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Autumn 2021 Edition

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A vision for robotics

The UW MACS Lab builds robots and machines that combine vision, intelligence and manipulation to play games, perform tasks and advance robotics research goals.

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Putting the 'AI' in airplanes

Machine learning presents tremendous opportunities to improve how we build airplanes. ME Assistant Professor Krithika Manohar is just getting started.

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Affiliate in residence

Retired engineers like Leonard Nelson offer their time and expertise to enrich UW research and education through affiliate professorships.

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Alberto Aliseda named next chair of ME

"His vision for the future of mechanical engineering will propel the department from its current high level to even greater heights in the years to come."

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Welcome new faculty

The ME department welcomes new faculty members for the 2021–2022 school year.

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AI Institute for Dynamic Systems

UW leading new NSF institute for using artificial intelligence to understand dynamic systems.

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NSF to fund revolutionary center for optoelectronic, quantum technologies

A $25 million grant will found the Center for Integration of Modern Optoelectronic Materials on Demand (IMOD), a UW-led collaboration of scientists and engineers at 11 universities.

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Husky Robotics delivers at the 2021 Virtual University Rover Challenge

Husky Robotics took the top score by a U.S. team in the the 2021 Virtual University Rover Challenge.

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ARUW takes first place in North American RoboMaster University League competition

This summer, Advanced Robotics at the University of Washington (ARUW), a team of University of Washington students led by Mechanical Engineering graduate Sig Johnson, took first place in the inaugural North American RoboMaster University League Competition.

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3D imaging method may help doctors better determine prostate cancer aggressiveness

A team led by the UW has developed a new, non-destructive method that images entire 3D biopsies instead of a slice for determining prostate cancer aggressiveness. The 3D images provided more information than a 2D image — specifically, details about the tree-like structure of the glands throughout the tissue.

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‘Reimagining Mobility’: Professors amplify disabled voices

UW's student newspaper The Daily features a series of lectures focused on issues surrounding mobility that are being organized by Professors Kat Steele and Heather Feldner.

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Healable carbon fiber composite offers path to long-lasting, sustainable materials

A new paper describes a type of carbon fiber reinforced material that is as strong and light as traditionally used ones but can be repeatedly healed with heat.

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The impact of patient voice in rehabilitation

Beth Halsne won The Graduate School's Three Minute Thesis Competition for her research on the power of patient input in picking prosthetic feet that work best for them.

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