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A mobile robot faces a shelf with a pitcher, bowl, plate, cleaning solution, mug and a spoon.

Mon, 07/31/2023

Human-inspired robotic perception

ME Ph.D. candidate Ekta Samani’s research aims to improve visual perception in autonomous robots.

Corie Cobb

Wed, 07/26/2023 | UW News

ME professor elected to Washington State Academy of Sciences

Corie Cobb was elected for her contributions to the understanding of battery electrode architectures and to accelerating commercialization of materials processing technology.

Polaroid style photo of a group of students during a department dance night

Wed, 07/26/2023 | UW College of Engineering

A formal education

ME, Bioengineering and Electrical & Computer Engineering departments organized a winter formal dance.

Headshots of two ME professors

Fri, 07/21/2023 | UW+Amazon Science Hub

Researchers receive UW-Amazon Science Hub support

ME Associate Professor Ashis Banerjee and ME Assistant Professor Mehmet Kurt received funding for projects addressing challenges in robotics and AI innovation.


Thu, 07/13/2023

ME researchers win CoMotion awards, scholarship

Faculty and students will research ways to address health needs and aim to improve the design and validation of new devices.

Xu Chen

Thu, 07/06/2023 | National Academy of Engineering

Xu Chen to participate in NAE symposium

The ME professor is among the engineers selected by the National Academy of Engineering to take part in The Grainger Foundation Frontiers of Engineering 2023 Symposium.

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Thu, 07/06/2023 | UW Medicine

Florida students visit UW researchers

The high school students visited Seattle recently to learn from researchers, including ME associate professor Michael Bailey.

Aniruddh Vashisth headshot

Thu, 07/06/2023 | Kiro 7

OceanGate safety concerns

ME Assistant Professor Aniruddh Vashisth shared his materials expertise with KIRO News.

Group of students and faculty at the 2023 graduation ceremony standing in front of a building

Fri, 06/16/2023

Congratulations to our 2023 graduates

The 2023 ME graduation celebration included speakers and student awards.

Four members of the SeaDawgs pose with the Washington Huskies flag

Tue, 06/06/2023 | UW Industrial & Systems Engineering

Students design failure-prevention system

For their 2023 capstone project, ME and ISE students conducted a comprehensive assessment of Seagen's critical systems.

Robotic grasper holding an Amazon mailer

Mon, 06/05/2023

Robotics for manufacturing

ME researchers are exploring how robotics and AI can help improve manufacturing workers’ safety, standardize processes and more.

Group of students holding two big check awards

Wed, 05/31/2023

ME wins big at 2023 Dempsey Startup Competition

AMOR received the $15,000 second-place award and Simpl-E-Vac received the $10,000 third-place prize.

Elijah Kuska

Tue, 05/30/2023

Making an impact through research and teaching

Ph.D. candidate and instructor Elijah Kuska is advancing biomechanics research while meeting students where they are.

The twisted nanostructures are fracturing under the weight of a small load

Mon, 05/22/2023

A tiny break into toughness

ME researchers turn to nature to investigate how nanomaterials and nanostructure makes materials more resistant to breaking.

Headshots of four faculty members

Fri, 05/19/2023

Meet new faculty

Join us in welcoming Joe Powers, Feini (Sylvia) Qu, Jenny Robinson and Shijing Sun as new faculty to the ME department this school year.

Aditya Sanjay Thakur

Fri, 04/28/2023 | UW Husky 100

ME student in the 2023 Husky 100

Aditya Sanjay Thakur is included in the Husky 100, which recognizes students who are making the most of their time at the UW.

inSTENT team members and Professor Eric Seibel

Thu, 04/20/2023 | UW Engineering Innovation in Health

EIH team reflects on their success

The inSTENT Connection team, which includes ME student Clara Black and ME Research Professor Eric Seibel, won first-place in the 2022 Hollomon Health Innovation Challenge.

Two people on the left watching a computer screen in the middle of the picture. A huge wave tank is behind the computer.

Thu, 04/20/2023 | UW News

How researchers are studying marine microplastics

Learn how two UW researchers, including ME Assistant Professor Michelle DiBenedetto, are investigating the issue of marine microplastics.

A flock of starling birds flying above the ocean against an orange sky.

Mon, 04/10/2023

To improve robots, look to birds

ME researchers improved a mathematical model describing how birds flock together – which could be applied to build robots that move in the same way. 

Three men holding a giant check award

Fri, 04/07/2023 | UW Foster School of Business

2023 environmental innovation challenge winners

PurePlast, a team including ME students, won second-place in the competition.

Ben Hempstead

Tue, 03/28/2023

Meet Ben Hempstead

The ME alum reflects on his time at the UW, his career and his role on the department’s Executive Advisory Board.

Dayong Gao

Mon, 03/27/2023 | Forbes

The spring of crybiology

Dayong Gao, the ORIGINCELL Endowed Professor of the Department of Mechanical Engineering, as well as alumni Shen Ren and Zhiquan (Andy) Shu, are interviewed about their research.

Dayong Gao

Mon, 03/27/2023

Dayong Gao elected ISBER President

The International Society for Biological and Environmental Repositories (ISBER) addresses issues for biobanks and biorepositories.

Ayokunle Olanrewaju headshot

Tue, 03/21/2023 | UW Engineered Living Systems

Creating materials for sustainable built environments

Assistant Professor Ayokunle Olánrewájú is a collaborator in an NSF-funded project that will combine engineered microorganisms with 3D printing to create materials for sustainable built environments.

Collage of ThermoTape trials. Left: Two researchers testing ThermoTape on a participant. Right: Close-up of study participant's arms with medical tape on both sides.

Mon, 03/20/2023

Engineering a better medical tape

Ph.D. student Shawn Swanson recently led a clinical trial for ThermoTape, a medical adhesive that becomes less sticky when time for removal.