Research

Innovation & impact

As an international epicenter for turning ideas into actions, the University of Washington is launching hundreds of companies across a wide range of fields based on UW research and technology.

ME is a leading department万博水晶宫水 at the UW for innovation, commercialization and industry collaboration.

 

#1
The UW’s ranking for most innovative public university in the U.S. by Reuters in 2018

 

#3
ME’s ranking at the UW for number of faculty or student startups emerging from an academic unit

Market impact

Since 2012, ME has been responsible for:

 
412
new patents filed


23%
of all UW Engineering patents


31
instances of technology licensed by external companies


14%
of all startups at the UW


27
CoMotion Innovation Fund awards

Student contribution

ME students are highly involved in the activities provided by the , which include competitions in health and environmental innovation and courses that lead to minors and certificates in entrepreneurship.

Entrepreneurship competitions

star 47 students have taken part in the , 11 on winning teams.

star 18 students have taken part in the , 10 on winning teams.

万博水晶宫水Source for data: UW CoMotion and the Arthur W. Buerk Center for Entrepreneurship, Dec. 2018

Notable student entrepreneurs

star Moghadam Babak, Ph.D. '14, pursued the Buerk Center's and co-founded the startup Phoresa, which won the 2015 Business Plan Competition grand prize.

star Ryan Ahearn万博水晶宫水, BSME '17, pursued the Foster School's (managed by the Buerk Center) and co-founded JikoPower, which won the 2016 Business Plan Competition grand prize.

ME startups

Dozens of companies have formed as a result of ME research. Below are a selection of recent startups that have emerged from the department.

Alchemai

graphAlchemai provides advanced data analytics for supply chain risk management.

Contact: Steve Brunton, ME Associate Professor

JikoPower

flame万博水晶宫水 builds generators that convert heat into electricity for disaster preparedness, camping and low-resource communities.

Contact: Ryan Ahearn, BSME ’17

LightSpeed Microscopy Inc.

microscope is developing 3-D microscopy technology to enable nondestructive slide-free pathology of clinical specimens for better disease treatment.

Contact: Jonathan Liu, ME Associate Professor

Marine Construction Technologies

fish万博水晶宫水 has developed technology to reduce noise from pile driving and protect wildlife while improving the efficiency of marine construction projects.

Contact: Per Reinhall, ME Professor and Chair

MarineSitu

anchor makes marine environmental monitoring instruments accessible to turbine developers and other renewable marine energy companies.

Contact: James Joslin万博水晶宫水, ME PhD ’15, UW Applied Physics Lab mechanical engineer

MedsForAll

万博水晶宫水 is developing an affordable alternative to the epinephrine auto-injectors currently on the market for communities worldwide.

Contact: Jonathan Posner, ME Professor

Micro Phone Lens

mobile phone万博水晶宫水 turns cell phones and tablets into microscopes, make microscopy accessible and affordable.

Contact: Thomas Larson, BSME ’13

Phoresa

stethoscope万博水晶宫水 is developing an innovative test for infectious diseases to help doctors better diagnose and treat patients in a single visit.

Contact: Jonathan Posner, ME Professor

SonoMotion

first aid kit万博水晶宫水 is harnessing the power of ultrasound technology to develop non-invasive solutions for kidney stone disease.

Contact: Michael Bailey, ME Associate Professor

Stasys Medical Corporation

syringe万博水晶宫水 is commercializing a device to quickly assess platelet dysfunction in trauma patients, helping emergency physicians save lives.

Contact: Nathan Sniadecki, ME Associate Professor and Associate Chair

VerAvanti

heart pulse is developing a laser-based medical camera to help cardiologists better diagnose and treat individuals who are at risk for stroke and/or heart attacks.

Contact: Eric Seibel万博水晶宫水, ME Research Professor

VICIS

football helmet has developed a helmet designed to mitigate impact forces in NFL, college and youth football.

Contact: Per Reinhall万博水晶宫水, ME Professor and Chair

Visiongate

beaker万博水晶宫水 is a clinical stage pharmaceutical and diagnostics company developing products for the early detection and treatment of lung cancer and lung dysplasia.

Contact: Eric Seibel万博水晶宫水, ME Research Professor

XFlow Energy

is a startup developing robust, inexpensive, and efficient vertical-axis wind turbine (VAWT) technologies focused on reducing the cost of wind energy generation.

Contact: Ben Strom, ME PhD ’19


Data courtesy of and .

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