December 23, 2014 | Office of the Dean
Radha Poovendran is the new chair for Electrical Engineering
Dean Michael Bragg has announced that Radha Poovendran, a UW professor of electrical engineering and expert in wireless and sensor network security, will be the new chair of his department. Radha is the recipient of many awards, including the National Science Foundation CAREER Award and the Presidential Early Career Award for Scientists and Engineers (PECASE).
December 22, 2014 | School of Environmental and Forest Sciences (SEFS)
Humans adding ‘fossil’ carbon to rivers
New research from CEE assistant professor David Butman suggests that the effects of human land-use choices reduce carbon storage in the ground. Butman, who holds a joint appointment with the School of Environmental and Forest Sciences (SEFS), is the lead author on a paper recently published in Nature Geoscience.
December 17, 2014 | Office of the Dean
Brian Fabien appointed Associate Dean of Academic Affairs
Dean Michael Bragg has announced the appointment of Brian Fabien, a UW professor of mechanical engineering, to the position of Associate Dean of Academic Affairs. Fabien is the Director of the Dynamic Systems Modeling and Controls Laboratory and co-faculty advisor for the University of Washington EcoCAR team. He begins his role January 2, 2015.
December 17, 2014 | UW Today
Improving forecasts for rain-on-snow flooding
Researchers in the UW Department of Civil & Environmental Engineering are using the physics behind rain-on-snow events to better predict flood risks. They are also helping clear up some misconceptions—including a common assumption that the rain itself in these events is primarily responsible for melting or washing away snow. See also: YouTube
December 1, 2014 | UW Today
‘What is HCDE?’ New comics class aims to answer the question
A new class at the University of Washington that teaches comic artistry to undergraduate and graduate students is using comics to explain what, exactly, the field of human-centered design is all about. HCDE associate professor Charlotte Lee developed the class and teaches it with local artist Jeremy Kayes.
November 19, 2014 | UW Today
UW undergrad’s early life challenges become a hectic schedule of opportunity
UW undergraduate David Coven has started a company, directs a nonprofit, works in the lab alongside alongside doctoral-level researchers, and takes a full course load on his path to a mechanical engineering degree with a mathematics minor. He has made the most of opportunities, from Mathematics Academy and the UW STEM Bridge Program to college funding awards from Costco and Washington State Opportunity Scholarship.
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November 12, 2014 | UW Today
Moving cameras talk to each other to identify, track pedestrians
UW electrical engineers have developed a way to automatically track people across moving and still cameras by using an algorithm that trains the networked cameras to learn one another’s differences. Lead researcher and EE professor Jenq-Neng Hwang said the technology may eventually allow people to see an "animated version of the real-time dynamics of city streets on a platform like Google Earth.” See also: YouTube
November 5, 2014 | UW Today
UW study shows direct brain interface between humans
UW researchers have successfully replicated a direct brain-to-brain connection with three pairs of people. In a newly published study led by Computer Science & Engineering's Rajesh Rao, researchers were able to transmit the signals from one person’s brain over the Internet to control the hand motions of another person a half mile away. A new grant will allow research into transmitting more complex brain processes.
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October 29, 2014 | UW Today
Fires and floods: North Cascades federal lands prepare for climate change
In a changing climate, the North Cascades are expected to become increasingly prone to flooding, fire and insect outbreaks. UW scientists, including UW Civil & Environmental Engineering graduate student Ronda Strauch, have been helping federal agencies to pinpoint especially vulnerable resources and outline management responses to minimize adverse impacts. Findings were released this week in a report from the Pacific Northwest Research Station.
October 27, 2014 | Seattle Times
UW researchers pulling energy out of the air
Brier Dudley reports on the formation of a UW spinout company called Jiva Wireless that will produce wireless, battery-free sensing devices to enable the Internet of Things. Company founders are UW faculty members Joshua Smith (CSE and EE) and Shyam Gollakota (CSE), who have spent years developing the technology. See also: UW Today
October 24, 2014 | UW Today
U.S. Navy awards $8 million to develop wave, tidal energy technology
UW will develop marine renewable energy for use at the Navy’s facilities worldwide as part of an $8 million, four-year contract from the Naval Facilities Engineering Command (NAVFAC). Tide and wave energy from waters near coastal bases will help the Navy meet a commitment to get half of its energy from renewable sources by 2020. Team members include Brian Polagye, an ME assistant professor, and the Applied Physics Laboratory's Jim Thomson, a CEE associate professor.
October 24, 2014 | UW Today
Large X-ray scanner to produce 3-D images for labs across campus
A state-of-the-art imaging machine is coming to UW for use by researchers in a variety of disciplines. Researchers at UW and from other Pacific Northwest schools will be able to use the machine to answer questions such as how concrete and steel components are damaged in earthquakes and what the inside of a 3-D printed object looks like.