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JikoPower, a UW startup that includes current and former ME students, developed the Spark to provide a reliable source of power to areas that lack electricity. The Spark is a thermoelectric generator that captures and converts excess heat from campfires or stoves into electricity, which can then be used to charge mobile phones or power lights. After received the $25,000 grand prize at the Buerk Business Plan Competition, JikoPower is now on its way to raising another $50,000 via Kickstarter to mass produce the Spark.

Two ME projects were among the six projects to receive grants from the Clean Energy Institute as part of the Student Training & Exploration Grant Program. This program was developed to encourage high-risk/high-reward research by Ph.D students and postdoctoral researchers. The awardees are Professor Jiangyu Li’s project, “Correlating microstructural evolution with device performance of perovskite solar cells via in-operando scanning probing microscopy” and Associate Professor Devin MacKenzie’s project, “Scalable tandem photovoltaics enabled by a novel top-contactless hybrid perovskite cell architecture achievable with self-aligned lithography-free processing.”
Assistant Professor Kat Steele’s work on the Walk-DMC motor assessment tool was featured by ASME. This tool helps determine whether children with cerebral palsy are more or less likely to benefit from surgery.
Jonathan Posner, Per Reinhall and Sam Bowd have been honored with UW Medicine’s 2016 Inventor of the Year Award for their collaborative work developing a football helmet designed to mitigate the forces thought to contribute to concussions. They will be recognized in a ceremony on Nov. 15, which also features a panel discussion with Fred Silverstein, Tom Clement and Nate Sniadecki. This event is open to all; register here.