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[em]Washington Engineer[/em] - May 2016

In the May 2016 issue:

  • Dean's Message
  • Research - Digital images stored in DNA; Family technology rules; Impacts of driverless cars
  • Campus News - $7.5M MURI grant to prevent cyberattacks; First MS program through Global Innovation Exchange; Bringing women back to academia
  • Events - Diamond Awards
  • In the Media - More efficient Wi-Fi; Butterfly migration mystery solved; Improving surgical outcomes

Dean's Message

The dean touches on research projects that explore how families use technology, improve surgical outcomes for cerebral palsy patients and pushing boundaries in recruiting faculty and educating tomorrow's engineers. Read message »

Michael Bragg


Smear of DNA at the end of a test tube. Tara Brown Photography/ University of Washington

UW team stores digital images in DNA — and retrieves them perfectly
University of Washington and Microsoft researchers have developed one of the first complete systems to store digital data in DNA -- allowing one to store data that today would fill a Walmart supercenter in a space the size of a sugar cube.
Newsweek | Bloomberg | Science Friday | Gizmodo | Discover Magazine

child and adult grasping a tablet

Family technology rules: What kids expect of parents
A new study from UW human-centered design and engineering researchers is among the first to explore children's expectations for parents' technology use — revealing kids' feelings about fairness and "oversharing," the most effective types of household technology rules and families' most common approaches.
The New York Times | Good Morning America | Slate | TIME | KQED |

driverless car in front of cityscape

Driverless cars could increase reliance on roads
Driverless vehicles could intensify car use if road trips become easy and convenient — reducing or even eliminating promised energy savings and environmental benefits, a new study co-authored by a University of Washington transportation engineer finds.
Vox | IEEE Spectrum | The Wall Street Journal | .Mic | Fast Company Design |

Campus News

Radha Poovendran, chair of the UW Department of Electrical Engineering and director of the Network Security Lab

UW-led research team wins $7.5M MURI grant to defend against advanced cyberattacks
A University of Washington-led research team has won a $7.5 million, five-year Multidisciplinary University Research Initiative (MURI) grant from the Department of Defense to better model and mount defenses against stealthy, continuous computer hacking attacks known as "advanced persistent threats."
Seattle Times | GeekWire

UW President Ana Mari Cauce shakes hands with Tsinghua University Chairperson Chen Xu after signing an agreement creating a dual degree program within the Global Innovation Exchange (GIX). Photo credit: Dan Schlatter

Board of Regents approves first master's program through Global Innovation Exchange
The UW Board of Regents has approved the Master of Science in Technology Innovation (MSTI) degree — the first degree created under the Global Innovation Exchange (GIX), in collaboration with UW engineering, business and law departments. It will focus on technology development, design thinking, and entrepreneurial skills needed to invent, build and launch innovative products using connected devices.
Eve Riskin speaking at JBLM recognition of women in science. Photo credit: Christopher Gaylord/JBLM PAO

'On-ramping' paves the way for women scientists, engineers to return to academia
Pursuing scientific or engineering careers in industry, government or private research after getting a Ph.D. used to be considered a one-way ticket out of academia. But follow-up interviews from University of Washington workshops finds numerous benefits — to students, researchers and academic institutions looking to diversify their faculty — in making that return trip easier.


Diamond Awards logo

2016 Diamond Awards
May 16, 2016 | 6 p.m.
wǝɫǝbʔaltxʷ - Intellectual House
The Diamond Awards honor outstanding UW College of Engineering alumni and friends who have made significant contributions to the field of engineering.

In the Media

Technology that lets gadgets work and communicate using only energy harvested from nearby TV, radio, cell-phone, or Wi-Fi signals

10 breakthrough technologies of 2016
MIT Technology Review | Feb. 23, 2016
Passive Wi-Fi —a technology developed by UW computer scientists and electrical engineers that can generate Wi-Fi transmissions using 10,000 times less power than conventional methods — is featured as one of 10 most important emerging technologies.
Fortune| WIRED| The Economist | Ars Technica

monarch butterflies in flight

Great monarch butterfly migration mystery solved
BBC News| April 14, 2016
Scientists have built a model circuit that solves the mystery of one of nature's most famous journeys — the great migration of monarch butterflies from Canada to Mexico. Eli Shlizerman, lead author and assistant professor of electrical engineering, is quoted.
UK Daily Mail| The Christian Science Monitor| Gizmodo| CBC| Discovery News

demonstration of child walking, wearing electromyography (EMG) data sensors.

Walk-DMC may help improve surgical outcomes for cerebral palsy patients
United Press International| April 27, 2015
A new measure of motor control — the brain-to-muscle connection that allows people to move — developed by UW mechanical engineer Kat Steele can indicate whether surgery will improve the condition of children with cerebral palsy.
Tech Times| GeekWire