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Calorie Counter app screenshot

April 16, 2015 | UW Today

Research identifies barriers in tracking meals and what foodies want

Mobile-based food journals are supposed to make eating healthy easier. But a study by researchers at Georgia Tech and UW found some problem areas, including time-consuming meal logging tasks that can nudge users toward packaged foods. UW co-authors include CSE associate professor James Fogarty and the dub group's Felicia Cordeiro, Daniel Epstein, and Elizabeth Bales.

Medtronic illustration of body with brain stimulation device

April 14, 2015 | Center for Sensorimotor Neural Engineering

UW among select universities to use investigational Medtronic device, advance research into brain activity

Deep brain stimulation devices—essentially pacemakers for the brain—are approved for treating essential tremor, a neurological disorder. When the batteries wear out after three to five years, risky surgery is required to replace the device. Researchers from UW Electrical Engineering and other departments are teaming up with Medtronic on a new device that can provide stimulation only when needed, extending the battery life and increasing the time between surgeries.

excerpt of Google image search results for CEO

April 9, 2015 | UW Today

Who’s a CEO? Google image results can shift gender biases

Does the gender ratio in images that pop up when we type “author,” “receptionist” or “chef” affect how people perceive those occupations? A new UW study says yes, raising interesting questions about whether search image algorithms should be changed to help counter occupational stereotypes. See also: The Atlantic

WE ROBOT 21015 logo

April 3, 2015 | UW Today

R2-D2 to driverless cars: UW conference to explore gray areas in robotics law

Who is liable if a driverless car crashes into a person? What is needed to protect us from personal drones' prying eyes? We Robot 2015, a conference to be held April 10-11 at the UW School of Law, will explore these and other questions within the emerging gray areas in robotics law, policy and ethics. Howard Chizeck, a UW professor of electrical engineering and co-director of the UW BioRobotics Lab, is a conference co-organizer. Registration is required.

Volha Hrechka pitches PolyDrop at the 2013 challenge

March 27, 2015 | UW Today

Students to pitch clean-tech solutions April 2 at Environmental Innovation Challenge

Twenty-two interdisciplinary student teams—including 10 based in UW Engineering departments—will pitch and demonstrate their solutions April 2 at the Alaska Airlines Environmental Innovation Challenge 2015. The competition challenges students to come up with “clean-tech innovations” that reduce waste, minimize energy consumption or contribute to a healthier planet. See also: engineering student teams

stylized image featuring Patrick Stayton

March 24, 2015 | CoMotion

UW introduces pre-packaged IP to optimize industry sponsored research

The University of Washington is launching a new “pre-packaged” intellectual property (IP) program for sponsored research to make it easier for businesses to partner with UW in transforming discoveries into innovative solutions. See also:
press release | Washington Innovation Advantage Program brochure

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March 23, 2015 | UW Today

UW scientists build a nanolaser using a single atomic sheet

UW engineers have built a new nanometer-sized laser — using the thinnest semiconductor available today — that is energy efficient and compatible with existing electronics. The UW nanolaser, developed in collaboration with Stanford University, uses a semiconductor only three atoms thick. See also: Nature

Joseph Wartman and David Montgomery

March 19, 2015 | UW Today

UW geologist, engineer reflect back one year later on nation’s deadliest landslide

As we approach the one-year anniversary of the landslide disaster in Oso, Washington, two UW professors reflect on the event and the intense research and policy efforts that followed. UW Today interviews Joseph Wartman, a UW associate professor of civil and environmental engineering, and David Montgomery, a UW professor of Earth and space sciences. See also: KUOW, New York Times op/ed

Manduca sexta moth, as seen flying through a virtual reality forest scene

March 18, 2015 | UW Today

New Air Force center at UW learns from animals for better flight

A new UW research center will study how insects and animals are able to perform complex, precision tasks such as flying in windy and crowded spaces and locating mates and prey. The center is funded by the Air Force and is housed in the UW Department of Biology in partnership with UW Engineering. Basic research will contribute to next-generation small, flying robots. Center home page: Air Force Center of Excellence on Nature-Inspired Flight Technologies and Ideas (NIFTI)

An artists concept of brain cell-to-cell signaling

March 13, 2015 | UW Today

Public symposium features UW experts on ‘Reverse-engineering the brain’

Some of UW’s leading experts on deconstructing the intricate processes of the human brain will participate in a free symposium and panel discussion on Thursday March 19 in the HUB Lyceum. The 2 p.m. symposium, 3:45 p.m. panel discussion and 4:30 p.m. reception are open to the public but require advance registration. See the event web pages for more information.

Volha Hrechka, member of the 2014 winning team Polydrop, describes their project to an EIC judge

March 12, 2015 | UW Engineering student news

Ten UW Engineering student teams competing in the 2015 Environmental Innovation Challenge

Out of 22 regional student teams selected to compete this year, 10 teams are based in UW engineering departments. In the EIC, interdisciplinary student teams define an environmental problem, design a solution, produce a prototype, and create a business summary that demonstrates market opportunity and the potential for impact. Engineering teams are working on project that provide an irresistible alternative to driving, turn cooking fires into personal power stations, and decrease energy consumption, improve home safety, and reduce waste. See also: Environmental Innovation Challenge website.

A 3-D rendering of fibrin forming a blood clot, with PolySTAT (in blue) binding strands together. Credit: William Walker/UW

March 10, 2015 | UW Today

An injectable UW polymer could keep soldiers, trauma patients from bleeding to death

The new polymer, described in a paper featured on the cover of the March 4 issue of Science Translational Medicine, could become a first line of defense in everything from battlefield injuries to rural car accidents to search and rescue missions deep in the mountains. It has been tested in rats, and researchers say it could reach human trials in five years. The polymer was developed in the Pun Lab, led by Suzie Pun, the UW’s Robert J. Rushmer Professor of Bioengineering. See also: KPLU radio story.

Pedro Arduino

March 4, 2015 | Office of the Dean

CEE's Pedro Arduino will be the new associate dean of infrastructure

Pedro Arduino, professor of civil & environmental engineering, will be the UW College of Engineering's associate dean of infrastructure beginning March 9, 2015. He assumes the role as major engineering building projects are in the works and on the horizon. Read more in an announcement to colleagues from UW Engineering dean Michael Bragg.

a blue, 3-D printed prosthetic hand

February 27, 2015 | UW Today

‘Handathon’ challenges students to build better 3-D printed prosthetic hands

Seattle’s first-ever “Handathon” will bring together students, faculty and clinicians to the ME building in a hackathon-style, 24-hour event that challenges students to improve an existing 3-D printed prosthetic hand. See also Handathon on the Ability and Innovation Lab website.

Emily Fox, Shyam Gollakota, and Thomas Rothvoss

February 23, 2015 | UW Today

Five UW early career researchers win Sloan Research Fellowships

Three CoE faculty are among the five UW recipients of 2015 Sloan Research Fellowships honoring early career scientists and scholars: Emily Fox, assistant professor of statistics with adjunct appointements in computer science and engineering and electrical engineering; Shyam Gollakota, assistant professor of computer science and engineering; and Thomas Rothvoss, assistant professor of computer science and engineering and of mathematics. Each award includes $50,000 from the Alfred P. Sloan Foundation.

David Baker at the AAAS annual meeting

February 17, 2015 | College of Engineering

Novel proteins, emoticons, and big data pathways: CoE faculty present at AAAS 2015 Annual Meeting

Several UW College of Engineering faculty spoke at the 2015 Annual Meeting of American Association for the Advancement of Science (AAAS), held February 12-16 in San Jose, CA. David Baker, a professor of biochemistry and adjunct professor in CSE and ChemE, gave a plenary lecture on protein design. HCDE's Cecilia Aragon presented on emotion in informal text communication. Aragon and CSE's Ed Lazowska and Bill Howe presented at a symposium entitled, "Advancing University Career Paths in Interdisciplinary Data-Intensive Science." Find links to UW Today stories, videos, and AAAS web pages.

image of a drone from KING 5 News video

February 16, 2015 | KING 5 News

UW researchers welcome proposed drone rules

Following the release of drone rules proposed by the FAA, KING 5 News visits the UW's Autonomous Flight Systems Laboratory for a reaction. See drones in action and hear from researchers on the potential applications of drone technology and why they welcome the rule-making process.

Two young women at a National Center for Women & Information Technology event

February 11, 2015 | UW Today

How to interest girls in computer science and engineering? Shift the stereotypes

A new UW study identifies stereotypes of computer scientists and engineers as a leading factor in the relatively low percentage of young women choosing to pursue those careers. Researchers conducted experiments to show how stereotypes can be reinforced by the media, learning environments, and narrow characterizations of computer science and engineering by people in those fields. The article cites programs at UW and Harvey Mudd as examples of how to overcome these obstacles and increase the percentage of women among computer science graduates. See also: Frontiers in Psychology

image collage of Innovation Award winners from CoE

February 11, 2015 | UW Today

14 UW researchers win 2015 Innovation Awards

Of the fourteen researchers chosen by UW to receive this year’s UW Innovation Awards, seven are faculty members in the College of Engineering. Four are part of a team building mobile tools for patients to enter data about their habits and behaviors. Three are on a team developing a web-based mentoring program to boost students' entrepreneurial-thinking and problem-solving skills. See also news items from: CSE | EE | HCDE

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February 10, 2015 | UW Today

3-D printing creates low-cost mechanical sensor

A recent collaboration between UW chemists and UW mechanical engineers Mark Ganter and Duane Storti, who have developed new 3-D printing materials and techniques, merges custom chemistry and 3-D printing. The researchers have created a bone-shaped plastic tab that turns purple under stretching, offering an easy way to record the force on an object. The sensor might be used to record force or strain on a building or other structure.

Brian Fabien and Eve Riskin

February 10, 2015 | College of Engineering

Grant expands STEM education program at Georgia Tech, other universities

A Georgia Tech STEM education program is expanding to UW and other universities thanks to a grant from The Leona M. and Harry B. Helmsley Charitable Trust. The program unites large teams of undergraduates with graduate students and faculty to work together on long-term research projects. UW leads will be College of Engineering associate deans Brian Fabien and Eve Riskin.

CBS 60 Minutes' Leslie Stahl at the wheel of a hacked car

February 8, 2015 | CBS 60 Minutes

Cybersecurity and hackable cars

CBS 60 Minutes was on campus to film a segment of their program on cybersecurity. A demonstration of the ease with which new cars can be hacked was based on research conducted by a team of UW engineers — Yoshi Kohno, Alexei Czeskis, Karl Koscher, and Franzi Roesner — and colleagues at the University of California, San Diego. See also: UW CSE's inside story.

the Millennium Falcon underwater robot

February 5, 2015 | UW Today

New tool monitors effects of tidal, wave energy on marine habitat

To responsibly harvest wave and tidal energy, we need to understand how animals and fish will be affected by ocean energy equipment. Enter the Millennium Falcon, an underwater robot designed to deploy and retrieve an unprecedented array of sensory capabilities in a "plug-and-socket" instrumentation package. Brian Polagye, a UW assistant professor of mechanical engineering, is a project leader.
See also: YouTube

Wayne Quinton

February 4, 2015 | Seattle Times

Wayne Quinton, UW’s ‘father of bioengineering,’ dies at 94

Distinguished alumnus Wayne Everett Quinton (’58 BS Mechanical Engineering) passed away on January 22, 2015, at the age of 94. His many inventions, including the lightweight cardiac treadmill, improved the quality of life for millions of people worldwide. Recognized as the world's first bioengineer, Wayne Quinton was named early in his career as one of the 25 top young scientists in the nation by Life magazine and was later honored by UW with the title “Father of Biomedical Engineering." He was a 2009 College of Engineering Diamond Award honoree. See also: Diamond Award profile | Columns feature

model head on lab workbench

February 2, 2015 | University of Washington

Curbing Concussions

The Center for Disease Control and Prevention says up to a whopping 3.8 million sports-related concussions occur annually in the U.S., and those numbers are conservative — as many as 50 percent of concussions go unreported. “Helmet technology hasn’t evolved much at all in 40 or 50 years,” says Jonathan Posner, McMinn Endowed Associate Professor of Mechanical Engineering, who works on the project alongside Professor and Department Chair of Mechanical Engineering Per Reinhall. “Engineering and medicine are working together to come up with a practical solution.”

Gaetano Borriello

February 2, 2015 | CSE News

Remembering Gaetano Borriello, dedicated CSE professor and mentor

Friend, colleague, and professor of computer science & engineering Gaetano Borriello passed away on February 1. Gaetano sought to provide an extraordinary educational experience for students in which they discover, pursue, and achieve their potential to make the world a better place. In his honor, UW CSE established the Gaetano Borriello Fellowship for Change to support students whose work is focused on technology can improve the lives of under-served populations.

Cecilia Giachelli

February 01, 2015 | Office of the Dean

Cecilia Giachelli appointed chair of Bioengineering

Cecilia Giachelli has been appointed chair of the Department of Bioengineering beginning February 1, 2015. She is a professor of bioengineering, leads the Giachelli Lab for Cellular Bioengineering, and has served as acting chair since fall 2013. Read more in an announcement to colleagues from UW Engineering dean Michael Bragg and UW Medicine CEO Paul Ramsey.

excerpt from Environmental Innovation Challenge and link to details

January 29, 2015 | Foster Blog

Alaska Airlines takes the EIC to New Heights

Alaska Airlines has committed to a 10-year sponsorship of the Environmental Innovation Challenge at the UW, demonstrating its dedication to innovation that addresses the world’s most pressing environmental problems. Alaska Airlines is reducing their contribution to the waste stream with in-flight recycling, drinks served in InCycle Cups (a spin-off from a UW Engineering lab), and 100% recycled paper products in the restrooms. The College of Engineering is also a sponsor of the annual Environmental Innovation Challenge.

quake warning video screen shot - concentric circles off the West Coast

January 27, 2015 | UW Today

UW researchers helping region get ready for the next Big One

On the 315th anniversary of a massive earthquake and tsunami generated off the Washington and Oregon coast, UW scientists are helping prepare the region for a repeat event that could come at any time. Civil engineers Joseph Wartman and Jeff Berman are part of the effort.

Boeing engineers Lance McCann and Jim Buttrick with a robotic device

January 19, 2015 | UW Today

Boeing, UW open research lab on Seattle campus

A new research center on campus is taking UW-Boeing collaboration to a new level. The Boeing Advanced Research Center, located in the Department of Mechanical Engineering, will let students and faculty members work collaboratively with Boeing engineers on aircraft and spacecraft assembly and manufacturing. See also: Seattle Times | King 5 | GeekWire | Puget Sound Business Journal

Left to right: Shyam Gollakota, Baosen Zhang, Derek Sutherland

January 07, 2015 | UW Today

3 UW engineers make Forbes’ 30 Under 30 in energy list

Three University of Washington engineers were selected by Forbes magazine as part of its top 30 people in the world under age 30 in energy: Shyam Gollakota (CSE assistant professor), Baosen Zhang (EE assistant professor), and Derek Sutherland (AA PhD candidate). See also: CoE feature

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