The Trend in Engineering - Autumn 2011

The Trend in Engineering - Autumn 2011

Autumn 2011

A Global Hub for Neural Engineering

Yoky Matsuoka with robotic hand

Planes, software, and coffee have put Seattle on the global map. A decade or two from now, the region and the University of Washington might be just as well known for human-machine interfaces that will improve the health and well-being of millions of people.

The new multi-university Engineering Research Center for Sensorimotor Neural Engineering (CSNE) will use smart chip and sensor technology to help people control prosthetic limbs and assistive devices and to revolutionize therapy for many debilitating conditions. Read more »


Engineering's Newest MacArthur Fellow: Shwetak Patel

Shwetak Patel holding sensor circuit

The UW assistant professor in Computer Science & Engineering and Electrical Engineering was selected for "envisioning cutting-edge new tools to address pressing social challenges and... devising elegant, simple solutions that dramatically reduce the cost of implementation." Read more »

Yoky Matsuoka, pictured above for the feature story, was named a MacArthur Fellow in 2007. More about her award.


Fall Engineering Lecture Series

Re-Engineering Aerospace: Flying Cleaner, Greener, Smarter

Join us for three fascinating and timely lectures that explore the innovations transforming the aerospace industry. Cleaner airplanes and ground operations will decrease environmental impact and boost efficiency and sustainability for commercial aviation and the military.

All lectures are free and are held on Wednesdays in Kane Hall 130 at 7:00 p.m. Registration is required.

Shrinking the Aerospace Carbon Footprint  October 26
Mary Armstrong. Photo courtesy of The Boeing Company.

Mary Armstrong, Vice President - Environment, Health and Safety, The Boeing Company

Chemical engineering alumna Mary Armstrong reveals how engineering innovations are shrinking Boeing's domestic carbon footprint by 25% and leading worldwide industry efforts to enable zero carbon growth for air travel.


Repowering the Military with Alternative Energy  November 9
Tim Vinopal. Photo courtesy of The Boeing Company.

Tim Vinopal, Director - Environment, Health and Safety Engineering, Boeing Defense, Space and Security

Alumnus Tim Vinopal explains how Boeing is developing hydrogen-and solar-powered unmanned aircraft, producing the world's most-efficient solar cells, testing sustainable fuels for tactical aircraft, and designing smart-grid electrical systems for government facilities.


Flying Smart with Autonomous Vehicles  November 16
Mehran Mesbahi

Mehran Mesbahi, A&A professor and Principal Investigator, Distributed Space Systems Lab

Imagine autonomous drones performing complex group maneuvers with no human intervention, or satellites orbiting around the sun, jointly searching for exoplanets. Mehran Mesbahi offers insights from engineering and biology to reveal how networked "smart" vehicles will take on challenging aerospace missions.