Washington Engineer - May 2016 Dean's Message
Dear Friends of Engineering,
In this issue of Washington Engineer, I am proud to share just a few of the ways that our faculty, students and staff in the College of Engineering break new ground every day. They answer questions no one has thought to ask. They develop solutions to decades-old problems. And they push boundaries in the way we educate tomorrow’s engineers.
Our human centered design and engineering researchers were the first to ask teens what household technology rules their parents ought to live by when using computers, phones and other constantly connected devices. Their answers made the pages of The New York Times, Good Morning America and dozens of other media outlets.
Mechanical engineer Kat Steele has developed the first quantifiable measure of motor control in patients with cerebral palsy. Today, only 50 percent of children who undergo highly invasive surgeries to rotate bones or lengthen tendons see any improvement – in part because doctors have lacked a data-driven way to assess their underlying motor control.
As part of our commitment to diversifying STEM faculty, Associate Dean of Diversity and Access Eve Riskin has explored how to help women working in industry and government research find their way back into academic employment.
And the College of Engineering has been proud to collaborate on developing the first degree program to be offered through the Global Innovation Exchange, which will give students hands-on experience in the processes required to create new technology solutions, plus the business skills to bring them to market.
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