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Patient in dental exam

Fri, 03/11/2022 | UW News

New dental prototype for cavity prevention

In a new study, UW researchers have shown that a dental tool they created can measure the acidity built up by the bacteria in plaque that leads to cavities.

Judges awarded $38,500 in prizes to student teams at the 2022 Hollomon Health Innovation Challenge at the University of Washington.

Mon, 03/07/2022 | Foster Blog

ME students win big

Congrats to the engineering teams that swept the 2022 Holloman Health Innovation Challenge. ME students were on the teams that won first, second and third place.

Kilometer-Scale Space Structures concept

Mon, 02/28/2022 | NASA

NASA innovation award for space tech concept

ME Assistant Professor Jeffrey Lipton and Zac Manchester of Carnegie Mellon have received NASA Innovative Advanced Concepts (NIAC) Phase 2 funding to make kilometer-scale space structures from a single launch. The project will utilize materials developed by ME grad student Sawyer Thomas.


Fri, 02/25/2022 | NSF

New funding for dynamic systems and controls

A National Science Foundation grant will support research by ME Associate Professor Xu Chen to study how to enable engineered systems to rely on and respond to real-time data collected from multiple sources.

A collage of portraits of Leila Asfari, Ken Latimer and Karen Harban

Tue, 02/22/2022

Mechanical engineers in tech

What do mechanical engineers do in the world of tech? ME alumni at Microsoft, Amazon and Oracle share their career stories and advice.

W sculpture surrounded by cars driving through campus

Wed, 02/09/2022

UW and Amazon announce creation of the Science Hub

The collaboration will focus on advancing innovation in core robotics, and AI technologies and their applications. Professor Ashis Banerjee is part of the joint advisory committee.

An artistic rendering of a heart using lines

Mon, 02/07/2022 | UW Medicine

How to do heart research during a pandemic

Researchers at the Institute for Stem Cell and Regenerative Medicine share how they’ve adapted space technology to understand how the heart can be injured by the coronavirus.

Professor Corie L. Cobb

Mon, 01/24/2022 | UW Mechanical Engineering

Corie L. Cobb awarded DARPA Director's Fellowship

ME Professor Corie L. Cobb, the Washington Research Foundation Innovation Professor in Clean Energy, has been selected as recipient of the Defense Advanced Research Projects Agency (DARPA) Director’s Fellowship Award.

Two people, a man and a woman, both roughly in their 20s, pose for a photo in front of a projector screen that says "Best Paper Award - 1st Place". The woman shakes the hand of another man, older than them, to the side of her.

Thu, 01/20/2022

Award-winning medical robotics paper aims to improve access to bladder cancer detection

With research aiming to increase access to critical cancer detection technology, ME graduate students Andrew Lewis and Chen Gong won the Best Paper Award at the 2021 International Symposium on Medical Robotics.

ME graduate student Shayla Payne talks with fellow Engineering Innovation in Health teaching assistant Kathleen Kearney.

Thu, 01/13/2022

On a path to health innovation

From student to teacher to researcher and intern, Shayla Payne shares the path that has led her toward a career in engineering for human health.

In the background is some carbon fiber tape on a machine with text that says "composites - faster, smarter" on it and photos of five professors

Tue, 01/11/2022 | National Science Foundation

Composites: faster, smarter

A new NSF grant supports UW planning for an Industry-University Cooperative Research Center (IUCRC) on Data-driven High-rate Composites Manufacturing to partner with industry on high-performance, lightweight materials.

A scientific figure showing lots of advanced science stuff related to bioimaging

Mon, 01/03/2022 | NanoES

UW researchers developing miniaturized imaging device to treat heart attack, stroke

With new funding from NSF, a UW research team aims to develop a dramatically smaller endoscope to image previously inaccessible areas of the heart and brain.

Headshots of Ayokunle Olanrewaju and Mehmet Kurt

Thu, 12/09/2021

Welcome new faculty

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

Two people stand on either side of a set of advanced equipment. The one on the left is wearing a white doctor's coat.

Thu, 12/09/2021 | UW News

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.

A young woman stands atop a mountain in athletic gear with a backdrop of mountains

Tue, 11/23/2021 | UW Graduate School

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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Thu, 11/18/2021 | The Daily

‘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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Mon, 11/15/2021 | GeekWire

UW spinout aims to detect eye and body movement using sensors embedded in paper

Somalytics, a new startup spun out of research by ME Associate Professor Jae-Hyun Chung, has developed ultrathin, flexible sensors that are built from tiny carbon nanotubes embedded in paper that can detect eye and body movement.

A man with dark skin holds a rectangular black chip of carbon fiber material in the foreground and his masked face is out of focus in the background

Wed, 11/03/2021

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, reversing any fatigue and providing a way to break it down when it reaches the end of its life.

A person's open mouth with two gloved hands and a flashlight-like device probing at his teeth

Wed, 10/27/2021 | Nature

Optics shine a light on dental imaging

ME Research Professor Eric Seibel's innovations in oral health imaging are featured by Nature.

Badge that says "Endorse ARM Institute"

Fri, 10/22/2021 | Advanced Robotics for Manufacturing Institute

ARM Institute endorses UW in robotics education for manufacturing

The ARM (Advanced Robotics for Manufacturing) Institute has announced that it has evaluated and selected UW to receive the ARM Endorsement for academic program excellence in robotics education for manufacturing.

a plane being assembled in a factory with two insets of PIXI-DUST graphs in the top right corner

Wed, 10/20/2021

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.

A group of 8 people stand on a large yellow wave energy converter

Sun, 10/10/2021 | Geekwire

Is the tide turning on renewable marine power?

ME Associate Professor Brian Polagye is quoted in a Geekwire article about new wave energy generation devices.

In the background is a black and white microscope image of sponge-like plastic, in the foreground text says "new funding for nano-bubbled plastics" and has photos of three UW professors and a UW logo

Fri, 10/01/2021 | NSF

New funding for nanocellular plastics

A grant from the National Science Foundation will support research by UW Engineering professors Lucas Meza, Vipin Kumar and Marco Salviato to study and develop nanostructured foam plastics that are both light and tough.

Headshot of Shawn Swanson

Thu, 09/30/2021 | UW News

Spotlight: Shawn Swanson pursues medical innovations through social entrepreneurship

Shawn Swanson - ME PhD, Engineering Innovation in Health all star, MedsForAll founder and Population Health Social Entrepreneurship Fellow - is profiled by the UW Population Health Initiative.

The surface of the moon

Wed, 09/22/2021 | Wired

Here’s a Sneak Peek at the Far-Out Future of Space Travel

NASA Innovative Advanced Concepts (NIAC) research is featured by Wired.