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Celebrating student innovation and entrepreneurship

June 6, 2019

Group photo

Students, faculty and industry partners pose for a 2019 ENGINE group photo.

On Monday (June 3), the Department of Electrical & Computer Engineering hosted its annual ENGineering INnovation and Entrepreneurship (ENGINE) showcase. The program gives students the opportunity to work in teams on industry sponsored projects.

This year, nearly 50 teams of students worked on projects with a societal impact. Students’ projects covered an array of electrical and computer engineering areas including healthcare, power and energy, transportation, the environment and artificial intelligence.

Wininng team

Tianning Li, Hong Zhang and Shen Yuan Lao showoff their ENGINE project.

One particular group, sponsored by Zetron, whose business is creating mission-critical communications, was chosen by industry sponsors, as the winning team. Tianning Li, Hong Zhang and Shen Yuan Yao, won for their project called, the “Internet of Life Saving Thing for Firefighters (IoLST).” Advised by ECE professor James Peckol and Zetron employee Len Cayetano, the group developed an Internet of Things environmental sensing and communication system for fire rescue operations.

But none of the evening would be possible without the industry sponsors, who mentored students as a part of the UW Electrical Engineering Entrepreneurial Capstone Program (ENGINE), and Milton (BSEE ’60) and Delia Zeutschel. Through endowing the ENGINE program, the Zeutschels are helping to secure the futures of UW EE engineers and promoting local and statewide innovation.

Check out more photos of the event on our Flickr page.