The Trend in Engineering - Autumn 2010

The Trend in Engineering - Autumn 2010

Awakening Your Inner Scientist

Foldit Game Engages the Public in Research

An intriguing computer game conceived on the slopes of Mount Rainier and launched into global cyberspace at the University of Washington is proving that science is cool. Now close to 200,000 registered players around the world are playing Foldit and tackling thorny problems in protein folding that stump even a supercomputer.

Serious scientists are paying attention. Foldit's creators have found that game players are at least equal to and sometimes better than a computer in folding long chains of amino acids into compact three-dimensional shapes. MORE »


Fall Engineering Lecture Series

Join us for three fascinating and timely lectures that provide in-depth looks at the work of UW engineers. All lectures are free and are held in Kane Hall at 7:00 p.m. Registration is required.

High-Pressure Crisis in the Gulf  Wednesday, October 13

photo, Gulf oil rig on fire, oil spill

James Riley, PACCAR Professor, Mechanical Engineering
Alberto Aliseda, Assistant Professor, Mechanical Engineering

How many barrels of oil a day were spewing into the Gulf of Mexico? Two UW faculty members tell the story of the high-pressure, challenging assignment to figure it out.

Going for the Green: London 2012   Thursday, October 21

photo, 2012 Olympics buildings under construction

Robert G. Card (BSCE '75), President, Facilities and Infrastructure Division, CH2M Hill

Bob Card describes the Herculean challenges of designing and building an all-new sustainable city on the outskirts of London for the 2012 Olympics.

Driven to Distraction  Wednesday, November 3

photo, driving while texting

Linda Ng Boyle, Associate Professor, Industrial & Systems Engineering and Civil & Environmental Engineering

Mobile phones, PDAs, GPS devices, and digital dashboards are drawing our eyes from the road. Professor Boyle is developing systems to help distracted drivers and keep our roadways safe.

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