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Thu, 02/16/2017 | UW Today
The Clean Energy Institute opened a new facility, the Washington Clean Energy Testbeds, on Feb. 16. The Testbeds will increase the rate at which breakthrough science and engineering discoveries turn into market-adopted clean energy technologies. Professor J. Devin MacKenzie will lead the Testbed facility.
Tue, 02/14/2017 | The Seattle Times
The UWashington Hyperloop team placed 4th in the nation and 6th in the world at the January leg of the competition, which focused on safety, design and scalability. The team is already gearing up for the next round of the competition, set to take place this summer.
Fri, 02/10/2017 | UW Today
A unique application of a medical camera, developed by ME research professor Eric Seibel, could help physicians know who is at risk for a stroke or heart attack by providing a better view of potential problem areas. Seibel originally designed the scanning fiber endoscope for early cancer detection, and University of Michigan researchers have now used it to acquire high-quality images of possible stroke-causing regions of the carotid artery.
Wed, 02/01/2017 | Seattle Business Magazine
ME Associate Professor Michael Bailey’s research on kidney stone management was featured in the February issue of Seattle Business Magazine. Bailey’s research at the Center for Industrial and Medical Ultrasound investigates the use of ultrasonic sound waves to fragment and expel kidney stones safely and without anesthesia.
Mon, 01/30/2017 | Department of Mechanical Engineering
Corie L. Cobb joined the College of Engineering through a Washington Research Foundation Professorship in Clean Energy and a joint position in ME and the Clean Energy Institute. She came to the UW from Palo Alto Research Center (PARC), Inc. where she led research projects on advanced manufacturing technologies for solar cells, batteries and high strength and toughness materials.
Tue, 01/24/2017 | The Daily
The Daily covered UW Hyperloop’s unveiling of the pod they will race on the SpaceX Hyperloop track. Hyperloop, a concept proposed by Elon Musk, uses a series of tubes to transport high-speed pods in an attempt to revolutionize transportation.
Tue, 01/17/2017 | Department of Mechanical Engineering
Professor Dayong Gao has been honored with an endowed professorship by Origincell, a Chinese company based in Shanghai that offers human cell collecting and storage services. Gao was also elected as President of the Society for Cryobiology, which aims to bring together researchers who share the goal of applying scientific research of low temperature biology and medicine for the benefit of mankind.
Tue, 01/10/2017 | Department of Mechanical Engineering
First in her family to attend college, senior Fethya Ibrahim is making the most of her time at the UW. Learn about why — thanks to her experiences in ME’s Cell Biomechanics Lab and in the Machine Shop — she decided to pursue a degree in ME.
Mon, 01/09/2017 | CoMotion

Two ME projects have been awarded 2016 Innovation Fund Grants from CoMotion! Congratulations to PlayGait and UnTape, led by ME faculty Kat Steele and Eric Seibel, respectively. PlayGait is an affordable, light-weight, and easy-to-use pediatric exoskeleton that will help children affected with gait disorders improve their walking ability. UnTape is a medical tape that can be removed rapidly and painlessly. Both teams originated through the ME’s Engineering Innovation in Health program and will receive $40,000 to aid product development, and an additional $10,000 to help reach business development milestones.

The CoMotion Innovation Fund is a partnership between CoMotion and the Washington Research Foundation to provide up to $1 million per year for applied research. The Fund’s mission is to support projects that have a high impact potential, but are unlikely to succeed without gap funding. More than $10 million in grants has been awarded since 2005.

Wed, 01/04/2017 | Department of Mechanical Engineering
Three students traveled to Lacey, WA, to present their Engineering Innovation in Health (EIH) projects to Frank Alberti, ’44. A longtime friend of the department, Alberti had recently made a major commitment to support ME’s advancements in engineering and health.
Tue, 01/03/2017 | Department of Mechanical Engineering
ME senior David Coven shared why he chose to study engineering and how he finds opportunities to practice compassion and generosity — two of his guiding values — everyday on campus.
Thu, 12/29/2016 | Department of Mechanical Engineering
Designed by UW mechanical engineers and Vashon Island’s BURN Design Lab, the Kuniokoa cookstove is now in production in BURN’s Kenyan factory.
Sun, 12/25/2016 | The Seattle Times
The Seattle Times explains how UW engineering students are finalizing their pod for the Space X sponsored Hyperloop competition. UW Hyperloop is one of thirty finalist teams, selected from 1,200 initial entries. They will send their prototype pod down the mile-long Hyperloop test track in January
Fri, 12/16/2016 | Department of Mechanical Engineering
The 2016 Holiday Toy Hack brought together UW students, faculty and community members to adapt toys for children with disabilities. The event was led by the Taskar Center for Accessible Technology from the Department of Computer Science & Engineering, Bioengineering Outreach, Mechanical Engineering’s Ability & Innovation Lab, and AccessEngineering.
Tue, 12/13/2016 | Department of Mechanical Engineering
ME senior Bradley Wachter has been working in the ME Ability & Innovation Lab to design body-powered orthoses to enrich the lives of those who depend on them. He was featured in “Helping the body heal, feel and move again,” a multimedia story about 10-year-old Jayna Doll. Here, Bradley speaks about his UW experiences and why he’s studying ME.
Tue, 12/13/2016 | KING 5
ME's Ability & Innovation Lab co-hosted the TCAT Hack for Access Holiday Toy event this December with the UW Taskar Center for Accessible Technology and Bioengineering Outreach. At the event, volunteers modified toys to make them accessible to children with disabilities.
Tue, 12/06/2016 | Department of Mechanical Engineering
For over 15 years, ME has partnered with the Seattle VA’s Center for Limb Loss Prevention & Prosthetic Engineering. This collaboration has resulted in hands-on research opportunities for more than 50 ME students and has helped propel UW biomechanics research in new directions.
Mon, 11/28/2016 | Department of Mechanical Engineering
ME students have developed a generator that converts heat energy from fires into electricity to charge phones. The team won the Environmental Innovation Challenge in 2015, the Business Plan Competition in 2016, and now they aim to take their product, the JikoPower Spark, to market.
Wed, 11/23/2016 | Cambridge University Press
Congrats to ME professor Minoru Taya on the publication of his latest book, Bionspired Actuators and Sensors, out this fall from Cambridge University Press! Co-written with researchers in the biological sciences, including UW Biology professor Elizabeth Van Volkenburgh, this is the first book to integrate sensor and actuator technology with bioinspired design. It explores how researchers apply principles of natural actuation and sensing mechanisms to the synthetic design of smart materials and devices.
Fri, 11/04/2016 | Department of Mechanical Engineering
Nabtesco Endowed Professor Minoru Taya's team will explore nanorobotics design based on magnetically-active helices for cancer diagnosis and treatment through a new $1.5 million Nano Robotics Initiative grant from the National Science Foundation.
Thu, 11/03/2016 | KING5, KOMO and KIRO
Local news stations have all featured interviews with ME assistant professor Kat Steele and ME undergrad Bradley Wachter about the work they’ve been doing through the Ability & Innovation Lab to 3-D print a wrist orthosis for a very special collaborator, 10-year-old Jayna Doll. Watch on KING5, KOMO and KIRO. Keep up the amazing work, Ability & Innovation Lab!
Wed, 11/02/2016 | Department of Mechanical Engineering
An alumnus who aligned his passions for diving and oceanography with mechanical engineering, Glenn Piper, '80, spoke with ME about the value of hands-on learning.
Fri, 10/28/2016 | The Daily
The Daily profiled ME’s Formula Motorsports team, describing the passion that motivates these students to create race cars from scratch every year. This year, Formula will be crafting both an electric and a combustion race car to bring to the US and international competitions in summer.
Tue, 10/25/2016 | GeekWire
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.

Fri, 10/21/2016 | Clean Energy Institute
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.”

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