Innovation & impact
The UW was named the number 1 most innovative public university in the U.S. by Reuters in 2017. ME is a leading department at the UW for innovation, commercialization and industry collaboration. Since 2012 the department has been responsible for:
new patents filed
instances of technology licensed by external companies
of all startups at the UW
CoMotion Innovation Fund awards
Between 2012 and 2016, the number of patents filed by ME grew by 60 percent, while the number of patents filed by the College of Engineering overall stayed the same.
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.
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. ME is ranked 3rd in all of the UW in terms of the number of faculty or student startups. 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 Assistant Professor
Alpenglow Optics 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
BluHaptics is a software company pioneering new technology for better control of augmented robotics.
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