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Fri, 04/14/2017 | UW Today

UW, Tohoku University establish Academic Open Space partnership for innovations in aerospace, clean energy, disaster pre

The UW and Japan’s Tohoku University have agreed to create an Academic Open Space (AOS) to foster collaborations and academic exchanges between these two leading research institutions of the Pacific Rim. The AOS will build upon current collaborations in aerospace design and materials, as well as launch new science and engineering partnerships. Fumio Ohuchi, UW professor and MSE interim chair, will serve as director of the AOS and oversee UW-based efforts and activities.

Thu, 04/13/2017 | UW Today

UW College of Engineering announces Direct to College admission for 2018 incoming freshman class

The College of Engineering is taking a significant step to improve undergraduate engineering students’ educational experiences by offering Direct to College admission beginning with the entering freshman class of 2018. This change will assure incoming freshman students who are admitted into the college and their families that they will be able to pursue an engineering degree at the UW.

Tue, 04/11/2017 | UW Today

Technology to improve rockfall analysis on cliffs could save money, lives

Pacific Northwest engineers have developed a new, automated technology to analyze the potential for rockfalls from cliffs onto roads and areas below, which should speed and improve this type of risk evaluation, help protect public safety and ultimately save money and lives.

Mon, 04/03/2017 | UW Today

UW security researchers show that Google’s AI tool for video searching can be easily deceived

University of Washington researchers have shown that Google’s new tool that uses machine learning to automatically analyze and label video content can be deceived by inserting a photograph periodically and at a very low rate into videos.

Fri, 03/31/2017 | UW Foster blog

Engineering student teams place in 2017 Alaska Airlines Environmental Innovation Challenge

Congrats to UW Engineering student teams that won the second place and clean energy prizes at the 2017 Alaska Airlines Environmental Innovation Challenge! The Airy team, out of UW Electrical Engineering, won the $10,000 Herbert B. Jones Foundation prize for their battery-free, wireless home security solution that uses sensors mounted on doors or windows to harvest energy. Membrion, from UW Chemical Engineering, took the UW Clean Energy Institute clean energy prize with their low-cost, high-performance membranes for advanced batteries, fuel cells, and reverse osmosis water desalination applications. UW Engineering teams also received "Judges also really liked" awards: Membrion, UW Hyperloop (ME, CEE, EE), and GreenFeed (ChemE). Twenty-one student teams from seven colleges and universities around the Northwest addressed environmental and cleantech issues.

Thu, 03/30/2017

Greg Miller receives David B. Thorud Leadership Award

Congratulations to Greg Miller (CEE) for receiving the David B. Thorud Leadership Award, which honors two University of Washington leaders who champion positive change in our workplace, our state and throughout the world.

Tue, 03/28/2017

Life on Mars?

Aeronautics & Astronautics alumna Ansley Barnard, BS ’12, is one of six volunteers living in an isolated dome on the slopes of Mauna Loa on Hawaii’s Big Island, where the geology mimics that of Mars. She’s participating in a NASA-funded Mars simulation mission, known as the Hawaii Space Exploration Analog and Simulation project (HI-SEAS).

Tue, 03/28/2017 | UW Today

Parents who play ‘Pokémon GO’ with kids: ‘It wasn’t really about the Pokémon’

Parents who regularly play “Pokémon GO” with their children reported a number of side benefits from playing the mobile device-based game, including increased exercise, more time spent outdoors and opportunities for family bonding, according to a team of researchers in the Department of Human Centered Design and Engineering and the Information School.

Mon, 03/27/2017 | UW Today

15 years of success for UW center in recruiting, supporting female STEM faculty

On March 31, the UW ADVANCE Center for Institutional Change will hold a 15th anniversary celebration of its work and achievements. With workshops, new resources and mentoring services the center has strived to remake the faculty recruitment and retention process. Since ADVANCE opened its doors, the UW has nearly doubled the number of female faculty in 19 STEM departments across three UW colleges.

Wed, 03/15/2017 | College of Engineering

Mindful materials: Combining love of nature with an MSE degree

Materials Science & Engineering alum Dan Sedlacek combined his love of nature with his engineering studies to create Uphill Designs, a Seattle adventure goods company grounded in the belief that adventure is at the root of living fully.

Wed, 03/15/2017 | UW Health Sciences Newsbeat

$15 million award planned for Center for Dialysis Innovation

Seattle-based nonprofit dialysis provider Northwest Kidney Centers intends to make a $15 million grant over the next five years to support startup projects within the UW Center for Dialysis Innovation. The center, a collaboration of the UW Medicine Kidney Research Institute and UW Biomaterials/Bioengineering, is co-directed by Buddy Ratner, UW professor of bioengineering.

"Their aim is to develop revolutionary dialysis technologies, including a wearable dialysis system that is low-cost, and energy- and water-efficient. This would not only sustain users' lives, but give them more vitality and productivity. This work is desperately needed," said Joyce F. Jackson, Northwest Kidney Centers president and CEO.

Tue, 03/14/2017 | Center for Sensorimotor Neural Engineering

Neural Engineering Tech Studio

The Center for Sensorimotor Neural Engineering hosts a yearly Tech Studio course that allow students to apply engineering principles from their coursework to independent projects. At the end of the quarter, students presented their projects to CSNE industry affiliates. This year’s winning project was NEOGrasp, a low-cost neural orthosis that would allow users who are quadriplegic or tetraplegic to use another muscle to control a device that can grasp and release objects. The NEOGrasp team was composed of CSE sophomore Aishwarya Mandyam, ME Ph.D. student Gaurav Mukherjee, and BioE senior Lok "Larry” To.

Thu, 03/09/2017 | UW Today

$50M endowment establishes the Paul G. Allen School of Computer Science & Engineering at the University of Washington

Named for the entrepreneur, philanthropist and computing pioneer, the new Paul G. Allen School of Computer Science & Engineering recognizes Mr. Allen's longstanding support for the mission of the University and CSE. A $50 million endowment for the school will propel the UW to the forefront of computer science education and innovation for generations to come. "We are entering a new golden age of innovation in computer science, and UW students and faculty will be at its leading edge," said Allen. "My hope is that the school will have the same influence on them as it did on me — that they will continue to dream big, breaking through technological barriers and using their skills to solve some of the biggest problems our world faces."

Mon, 03/06/2017 | College of Engineering

A formula for success

For 28 years, UW Formula Motorsports has brought together students to design, build and compete formula-style vehicles. Team members credit their culture of student leadership and mentorship as key to the team’s stability and success.

Thu, 03/02/2017 | College of Engineering

Engineering student teams sweep 2017 Hollomon Health Innovation Challenge

Engineering students dominated at the 2017 Hollomon Health Innovation Challenge. First place went to ME's EpiForAll, second place to BioE's BWB Anesthesia and third place to ME's PlayGait.

Wed, 03/01/2017 | UW Today

Singing posters and talking shirts: UW engineers turn everyday objects into FM radio stations

UW researchers used FM radio signals to broadcast music and data notifications from a Simply Three band poster at a Seattle bus stop to a smartphone. An antenna made of copper tape was embedded on the back of the poster.

Tue, 02/28/2017 | UW Today

UW security researchers show that Google’s AI platform for defeating Internet trolls can be easily deceived

University of Washington researchers have shown that Google’s new machine learning-based system to identify toxic comments in online discussion forums can be bypassed by simply misspelling or adding unnecessary punctuation to abusive words, such as “idiot” or “moron.”

Thu, 02/23/2017 | UW Today

UW CSE announces the Guestrin Endowed Professorship in Artificial Intelligence and Machine Learning

University of Washington Computer Science & Engineering announced today the establishment of the Guestrin Endowed Professorship in Artificial Intelligence and Machine Learning. This $1 million endowment will further enhance UW CSE’s ability to recruit and retain the world’s most outstanding faculty members in these burgeoning areas.

Tue, 02/21/2017 | UW Today

Three UW scientists awarded Sloan Fellowships for early-career research

Ali Farhadi, assistant professor of computer science and engineering, is one of three faculty members at the University of Washington to be awarded early-career fellowships from the Alfred P. Sloan Foundation. The fellowships honor early-career scholars whose achievements mark them as the next generation of scientific leaders, and each fellow receives $60,000 to apply toward research endeavors.

Thu, 02/16/2017 | UW Today

New UW Computer Science & Engineering building receives $5M gift from Charles and Lisa Simonyi

The second Computer Science & Engineering building has received another major boost in the form of a $5 million gift from Charles & Lisa Simonyi. This gift will fund the Charles & Lisa Simonyi Undergraduate Commons, which will act as a “home away from home” for undergraduate students.

Mon, 02/13/2017 | College of Engineering

Painting by numbers: Engineering, art and data science

College of Engineering spoke with alumna Susie Lu about how her unique double-major in Painting and Industrial & Systems Engineering set her on a career path to data visualization.

Fri, 02/10/2017 | UW Today

Laser-based camera developed at UW improves view of the carotid artery to assess stroke and heart attack risk

A unique application of a medical camera developed by a University of Washington mechanical engineer could one day help physicians know who is at risk for a cardiovascular event by providing a better view of potential problem areas.

Fri, 02/10/2017 | UW Today

College of Engineering’s STARS program wins $2.2M to improve access for low-income students

The Washington STate Academic RedShirt (STARS) program, which offers engineering students from economically or educationally disadvantaged backgrounds extra academic support, will receive a one-time grant of $2.2 million from the Opportunity Expansion Fund passed by the Washington Legislature and funded by Microsoft.

The 3-year grant is expected to significantly increase the number of students the program can serve during that time period. The expanded STARS initiative will offer supplemental instruction in the math, chemistry and physics courses that are part of the standard engineering curriculum, as well as culturally-aware advising, professional development and career services.

Related: Led by Microsoft's Brad Smith, program gives out $6M in STEM grants in Washington (Puget Sound Business Journal) | Tech, science programs at 3 Washington universities win grants (Seattle Times)

Wed, 02/01/2017 | UW Today

New route-finding map lets Seattle pedestrians avoid hills, construction, accessibility barriers

AccessMap – a project spearheaded by the CSE-based Taskar Center for Accessible Technology – provides customized directions for Seattle pedestrians and wheelchair users looking to avoid hills, construction sites and other accessibility barriers. The online travel planner offers customizable suggestions for people who need accessible or pedestrian-friendly routes when getting from point A to B in Seattle.

Wed, 02/01/2017 | Department of Electrical Engineering

Tackling energy poverty

EE alum Henry Louie founded KiloWatts for Humanity to tackle energy poverty in places like Zambia. Where few are connected to the national grid, solar- and wind-powered energy kiosks provide electricity to communities.