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A plastic water bottle sits in the ocean surf

Thu, 03/04/2021 | The Conversation

Where does plastic pollution go when it enters the ocean?

ME's Michelle DiBenedetto and colleagues describe their research studying ocean microplastic pollution.

Concept drawing where origami-like structure expands from inside the top of a rocket out to a dumbell-shaped space station

Thu, 02/25/2021 | NASA

NASA selects futuristic space concept co-led by Lipton for further study

The study will examine whether a structure small enough to fit inside a rocket fairing could expand large enough to create artificial gravity.

Collage of the 7 UW scientists included in Cell Mentor's list of 1000 inspiring Black scientists

Wed, 02/10/2021 | UW News

List of 1,000 inspiring Black scientists includes ME's Ayokunle Olanrewaju

Seven University of Washington scientists, including ME Acting Assistant Professor Ayokunle Olanrewaju, are included in Cell Mentor’s list of 1,000 inspiring Black scientists, published in December 2020.

a still photo of a beating heart tissue against a red background with illustrated hearts

Mon, 02/08/2021

Engineering that tugs at the heartstrings

UW researchers engineer miniature beating heart tissues that allow them to study a range of topics in human health.

ME junior Lily Vu holding her 2020 Outstanding Engineering Peer Educator Award certificate

Tue, 01/12/2021

How 2020 Outstanding Engineering Peer Educator Lily Vu supported students during an unprecedented year

Lily Vu, winner of the 2020 Outstanding Engineering Peer Educator Award, describes her experience mentoring this year’s incoming engineers remotely.

Aidan Hunt at the Tyler Flume

Mon, 01/04/2021

UW's marine renewable energy research gets a boost

Two recent funding announcements from the U.S. Department of Energy (DOE) are good news for UW’s marine renewable energy research.

Pills with the word PrEP spill from an open container

Thu, 12/17/2020

NIH backs UW effort to RESTRICT the spread of HIV

With new support from NIH, researchers are continuing development on a test designed to combat HIV.

A moth sitting in front of a drone

Mon, 12/07/2020 | UW News

The Smellicopter is an obstacle-avoiding drone that uses a live moth antenna to seek out smells

A new bio-hybrid drone uses a moth antenna to autonomously sniff out odors.

Per Reinhall

Tue, 12/01/2020

Lessons from a decade as ME chair

At the end of this year Per Reinhall will conclude his second term as “Chair Per” and return to research and teaching.

Image of a pressure guage and the title text "water warriors"

Mon, 11/16/2020 | edg3 FUND

Video features ME 'Water Warriors'

A new video from Kitsap Bank's edg3 FUND highlights ME students in the startup Aquagga. Aquagga is a finalist in the 2020 edg3 FUND competition. 

Jae-Hyun Chung

Fri, 11/13/2020 | WE-REACH

Chung wins WE-REACH funding for COVID-19 rapid diagnostics

Jae-Hyun Chung is developing a portable COVID-19 test using an innovative nanotube sensor-based technology.

Steve Shen at podium on left, cover of the Journal of Vibration and Acoustics on right

Thu, 11/05/2020

Steve Shen: Journal Editor Extraordinaire

Through a concerted effort over six years, making sometimes difficult decisions, Steve Shen doubled the impact factor of the ASME Journal of Vibration and Acoustics.

Professor Steve Brunton writing math equations on a lightboard with a marker

Tue, 10/27/2020

‘Eigensteve’ Brunton: YouTubing math for engineers

With over four million views and 90,000 subscribers, Professor Steve Brunton’s YouTube channel simplifies the mathematical fundamentals behind data-driven engineering concepts.

Aniruddh Vashisth, Michelle DiBenedetto, Krithika Manohar

Thu, 09/24/2020

Welcome new faculty

Join us in welcoming new faculty to the ME department this school year.

15 N95 masks inside a glowing green chamber

Wed, 09/02/2020

UW teams up with regional first responders on mask decontamination

Thanks to a unique and innovative Washington partnership, first responders have a new tool for the pandemic. Stations across the region have begun receiving University of Washington-designed, locally manufactured systems to decontaminate the high-demand face masks needed to protect them from COVID-19 while carrying out their essential duties.

A researcher pressing buttons on an electronic device in a lab

Tue, 09/01/2020 | UW Mechanical Engineering

Life suspended: The past and future of cryopreservation

The idea of freezing and later thawing out the human body has been a favorite of storytellers for decades, but the science of cryopreservation may be even more interesting.

A collage of three students

Mon, 08/24/2020 | UW College of Engineering

Engineering STARS

ME alumna Ewurama Karikari and other STARS graduates fill us in on what they’ve been up to since receiving their engineering degrees.

Ashis Banerjee

Tue, 08/18/2020 | UW Industrial & Systems Engineering

Banerjee wins Amazon award

Ashis Banerjee has been awarded a prestigious 2019 Amazon Research Award.

A faculty reviewing a student’s medical device prototype

Thu, 08/06/2020 | UW Mechanical Engineering

Engineering innovations offer promise during pandemic

Engineering innovations confront health care challenges with new urgency during the COVID-19 crisis.

Mon, 07/27/2020 | Dept of Environmental and Occupational Health Sciences

Can the coronavirus spread in hospital air?

Using state-of-the-art sensors, ME and Department of Environmental and Occupational Health Sciences researchers are teaming up with UW colleagues to track aerosols in a hospital environment.

Fri, 07/24/2020 | American Physical Society

Professor Michelle DiBenedetto receives APS’s 2020 Andreas Acrivos Dissertation Award in Fluid Dynamics

The award recognizes "exceptional young scientists who have performed original doctoral thesis work of outstanding scientific quality and achievement in the area of fluid dynamics."

Wed, 07/15/2020 | UW News

A GoPro for beetles: Researchers create a robotic camera backpack for insects

A UW team has developed a tiny wireless steerable camera small enough to ride aboard an insect.

Mon, 07/13/2020 | UW News

Laurel Morgan Miller Marsh awarded Fulbright Scholarship

ME graduate student Laurel Morgan Miller Marsh has been awarded a Fulbright to conduct research in Germany. Marsh's dissertation work focuses on flow-diverting stents and their use to treat cerebral aneurysms.

Thu, 07/09/2020

UW leading effort to map northwest’s robotics training resources

As part of a major project by the Advanced Robotics for Manufacturing (ARM) Institute, the University of Washington is leading a canvassing effort to identify all of the potential training resources in advanced robotics for manufacturing across five states: Washington, Oregon, Montana, Idaho and Alaska.

Mon, 07/06/2020

'Acoustic tweezers' may offer noninvasive solution to kidney stones and other medical applications

In a new paper published this week in the Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences, a team of UW researchers describe a method for using ultrasound to noninvasively control a solid object within a living body.