September 26, 2022

Retooling microbes to upcycle CO2

Adapted from an article by Lindsey Doermann, UW ChemE The U.S. Department of Energy has awarded a 5-year, $15 million grant to an interdisciplinary, UW-led team of synthetic biologists to engineer microbial genomes that transform CO2 into high-value chemicals. The project, led by chemical engineering professor James Carothers, brings together expertise in CRISPR gene-expression programs,…


September 15, 2022

A ‘lighthouse’ for engineering talent in the Middle East

By Wayne Gillam | UW ECE News In 2014, one of the deadliest conflicts in years broke out between Israel and Palestine. With war raging between the two countries, Laila Abudahi, a recent college graduate and recipient of a Fulbright Scholarship, unexpectedly found herself struggling to leave her home in the Gaza Strip to come…


September 12, 2022

ARUW wins second North American RoboMaster championship

Advanced Robotics at the University of Washington (ARUW), a team of University of Washington students advised by UW ECE Professor Joshua Smith and Assistant Teaching Professor John Raiti, won their second championship in the North American RoboMaster University League Competition. The event took place at Texas A&M University from June 25–27, with ARUW winning both…


September 8, 2022

UW ECE alum Vikram Iyer earns SIGMOBILE Doctoral Dissertation Award for engineering systems inspired by nature

Adapted from an article by Kristin Osborne, UW CSE When bees leave the hive, they can spend all day flying and foraging on a single “charge” owing to their ability to convert fats and carbohydrates that store significantly more energy than batteries. When other insects traverse the landscape, the structure of their retinas combined with…


August 29, 2022

UW ECE welcomes seven new faculty members

By Wayne Gillam | UW ECE News Beginning this summer and extending through winter quarter next year, UW ECE is welcoming seven new faculty members who bring a wealth of expertise in a wide range of technical areas and fields of study. These outstanding new hires are making significant contributions to their respective fields and…


August 22, 2022

UW ECE launches new online certificate program in GPU-Accelerated Computing and Visualization

UW ECE will launch the new online Certificate in GPU-Accelerated Computing and Visualization this upcoming autumn quarter —  an evening, graduate-level program for students wanting to enhance their skills and knowledge in these areas. The project-based program explores how GPU Computing and Scientific Visualization support reshaping and reenvisioning the world in novel dimensions. In a…


August 15, 2022

UW ECE labs host undergraduate students studying neurotechnology, providing a hands-on research experience

By Wayne Gillam | UW ECE News This summer, UW ECE labs are hosting five outstanding undergraduate students from across the country who are learning about neurotechnology through immersive research experiences, interactive courses and workshops. The students are part of a larger cohort placed at labs across the UW campus to take part in the…


August 4, 2022

Q&A: New children’s book shows how natural world inspired inventor to create medieval robots

Adapted from an article by Misty Shock Rule, UW News Digital technology shapes how many children today interact with the world. The COVID-19 pandemic intensified this wired existence, with everything from school to playdates taking place online. With this in mind, Faisal Hossain, a hydrologist and University of Washington professor of civil and environmental engineering,…


July 28, 2022

Daniel Kirschen named editor in chief of IEEE Transactions on Energy Markets, Policy and Regulation

By Wayne Gillam | UW ECE News UW ECE Professor Daniel Kirschen was recently named editor in chief of IEEE Transactions on Energy Markets, Policy and Regulation. This new publication, launching July 2022, is a peer-reviewed journal containing articles that cover complex topics and issues at the intersection of power systems engineering, energy policy and…


July 25, 2022

Next-generation data centers within reach thanks to new energy-efficient switches

Adapted from an article by Renske Dyedov, UW NanoES Data centers, dedicated spaces for storing, processing and disseminating data, enable everything from cloud computing to video streaming. In the process, they consume a large amount of energy transferring data back and forth inside the center. With demand for data growing exponentially, there is increasing pressure…



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