Student Research & Projects

The opportunity to participate in experiential learning is deeply empowering and is pervasive in all ten departments in the College of Engineering. Students learn early on what it means to be an engineer and the societal impact of the discipline.

Student research showcase

These research projects offer a glimpse into the many important, innovative projects that our students are pursuing — from a noninvasive apparatus to measure breathing distress in infants, to drones that will provide safer and more effective fire monitoring.

student  team member shows a sensor on a window frame

Airy’s compact sensor design features a micro-generator that produces electrical energy from the mechanical impact produced in the normal operation of a door or window. When a door is opened or closed, a unique code is sent to a Wi-Fi hub, which then relays the action to the user through a mobile app. Airy won second place in the Buerk Center for Entrepreneurship’s 2017 Alaska Airlines Environmental Innovation Challenge.

Team members include: Khang Lee, Charanya Parameswaran, Jerry Wang, Emma Hohenstein and Rahil Jain

students demonstrating infant breathing monitor in lab

When a newborn struggles to breathe, every moment is critical. Because hospital workers are often not alerted until other symptoms appear, the resulting delay of treatment can lead to complications and, in severe cases, death. Thanks to this student team, that could change. The students worked with pediatric cardiologists from Seattle Children’s Hospital to develop a new kind of infant monitor — a noninvasive apparatus that measures changes in infant breathing, chest wall volume and contractions, and greatly reduces medical response time.

Team members include: Nina Reese, Lok To, and Namratha Potharaj

EpiForAll apparatus

Over 200,000 IV catheters are placed daily in patients across the United States; however, only about half of these are placed correctly on the first attempt. Existing arm trainers used to teach health-care workers correct IV placement lack anatomical and physiological accuracy. This student team has developed a new arm trainer has a unique four-layer tissue and rolling vein behavior that provide a more realistic training experience.

Team members include: Shane Cameron, Elizabeth Lee, Emily Roach, Juan Sanchez-Guzman and James Gianelli

student team at a poster presentation

Amazon Fulfillment centers process over a million orders per week. Packaging is the most complex process in order fulfillment, and while automated solutions exist for single-item packages, multi-item packing remains a manual process. Industrial robots could be the answer to automating multi-item packing, and this student team aimed to develop a logic system to guide these robots.

Team members include: Lucas See, Zach Lawless, Matt Lunde, Verina Dinata, Tianyu Ge and Wenhao Zhang

drone with a map and controller hookup

SwarmFX aims to revolutionize wildfire fighting by implementing drone-based monitoring to provide fire commanders and firefighters with real-time data and imaging to more safely and effectively target fires. This team has been working with members of the firefighting community to develop this solution. They are currently in the Buerk Center for Entrepreneurship’s Jones + Foster Accelerator program and participated in the Center’s Business Plan Competition and Alaska Airlines Environmental Innovation Challenge last year.

Team members include: Angela Kimber, John Gangi, Zoe Kootstra, Ashraf Faraj, Abdul Jmaileh, Dilraj Bal, Longji Yan, Anya Raj, Kibaek Jeong, Zhikun Lin and Hirotoshi Maeda

Past Student Research Projects

Student Research Projects 2016


UW students carrying canoe

Dangerous wildfires are costly to fight, and currently aerial firefighting support is provided by aircraft that are often old or in limited supply. The Boeing Company has been exploring ways to develop more effective and affordable firefighting aircraft through the possibility of modifying retired US Air Force A-10 Thunderbolt II planes to work as water bombers. For this project, students have been working with Boeing engineers to evaluate the concept for stability and feasibility and translate it to design.

Team members include: Ellie Forbes, Charles King, Reed Hawkins, Gabriel Malate, Thomas Rodriguez, Dennis Nguyen, Hannah Rotta and Benjamin Greaves

Decaf Style student team at innovation challenge

This team is developing an inexpensive teabag-style sachet that can decaffeinate a standard cup of coffee without chemicals or affecting taste. Their product, a personal "in-cup" decaffeination technology, consists of natural adsorbents enclosed in teabag-like sachets. To use, simply place the packet into a freshly brewed cup of coffee, wait less than a minute, and then enjoy a cup of decaf coffee knowing it wasn’t tampered with chemical solvents.

Team members include: Chun-Chia Kao, Archana Narayan, Yu-Liang Liu, Muhamad Said and Matthew Willett

EpiForAll apparatus

EpiForAll is an affordable epinephrine auto-injector used to treat anaphylaxis, a potentially life-threatening allergic reaction. A low-cost method of administering emergency epinephrine is critical in combating anaphylaxis, especially in developing regions. This student team has developed an automatic injection device that utilizes readily available, affordable epinephrine ampules.

Team members include: Zachary Chen, Ha Seung Chung, Jazmine Saito, Wealth Salvador and Shawn Swanson

student on video game that doubles as a rehab exercise

Completing a challenging level in a video game can feel truly satisfying. Whether a tough opponent is defeated or a racecourse is conquered, that sense of accomplishment pushes players on to the next level of the game. For patients undergoing stroke and traumatic injury rehabilitation, this motivation—combined with the immersive aspect of virtual reality—could also serve as encouragement during a long and slow recovery process. This student team is working to make this idea a reality through a device featuring a series of video games that double as rehabilitative exercises.

Team members include: Brian Mogen, Tyler Libey and Dimi Gklezakos

composite image of  student team and imaging system hardware they designed and implemented

In collaboration with Booz Allen Hamilton, this student team has addressed the challenge of taking precisely georeferenced underwater photographs. Students designed and implemented the imaging system hardware to complement visualization software that Booz Allen Hamilton is developing. Think of it as "Google Earth" for underwater imaging.

Team members include: Philip David, Kevin Fukuhara, Kyle Lashbrook, Shruti Misra and William Thing