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Washington Engineer - October 2016 Dean's Message

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

As our University of Washington students, faculty and staff embark on another academic year – one that is particularly important to the university’s future – I am excited to share some of the innovative projects, partnerships and opportunities that form the bedrock of our engineering student experience.

In this issue of Washington Engineer, you'll read about research teams led by electrical engineering and computer science students using everyday wireless transmissions in entirely new ways. Some are leveraging low-frequency transmissions generated by fingerprint sensors and touchpads to send secure passwords through the human body. Others are enabling power-limited devices such as smart contact lenses or brain implants to achieve Internet connectivity.

We also continue to deepen our ties to many of the leading-edge companies who call Puget Sound home. Amazon recently invested $10 million in a new computer science & engineering building — adding to commitments from Microsoft and the Washington State Legislature — that will expand our capacity to fill the tech talent pipeline. A new partnership with UPS, Costco, Nordstrom and the Seattle Department of Transportation will allow our civil and environmental engineering students to test and pioneer new solutions in urban goods delivery.

The fall is filled with many events including our annual lecture series on engineering resilient communities and Together, a one-of-a-kind community celebration held this month that kicked off the most ambitious campaign in UW history. Thank you for reading Washington Engineer and taking the time to learn how the UW is transforming Washington and the world, and how — together — we can make a difference.

Michael B. Bragg
Frank & Julie Jungers Dean of Engineering