News & Events


Wed, 07/18/2018
The student team HuskyADAPT, in partnership with the UW Taskar Center for Accessible Technology and Provail Therapy Center, has been named one of ten winners of this year’s Ford College Community Challenge! They will use their $25,000 award to develop an adapted toy lending library in Seattle that will provide families and caregivers of children with disabilities access to modified toys and related equipment.
Fri, 07/06/2018

The paper by Ben Strom, Noah Johnson and Brian Polagye of the UW's Pacific Marine Energy Center on vertical-axis turbines has been selected as an "editor's pick" by the Journal of Renewable and Sustainable Energy. Read a summary of their work in Physics Today.

Mon, 06/25/2018

Congratulations to the UW Formula Motorsports team for placing 3rd and picking up several additional awards at this year's Society of Automotive Engineers (SAE) competition in Lincoln, Nebraska!

In addition to its 3rd place overall win, the UW team scored highly in several subcategories: 1st in endurance, 2nd in engineering design and 3rd in business presentation, and was the runner-up for the Cummins Innovative Design Award.

While the team has achieved great success with combustion vehicles at competitions in previous years, this was the first year it focused solely on electric. Great work – Go Dawgs!

Mon, 06/18/2018 | Department of Mechanical Engineering
At this year's ME graduation ceremony, in addition to awarding nearly 135 bachelor's degrees, 115 master's and 15 doctoral degrees, the department honored ME grads from the Class of '68 in a 50-year reunion.
Tue, 06/12/2018 | Department of Mechanical Engineering
In this novel course, Boeing engineers and Mechanical Engineering faculty partner to teach students how to design commercial airplanes.
Sat, 06/02/2018 | GeekWire
For SpaceX’s third university Hyperloop competition, the three dozen student engineers and entrepreneurs on the University of Washington’s pod-racing team have reworked the design for their vehicle from the ground up.
Sat, 05/26/2018 | Department of Mechanical Engineering
A 2018 UW Engineering Diamond Award recipient, alumna Tami Bond has pioneered efforts to better understand black carbon’s environmental impact.
Thu, 05/17/2018 | The Economist
Drones are getting ever smaller. The latest is the first insect-sized robot to take to the air without a tether delivering its power.
Tue, 05/15/2018 | UW News
Insect-sized flying robots could help with tasks like surveying crop growth or sniffing out gas leaks. But current flying robo-insects are still tethered to the ground because of heavy electronics they need. ME doctoral students, ME Assistant Professor Sawyer Fuller and CSE Associate Professor Shyam Gollakota have for the first time cut the cord and added a brain, allowing their RoboFly to take its first independent flaps.
Mon, 05/14/2018
Driven by students, HuskyADAPT is teaching the UW community how to modify toys for kids with disabilities.
Fri, 05/11/2018 | BioOptics World
A team of researchers in UW ME and the Barrow Neurological Institute used a scanning fiber endoscope to detect the fluorescent glow produced by adding the pro-drug 5-ALA to experimental models of malignant brain tumors. BioOptics World highlighted work by Eric Seibel, professor in ME, and Leonard Nelson, affiliate professor in Human Photonics Laboratory. "The combination of high sensitivity and long viewing time of the fluorescently labeled cancer should allow the guidance necessary for more complete tumor margin cleanup," say Seibel and Nelson.
Tue, 04/17/2018 | Department of Mechanical Engineering

Congratulations to the ME faculty, students and staff members who received 2018 College of Engineering Awards:

  • Junior Faculty Award: Steven Brunton
  • Faculty Research Award: James Riley
  • Student Teaching Award: Soyoung Kim
  • Classified Staff Award: Kendra Burdett
  • Team Award: Engineering Innovation in Health teaching team — Jonathan Liu, Jonathan Posner, Eric Seibel and Kat Steele

The College of Engineering Awards acknowledge the extraordinary efforts of the college’s teaching and research assistants, staff and faculty members. Award recipients and nominees will be honored at a college-wide reception on Thursday, May 24, 2018.

Thu, 04/12/2018 | Boeing Advanced Research Center
Collaborative robotics, haptic alert systems for hearing-impaired employees, and riveting safety — these are just a few of the projects UW students from the Boeing Advanced Research Center (BARC) showcased at the Future of Flight Museum during a recent meeting with Boeing engineering leadership. The solutions developed in the BARC are designed to one day transition from the lab to the factory.
Wed, 03/07/2018
UW ME is home to one of the major mechanical engineering graduate programs in the country. And of the nearly 400 graduate students currently pursuing graduate degrees, more than half are working on master’s degrees. Learn about ME master's program pathways and career benefits.
Thu, 03/01/2018 | UW Foster School of Business
Student entrepreneurs dazzled at the 2018 Hollomon Health Innovation Challenge, hosted by the UW Foster School’s Buerk Center for Entrepreneurship. Teams of UW Engineering students won top honors, including a third place win and $5,000 for a team of ME and EE graduate students for ACBI, technology that makes continuous bladder irrigation treatment faster, less expensive, and safer.
Mon, 02/12/2018 | UW News
University of Washington engineers have turned tissue paper – similar to toilet tissue – into a new kind of wearable sensor that can detect a pulse, a blink of an eye and other human movement. The sensor is light, flexible and inexpensive, with potential applications in health care, entertainment and robotics.
Mon, 02/05/2018
Airplanes? Fossils? Health care? Accessibility? Whatever you’re into, the WOOF 3D Print Club wants to show you how it can benefit from 3D printing
Wed, 01/17/2018 | UW Engineering

Despite its name, black carbon — the dark component of smoke — is largely invisible in global climate change models. The lack of standardized measurement tools, in addition to black carbon’s numerous sources, have made it hard for scientists to measure black carbon emissions and their impact on the environment. Through the pioneering analysis of ME alumna Tami Bond, black carbon has been identified as one of the most significant contributors to manmade climate change — second only to carbon dioxide. More about Tami Bond »

The 2018 Diamond Awards will be held on Thursday, May 10, 6–9 p.m.

Tue, 12/19/2017 | CSNE
The Center for Sensorimotor Neural Engineering profiled ME doctoral student Gaurav Mukherjee. Mukherjee is involved with the Department of Veteran Affairs Center for Limb Loss and MoBility. Currently, he is studying the role of sensory feedback in developing better electromechanical interfaces between the human hand and machines such as exoskeletons and prostheses
Tue, 12/05/2017 | Department of Mechanical Engineering
The Department of Mechanical Engineering 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.
Thu, 11/30/2017 | UW IT Connect
ME Ph.D. student Laurel Marsh uses Hyak, the UW’s supercomputer, to investigate the speed of water flow in submerged turbines. Her research to understand the mechanics of water flow could improve the way we take advantage of tidal energy.
Wed, 11/22/2017 | UW Today
James Riley, professor of mechanical engineering, was named as a fellow of the American Association for the Advancement of Science. Riley was honored for his contributions in fluid mechanics and his advancements in the understanding of turbulent flows.
Mon, 11/13/2017 | UW Graduate School
Jan Wittenbecher, MSME ’17, received the UW Graduate School's Distinguished Thesis Award, which recognizes exceptional scholarship and research at the master’s and doctoral levels. Wittenbecher used his involvement in EcoCAR as a platform to investigate the feasibility of a hybrid muscle car for his thesis.
Wed, 11/08/2017 | Department of Mechanical Engineering
The UW Human Powered Sub Team has blended traditional boatbuilding with aerospace and marine engineering to create a one-of-a-kind submarine. Their wooden sub, Knotty Dawg, won first place in the two-person competition at the International Submarine Races this summer.
Mon, 10/30/2017 | Forbes
Forbes highlighted the new electronic "skin," developed by a team of researchers including ME professor Jonathan Posner. The skin has sensors able to detect shear forces that help a robot sense when an object is slipping out of its grasp.