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Washington Engineer - November 2015 Dean's Message

Michael Bragg standing, with purple and gold tieDear Friends of Engineering,

This fall we welcomed our students back to campus with many exciting initiatives that will positively impact their UW Engineering experience and our community.

At the start of the academic year we launched the new Career Center @ Engineering (CC@E) to help students develop lifelong career strategies. CC@E will function as a single entry point for employers seeking to hire our students.

We continue to invest in key facilities across the campus. To serve our rapidly growing research programs in nanoengineering, the UW Board of Regents has approved a $37 million renovation of the Washington Nanofabrication Facility (WNF), which is managed by the college. The WNF and our Molecular Analysis Facility will share in a $4.5 million grant from the National Science Foundation to advance nanoscale research, and the UW will become one of 16 sites in the new National Nanotechnology Coordinated Infrastructure (NNCI) network. Construction continues on the NanoEngineering & Sciences building that is scheduled to open in 2017.

A new Reuters ranking recently rated the University of Washington as the most innovative public university in the world — and fourth overall — by taking into account metrics such as research funding, patents, commercialization successes and numbers of STEM students. As the engine of innovation responsible for over half of the university’s innovations reported, patents filed and start-ups produced, the College of Engineering is thrilled to see the UW receive this global recognition.

In this edition of Washington Engineer, you'll also read about some of our groundbreaking work in machine learning – from the development of an artificial intelligence system that can answer SAT geometry questions as well as an average U.S. high schooler to a bestselling book from CSE's Pedro Domingos that demystifies the subject.

Thank you for taking the time to learn more about the exciting, ongoing work at UW Engineering and for reading Washington Engineer.

Michael B. Bragg
Frank & Julie Jungers Dean of Engineering