton Zeutschel; Yaw Anokwa, who has improved healthcare delivery in rural Rwanda and Christophe Bisciglia, co-founder of the game-changing big data companies Cloudera and WibiData.

EcoCar 3 logo on race car

EcoCar 3 competition
May 29 – June 6
Renaissance Seattle Hotel

The UW EcoCAR3 team competes against 15 other schools to turn a Chevy Camaro into the ultimate energy-efficient, high-performance, low-polluting vehicle. Seattle hosts the 2015 Year One competition.

ASEE logo over Seattle conference graphic

ASEE Annual Conference
June 14-17, 2015

The College of Engineering is pleased to sponsor this year’s conference in Seattle.

In the Media

Justin Gabbard landslide illustration excerpt, NY Times
How to make landslides less deadly
The New York Times |  March 21, 2015
One year after the nation's deadliest landside killed 43 people in Oso, Washington, Joe Wartman, associate professor of civil and environmental engineering, and David Montgomery, professor of earth and space sciences, emphasize that more detailed hazard maps are still needed.
Everett Herald | Seattle Times| UW Today

excerpt of connected brains illustration by John Hersey
Why brain-to-brain communication is no longer unthinkable
Smithsonian Magazine |  April 24, 2015
Exploring uncharted territory, neuroscientists are making strides with human subjects who can "talk" directly by using their minds. Rajesh Rao's brain-to-brain communication research at the Center for Sensorimotor Neural Engineering is featured.
Washington Post | MIT Technology Review | NBC News | Yahoo! News | UW Today

students at white board (image - Mike Siegel, Seattle Times)
UW’s STARS helps low-income students shine
Seattle Times |  April 22, 2015
UW's College of Engineering is more diverse than most of its peers because it makes an effort to bring in both underrepresented minority students and women. In the last winter quarter, 11 of the 30 students from the new State Academic Red Shirt (STARS) program — which recruits and supports engineers from low-income backgrounds — made the dean’s list.
Seattle Times: Google+ chat rewind, guest op/ed, and STEM report | UW Today