News & Events


stylized image of the human brain
April 15, 2019 | UW News
In a paper to be published this week in the Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences, Daggett and co-authors announce that they’ve developed synthetic peptides that can target and inhibit the small, toxic protein aggregates that are thought to trigger Alzheimer’s disease. Their synthetic peptides, which are designed to fold into a structure known as an alpha sheet, can block aggregation of amyloid beta, a brain protein, at its earliest and most toxic stages – as shown by experiments in human neural cell cultures, in mice and the common laboratory worm Caenorhabditis elegans. The results indicate that synthetic alpha sheets could form the basis of therapeutics to clear these small, toxic aggregates in people.
Pozzo installing a solar panel on the roof of a house in Jayuya, Puerto Rico
April 10, 2019 | Clean Energy Institute
Lilo Pozzo, the Weyerhaeuser Endowed Associate Professor of Chemical Engineering, was recognized by the Clean Energy Education and Empowerment Initiative (C3E) for outstanding leadership in education. Pozzo was one of eight honorees at C3E’s annual Women in Clean Energy Symposium.
A doctoral student takes a sample from a tube
April 8, 2019 | UW News
A team of UW civil and environmental engineering researchers tested how well current water and wastewater disinfection methods affect antibiotic resistance genes in bacterial DNA. While these methods work well to deter bacterial growth, they had varied success in either degrading or deactivating a representative antibiotic resistance gene.
Students posing behind a check
April 4, 2019 | UW Foster Blog
Mechanical Engineering's MOtiF Materials team won the grand prize at the 2019 Alaska Airlines Environmental Innovation Challenge (EIC). ElectroSolar Oxygen (Chemical Engineering, Business) took home the Clean Energy Prize, while AeroSpec (Mechanical Engineering, Chemical Engineering, Electrical & Computer Engineering, Chemistry) and NanoPrint (Business, Bioresource Science and Engineering, Mechanical Engineering) won the Judges Also Really Liked (JARL) award.
April 3, 2019 | The Wall Street Journal
ECE professor Jenq-Neng Hwang is using cameras, satellite imagery and computers to better understand the health of global fish stocks, as well as prevent illegal fishing (Note: This story may be behind a paywall).
Shwetak Patel
April 3, 2019 | UW News
Shwetak Patel, professor of Computer Science and Engineering and Electrical and Computer Engineering, was awarded the 2018 ACM Prize in Computing. He has created a system for monitoring energy and health that is affordable and accurate enough for widespread use.
The PanicAway creators, from left: Dylan Jensen, Ashley Fogwell, Rachael Tessem and Renae Tessem. Noah Ransom is at right.
March 27, 2019 | GeekWire
Bioengineering and electrical engineering seniors developed an app to help people who experience panic attacks.
March 21, 2019 | UW News
UW and Microsoft researchers have demonstrated the first fully automated system to store data in manufactured DNA, a key step in moving the technology out of the research lab and into commercial data centers. DNA offers a promising solution for storing the exploding amount of data the world generates each day.
Mary Lidstrom
March 21, 2019 | UW News
The University of Washington, the Pacific Northwest National Laboratory and Microsoft Quantum announced this week that they have joined forces to bring about a revolution in quantum research and technology. The new Northwest Quantum Nexus aims to develop a quantum-fluent workforce and economy in the Pacific Northwest region of the United States and Canada.
last year's EIC winning team
March 15, 2019 | UW Foster Blog
Twenty-one student teams will present their approaches to solving environmental problems at the competition finals hosted by the UW Foster School’s Buerk Center for Entrepreneurship. Engineering students are involved in an overwhelming majority of teams. Read about the finalist teams that will compete on April 3.
Vikram Jandhyala
March 13, 2019
Vikram Jandhyala, UW vice president for innovation strategy and Electrical & Computer Engineering faculty member, was an innovator in every sense of the word.
UW Campus Shot
March 12, 2019 | UW News
Congratulations to Samuel Bryson, a postdoctoral researcher in the Department of Civil & Environmental Engineering, and Jue Wang, a postdoctoral researcher in both the College of Engineering and the School of Medicine for being named Washington Research Foundation Postdoctoral Fellows.
a hand holding the new device
March 12, 2019 | UW News
Department of Mechanical Engineering researchers are part of a team that has created a novel system that can measure platelet function within two minutes and can help doctors determine which trauma patients might need a blood transfusion upon being admitted to a hospital.
robot feeding a person
March 11, 2019 | UW News
CSE researchers are working on a robotic system for adults who need help eating.
Smoke coming out of chimneys
March 11, 2019 | UW News
Black and Hispanic Americans bear a disproportionate burden from air pollution generated mainly by non-Hispanic white Americans, according to new research from a team led by the University of Washington and the University of Minnesota.
Nanodropper's waste-free eyedropper wins the $15,000 IntuitiveX grand prize
March 7, 2019 | UW Foster Blog

UW Engineering student teams received rave reviews and prize money to continue development of their health innovation ideas. Twenty-two finalist teams competed at the 2019 Hollomon Health Innovation Challenge hosted by the UW Foster School’s Buerk Center for Entrepreneurship. Among the UW prizewinners:

Nanodropper (BioE, pharmacology, medicine) won the grand prize for their affordable universal eye dropper that saves patients money and reduces wasted medication. Pulmora, (BioE) was rewarded for their emergency ventilator that most people could use to help someone who has stopped breathing. Judges also really liked (JARL) prizes went to DopCuff (ME, ECE, CSE, MSE) for their device to facilitate accurate blood pressure readings in heart disease patients and Insulin Anywhere (BioE) for their portable device to enable diabetic patients to treat themselves for possibly longer than a week following a natural disaster.

drawing of the FASER instrument
March 6, 2019 | UW News
A team from the Mechanical Engineering Department joins other UW researchers for the Forward Search Experiment (FASER) into dark matter.
Steve Brunton
March 5, 2019 | SIAM News
ME Associate Professor Steven Brunton won the 2019 SIAM Activity Group on Computational Science and Engineering Early Career Prize. The award recognizes Brunton for his significant contributions to a broad range of techniques for, and applications of, data-driven analytics, control theory, sparse sensing, and reduced order modeling.
Shayan Oveis Gharan and Alvin Cheung
March 1, 2019 | UW News
Shayan Oveis Gharan and Alvin Cheung, both assistant professors in the Paul G. Allen School of Computer Science & Engineering, have been awarded early-career fellowships from the Alfred P. Sloan Foundation. The fellowships honor those early-career researchers whose achievements mark them among the next generation of scientific leaders.
Dale Carlson
March 1, 2019
At the age of 94, dean and CEE chair emeritus Dale Carlson passed away. During his time at UW, Carlson served as chair of Civil & Environmental Engineering from 1971-1976 and dean of the College of Engineering from 1976 to 1980.
February 25, 2019 | UW News
MSE's Xiaodong Xu and a team of researchers have developed a new system to trap individual excitons.
The landscape surrounding a thaw bog in Alaska
February 4, 2019 | UW News
A University of Washington-led team has found a new reason behind increased methane emissions from a thawing permafrost bog in Alaska: Early spring rainfall warms up the bog and promotes the growth of plants and methane-producing microbes. The team showed that early precipitation in 2016 warmed the bog about three weeks earlier than usual, and increased the bog's methane emissions by 30 percent compared to previous years. These results were recently published in Geophysical Research Letters.
remote-controlled boat
January 23, 2019 | UW News
The RAPID Facility, housed at the University of Washington, offers a new way for scientists to get their hands on state-of-the-art equipment to study the effects of natural disasters.
student with mentor
January 22, 2019 | College of Engineering
Industry professionals help ISE undergraduates transition from student life to the working world through a unique new mentorship program.
A person standing in a laboratory holding up a small solar cell
January 16, 2019 | UW News
Three teams led by University of Washington researchers have received competitive awards totaling more than $2.3 million from the U.S. Department of Energy Solar Energy Technologies Office for projects that will advance research and development in photovoltaic materials.