News & Events


Wed, 11/23/2016 | Cambridge University Press
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 Engineering
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 KIRO
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 , and . Keep up the amazing work, Ability & Innovation Lab!
Wed, 11/02/2016 | Department of 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 Daily
The Daily profiled ME’s 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 | GeekWire
万博水晶宫水, 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 Institute
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, 10/13/2016 | American Society of Mechanical Engineers
Assistant Professor work on the Walk-DMC motor assessment tool was featured by ASME. This tool helps determine whether children with cerebral palsy are more or less likely to benefit from surgery.
Thu, 10/06/2016 | American Society of Mechanical Engineers
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.
Thu, 10/06/2016 | UW Medicine
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; .
Mon, 10/03/2016 | College of Engineering
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 Magazine
The Innovation Spotlight in the October issue of Alaska Beyond Magazine profiled the University of Washington (pages 37-38).
Mon, 09/26/2016 | Materials Research Society Bulletin
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 Engineering
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 Newshour
, 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 Engineering
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 | Port Townsend and Jefferson County Leader
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.
Thu, 09/01/2016 | Puget Sound Business Journal
Read the Puget Sound Business Journal’s recent profile about ME assistant professor Kat Steele.
Thu, 09/01/2016 | University Corporation for Atmospheric Research
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!
Wed, 08/24/2016 | College of Engineering
The 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.
Wed, 08/17/2016 | Department of Mechanical Engineering
ME assistant professor Nicholas Boechler is a part of the team that will explore non-reciprocal elastic wave propagation in solid-state media through a new four-year, $2 million Emerging Frontiers in Research and Innovation grant from the National Science Foundation.
Fri, 07/22/2016 | Department of Mechanical Engineering
The team traveled to Gosport, England, for the European International Submarine Races, where they also placed first for top speed by a female pilot.
Fri, 07/15/2016 | The Seattle Times
The Washington Husky Football team will be among the first to use the new helmet made by UW-startup VICIS.
Tue, 07/12/2016 | GeekWire
A collaboration between the UW’s Clean Cookstove Lab and Burn Design Lab has resulted in the development of a more fuel-efficient, cleaner burning wood cookstove to be sold in Kenya and Tanzania this fall.
Tue, 07/05/2016 | College of Engineering
The Boeing Advanced Research Center, or BARC, is providing UW students with the opportunity to get real world engineering experience as they work alongside UW professors and industry leaders from Boeing. BARC projects have tackled tricky problems like building and repairing the insides of airplane wings, and this winter, BARC launched a new aircraft engineering class co-taught by UW faculty and Boeing engineers.


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