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Autumn 2017 Edition

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Football players

Innovation impact

The ME department empowers students and faculty to learn, discover and build solutions to tomorrow’s challenges. From safer football helmets to cleaner cookstoves, the impact of ME’s innovations can be felt near and far. Read more »

Divers and submarine under water

Tradition with a modern twist

The Human Powered Sub Team has blended traditional boatbuilding with aerospace and marine engineering to create a one-of-a-kind submarine, winning first place at the International Submarine Races. Read more »

Boat of Puget Sound

AMPing up underwater environmental monitoring

The Northwest National Marine Renewable Energy Center has developed a detection system that captures interactions between marine life and marine energy converters to investigate the environmental effects. Read more »

Microscope can scan tumors during surgery and examine cancer biopsies in 3-D

A microscope, developed by Associate Professor Jonathan Liu and other researchers, can provide surgeons with real-time pathology data to guide cancer-removal surgeries, preventing the need for further surgeries. Read more »

New portable blood analyzer could improve anemia detection worldwide

Associate Professor Nathan Sniadecki and other researchers have developed a device to monitor anemia that is smaller than a toaster. The device requires only a few drops of blood for its simple analysis. Read more »

Flexible ‘skin’ can help robots, prosthetics perform everyday tasks by sensing shear force

Professor Jonathan Posner and other researchers have developed a flexible sensor “skin.” The skin conveys information about shear forces, allowing robotic or prosthetic hands to manipulate items with greater precision. Read more »

Ron and Wanda Crockett receive Gates Volunteer Service Award

ME alumnus Ron, '61, and Wanda Crockett received the University of Washington Gates Volunteer Service Award, which recognizes those who exemplify the highest standards of service to the UW. Read more »

Honoring Class of '67 grads

At this year's graduation ceremony, in addition to awarding nearly 160 bachelor's degrees, 80 master's and 20 doctoral degrees, the department honored ME grads from the Class of '67 in a 50-year reunion. Read more »


The MEssenger is the department's alumni newsletter. Published twice a year, it features stories about students, faculty, research, alumni and more.