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3D printed robotic gripper holding a mustard bottle

Wed, 09/07/2022 | OPB News

UW researchers give assembly line robots a helping hand

UW researchers, including ME Assistant Professor Jeffrey Lipton, developed a new way to design and 3D print robotic grippers customized to pick up an array of different shaped objects. 

Man walking on a treadmill wearing an exoskeleton device

Tue, 09/06/2022

Taking steps toward supporting mobility in cerebral palsy

Ph.D. student Alyssa Spomer is exploring how a robotic exoskeleton device paired with real-time feedback can enhance rehabilitation therapy for children with cerebral palsy.

Two rendering illustrations of a small movement tracking device

Mon, 08/29/2022

Light, efficient sensors recognize body and eye movement

UW ME researchers are creating sensors that can better detect human movement and can be used with a new wearable eye tracker.

Ayokunle Olanrewaju headshot

Fri, 08/19/2022 | UW Bioengineering

Meet the researcher: Ayokunle Olanrewaju

The ME and BioE assistant professor shares how his research addresses medical challenges in treating infectious and chronic diseases, what attracted him to UW, and more.

Xu Chen and Jeffrey Lipton

Mon, 08/15/2022

ME faculty receive UW + Amazon Science Hub awards

Xu Chen and Jeffrey Lipton will advance AI and robotics research with new grants.

Close up of arm with three pieces of medical tape

Mon, 08/15/2022 | UW WE-REACH

Creating a medical tape for young patients

A team including ME Research Professor Eric Seibel, ME Affiliate Assistant Professor Len Nelson and ME graduate student Shawn Swanson have developed a medical tape that becomes "unsticky" when time for removal.

Close up of hands with purple gloves holding a small and stretchable generator that converts body heat to electricity.

Mon, 08/08/2022

Harvesting thermal energy to power wearable electronics

UW researchers, led by ME Assistant Professor Mohammad Malakooti, have developed a wearable, stretchable thermoelectric device that converts body heat to electricity. 

Leg with prosthetic socket

Mon, 08/01/2022 | UW Bioengineering

UW develops first successful auto-adjusting prosthetic socket

Researchers, including ME Professor Joseph Garbini, have developed the first auto-adjusting prosthetic socket.

22 objects on a table top. Objects include white 3D printed shapes and also random household items such as a drill, a mustard container, a bowl and a tennis ball

Fri, 07/29/2022 | UW News

3D printed gripper

A UW team, including ME Assistant Professor Jeffrey Lipton, has created a tool that can design a 3D-printable passive gripper and calculate the best path to pick up an object.

Closeup of water in a tank lab

Fri, 07/29/2022

How do microplastics behave at the ocean surface?

Postdoctoral researcher Luci Baker and Assistant Professor Michelle DiBenedetto are using fluid mechanics to research microplastics in the ocean.

Corey Clay headshot

Mon, 07/25/2022

Meet Corey Clay

ME’s new Diversity Equity and Inclusion Officer shares the experiences that led him to DEI work and efforts underway to increase representation in the department.

Aquagga’s ‘Steed Series’ can process 10 to 100 gallons per hour

Thu, 07/14/2022 | GeekWire

UW spinout aims to eliminate ‘forever chemicals’

GeekWire profiled Aquagga, a startup – co-founded by ME Ph.D. graduate Brian Pinkard – developing technology to break down and destroy PFAS or “forever chemicals.”

Juan Carlos del Alamo

Wed, 07/13/2022 | UW Institute for Stem Cell & Regenerative Medicine

Effort to improve stroke risk assessment

A five-year, $2.9 million grant from NHLBI will allow researchers, including ME Professor Juan Carlos del Álamo, to study the complex factors that lead to strokes.

Mohammad Malakooti

Wed, 07/13/2022 | UW Population Health Initiative

Researchers receive chronic disease pilot grants

Researchers including ME Assistant Professor Mohammad Malakooti received a pilot grant to develop wearable sweat sensors for smartphone-enabled diabetes monitoring.

Close up of a solar-powered drone on the grass

Fri, 06/24/2022

Applying insect intelligence to micro-robots

A new review paper co-written by ME Assistant Professor Sawyer Fuller makes the case for drawing inspiration from insects to create AI for autonomous micro-robots. 

Light sheet microscopy

Thu, 06/23/2022 | The Daily

Combining 3D tissue imaging and AI

Supported by an NIH grant, ME professor Jonathan Liu is co-leading work with Case Western Reserve University to better view and understand prostate cancer cells.

The class of 2022 at the ME graduation.

Wed, 06/22/2022

Celebrating our 2022 graduates

The 2022 ME graduation celebration included speakers and student awards.

Cyclists on the street

Fri, 06/17/2022 | Discover Magazine

The science behind helmets protecting bicyclists

ME Assistant Professor Mehmet Kurt and ME PhD student Fargol Rezayaraghi share how helmets provide protection against severe head injury and death for cyclists.

Mehmet Kurt

Fri, 06/17/2022

Mehmet Kurt receives NSF CAREER Award

The ME Assistant Professor received an NSF CAREER Award to research the dynamics of soft, highly damped materials and engage LGBTQ+ communities.

UW engineer Melanie Anderson carefully threads a moth antenna onto a circuit. The hair-like wires slide perfectly into the hollow tube of the antenna.

Mon, 06/13/2022 | OPB News

Machine uses moth antennae to smell

UW postdoctoral scholar and mechanical engineer Melanie Anderson’s work is featured in this story about a drone that uses live insect antennae to pick up scents.  

Lungs illustration showing how infectious particles spread

Mon, 06/13/2022 | The Seattle Times

How infectious particles spread

ME Research Associate Professor Igor Novosselov shared his expertise in aerosol science with The Seattle Times in an article about choirs returning to perform.

Three students working on a mechanical fixture project together

Mon, 06/13/2022

ME undergraduates work to solve real-world problems

Undergraduate students showcased a range of projects during the inaugural Mechanical Engineering Capstone Expo

Abstract image of network

Mon, 06/13/2022

AI for engineering

The AI Institute in Dynamic Systems isn’t quite a year old, but its directors are already laying the groundwork to transform engineering education and, ultimately, the field.

EIH students pitch to sponsors at Spring Symposium

Mon, 06/06/2022 | UW Engineering Innovation in Health

Students present health innovation projects

Engineering Innovation in Health students recently presented to health leaders and innovators at the 2022 Spring Symposium.

Collage of awardees's faces

Mon, 06/06/2022

ME faculty honored with student-nominated FACET Awards

Students recognized six ME faculty members with Faculty Appreciation for Career Education & Training Awards.