Washington Engineer- November 2018 Dean's Message

Washington Engineer- November 2018 Dean's Message

Michael Bragg standing, with purple and gold tie

Dear Friends of Engineering,

We're now deep into our fall quarter, and the start of this school year was the beginning of a new era for the college: Nearly 950 freshmen entered the college as our inaugural Direct to College cohort. Thanks to this initiative, Washington students chose the UW to pursue their engineering education at the highest rate ever.

The summer was filled with orientation sessions, advising and peer mentor matchups to ensure the success of this exceptional class. We continue to develop and refine our curriculum and programs to integrate this new class into the engineering community.

Our community mourned the loss of Microsoft co-founder Paul G. Allen, a man of extraordinary leadership, vision, and generosity. Just last year, he established the Paul G. Allen School of Computer Science & Engineering, and was optimistic about entering a new age of computer science. His legacy will live on through the School and the many people, departments and projects that he touched.

This issue shows how students and faculty across the college demonstrate Allen's innovative spirit. Whether it's winning competitive Department of Energy grants to determine ways to reduce Seattle's traffic congestion or developing a new machine learning system that could help anesthesiologists better anticipate a common complication during surgery, our researchers are committed to improving people's lives through engineering. To highlight these projects, our Engineering Lecture Series this fall focused on engineering for social good.

Thank you for taking the time to learn more about the exciting work at UW Engineering and for reading Washington Engineer.

Michael B. Bragg
Frank & Julie Jungers Dean of Engineering