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A scanning electron micrograph image of the surface of the optical element.

Fri, 10/04/2019 | UW News

New metasurface design can control optical fields in three dimensions

UW scientists have designed and tested a 3D-printed metamaterial that can manipulate light with nanoscale precision. As they report in a paper published Oct. 4 in the journal Science Advances, their designed optical element focuses light to discrete points in a 3D helical pattern.

Wed, 09/25/2019 | Department of Aeronautics & Astronautics

COE remembers Fred Ribe, Professor Emeritus

Dr. Fred Ribe, Professor Emeritus at UW and a leading pioneer in U.S. fusion energy research, died on June 19, 2019 in Santa Fe, New Mexico at age 94. Professor Ribe was a pioneer in fusion energy research in the UW nuclear engineering department.

orange sun with spots

Thu, 09/19/2019 | UW News

Plasma flow near sun’s surface explains sunspots, other solar phenomena

A University of Washington study published this month in the journal Physics of Plasmas proposes a model of plasma motion that would explain the 11-year sunspot cycle and several other previously mysterious properties of the sun.

A traffic jam on a huge freeway at night

Mon, 09/16/2019 | UW News

Americans would rather drive themselves to work than have an autonomous vehicle drive them, study says

Researchers at the University of Washington studied how Americans' perceived cost of commute time changes depending on who's driving. The study suggests that at least for now, people would rather drive themselves than have an autonomous vehicle drive them.

members of the nandropper team with nanodropper

Mon, 08/26/2019 | College of Engineering

An eye for innovation

By reducing the size of eye drops, the team behind Nanodropper wants to make your eye medications last longer and help you save money.

Maria Huffman

Fri, 08/23/2019 | UW News

Semiconductor and Solar Industry Veteran named UW Washington Nanofabrication Facility Director

Dr. Maria Huffman is the new director of the University of Washington’s Washington Nanofabrication Facility (WNF), the largest publicly accessible nanofabrication facility in the Pacific Northwest. Huffman joins WNF from Lund University in southern Sweden.

CEE graduate student Shashank Bhushan

Thu, 08/22/2019 | UW News

3 UW graduate students earn NASA fellowships, continue legacy of success

CEE graduate student Shashank Bhushan is one of three UW recipients of a prestigious NASA fellowship that funds student research projects in the fields of Earth and planetary sciences and astrophysics.


Tue, 08/20/2019 | UW News

New tools to minimize risks in shared, augmented-reality environments

University of Washington security researchers have developed ShareAR, a toolkit that lets app developers build in collaborative and interactive features without sacrificing their users’ privacy and security. The researchers presented their findings Aug. 14 at the USENIX Security Symposium in Santa Clara, California.

Ashis Banerjee

Mon, 08/19/2019 | UW News

How ergonomic is your warehouse job? Soon, an app might be able to tell you

Engineering researchers have developed a system to monitor workers and tell them how risky their behaviors are.

Dr. Nancy Allbritton

Tue, 08/13/2019 | UW News

Dr. Nancy Allbritton named dean of UW’s College of Engineering

Dr. Nancy Allbritton has been named the next Frank & Julie Jungers Dean of the College of Engineering, University of Washington Provost Mark Richards announced today. 


Mon, 08/12/2019 | UW News

First cells on ancient Earth may have emerged because building blocks of proteins stabilized membranes

A team of researchers at UW has solved the puzzle of how Earth's first cells came to function.

a biopsy image of ductal carcinoma in situ

Fri, 08/09/2019 | UW News

Artificial intelligence could yield more accurate breast cancer diagnoses

Researchers at University of Washington and University of California, Los Angeles, have developed an artificial intelligence system that could help pathologists read biopsies more accurately, and lead to better detection and diagnosis of breast cancer.

Students standing in front of Fluke Hall

Thu, 08/08/2019 | Washington Nanofabrication Facility

Encouraging the next generation of quantum pioneers: students receive grants to fabricate nanoscale quantum devices

Five undergrads, including three from engineering, have been awarded grants by the Washington Research Foundation to fabricate nanoscale quantum devices.

hands paining with watercolors

Mon, 07/29/2019 | UW News

Stressed at school? Art therapy reduces teenage girls’ headaches

In a pilot study led by the University of Washington, researchers explored art-based mindfulness activities that schools could use to reduce headaches, a common side effect of stress in adolescent girls. After three weeks of twice-weekly mindfulness and art therapy sessions, the girls reported experiencing significantly fewer headaches.


Thu, 07/18/2019 | UW News

First-ever visualizations of electrical gating effects on electronic structure could lead to longer-lasting devices

Scientists have visualized the electronic structure in a microelectronic device for the first time, opening up opportunities for finely tuned, high-performance electronic devices.

François Baneyx

Thu, 07/18/2019 | UW News

Baneyx will direct CoMotion

François Baneyx has been named the new director of CoMotion and Interim Vice Provost of Innovation at the University of Washington. Baneyx is the Charles W.H. Matthaei Professor of Chemical Engineering and an adjunct professor of bioengineering.

Magdalena Balazinska

Wed, 07/17/2019 | UW Allen School

Professor Magdalena Balazinska appointed to lead the Paul G. Allen School

Balazinska, who co-leads the Allen School's Database and Data Science research groups, will succeed current director Hank Levy.

Wed, 07/17/2019 | UW News

8 UW professors elected to the Washington State Academy of Sciences in 2019

ME professor Per Reinhall and ECE professor Mari Ostendorf have been elected to the Washington State Academy of Sciences.

Atari cartridges

Mon, 07/15/2019 | College of Engineering

Atari Women

HCDE research project unearths and celebrates the forgotten histories of women who helped shape the early days of Atari — and the computer gaming industry ever since.

students carrying the rocket

Tue, 07/02/2019 | Department of Aeronautics & Astronautics

SARP wins Spaceport America Cup

SARP, the UW rocketry club, clinched the top spot as the 2019 Judge's Choice and Overall Winner in the Spaceport America Cup.

A woman and a man wearing EEG caps

Mon, 07/01/2019 | UW News

How you and your friends can play a video game together using only your minds

A team created a method that allows three people to work together to solve a problem using only their minds.

Hugo Pontes

Mon, 07/01/2019 | Undergraduate Academic Affairs

Research as a platform for change

Rising senior Hugo Pontes recently presented his research at the Council on Undergraduate Research’s Posters on the Hill Conference in Washington, D.C. Hugo shares his journey from arriving in the states not speaking English to sharing his research and story with members of Congress.

smart speaker

Wed, 06/19/2019 | UW News

‘Alexa, monitor my heart’: Researchers develop first contactless cardiac arrest AI system for smart speakers

Shyam Gollakota, an associate professor in Computer Science & Engineering, and his research partners have developed a new tool to monitor people for cardiac arrest while they’re asleep without touching them. The findings are published June 19 in the Nature journal npj Digital Medicine.

Greg Miller

Mon, 06/17/2019 | College of Engineering

Greg Miller appointed interim dean

Greg Miller, vice dean of the College of Engineering, has been appointed interim dean effective July 2019.

Students tweaking a drone

Thu, 06/13/2019 | KIRO 7

UW students help AT&T design antennas for disaster-relief drones

A team of UW engineering students has been working to develop new antennas for disaster-relief drones. The students showed off their new antennas to AT&T on Tuesday.