Innovation & 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 2018
ME’s ranking at the UW for number of faculty or student startups emerging from an academic unit
Since 2012, ME has been responsible for:
new patents filed
of all UW Engineering patents
instances of technology licensed by external companies
of all startups at the UW
CoMotion Innovation Fund awards
ME students are highly involved in the activities provided by the Buerk Center for Entrepreneurship, which include competitions in health and environmental innovation and courses that lead to minors and certificates in entrepreneurship.
47 students have taken part in the Environmental Innovation Challenge, 11 on winning teams.
18 students have taken part in the Health Innovation Challenge, 10 on winning teams.
Source for data: UW CoMotion and the Arthur W. Buerk Center for Entrepreneurship, Dec. 2018
Notable student entrepreneurs
Moghadam Babak, Ph.D. '14, pursued the Buerk Center's Entrepreneurship Certificate and co-founded the startup Phoresa, which won the 2015 Business Plan Competition grand prize.
Ryan Ahearn, BSME '17, pursued the Foster School's Entrepreneurship Minor (managed by the Buerk Center) and co-founded JikoPower, which won the 2016 Business Plan Competition grand prize.
Dozens of companies have formed as a result of ME research. Below are a selection of recent startups that have emerged from the department.
Alchemai provides advanced data analytics for supply chain risk management.
Contact: Steve Brunton, ME Associate Professor
Contact: Andy Stewart, ME Assistant Professor
Marine Construction Technologies
Marine 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 and Chair
Micro Phone Lens
Micro Phone Lens turns cell phones and tablets into microscopes, make microscopy accessible and affordable.
Contact: Thomas Larson, BSME ’13
SonoMotion is harnessing the power of ultrasound technology to develop non-invasive solutions for kidney stone disease.
Contact: Michael Bailey, ME Associate Professor
VerAvanti 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