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Spring 2020 Edition

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Multiple 3D-printed masks on a table

Together we will

UW fabrication engineers are helping meet the rising need for supplies to protect medical staff and treat patients with COVID-19. Read more »

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Hearts in space

ME professor Nathan Sniadecki explains the research benefits of organ and tissue chips and why some — like the heart tissue chips developed in his lab — are sent into space. Read more »

Brian Pinkard standing in a lab

Waste to water

An ME co-founded company addressing chemical cleanup won the 2020 Environmental Innovation Challenge. Read more »

Mechanical engineering on the nanoscale

In conjunction with the Institute for Nano-Engineered Systems, ME faculty are developing new materials, systems and devices for environmental monitoring and health care. Read more »

Mechanical goes virtual

This spring, the UW transitioned to a fully online education model in light of COVID-19, requiring instructors to quickly adjust and implement their courses remotely. Read more »

Turning the tide on marine energy

A research collaboration with the Department of Aeronautics & Astronautics is advancing knowledge of specialized turbines. Read more »

Accelerating innovation

AeroSpec, led by ME doctoral candidate Jiayang (Joe) He, will receive up to $25k in funding from the Jones + Foster Accelerator. Read more »

ME alumni receive UW Engineering Diamond Awards

Congratulations to ME alumni James Skaggs (BSME, '59) and Allen Israel (BSME, '68) for receiving the College of Engineering's 2020 Diamond Awards for Distinguished Achievement in Industry and the Dean’s Award, respectively. Read more »

Posner awarded Global Innovation Fund

Congratulations to Professor Jonathan Posner on being awarded the Global Innovation Fund from the Office of Global Affairs for his cookstove-related BURN injury investigations in Nepal and Ghana (BURNING). Read more »


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