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Thu, 01/24/2019 |

Optical pH measurement system could detect caries risk

Researchers developed a pH-sensing device that can alert the dentist about a patient's vulnerability to dental decay.

Wed, 01/16/2019 | UW News

Three awards from US Energy Department to fuel UW solar cell research

ME associate professor Devin MacKenzie’s project on perovskite manufacturing using roll-to-roll processing techniques was awarded nearly $200,000 by the U.S. Department of Energy Solar Energy Technologies Office.

Wed, 01/09/2019

Mechanical engineers in health care

Three alumni working in health care reflect on their career pathways and share advice for current students interested in this ever-growing field.

Fri, 01/04/2019 | The Seattle Times

Pat Shanahan, Trump’s pick for acting defense secretary, honed leadership style at UW and Boeing

ME alumnus Pat Shanahan is the new acting defense secretary.

Fri, 12/14/2018 | UW News

Underwater sensors for monitoring sea life (and where to find them)

ME researchers have created an underwater mechanical eye called an Adaptable Monitoring Package, or AMP. Using a combination of sensors, it watches animals and records their activity when they pass by renewable energy sites.

Wed, 12/12/2018 | UW News

Researchers create first sensor package that can ride aboard bees

Farmers can already use drones to soar over huge fields and monitor temperature, humidity or crop health, but drone use is limited by the power the devices need. Now, UW engineers have created a sensing system that is small enough to ride aboard a bumblebee.

Tue, 12/04/2018 | The Seattle Times

How do you shush a bridge?

ME researchers trying to tame noisy Highway 520 across Lake Washington.

Wed, 11/07/2018 | Clean Energy Institute

Revolutionary printer for sustainable electronics comes to Washington Clean Energy Testbeds

ME associate professor J. Devin MacKenzie will install world’s first roll-to-roll inkjet printer for sub-micron features, and use it to develop cheap, sustainable alternative to rare-earth materials used in solar panels, displays, and touchscreens.

Thu, 10/11/2018 | ITHS

EIH wins Great Team Science contest

Engineering Innovation in Health has been recognized nationally as a winner of the Great Team Science contest.

Tue, 10/09/2018 | UW News

Researchers develop 3-D printed objects that can track and store how they are used

Engineers at UW have developed 3-D printed devices that can track and store their own use without using batteries or electronics.

Mon, 10/08/2018

Welcome new faculty

Join us in welcoming new faculty to the ME department and congratulating current faculty on their recent promotions.

Wed, 09/19/2018 | HeraldNet

Engineering Week introduces fifth graders to engineering

54 fifth-grade students from the Marysville Cooperative Education Partnership at Marshall Elementary stayed at UW for a week and learned about engineering.

Mon, 09/10/2018

Summer successes

Congrats to ME student teams for bringing home awards from this summer’s competitions!

Mon, 08/20/2018

Research + outreach

At the intersection of biomechanics and neural engineering, Ph.D. student Gaurav Mukherjee is exploring how to develop machines that improve the quality of human life while also making time for K-12 STEM outreach.

Thu, 08/16/2018

Husky Robotics takes 4th

Congrats to the UW Husky Robotics team on placing 4th at this summer’s Canadian International Rover Challenge! For this space robotics competition, teams from around the world compete their prototype rovers across a broad range of tasks to simulate what it would be like to be part of an early colony on an extraterrestrial planet.

Mon, 08/13/2018 | Columns Magazine

A study in persistence

For the UW's new Nanoengineering & Molecular Sciences Building, ME alumnus Dennis Edmondson designed a stud that combined the thermal features of wood with the strength of steel.

Wed, 08/08/2018 | Clean Energy Institute

Startup Wins Federal Grant to Develop Battery Materials at Washington Clean Energy Testbeds

The advanced materials startup will use Small Business Technology Transfer funds to develop battery materials at the Washington Clean Energy Testbeds.

Thu, 08/02/2018 | ASME

Insect-Sized Robot Takes Flight

Wireless, insect-sized robot featured by ASME.

Mon, 07/30/2018

Fighting cancer with mechanical engineering

ME faculty are developing devices and technologies to better detect and treat cancer.

Mon, 07/23/2018 | GeekWire

UW Hyperloop among “top 4”at SpaceX competition

Congratulations to the UW Hyperloop team for placing among the top four teams at this summer’s Hyperloop Pod Competition at SpaceX headquarters! First, second and third place all went to European teams, making the UW team the top team from the U.S. UW Hyperloop also received an innovation award for using cold gas thrusters to propel their pod. Great work, team!

Wed, 07/18/2018

HuskyADAPT wins Ford award for adaptable toy technology

The student team HuskyADAPT, in partnership with the UW Taskar Center for Accessible Technology and Provail Therapy Center, has been named one of ten winners of this year’s Ford College Community Challenge! They will use their $25,000 award to develop an adapted toy lending library in Seattle that will provide families and caregivers of children with disabilities access to modified toys and related equipment.

Fri, 07/06/2018

Paper selected as "editor's pick"

The paper by Ben Strom, Noah Johnson and Brian Polagye of the UW's Pacific Marine Energy Center on vertical-axis turbines has been selected as an "editor's pick" by the Journal of Renewable and Sustainable Energy. Read a summary of their work in Physics Today.

Mon, 06/25/2018

UW Formula Motorsports takes 3rd place at competition

Congratulations to the UW Formula Motorsports team for placing 3rd and picking up several additional awards at this year's Society of Automotive Engineers (SAE) competition in Lincoln, Nebraska!

In addition to its 3rd place overall win, the UW team scored highly in several subcategories: 1st in endurance, 2nd in engineering design and 3rd in business presentation, and was the runner-up for the Cummins Innovative Design Award.

While the team has achieved great success with combustion vehicles at competitions in previous years, this was the first year it focused solely on electric. Great work – Go Dawgs!

Mon, 06/18/2018 | Department of Mechanical Engineering

Class of ’68 grads honored at ME’s 2018 graduation

At this year's ME graduation ceremony, in addition to awarding nearly 135 bachelor's degrees, 115 master's and 15 doctoral degrees, the department honored ME grads from the Class of '68 in a 50-year reunion.

Tue, 06/12/2018 | Department of Mechanical Engineering

Secrets of the sky

In this novel course, Boeing engineers and Mechanical Engineering faculty partner to teach students how to design commercial airplanes.