Dear Friends of Engineering,
At the UW College of Engineering we combine leading-edge academic experiences for our students with opportunity to have real impact on the world. In this issue of Washington Engineer, you’ll read about our exciting Engineering Innovation in Health program that pairs engineering students with doctors, nurses, dentists, physical therapists and pharmacists to solve pressing clinical problems in those fields.
Since 2013, the program has engaged more than 200 students and 100 clinical partners, resulting in more than 75 projects, 10 provisional patents and 3 projects in early-stage commercialization. The devices our UW engineering teams have developed range from an affordable epi-pen that can save lives in low-resource settings to a device that makes it easier for elderly patients with glaucoma to administer eye drops.
This approach to learning is very rewarding for students, and produces highly-qualified students who provide immediate value to employers upon graduation. A recent study found that the University of Washington is the number one alma mater for employees at major technology companies, producing more than 10 percent of Expedia’s workforce, 6.5 percent of Microsoft employees and 5.2 percent of Amazon employees.
In research highlights, I’m thrilled to share that UW engineers have developed the world’s first battery-free cellphone prototype. Another partnership between mechanical engineers and pathologists has produced a new light-sheet microscope that can analyze excised tissue in real time during medical procedures to ensure surgeons have removed an entire tumor — and later offer pathologists three-dimensional access to biopsy results.
We wish you a happy, productive summer and thank you for taking the time to learn more about the exciting work ongoing at UW Engineering and for reading Washington Engineer.
Michael B. Bragg
Frank & Julie Jungers Dean of Engineering