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Industry & Alumni

Industry partnerships

Partnerships between industry and the Mechanical Engineering Department are mutually beneficial collaborations that help push the boundaries of applied research, innovation and student education. Industry sponsorship of research, professorships and labs creates opportunities for collaboration between world-class researchers and renowned business leaders. Company engagement with student education and recruiting supports extraordinary future generations of mechanical engineers.

Ways to engage

Interested in proposing another type of industry collaboration? Contact Liz Young at

Washington Innovation Advantage

Concerned about intellectual property rights? The Washington Innovation Advantage allows sponsors and UW researchers to opt into set financial terms for non-exclusive or exclusive commercial licenses to intellectual property upfront. Companies can license intellectual property before a project begins, streamlining execution of sponsored project agreements, reducing financial uncertainty for sponsors, and minimizing time spent on licensing negotiations.

Learn more in the Washington Innovation Advantage Program flyer.

Industry partners

The following companies are major supporters of the ME Department.


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GM General Motors

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External Advisory Board


Along with distinguished alumni and friends, our industry partners also support the department by serving on the External Advisory Board, which provides counsel to faculty, mentoring to students, volunteer leadership in experiential-learning programs, advocacy for the Department and vital connections to industry.