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Fri, 03/17/2017 | National Science Foundation
Congratulations to ME grad students Michael Rosenberg and Andrew Bender on receiving National Science Foundation (NSF) Graduate Research Fellowships! This fellowship program recognizes and supports outstanding graduate students in science, technology, engineering and mathematics disciplines.
Tue, 03/14/2017 | Center for Sensorimotor Neural Engineering
The Center for Sensorimotor Neural Engineering hosts a yearly Tech Studio course that allow students to apply engineering principles from their coursework to independent projects. At the end of the quarter, students presented their projects to CSNE industry affiliates. This year’s winning project was NEOGrasp, a low-cost neural orthosis that would allow users who are quadriplegic or tetraplegic to use another muscle to control a device that can grasp and release objects. The NEOGrasp team was composed of CSE sophomore Aishwarya Mandyam, ME Ph.D. student Gaurav Mukherjee, and BioE senior Lok "Larry” To.
Mon, 03/06/2017 | STAT
STAT news, an online project of the Boston Globe focused on medical news, has launched a March-Madness-inspired online voting competition to find the best innovation in science and medicine of 2016. One of the competitors is a real-time microscopy tool developed by Jonathan Liu. Liu's handheld microscope can identify cancer cells and tell surgeons how much to cut out, while leaving the healthy part of the organ intact. In brain cancer, finding those margins can be tough, and every millimeter of tissue matters. Vote for Jonathan Liu here!
Mon, 03/06/2017 | Department of Mechanical Engineering
For 28 years, UW Formula Motorsports has brought together students to design, build and compete formula-style vehicles. The College of Engineering spoke with Formula about the lasting dedication that students bring to the team. Team members credit their culture of student leadership and mentorship as key to the team’s stability and success.
Thu, 03/02/2017 | GeekWire
GeekWire covered the 2017 Health Innovation Challenge and interviewed the winners, including the two projects that started out in ME's Engineering Innovation in Medicine program. They spoke with both EpiForAll, which took first place, and PlayGait, which took third, about their plans for the future.
Thu, 03/02/2017 | Department of Mechanical Engineering
EpiForAll and PlayGait, two student teams that originated in ME's Engineering Innovation in Health program, placed first and third in the 2017 Hollomon Health Innovation Challenge! Two additional Engineering Innovation in Health teams, ACBI and Quinton PHSH, received "Judges Also Really Liked” awards.
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.

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