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2014 news archive

David Coven Picture

November 20, 2014 | UW Today

UW undergrad’s early life challenges become a hectic schedule of opportunity

UW Today features a story on one of our outstanding undergraduates, David Coven, who juggles the management of both a start-up (Engineering Expectations) and a non-profit (Scholarship Junkies) on top of his engineering classes!

Nathan White

November 4, 2014

Nate Sniadecki & Dr. Nathan White to present "Get a Grip: Cell Biomechanics in Cardiovascular Health

Mark your calendars! On Tues., November 4, at 7:00 in Kane Hall, Professor Nate Sniadecki and Dr. Nathan White will present "Get a Grip: Cell Biomechanics in Cardiovascular Health" as part of the 2014 Engineering Lecture Series. Follow the link for more information and to register!

Navy Students

October 24, 2014 | UW Today

Navy awards $8 million to develop wave, tidal energy technology

ME faculty and graduate students are part of a team working to develop marine renewable energy for use by the US Navy, making 3-D printed prototypes of tidal turbines that they will test in the UW’s water channel and with computer modelling studies.

September 30, 2014

UW students to build hybrid-electric muscle car in EcoCAR3 contest

This fall brings the launch of the EcoCAR3 project, and the team is off to a great start! Read all about the new four year competition to convert a Chevrolet Camaro into a hybrid electric car in this UW Today article..

September 21, 2014

Nate Sniadecki and BSME ’13 grad Thomas Larson featured at Freshman Convocation

It's been great to welcome new freshman to UW this fall! ME's very own Associate Professor Nate Sniadecki and BSME '13 alum Thomas Larson were featured at Freshman Convocation on Sunday, Sept. 21. You can view the video here - skip to the 30:30 mark to see Nate and Thomas!

Brian Fabien

September 2014

Brian Fabien awarded the Institute for Systems Biology’s Valerie Logan Leadership in Science Education Award

We’re extremely proud to announce that Professor Brian Fabien has been awarded the Institute for Systems Biology’s Valerie Logan Leadership in Science Education Award! Brian was chosen for this award to recognize his contributions to ISB’s education programs and partnerships by way of the Partnership for Science and Engineering Practices program, the Washington Alliance for Better Schools’ Externship program, and their partnership with Hollywood Hills Elementary in Northshore. ISB’s President Leroy Hood noted that in all cases, Brian “exemplified respect for students and teachers, conveyed understanding and excitement for science and engineering, and exemplified high quality instructional practices.” Please join us in congratulating Brian and thanking him for his tremendous contributions to engineering and science education!

September 10, 2014

ME gears up for grand opening of BARC

The Boeing Advanced Research Center (BARC) is a 4300 sq. ft. facility housed in the Department of Mechanical Engineering that fosters collaborative basic and applied research, translational research and development, and student education-­‐related activities in the area of manufacturing and assembly of aircraft and spacecraft structures. The target start for the projects is in Fall 2014.

Ashley Emery

August 28, 2014 | ASME

2 ME Profs appointed ASME Journal Editors

We’re very proud that Professor Ashley Emery has been appointed editor of the ASME Journal of Verification, Validation and Uncertainty Quantification, to be released during the first half of 2015, and Steve Shen has been appointed as the editor of the ASME Journal of Vibration and Acoustics. Of the 7 new ASME editors, 2 are from ME!

Steve Shen

August 28, 2014

Grad student Mark Jankauski and Prof. Steve Shen win Best Paper Award

Grad student Mark Jankauski and Professor Steve Shen have won the best paper award in the International Micro Air Vehicle Conference and Competition, in Delft, The Netherlands on August 12-15, 2014, for their work titled “Dynamic Modeling of a Rotating Insect Wing.” Congratulations, Mark and Professor Shen! View their presentation here:

Eric Seibel

August 28, 2014

Cell-CT spots early signs of cancer in cell nuclei

ME Research Professor Eric Seibel and the Human Photonics Laboratory have developed an optical technique able to spot the tell-tale changes in DNA content of cell nuclei during the earliest stages of cancer, which could offer valuable screening and surveillance in the fight against some forms of the disease.

 Christopher Dubé

June 23, 2014 | UW Mechanical Engineering

Remembering Christopher Dubé, BSME ‘12

Christopher lived his life to the fullest, with purpose, compassion, and enthusiasm. He was employed as a Controls Engineer at Electroimpact, Inc. in Mukilteo, WA and was always inventing or tinkering with things. He was also actively involved in Water Access Now, a nonprofit that focuses on providing sustainable water to villages in Ghana. Christopher just joined WAN board, was the photographer and website designer, and travelled to Ghana twice to support the installation of sustainable water systems. At the request of his parents, the Christopher Dube Memorial Fund has been created. 100% of the funds donated will bring water to communities in Ghana. To learn more, please visit:

Vipin Kumar

July 17, 2014 | UW Center for Commercialization

Professor Vipin Kumar presents “Disrupting the Single Use Disposable Cup Industry”

Hear how Dr. Kumar has disrupted the single-use disposable cup industry, as he recounts his personal journey from the lab to the marketplace. Part of the 2014 UW Presidential Entrepreneurial Faculty Fellows Lecture Series presented by C4C, the University of Washington's Center for Commercialization.


June 23, 2014 | UW News

Ferroelectric switching seen in biological tissues

Measurements taken at the molecular scale have for the first time confirmed a key property that could improve our knowledge of how the heart and lungs function. University of Washington researchers have shown that a favorable electrical property, called ferroelectricity, is present in a type of protein found in organs that repeatedly stretch and retract, such as the lungs, heart and arteries. A research team led by ME Professor Jiangyu Li first discovered ferroelectric properties in biological tissues in 2012.

EcoCar Photo

June 20, 2014 | UW News

UW students' electric-hybrid car takes 2nd in international competition

The University of Washington's Advanced Vehicle Works team won second place in the international EcoCAR 2 competition this month for turning a Chevrolet Malibu into a highly efficient hybrid vehicle running on electric grid energy and biodiesel.

Michael Wierusz

February 5, 2014 | Paul G. Allen Family Foundation

ME alum Michael Wierusz selected as Allen Distinguished Educator

ME alum Michael Wierusz has been selected as an Allen Distinguished Educator by the Paul G. Allen Family Foundation. The Foundation supports pioneering approaches to engineering and entrepreneurship education. Mike was selected for his launch of the Sustainability Engineering Design program for the Northshore School District, where he teaches high school and has also developed an International Baccalaureate high school design course. You can read more about his work here: Go, Mike!

February 13, 2014 | UW Health Sciences

Small-scale clot detector, big value to trauma patients

Associate Professor Nate Sniadecki and his team from the Cell Biomechanics Lab are collaborating with UW Emergency Medicine to develop a small, plastic-and-silicon card to rapidly detect blood-clotting deficiency. Immediate test results on clotting ability are vital to successfully treating people who have sustained severe injuries.

James Riley

February 6, 2014 | National Academy of Engineering

ME Professor Jim Riley elected to National Academy of Engineering

ME Professor and PACCAR Professor of Engineering Jim Riley has been elected to the National Academy of Engineering (NAE) for his contributions in analysis, modeling, and computations of transitioning and turbulent phenomena. Election to the NAE is among the highest professional distinctions accorded to an engineer. Congratulations to Professor Riley!

Mike Bailey

February 6, 2014 | UW News

Credit card-sized device could analyze biopsy, help diagnose pancreatic cancer in minutes

A team led by ME Research Professor Eric Seibel is developing a low-cost device that could help pathologists diagnose pancreatic cancer earlier and faster. The team presented its initial results this month at the SPIE Photonics West conference and recently filed a patent for this first-generation device and future technology advancements.

February 3, 2014 | ASME Congress

Grad student Nikita Taparia awarded 1st place in ASME poster competition

Nikita Taparia was awarded 1st place in the Doctoral Poster Competition at the ASME's Global Congress on Nanoengineering in Medicine and Biology in San Francisco this week (Feb 2-5). The title of her paper was "CMOS-based Optical Sensor for Measurement of Platelet Contractile Force". There were about 88 students in the competition, which had a general poster session on Sunday and a 3-minute lightning round for the 18 finalists on Monday. Congratulations, Nikita!

Mike Bailey

January 10, 2014 | UW Medicine

Trial to test using ultrasound to move kidney stones

Clinical trials are underway at UW Medicine to test a low-power ultrasound to move kidney stones inside the body and help them pass naturally. ME Assistant Professor Mike Bailey, also an engineer at the UW Applied Physics Laboratory, is a lead researcher on the project. If clinical trials go well, the team believes that the device could be used in an urologist’s office or by trained emergency room staff, potentially saving hundreds of millions of dollars in U.S. medical expenses.