December 23, 2013 | Western Association of Graduate Schools
Lucas Ting wins WAGS/UMI Innovation in Technology Award
ME postdoctoral researcher Lucas Ting has won the 2013-2014 Western Association of Graduate Schools (WAGS) and University Microfilms International (UMI) Innovation in Technology award for his PhD dissertation. This award is intended to recognize a thesis or dissertation for the development of an innovative technology and its utilization for the creative solution of a major problem. Dr. Ting’s research investigates how endothelial cells, while line the inside of blood vessels and platelets, react to physiological & pathological fluid forces by measuring changes in the cells' mechanical properties, adding insight into how issues such as atherosclerosis & coagulopathy develop.
December 23, 2013 | NASA
Microgravity team accepted into 2014 NASA Microgravity University Program
The UW microgravity team, the AstroDawgs, has been accepted into the 2014 NASA Microgravity University Program. This program provides a unique academic experience for undergraduate students to successfully propose, design, fabricate, fly and evaluate a reduced gravity experiment of their choice. The AstroDawgs will pursue an experiment to characterize the impact of different conical geometries on lunar regolith and the resulting dust cloud in a microgravity environment, in order to find a geometry that will produce the lowest dust cloud.
December 12, 2013 | Department of Energy
Brian Fabien awarded the DOE Applied Automotive Engineering Fellowship
Brian Fabien, ME Professor and faculty advisor for the EcoCAR2 project, has been awarded the DOE Applied Automotive Engineering Fellowship in recognition of his contributions to the AVTC Applied Automotive Engineering Curriculum Project (AAECP), a project designed to leverage the knowledge and expertise of EcoCAR 2 faculty advisors to create a body of practical automotive engineering knowledge that is gained through hands-on vehicle competitions. The newly established DOE fellowship is applicable only to EcoCAR2 lead faculty advisors. It includes a $10,000 award that Dr. Fabien may use towards UW’s AVTC program. Congratulations, Dr. Fabien!
October 14, 2013 | KOMO News
Ride of a lifetime: UW students shape next-generation cars
UW’s EcoCAR 2 team is in the third and final year of a nationwide college of engineering student challenge to re-engineer a Chevy Malibu to reduce its fuel consumption and limit greenhouse gas emissions. The competition, developed by the U.S. Department of Energy and General Motors, aims to educate and produce the next generation of automotive engineers, or as professor of Mechanical Engineering and EcoCar 2 faculty advisor Brian Fabien says, the people who are going to save us.
October 14, 2013 | The Seattle Times
UW female professors building a culture for engineering
Assistant Professor of Mechanical Engineering Kat Steele is featured in this Seattle Times article about the changing culture for women in engineering. Professor Steele says that the number of women on the faculty played a big role in her decision to work at the UW. UW has seen steady growth in the number of women in engineering and science faculty positions since it received a national grant to help boost the numbers.
October 11, 2013 | ESPN
Engineer and freeskier Jeff Campbell working to make terrain parks safer
Mechanical Engineering PhD student Jeff Campbell is researching how the shape of terrain park jumps determines how people end up in the air and how often they get unintentionally inverted. Currently, Campbell says, ski jumps are built with a disregard for biomechanics. He is working with Guidance Engineering, a Seattle based company, to track the body mechanics of ski jumpers. They plan to use their findings to make ski jumps safer by providing better design tools to terrain park crews.
September 25, 2013 | Puget Sound Business Journal
Alaska Airlines replaces China-made cups with local product
Alaska Airlines has adopted advanced plastic cups from UW start-up MicroGREEN Polymers, Inc. for its in-flight coffee service, replacing paper cups from China. The cups are expected to cost one third less, weigh half as much, insulate twice as well, and will be completely recyclable. MicroGREEN was cofounded by Krishna Nadella as a UW graduate student in the lab of Vipin Kumar, a UW professor of mechanical engineering. See also: C4C Impact Investigation
August, 2013 | GeekWire
Recent grad develops $15 microscope lens for smartphones
Recent ME grad Thomas Larson has launched a campaign to develop a simple but powerful microscope for smartphones. He was asking for $5000, but funding has snowballed to more than $90,000! Larson conceptualized the smartphone accessory in the 2013 Business Plan Competition and Nate Sniadecki's Cell Biomechanics lab. At the UW last year, Larson won 3rd place at the UW SEBA Science and Technology Showcases and 1st Place for Best Technical Presentation at Pacific District D of ASME and 1st Place for the Student Presentation Competition at Western Washington section of ASME.
August 12, 2013 | UW Center for Commercialization
Joyce Cooper named a UW Presidential Entrepreneurial Faculty Fellow
Associate Professor Joyce Cooper has been named a 2013 UW Presidential Entrepreneurial Faculty Fellow, a prestigious program in which the fellows serve two-year terms as mentors to other UW faculty, researchers and staff with entrepreneurial aspirations. Professor Cooper has an accomplished record of working with industry, and brings real world problems to bear in her research and teaching. Congratulations, Professor Cooper! Read more...
August 19, 2013 | www.aaeoy.org
Dayong Gao named Asian American Engineer of the Year
ME Professor Dayong Gao (back row, center) was selected as one of the nineteen well-respected American engineers, scientists and executives who received the national honors in four categories of "2013 Asian-American Engineer of the Year (AAEOY) Award," as a part of the 2013 National Engineers Week program. Congratulation letters from US President Obama, government officials, and congressional leaders were presented during the 2013 AAEOY Award Ceremony.
See also: Frozen body: Can we return from the dead?, BBC Science
July 12, 2013 | The Seattle Times
ME's WOOF team refines its methods to "print" new milk-carton boat
For the second year, Washington Open Object Fabricators (WOOF) entered a 3-D printed boat in this year's Seafair Milk Carton Derby. The new boat represents a better understanding of how to print with recycled plastic, said Dana Henshaw, a student and director of operations for WOOF. The boat required fewer recycled bottles. It was printed over 11 hours instead of 19 hours, by using a different nozzle that extruded a thicker line of plastic. "We fail a lot, but we learn a lot," said student Mark Hanson, who thinks in the future every neighborhood might include a couple of 3-D printing shops stocked with barrels of the raw plastic needed to make almost anything.
June 29, 2013
ME PhD students win at ASME Conference
Lucas Ting and Shirin Feghhi, shown with ME Associate Professor and advisor Nathan Sniadecki, both took home 1st place awards for presenting their papers at the 2013 ASME Summer Bioengineering Conference. Out of 180 abstracts submitted for the PhD competition, 36 finalists were divided into six sessions and Lucas and Shirin each won their respective sessions.
June 27, 2013 | UW Today
Formula SAE gas- and electric-powered cars win 1st and 2nd in national contest!
The UW Formula Motorsports team clinched the overall win in a field of nearly 80 teams at the Formula Society of Automotive Engineers competition held June 19-22 in Lincoln, Neb. The overall win is a first for the student-run UW team, now in its 24th year. In the new electric car category, the UW team placed second overall out of 20 registered teams.
June 26, 2013
Prof. Ramulu's accomplishments highlighted for education award
Professor Ramulu Mamidala received the 2013 ASEE Isadore T. Davis Award in recognition of his spirit and leadership in the collaborative efforts of engineering or engineering technology education with industry. Prof. Ramulu was recognized for his exemplary collaborative efforts motivated working engineers to pursue doctoral studies and he is a leader in using emerging technologies in distance education to reach non-traditional students.
June 24, 2013 | press release
Prof. Dayong Gao appointed to Medical & Scientific Advisory Board
American CryoStem Corporation welcomed ME professor Dayong Gao to its Medical & Scientific Advisory Board. Dr. Gao will provide guidance and enhancement for the company's development and commercialization efforts.
May 21 2013 | LiveScience
Sounds Of The Sea: Stones Clanging
PhD student Christopher Bassett's research on the noise in Admiralty Inlet of Puget Sound shows that the clacking of pebbles in the seabed, moved by the current, produces a cacophony that drowns out other ocean noises. Bassett says his study is the first to show that currents are capable of regularly moving round objects the size of those seabed pebbles.
See also: InsideScience |
May 24, 2013 | GeekWire
Clean water startup wins 1st place in the UW biz plan competition
GeekWire introduces Pure Blue Technologies, grand prize winner in this year's UW Business Plan Competition. The company is developing a system that uses visible light photo disinfection technology to process contaminated water -- for example, water used in the oil and gas industry -- and make it available for beneficial reuse. The team includes Michael Lee, MS Mechanical Engineering, and members from other UW Engineering departments and colleges.
See also: Foster Unplugged
May 6, 2013 | UW Today
New device can extract human DNA with full genetic data in minutes
ME Associate Professor Jae-Hyun Chung led the research and collaborated with NanoFacture, a Bellevue Wash. company, to create a device that can extract human DNA from fluid samples in a simpler, more efficient and environmentally friendly way than conventional methods. Chung is pictured with Washington Governor Jay Inslee during a licensing ceremony involving the UW start-up Nano Facture and KNR systems; Chung is the inventor of the involved technology.
April 18, 2013
PhD candidate to receive UW Graduate School Medal
Chris Bassett will be recognized for his efforts to combine academic scholarship with social awareness and concern, as well as his contribution to redefining the value of a doctoral degree at the Graduate Council Meeting on May 16. Bassett is mentored by Research Assistant Professor Brian Polagye.
April 4, 2013
ME grad students develop low-cost fuel tool
ME students won $2,500 at the Environmental Innovation Challenge with a tool that transforms biowaste and cooking water into long-burning bricks. Congratulations to Eri Amasawa, Nishita Anand, Bryan Ferguson, Yasuhio Sakaue, and Alex Constant!
More: King5 Evening Magazine video (includes team interview)
March 5, 2013
Two ME Freshmen to Present Research Findings in D.C.
Six UW engineering students — including two ME direct admission students Kasey Acob and David Coven — have the rare opportunity to
present their research at a research and innovation conference on March 9. They conducted the research during an NSF research
and mentoring program the summer of 2012. Students spent 40 hours per week working on the "Towards zero-energy buildings based on energy-harvesting
electrochromic window and thermoelectric systems" EFRI grant with principal investigator and ME professor,
Minoru Taya, co-principal investigators, and their graduate students.
February 6, 2013 | The Seattle Times
Sally Jewell, BSME '78, Nominated by President Obama to Lead Interior
Chosen for her background in engineering, experience, and leadership of a company regularly listed as a "best company to work for," Sally Jewell was
nominated by President Barack Obama for Secretary of the Interior.
If confirmed, Jewell, now president and CEO of REI and a UW regent, will take over a department steeped in controversy over the regulation of
oil and gas and will be the steward of hundreds of millions of acres of public lands.
More: NY Times | Washington Post
January 24, 2013 | UW Today
Organic ferroelectric molecule shows promise for memory chips, sensors
Associate professor Jiangyu Li, working with researchers at Southeast University in China, has discovered a remarkable molecule that shows promise as an organic alternative
to today's silicon-based semiconductors. Cheap, flexible, and nontoxic, the molecule is well suited to a wide range of applications in memory, sensing and low-cost
energy storage. Findings are published in the journal Science.
See also: C&E News |