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Bart Nijssen headshot

Tue, 07/26/2022

Bart Nijssen to serve as chair of Civil & Environmental Engineering

The Allan & Inger Osberg Professor of Civil & Environmental Engineering will begin his appointment on Sept. 1.

Howard Hu

Fri, 07/22/2022 | UW Magazine

From ‘Star Wars’ to the stars

NASA is going back to the moon and planning to land humans on Mars, thanks in part to Orion manager and UW Engineering alumnus Howard Hu.

Denise Wilson

Wed, 07/20/2022 | UW News

Sex, Gender and Engineering

ECE professor Denise Wilson’s new book and course on sexual harassment in engineering seek to disrupt culture of silence.

Jim Pfaendtner and Jihui Yang headshots

Fri, 07/15/2022 | UW News

Faculty elected to Washington State Academy of Sciences

Jim Pfaendtner, professor and chair of chemical engineering, and Jihui Yang, materials science and engineering professor and vice dean of the College, are among the seven UW faculty members joining the Academy this year.

Robots book cover

Wed, 07/13/2022

Professor and student author new children’s book

A new kids’ book by Professor Faisal Hossein and graduate student Qishi Zhou highlights how technological breakthroughs predated the internet and were inspired by the natural world.

A person wearing earbuds and looking at their phone, which shows the ClearBuds app on it. App is showing details about the left and right earbuds and has the option to turn on noise suppression.

Mon, 07/11/2022 | UW News

Using deep learning to clear up calls

UW researchers have developed ClearBuds, the first wireless earbuds that enhance the speaker's voice and reduce background noise.

Illustration of a network

Mon, 07/11/2022 | UW Mechanical Engineering

AI for engineering

The AI Institute in Dynamic Systems isn’t quite a year old, but its directors are already laying the groundwork to transform engineering education and, ultimately, the field.

An artistic rendering of a silicon-based switch that manipulates light through the use of phase-change material (dark blue segment) and graphene heater (honeycomb lattice).

Fri, 07/08/2022 | UW NanoES

Next-generation data centers within reach

A UW research team has designed an energy-efficient, silicon-based non-volatile switch that manipulates light and could help advance both information technology and quantum computing.

Group photo of the Sampe team

Wed, 06/29/2022 | UW Materials Science & Engineering

Building bridges

The UW’s Society for the Advancement of Material and Process Engineering (SAMPE) team takes first at this year’s competition.

Cars on a roadway in China

Mon, 06/27/2022 | UW Civil and Environmental Engineering

Air pollution disparities in China

UW researchers have uncovered that people living in China who have a higher socioeconomic status are actually more exposed to outdoor air pollution.

Researchers looking at yeast plates in the lab

Mon, 06/27/2022 | Molecular Engineering & Sciences Institute

Unlocking biotechnology with RNA

Recent molecular engineering graduates Jason Fontana and David Sparkman-Yager share their journey to commercialize their platform to design ‘smart’ RNA.

Closeup of person’s hands holding rubber-tipped ear canal probe and smartphone attached to 3D-printed casing.

Thu, 06/23/2022 | Allen School News

Smartphones for testing middle ear function

A smartphone-based tympanometry system from UW researchers offers a pocket-sized solution for testing middle ear function.

Gary Lai portrait

Tue, 06/21/2022 | UW Magazine

Engineering alum helps lead Blue Origin into space

Gary Lai, ’99, an A&A alum and lead architect of Blue Origin’s New Shepard program, joined five other passengers for the company’s fourth suborbital space flight in March.

Leilani Battle

Thu, 06/16/2022 | Allen School News

New ways to explore massive datasets

The Allen School’s Leilani Battle is recognized for her work to advance new tools and techniques for exploring massive datasets.

Trees in a forest. The trees are blanketed by heavy snow.

Mon, 06/13/2022 | UW News

Is there snow in that tree?

Snow Spotter, a citizen science project created by UW researchers, helps unpack snow’s effect on summer water supplies.

Students hiking up to the Easton Glacier

Mon, 06/13/2022

A mountain of learning

There’s an ideal way for students to learn about retreating glaciers: Visit them for the day.

Taylor Juenke and Isaiah Lemmon headshots

Thu, 06/09/2022

2022 Dean’s medalists

Congrats to undergraduates Taylor Juenke and Isaiah Lemmon on receiving this year’s Dean’s Medals for academic excellence.

A laptop with a screen reader attached sitting on a table

Mon, 06/06/2022 | UW News

Expanding graphics accessibility

UW researchers worked with screen-reader users to design VoxLens, a JavaScript plugin that — with one additional line of code — allows people to interact with visualizations.

Group photo of the CathConnect team winners

Thu, 06/02/2022 | UW Foster Blog

Engineering students win startup awards

Congrats to the engineering student teams who took home awards from the 2022 Dempsey Startup Competition.

Group of students standing with a car with logos on it

Tue, 05/31/2022 | UW News

EcoCAR Mobility Challenge

With EcoCAR, which just wrapped up the last year of its four-year challenge, UW students rebuilt a car and experienced post-COVID camaraderie under the hood of a hybrid vehicle.

Illustration of atomic layers that hold excitons

Thu, 05/26/2022 | UW Electrical & Computer Engineering

Using sound waves to advance ‘excitons’

A UW research team uses sound waves to move ‘excitons’ further than ever before, leading toward faster and more energy efficient electronics and optical devices.

People on public transit. Everyone is looking at their phones.

Mon, 05/23/2022 | UW News

Social media and ‘dissociative states’

UW researchers investigate if people enter a state of dissociation when surfing social media, and if that explains why users might feel out of control after spending time on their favorite app.

Cynthia Chen

Wed, 05/18/2022 | College of Engineering

Professor Cynthia Chen named as interim chair of the Department of Industrial & Systems Engineering

"Cynthia’s dedication to leadership and service makes her exceptionally qualified to serve as interim chair of ISE."

Joyce Yen

Mon, 05/16/2022 | UW News

Joyce Yen receives Presidential Award for mentoring

ADVANCE Center Director Joyce Yen has been honored with the Presidential Award for Excellence in Science, Mathematics and Engineering Mentoring.

Professor Cecilia Aragon standing in front of an airplane

Mon, 05/16/2022 | UW News

Breaking barriers

Professor Cecilia Aragon vanquished fear to become the first Latina pilot on the U.S. Aerobatic Team — and the first Latina full professor in the UW College of Engineering.