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Sham Kakade

Thu, 09/13/2018 | UW News

Three UW teams receive TRIPODS+X grants for research in data science

The National Science Foundation announced on Sept. 11 that it is awarding grants totaling $8.5 million to 19 collaborative projects at 23 universities for the study of complex and entrenched problems in data science. Three of these projects will be based at the University of Washington and led by researchers in the College of Engineering and the College of Arts & Sciences.

a brain-computer interface based on an electroencephalogram (EEG) cap

Tue, 09/04/2018 | UW News

UW-based center updates name to highlight role of ‘neurotechnologies’ in healing the brain and spinal cord

Building on seven years of research that helps patients with sensory and motor neurological disorders, the Center for Sensorimotor Neural Engineering is updating its name to the Center for Neurotechnology (CNT).

Tue, 08/21/2018 | UW News

Bus battle: Do private shuttles affect the reliability of public transit?

A recent study from researchers at UW suggests that public buses are unaffected by private shuttles most of the time.

Fri, 08/17/2018 | College of Engineering

Meal Matchup

A human centered design and engineering team is helping campus dining halls donate and deliver excess food to local homeless shelters.

Wed, 08/15/2018

Flying blind: How a drone can soar without using GPS

Researchers from the Aeronautics and Astronautics Department have developed a method to help ensure unpiloted drones won't lose course.

photo of Herbert Sauro

Wed, 08/08/2018 | UW News

NIH awards University of Washington, partner institutions $6.5M for reusable, reproducible biomedical modeling

The National Institutes of Health has awarded a $6.5 million, five-year grant to the University of Washington and partner institutions to establish the Center for Reproducible Biomedical Modeling. The center’s primary goal is to develop more effective predictive models of biological systems, which are used in research and medicine.

photo of François Baneyx

Tue, 08/07/2018 | UW News

UW, PNNL to host energy research center focusing on bio-inspired design and assembly

The United States Department of Energy has awarded an expected $10.75 million, four-year grant to the University of Washington, the Pacific Northwest National Laboratory and other partner institutions for a new interdisciplinary research center to define the enigmatic rules that govern how molecular-scale building blocks assemble into ordered structures — and give rise to complex hierarchical materials.

a back-reflector surface used to test perovskite performance, with a sunny background

Thu, 07/26/2018 | UW News

And then there was (more) light: Researchers boost performance quality of perovskites

In a paper published in Nature Photonics, a UW group showed that a prototype semiconductor thin-film has performed even better than today’s best solar cell materials at emitting light. The team achieved a record performance in this material, known as a lead-halide perovskite, by chemically treating it through a process known as “surface passivation,” which treats imperfections and reduces the likelihood that the absorbed photons will end up wasted rather than converted to useful energy.

photo of Daniela Rosner

Mon, 07/02/2018 | UW News

Q&A: What can we learn from the hidden history of technology design?

UW News sat down with University of Washington assistant professor of human-centered design and engineering Daniela Rosner to learn more about what it means to uncover the hidden figures in the history of technology design.

Daniel Schwartz

Fri, 06/29/2018 | UW News

Daniel Schwartz wins highest U.S. award for STEM mentors

Daniel Schwartz received the Presidential Award for Excellence in Science, Mathematics and Engineering Mentoring (PAESMEM) from the White House Office of Science and Technology Policy and the National Science Foundation this week.

Wed, 06/27/2018 | Department of Civil & Environmental Engineering

Staying afloat

UW researchers are working to improve the health and living conditions of an impoverished floating community in the Amazon.

Kiana Peterson, a STARS student and EE major in 2017

Thu, 06/14/2018 | Seattle Times

UW program helps disadvantaged students thrive in tough engineering college

Five years after it began, the program to help more low-income, women and minority students become engineers at the UW is showing strong results, with 75 percent of its students either continuing in engineering or graduating.

https://www.me.washington.edu/news/2018/06/secrets-of-the-sky

Tue, 06/12/2018 | Department of Mechanical Engineering

Secrets of the sky

In this novel course, Boeing engineers and Mechanical Engineering faculty partner to teach students how to design commercial airplanes.

Sonya Cunningham

Fri, 06/08/2018 | Faculty & Staff Insider

STARS Director Sonya G. Cunningham Wins UW Award

STARS Program Director Sonya G. Cunningham has been awarded the 2018 David B. Thorud Leadership Award, a UW Award of Excellence. Thanks to Sonya's leadership, the outcomes for STARS students — those studying engineering in the Washington State Academic RedShirts program — have been spectacular.

Mackenzie Andrews walks with her father on the UW campus. Photo: Bettina Hansen/The Seattle Times

Fri, 06/01/2018 | The Seattle Times

A UW student found success, and answers about her father’s addiction

Courses in bioengineering offered Mackenzie Andrews the chance to explore the brain’s wiring and answer nagging questions about her dad's addiction. Now she's about to graduate with a double major in bioengineering and neuroscience and continue at the UW to earn her master's degree. The Seattle Times produced a great story about this powerhouse's journey.

Wed, 05/16/2018 | UW News

The first wireless flying robotic insect takes off

Insect-sized flying robots could help with tasks like surveying crop growth or sniffing out gas leaks. But current flying robo-insects are still tethered to the ground because of heavy electronics they need. ME doctoral students, ME Assistant Professor Sawyer Fuller and CSE Associate Professor Shyam Gollakota have for the first time cut the cord and added a brain, allowing their RoboFly to take its first independent flaps.

Mon, 05/14/2018

Making play possible

Driven by students, HuskyADAPT is teaching the UW community how to modify toys for kids with disabilities.

Thu, 05/10/2018 | Electrical Engineering

Eve Riskin honored by ECEDHA with Diversity Award

Eve Riskin has been a tireless — and effective — champion of diversity and inclusion at the University of Washington. In recognition of her efforts, Riskin was honored with the 2017 Diversity Award by the Electrical and Computer Engineering Department Heads Association (ECEDHA) during the organization’s annual conference in March.

Thu, 05/03/2018 | UW News

Atomically thin magnetic device could lead to new memory technologies

In a breakthrough that may revolutionize cloud computing technologies and consumer electronics, a UW-led team used stacks of ultrathin materials to exert unprecedented control over the flow of electrons. The atomically thin magnetic device could enable data storage at a greater density and improved energy efficiency over current technology. The team, including Xiaodong Xu, a UW professor in materials science & engineering and physics and a faculty researcher at the UW Clean Energy Institute, published their findings in the journal Science (online May 3).

photo of person's legs and exercise shoes walking

Wed, 05/02/2018 | UW News

Researchers develop an app for crowdsourced exercise plans, which rival personal trainers in effectiveness

Exercise can also be an expensive undertaking — especially for newcomers. Researchers at the University of Washington and Seattle University have created CrowdFit, a platform for exercise planning that relies on crowdsourcing from nonexperts to create workout regimens guided by national exercise recommendations and tailored to users' needs. In a field evaluation, nonexperts could create exercise plans as effective as personal trainers under certain conditions. The team included HCDE doctoral student Elena Agapie, faculty members Sean Munson (HCDE), and Gary Hsieh (HCDE).

2018 Dean's Medalists Trevor Hedges and Kaitlyn Zhou

Thu, 04/26/2018 | UW College of Engineering

Dean Bragg announces 2018 Dean's Medalists

Dean Michael Bragg has announced the recipients of the 2018 Dean's Medal for Academic Excellence: Trevor Hedges (Aeronautics & Astronautics) and Kaitlyn Zhou (Human Centered Design & Engineering and Computer Science). Selection criteria include grades, rigor and distribution of courses, research experience, extracurricular activities, and leadership. Medals will be presented at the College of Engineering Awards Ceremony and reception on Thursday, May 24. Read more about the honorees on the Dean's Medal page.

gold colored award medal

Wed, 04/25/2018 | UW Faculty & Staff Insider and UW Engineering

Three from UW Engineering among the 2018 Awards of Excellence recipients

UW's Awards of Excellence recipients are honored for achievements in teaching, mentoring, public service and staff support. This year's honorees include three from UW Engineering: BioE professor Suzie Hwang Pun (Marsha L. Landolt Distinguished Graduate Mentor Award); Sonya G. Cunningham, director of the STARS Program (David B. Thorud Leadership Award); and EE Ph.D. student Eldridge Alcantara (Excellence in Teaching Award). The winners will be honored at 3:30 p.m. on June 7 at a ceremony in Meany Hall for the UW community and general public. See the complete list of honorees.

man wearing low-power, video-streaming prototype camera; photo by Dennis Wise/UW

Thu, 04/19/2018 | UW News

Researchers achieve HD video streaming at 10,000 times lower power

Wearable cameras such as Snap Spectacles promise to share videos of live concerts or surgeries instantaneously, but their small batteries are not suited to high-definition video streaming. Now, UW engineers have developed a new HD video streaming method that skips the power-hungry parts and has something else, like a smartphone, process the video instead. The team includes faculty members Shyam Gollakota (CSE) and Joshua Smith (CSE, EE).

A user presses keys to select a top-level menu, submenu, and then click through options on a nested list to book a sightseeing activity through Airbnb.

Wed, 04/18/2018 | UW News

Screen reader plus keyboard helps blind, low-vision users browse modern webpages

A new approach for blind an low-vision users browsing web pages uses the keyboard as a two-dimensional way to access tables, maps and nested lists. Results find this tool lets blind and low-vision users navigate these kinds of sites much more successfully than traditional screen readers.

illustration of a tooth with a cloud of proteins around it

Thu, 04/12/2018 | UW News

Peptide-based biogenic dental product may cure cavities

Researchers at the University of Washington have designed a convenient and natural product that uses proteins to rebuild tooth enamel and treat dental cavities. The method takes inspiration from the body’s own natural tooth-forming proteins and is detailed in a new paper by lead author Mehmet Sarikaya (MSE, ChemE) and colleagues.