Fri, 12/16/2016 | Department of Mechanical EngineeringEngineering students and volunteers hack toys for kids with disabilities
The 2016 Holiday Toy Hack brought together UW students, faculty and community members to adapt toys for children with disabilities. The event was led by the Taskar Center for Accessible Technology from the Department of Computer Science & Engineering, Bioengineering Outreach, Mechanical Engineering’s Ability & Innovation Lab, and AccessEngineering.
Tue, 12/13/2016 | KING 5Toy hackers help kids with disabilities
ME's Ability & Innovation Lab co-hosted the TCAT Hack for Access Holiday Toy event this December with the UW Taskar Center for Accessible Technology and Bioengineering Outreach. At the event, volunteers modified toys to make them accessible to children with disabilities.
Tue, 12/13/2016 | Department of Mechanical EngineeringStudent research spotlight: Bradley Wachter
ME senior Bradley Wachter has been working in the ME Ability & Innovation Lab to design body-powered orthoses to enrich the lives of those who depend on them. He was featured in “Helping the body heal, feel and move again,” a multimedia story about 10-year-old Jayna Doll. Here, Bradley speaks about his UW experiences and why he’s studying ME.
Tue, 12/06/2016 | Department of Mechanical EngineeringEmpowering possibility through innovation
For over 15 years, ME has partnered with the Seattle VA’s Center for Limb Loss Prevention & Prosthetic Engineering. This collaboration has resulted in hands-on research opportunities for more than 50 ME students and has helped propel UW biomechanics research in new directions.
Mon, 11/28/2016 | Department of Mechanical EngineeringSparking innovation through JikoPower
ME students have developed a generator that converts heat energy from fires into electricity to charge phones. The team won the Environmental Innovation Challenge in 2015, the Business Plan Competition in 2016, and now they aim to take their product, the JikoPower Spark, to market.
Wed, 11/23/2016 | Cambridge University PressME professor publishes new book on bioinspired actuators and sensors
Congrats to ME professor Minoru Taya on the publication of his latest book, Bionspired Actuators and Sensors, out this fall from Cambridge University Press! Co-written with researchers in the biological sciences, including UW Biology professor Elizabeth Van Volkenburgh, this is the first book to integrate sensor and actuator technology with bioinspired design. It explores how researchers apply principles of natural actuation and sensing mechanisms to the synthetic design of smart materials and devices.
Fri, 11/04/2016 | Department of Mechanical EngineeringResearch team receives $1.5 Million NSF NRI Grant to explore nanorobotics design for cancer diagnosis and treatment
Nabtesco Endowed Professor Minoru Taya's team will explore nanorobotics design based on magnetically-active helices for cancer diagnosis and treatment through a new $1.5 million Nano Robotics Initiative grant from the National Science Foundation.
Thu, 11/03/2016 | KING5, KOMO and KIROAbility & Innovation Lab featured on local news
Local news stations have all featured interviews with ME assistant professor Kat Steele and ME undergrad Bradley Wachter about the work they’ve been doing through the Ability & Innovation Lab to 3-D print a wrist orthosis for a very special collaborator, 10-year-old Jayna Doll. Watch on KING5, KOMO and KIRO. Keep up the amazing work, Ability & Innovation Lab!
Wed, 11/02/2016 | Department of Mechanical EngineeringUndersea, undaunted: A naval engineer’s journey begins with mechanical engineering
An alumnus who aligned his passions for diving and oceanography with mechanical engineering, Glenn Piper, '80, spoke with ME about the value of hands-on learning.
Fri, 10/28/2016 | The DailyUW Formula: Driven by passion
The Daily profiled ME’s Formula Motorsports team, describing the passion that motivates these students to create race cars from scratch every year. This year, Formula will be crafting both an electric and a combustion race car to bring to the US and international competitions in summer.
Tue, 10/25/2016 | GeekWireSeattle startup JikoPower hopes Kickstarter lights a funding fire under its heat-powered generator
JikoPower, a UW startup that includes current and former ME students, developed the Spark to provide a reliable source of power to areas that lack electricity. The Spark is a thermoelectric generator that captures and converts excess heat from campfires or stoves into electricity, which can then be used to charge mobile phones or power lights. After received the $25,000 grand prize at the Buerk Business Plan Competition, JikoPower is now on its way to raising another $50,000 via Kickstarter to mass produce the Spark.
Fri, 10/21/2016 | Clean Energy InstituteTwo ME projects awarded Clean Energy Institute Student Training & Exploration Grants
Two ME projects were among the six projects to receive grants from the Clean Energy Institute as part of the Student Training & Exploration Grant Program. This program was developed to encourage high-risk/high-reward research by Ph.D students and postdoctoral researchers. The awardees are Professor Jiangyu Li’s project, “Correlating microstructural evolution with device performance of perovskite solar cells via in-operando scanning probing microscopy” and Associate Professor Devin MacKenzie’s project, “Scalable tandem photovoltaics enabled by a novel top-contactless hybrid perovskite cell architecture achievable with self-aligned lithography-free processing.”
Thu, 10/06/2016 | UW MedicineME professors receive UW Medicine’s 2016 Inventor of the Year Award
Jonathan Posner, Per Reinhall and Sam Bowd have been honored with UW Medicine’s 2016 Inventor of the Year Award for their collaborative work developing a football helmet designed to mitigate the forces thought to contribute to concussions. They will be recognized in a ceremony on Nov. 15, which also features a panel discussion with Fred Silverstein, Tom Clement and Nate Sniadecki. This event is open to all; register here.
Thu, 10/06/2016 | American Society of Mechanical EngineersProfessor Steve Shen to receive Myklestad Award
Congrats to ME professor Steve Shen for receiving the 2017 N. O. Myklestad Award from the American Society of Mechanical Engineers (ASME) for his contributions to vibration engineering. The award will be presented to him at the 2017 International Design Engineering Technical Conference next summer, at which he will also deliver the 2017 Myklestad Award Keynote Lecture.
Mon, 10/03/2016 | College of EngineeringFaculty projects funded in College of Engineering Strategic Research Initiatives program
Two ME faculty are involved in projects that have been awarded funds as part of the College of Engineering Strategic Research Initiatives program. Associate Professor Devin MacKenzie will take part in the Center for Integrated Printed Systems (CIPriS). CIPriS will enable new materials and printed electronic devices to be additively manufactured in scalable, low carbon footprint processes. Assistant Professor Kat Steele will be part of the Center for Amplifying Motion and Performance in Humans and Machines (AMP). AMP seeks to envision the future of engineering health in terms of diagnosing, monitoring, and assisting individuals with neurophysiological trauma and disease.
Sat, 10/01/2016 | Alaska Beyond MagazineHuman Powered Sub team featured in Alaska Airlines’ magazine
The Innovation Spotlight in the October issue of Alaska Beyond Magazine profiled the University of Washington Human Powered Submarine team (pages 37-38).
Mon, 09/26/2016 | Materials Research Society BulletinProfessor Jiangyu Li uses thermo-ionic imaging to trace ion movement
Professor Jiangyu Li’s research on nanoscale particles has been highlighted in the Materials Research Society Bulletin. Li and his team investigated how thermo-ionic imaging can be used to trace the movement of ions. The method used, scanning thermo-ionic microscopy or STIM, could lead to better understanding of the electrochemical materials used in batteries and fuel cells.
Mon, 09/19/2016 | Department of Mechanical EngineeringStudent team wins 2016 Target Challenge grant to develop and advance pediatric exoskeleton
Congrats to PlayGait, a team of students, engineers and clinicians that has been awarded a grant to continue development of a pediatric exoskeleton for children with cerebral palsy.
Wed, 09/14/2016 | PBS NewshourTurning down the volume on human noise pollution for marine life
Marine Construction Technologies, a UW startup launched from ME, helps mitigate marine noise pollution. It was recently featured on the PBS NewsHour.
Wed, 09/07/2016 | Department of Mechanical EngineeringResearch team receives NSF PFI:BIC award for innovations in mobile dental diagnostic instruments
ME professor Eric Seibel’s research team will develop and test easy-to-use optical dental diagnostic and therapy monitoring instruments for trained non-dentists through a three-year, $1 million Partnerships for Innovation: Building Innovation Capacity award from the National Science Foundation.
Thu, 09/01/2016 | University Corporation for Atmospheric ResearchJames Riley honored at International Symposium on Stratified Flows
PACCAR Professor of Engineering James Riley was honored at this year’s International Symposium on Stratified Flows, which met in August in San Diego. Known for its focus on stratified flows of all scales—including geo- and astro-physical, atmospheric, oceanic, estuarine, lacustrine, fluvial and industrial—the symposium has recognized six people since its first meeting in 1972. Congrats, Jim!
Thu, 09/01/2016 | Puget Sound Business JournalPeople in research: How Kat Steele applied her engineering roots to health care
Read the Puget Sound Business Journal’s recent profile about ME assistant professor Kat Steele.
Thu, 09/01/2016 | Port Townsend and Jefferson County LeaderHuman powered sub team partners with boatbuilding school on wooden submarine
Through a collaboration between the UW team and Port Hadlock's Northwest School of Wooden Boatbuilding, a wooden sub is slated to make its racing debut next summer at the International Human Powered Submarine Races.
Wed, 08/24/2016 | College of EngineeringUW hyperloop team sets its sights on SpaceX
The UWashington Hyperloop team is taking part in Elon Musk's competition to design a pod that can travel at transonic speed within a vacuum tube. After winning the Safety Subsystem Technical Excellence Award this January, the team will advance to the next leg of the competition, set to take place in January 2017 at SpaceX.