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Innovation and impact

As an international epicenter for turning ideas into actions, the University of Washington is launching hundreds of companies across a wide range of fields based on UW research and technology.

ME is a leading department at the UW for innovation, commercialization and industry collaboration.


The UW’s ranking for most innovative public university in the U.S. by Reuters in 2019


ME’s ranking at the UW for number of faculty or student startups emerging from an academic unit

Market impact

Since 2012, ME has been responsible for:


new patents filed

of all UW Engineering patents

individual licensed technologies

companies that have licensed ME technologies

of all startups at the UW


Source for data: UW CoMotion, Oct. 2022

Student entrepreneurship

ME students are highly involved in the activities provided by the Buerk Center for Entrepreneurship, which include competitions in health and environmental innovation, funding and mentoring for student-led startups and courses that lead to minors and certificates in entrepreneurship.

Entrepreneurship competitions

Since 2009, teams including ME students have won:

star 30 prizes in the Dempsey Startup Competition, including 4 grand prizes.

star 15 prizes in the Alaska Airlines Environmental Innovation Challenge, including 6 grand prizes.

star 19 prizes in the Hollomon Health Innovation Challenge, including 2 grand prizes.

Notable alumni

star Sally Jewell, BSME '78, has served as U.S. Secretary of the Interior (2013-16) and as president and CEO of Recreational Equipment, Inc. (REI), the nation’s largest consumer cooperative.

star Peter Janicki, MSME '89, is the founder of Janicki Industries. His pioneering work in composite tooling has enabled significant transformations in the aerospace, wind energy and transportation industries.

Read about more Notable ME Alumni.

ME startups

Dozens of companies have formed as a result of ME research. Below are a selection of recent startups that have emerged from the department.


graphAlchemai provides advanced data analytics for supply chain risk management.

Contact: Steve Brunton, ME Associate Professor


 Aquagga is developing solutions to water treatment and environmental remediation challenges.

Contact: Brian Pinkard, Ph.D. ’20

Alpenglow Biosciences

microscopeAlpenglow Biosciences is developing 3D microscopy technology to enable nondestructive slide-free pathology of clinical specimens for better disease treatment.

Contact: Jonathan Liu, ME Professor


fishCathConnect created a device to provide safety with indwelling urinary catheters.

Contact: Jonathan Posner, ME Professor

Curi Bio

fishCuri Bio has licensed UW technology for 3D engineered muscle tissues for the discovery, safety and efficacy testing of new therapeutics.

Contact: Nate Sniadecki, ME Professor

Marine Construction Technologies

fishMarine Construction Technologies has developed technology to reduce noise from pile driving and protect wildlife while improving the efficiency of marine construction projects.

Contact: Per Reinhall, ME Professor


anchorMarineSitu makes marine environmental monitoring instruments accessible to turbine developers and other renewable marine energy companies.

Contact: James Joslin, ME PhD ’15, UW Applied Physics Lab mechanical engineer


 MedsForAll is developing an affordable alternative to the epinephrine auto-injectors currently on the market for communities worldwide.

Contact: Jonathan Posner, ME Professor

Micro Phone Lens

mobile phoneMicro Phone Lens turns cell phones and tablets into microscopes, making microscopy accessible and affordable.

Contact: Thomas Larson, BSME ’13


doctor with stethoscopePhoresa is developing an innovative test for infectious diseases to help doctors better diagnose and treat patients in a single visit.

Contact: Jonathan Posner, ME Professor


first aid kitSonoMotion is harnessing the power of ultrasound technology to develop non-invasive solutions for kidney stone disease.

Contact: Michael Bailey, ME Associate Professor

SpecTree Inc.

first aid kitSpecTree Inc. develops novel technologies related to particulates sampling and analysis, combustion pollution control, and sensors for air quality and personal exposure monitoring.

Contact: Igor Novosselov, ME Research Associate Professor

Stasys Medical Corporation

syringeStasys Medical Corporation is commercializing a device to quickly assess platelet function in trauma patients to prevent bleeding and in cardiology patients to assess antiplatelet drugs.

Contact: Nathan Sniadecki, ME Professor and Lucas Ting, PhD in ME '13


heart pulseVerAvanti is developing a laser-based medical camera to help cardiologists better diagnose and treat individuals who are at risk for stroke and/or heart attacks.

Contact: Eric Seibel, ME Research Professor


beakerVisiongate is a clinical stage pharmaceutical and diagnostics company developing products for the early detection and treatment of lung cancer and lung dysplasia.

Contact: Eric Seibel, ME Research Professor

XFlow Energy

 XFlow Energy is developing robust, inexpensive, and efficient vertical-axis wind turbine (VAWT) technologies focused on reducing the cost of wind energy generation.

Contact: Ben Strom, ME PhD ’19

Data courtesy of UW CoMotion and Arthur W. Buerk Center for Entrepreneurship.