July 29, 2014 | UW Today
UW celebrates record 18 start-up companies in 2014
Washington Governor Jay Inslee and UW President Michael Young kicked off the 2014 UW Start-Up Celebration in honor of a record 18 new spin-outs—a good number of them based in UW engineering research. The UW ranks 3rd in the nation for number of companies spinning out of a university. See a list of the start-ups and more pictures from the event at UW C4C News.
July 28, 2014 | UW Today
New protein structure could help treat Alzheimer’s, related diseases
UW bioengineers have a designed a peptide structure that can stop the harmful changes of the body’s normal proteins into a state that’s linked to widespread diseases such as Alzheimer’s, Parkinson’s, heart disease, Type 2 diabetes and Lou Gehrig’s disease. The synthetic molecule blocks the proteins as they shift from their normal state into an abnormally folded form by targeting a toxic intermediate phase. “If you can truly catch and neutralize the toxic version of these proteins, then you hopefully never get any further damage in the body,” said senior author Valerie Daggett, a UW professor of bioengineering.
July 22, 2014 | UW Today
Oso disaster had its roots in earlier landslides
A new study shows the disastrous landslide that killed 43 people at Oso, Washington involved the "remobilization" of a 2006 landslide in the same place. Joseph Wartman, a UW associate professor of civil and environmental engineering, is a team leader for the study.
July 17, 2014 | New York Times via CSE News
Some universities crack code in drawing women to computer science
The New York Times cites University of Washington as a "technology powerhouse" that is well above national averages when it comes to the percentage of women among its computer science graduates. UW's Computer Science & Engineering news page excerpts the article and provides related links and a chart.
July 2, 2014 | Xconomy
UW engineers fuel record-breaking startup boom
The UW spun out 18 startup companies in the past fiscal year. And although the article doesn't name the UW engineers involved, we do! AnswerDash co-founder Jake Wobbrock is an associate professor in CSE (on leave). Applied Dexterity co-founders Blake Hannaford is a professor in EE and Andrew Lewis was a grad student in ME. BluHaptic's chair is Howard Chizeck, professor in EE, VP is Fredrik Ryden, an EE PhD, and ocean engineering Andy Stewart is an affiliate assistant professor in the Applied Physics Lab. Lodespin Labs is led by MSE professor Kanaan Krishnan and MSE PhDs Matthew Ferguson and Amit Khandhar. Medical Models' owner is Michael Fassbind, BS, MS in ME. PETX's Paul Kinahan is an adjunct professor of Bioengineering. PolyDrops leaders are all from ChemE: Volha Hrechka, BS; Gregory Newbloom, PhD candidate, and associate professor Lilo D. Pozzo. VerAvanti's founder is Gerald McMorrow, BS, ME in EE.
June 26, 2014 | UW Today
Ask the crowd: Robots learn faster, better with online helpers
UW computer scientists have shown that crowdsourcing can be a quick and effective way to teach a robot how to complete tasks. Instead of learning from just one human, robots could one day query the larger online community, asking for instructions or input on the best way to set the table or water the garden. The research team is led by Computer Science & Engineering's Rajesh Rao and Maya Cakmak.
June 25, 2014 | UW Today
News digest: $5.2M award for traffic-safety research
The U.S. Department of Transportation has awarded $5.2 million to a multi-university regional transportation center led by the UW for ongoing research in transportation safety and sustainability issues. The Pacific Northwest Transportation Consortium, or PacTrans, represents Washington, Oregon, Idaho and Alaska.
June 24, 2014 | UW Today
Rhoads leaving UW commercialization; Jandhyala takes new innovation post
Linden Rhoads, who as vice provost for commercialization has greatly boosted the number of patents and startup companies coming from the University of Washington each year, has announced plans to return to private industry. On July 1, Vikram Jandhyala, a UW professor of electrical engineering and an inaugural Center for Commercialization entrepreneurial faculty fellow, will take over the new position of vice provost for innovation.
June 23, 2014 | UW Today
Zippy, electric micro cars coming to campus for sustainability research
The UW has been selected to receive 4 all-electric micro vehicles that will communicate data via the UW's wireless network and tablet-size onboard PCs. The information will be sent to various, to-be-determined research projects in sensing, energy, communications, and transportation. Project leaders — Daniel Kirschen, professor in EE; Yinhai Wang, professor in CEE; and Payman Arabshahi, associate professor in EE — will choose projects from proposals submitted by UW faculty. Potential projects range from using the cars to test automated parking technologies, developing a program similar to the UW’s NightRide service, strategizing the best way to charge electric cars, and even detecting and recording bird songs on campus. The research and project designs will involve undergraduate and graduate students.
June 19, 2014
David McDonald appointed chair of HCDE
David McDonald was appointed chair and associate professor of the Department of Human Centered Design & Engineering effective June 23, 2014. McDonald comes to HCDE from the UW's Information School (iSchool) and brings a wide breadth of experience as a leader, educator, and researcher. His research interests span Computer Supported Cooperative Work (CSCW), Human-Computer Interaction (HCI), and Social Computing. McDonald has taught a breadth of technical development, design, analysis, and methods courses and has demonstrated a commitment to student mentorship.
June 17, 2014 | UW Today
Ferries for science: Instrument will monitor flow in Puget Sound
A sensor mounted on the hull of the ferry Salish will measure water direction and speed from top to bottom in Admiralty Inlet. By better understanding circulation at this "gateway between the ocean and Puget Sound," researchers can help trace events like low-oxygen fish kills to human or nonhuman causes. Jim Thomson, an oceanographer with the UW Applied Physics Laboratory and an assistant professor of civil and environmental engineering is quoted.
June 16, 2014 | UW Today
Sensor in eye could track pressure changes, monitor for glaucoma
A low-power sensor could be placed permanently in a person's eye to track hard-to-measure changes in eye pressure. The sensor would be embedded with an artificial lens during cataract surgery and would detect pressure changes instantaneously, then transmit the data wirelessly using radio frequency waves. The researchers, including UW EE professor Karl Böhringer and EE associate professor Brian Otis, published their results in the Journal of Micromechanics and Microengineering and filed patents on an initial prototype of the pressure-monitoring device.
June 12, 2014 | UW Today
New computer program aims to teach itself everything about anything
Computer scientists from UW and the Allen Institute for Artificial Intelligence in Seattle have created the first fully automated computer program that teaches everything there is to know about any visual concept. Called Learning Everything about Anything, or LEVAN, the program searches millions of books and images on the Web to learn all possible variations of a concept, then displays the results to users as a comprehensive, browsable list of images. See also: YouTube video
May 6, 2014 | King5 News
ME startup's tool to help ER docs make quick decisions
ME Professor Nate Sniadecki and Lucas Ting, PhD ME, discuss the testing device they hope will be used in ERs to help doctors determine if patients need blood transfusions due to slow clotting. Sniadecki's startup, Stasys Medical Devices, is one of the UW medical innovations highlighted in the video (at 00:50).
May 7, 2014 | UW Today
UW building teleoperated robots for disaster response in national challenge
University of Washington electrical engineers have developed telerobotics technology that could make disaster response faster and more efficient. By adding haptics (tactile feedback technology) to remotely controlled robots outfitted with video cameras, researchers have increased the range and precision of tasks emergency responders can perform using robots. On May 13, the team will demonstrate their technology on campus in preparation for the SmartAmerica Challenge Summit in Washington, D.C.
May 5, 2014 | UW Bioengineering
BioE senior receives Bonderman Travel Fellowship
Nicole Trosper, a bioengineering undergrad, received a 2014 Bonderman Travel Fellowship, which allows students to pursue the life-changing benefits of travel – without undertaking academic study or research during the award term. Trosper plans to travel to Brazil, southeastern Africa, Cambodia and Vietnam. She is interested in seeing the role of medicine and engineering across cultures, and how the disciplines enhance cultural identity. Read about all the 2014 UW Bonderman fellows.
April 30, 2014 | UW Health Sciences NewsBeat
Scientists regenerate heart muscle in primates
In a major advance, UW researchers have successfully restored damaged heart muscle of monkeys using heart cells created from human embryonic stem cells. Dr. Charles Murry, a UW professor of pathology, bioengineering, and medicine, led the research team that conducted the experiment.
April 23, 2014 | UW Today
Thousands on campus for Engineering Discovery Days, April 25-26
Don’t be surprised if you see a water rocket launch along Rainier Vista or a human-powered submarine showing off by the fountain this week! Engineering Discovery Days is Friday and Saturday, April 25-26. The event is free and open to the public.
April 15, 2014 | UW Today
UW graduate’s lens turns any smartphone into a portable microscope
UW mechanical engineering alumnus Thomas Larson (’13) has taken the plunge into entrepreneurship: his Olympia, WA company is producing low-cost, plastic lenses that turn smart phones and tablet computers into microscopes. Larson's path to commercialization began in the lab of ME associate professor Nathan Sniadecki and progressed through the UW Business Plan Competition and a successful Kickstarter campaign.
See also: The Olympian
April 11, 2014 | UW Today
UWEE and Shanghai university collaborate on combined BSEE/MSEE program
UW Electrical Engineering and the School of Electronics, Information and Electrical Engineering (SEIEE) in Shanghai, China are collaborating to build a combined BSEE and MSEE program. The programs already have strong ties, with 3 UWEE PhD alumni teaching at SEIEE. UWEE chair and professor Vikram Jandhyala and CoE Advancement's Mahnaz Sherzoi traveled to China to seal the deal.
February 27, 2014 | UW Today
Battery-free technology brings gesture recognition to all devices
UW engineering team has built a low-cost gesture recognition system that runs without batteries and lets users control their electronic devices hidden from sight with simple hand movements. The prototype, called AllSee, uses existing TV signals as both a power source and the means for detecting a user's gesture command. The research is led by Shyam Gollakota, assistant professor of computer science and engineering, and assisted by graduate students in electrical engineering.
See also: Bringing Gesture Recognition To All Devices (technical paper)
February 20, 2014 | UW Today
NASA's 'Mohawk Guy' advocates 'audacious,' creative engineering
Bobak Ferdowsi, a NASA flight engineer who became known as "Mohawk Guy" after sporting a mohawk hairstyle during the 2012 rover Curiosity’s landing on Mars, spoke to a class of University of Washington aeronautics and astronautics engineering students on Feb. 19. Ferdowsi was a student in the department and graduated from the UW in 2001. He spoke with UW News & Information's Michelle Ma after his talk.
See also: Columns alumni magazine
February 6, 2014 | UW Today
Credit card-sized device could analyze biopsy, help diagnose pancreatic cancer in minutes
UW scientists and engineers are developing a low-cost device that could potentially reduce the time it takes to diagnose cancer to a matter of minutes. A prototype made from silicon and teflon tubes uses fluid transport to convey pieces of tissue through a series of steps -- the same steps that full-scale pathology labs apply. (Pictured: ME undergraduate Chris Burfeind.) See also:
January 27, 2014 | UW Today
Facelift complications eased with help of new 3-D imaging technique
BioE professor Ruikang Wang's lab has pioneered a fine-resolution imaging technique called optical microangiography that creates 3-D images of tiny vascular networks without touching or adding dyes. The technique allows scientists to look at blood vessels during an injection and may lead to insight into other vascular health issues such as strokes, traumatic brain injuries, glaucoma and macular degeneration.
January 22, 2014
François Baneyx: new chair of UW chemical engineering
François Baneyx, the Charles W.H. Matthaei Professor in Chemical Engineering, has stepped into the role of Chair of the Department of Chemical Engineering. François has held many leadership positions, including directing the UW Center for Nanotechnology, NSF National Nanotechnology Infrastructure Network, and NSF Genetically Engineered Materials Science and Engineering Center (co-director). Dean Mike Bragg describes François as an exceptional scholar whose many awards include his 2013 election as a Fellow in the AAAS. He takes over from Dan Schwartz who is the new director of the Clean Energy Institute.
January 21, 2014 | UW Today
Dental school researchers patent new antibacterial agent
Four UW School of Dentistry faculty members have received a patent for a new way of using titanium-based materials to fight oral bacteria. The method employs a novel class of substances called titanates and peroxotitanates, which can inhibit bacterial growth without incurring the toxicity risks the metals would otherwise pose. BioE's James Bryers was co-principal investigator on federally-funded research that culminated in the patent.
January 15, 2014 | UW Today
Glaciers, streamflow changes are focus of new Columbia River study
As the Earth warms, experts know the Columbia River will change—they just don’t know how much or when. UW environmental engineers are launching a new study to try to understand how climate change will affect streamflow patterns, important for guiding long-term decision-making for the Columbia River Basin. UW Civil & Environmental Engineering professor Dennis Lettenmaier is leading the project with CEE researcher Bart Nijssen and OSU's Philip Mote.
January 10, 2014 | UW Today
Trial to test using ultrasound to move kidney stones
A new device developed at the University of Washington would let doctors use ultrasound to move kidney stones inside the body and help them pass by natural means. Instead of breaking up large stones, this technique "could move small stones to reduce pain, expense and treatment times" according to ME assistant professor Charles Bailey. With urologists eager to use the new technology, the team hopes to move rapidly to commercialization. See also: YouTube
January 7, 2014 | UW Today
On-demand vaccines possible with engineered nanoparticles
UW chemical engineering professor François Baneyx hopes a new type of vaccine shown to work in mice will one day make it cheaper and easy to manufacture on-demand vaccines for humans. "A field doctor could see the beginnings of an epidemic, make vaccine doses right away, and blanket-vaccinate the entire population in the affected area to prevent the spread of an epidemic," said Baneyx, lead author of a recent paper published online in the journal Nanomedicine.
January 3, 2014 | HCDE News
HCDE department chair shines as leader in field
Jan Spyridakis, department chair and professor of HCDE, shines as the most published experimental researcher in the last 20 years in technical communication journals. She coauthored 11% of the total sample on a breadth of themes, including comprehension, genre, technology, communication strategies, and editing and style. The same study found that researchers at the UW had the most output of any other research affiliate.