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
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, Sept. 2021
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.
Since 2009, teams including ME students have won:
25 prizes in the Dempsey Startup Competition, including 4 grand prizes.
14 prizes in the Alaska Airlines Environmental Innovation Challenge, including 6 grand prizes.
11 prizes in the Hollomon Health Innovation Challenge, including 1 grand prize.
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.
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.
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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
LightSpeed Microscopy Inc.
LightSpeed Microscopy is developing 3-D microscopy technology to enable nondestructive slide-free pathology of clinical specimens for better disease treatment.
Contact: Jonathan Liu, ME Associate Professor
MarineSitu 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
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
XFlow Energy is a startup 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