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Washington Engineer Special Edition - November 2017

Highlighting UW Engineering Student Research

Dear Friends of Engineering,

Michael Bragg photo Students come to us motivated to make a difference in the world. At UW Engineering, we are committed to providing the tools and technical skills that enable our students to succeed. When students participate in hands-on, real world experiences, such as student projects, competitions and senior capstone design work, it can transform their engineering education and prepare them to lead in their careers. This experiential learning is deeply empowering and pervasive in all ten departments in the College of Engineering.

In this special edition of Washington Engineer, I am thrilled to share with you five student research projects. Though they represent just a fraction of the many innovative projects that our students are pursuing, these projects – from a noninvasive apparatus to measure breathing distress in infants, to drones that will provide safer and more effective fire monitoring – illustrate the impact of our students’ work. I hope you enjoy learning about them here.

Michael B. Bragg
Frank & Julie Jungers Dean of Engineering

student  team member shows a sensor on a window frame

Airy’s compact sensor design features a micro-generator that produces electrical energy from the mechanical impact produced in the normal operation of a door or window. When a door is opened or closed, a unique code is sent to a Wi-Fi hub, which then relays the action to the user through a mobile app. Airy won second place in the Buerk Center for Entrepreneurship’s 2017 Alaska Airlines Environmental Innovation Challenge.

Team members include: Khang Lee, Charanya Parameswaran, Jerry Wang, Emma Hohenstein and Rahil Jain

students demonstrating infant breathing monitor in lab

When a newborn struggles to breathe, every moment is critical. Because hospital workers are often not alerted until other symptoms appear, the resulting delay of treatment can lead to complications and, in severe cases, death. Thanks to this student team, that could change. The students worked with pediatric cardiologists from Seattle Children’s Hospital to develop a new kind of infant monitor — a noninvasive apparatus that measures changes in infant breathing, chest wall volume and contractions, and greatly reduces medical response time.

Team members include: Nina Reese, Lok To, and Namratha Potharaj

EpiForAll apparatus

Over 200,000 IV catheters are placed daily in patients across the United States; however, only about half of these are placed correctly on the first attempt. Existing arm trainers used to teach health-care workers correct IV placement lack anatomical and physiological accuracy. This student team has developed a new arm trainer has a unique four-layer tissue and rolling vein behavior that provide a more realistic training experience.

Team members include: Shane Cameron, Elizabeth Lee, Emily Roach, Juan Sanchez-Guzman and James Gianelli

student team at a poster presentation

Amazon Fulfillment centers process over a million orders per week. Packaging is the most complex process in order fulfillment, and while automated solutions exist for single-item packages, multi-item packing remains a manual process. Industrial robots could be the answer to automating multi-item packing, and this student team aimed to develop a logic system to guide these robots.

Team members include: Lucas See, Zach Lawless, Matt Lunde, Verina Dinata, Tianyu Ge and Wenhao Zhang

drone with a map and controller hookup

SwarmFX aims to revolutionize wildfire fighting by implementing drone-based monitoring to provide fire commanders and firefighters with real-time data and imaging to more safely and effectively target fires. This team has been working with members of the firefighting community to develop this solution. They are currently in the Buerk Center for Entrepreneurship’s Jones + Foster Accelerator program and participated in the Center’s Business Plan Competition and Alaska Airlines Environmental Innovation Challenge last year.

Team members include: Angela Kimber, John Gangi, Zoe Kootstra, Ashraf Faraj, Abdul Jmaileh, Dilraj Bal, Longji Yan, Anya Raj, Kibaek Jeong, Zhikun Lin and Hirotoshi Maeda