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    Professor to CEO and back again: Q & A with Dr. Vikram Jandhyala

    By Eran Moore Rea Vikram Jandhyala knows success in two worlds: business and academia. In 2006, he took a leave of absence from his professorship at UW to lead his start-up company, Nimbic. He returned to UW in 2009 and he has chaired the UW Electrical Engineering department since 2011. He now directs the UW Department of Electrical Engineering’s Applied Computational Engineering (ACE) Lab. HeView More

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    EnVitrum Turns Trash Glass into Green Building Material

    Bricks and glassware date back to the earliest civilizations, and the raw materials and basic technologies haven’t changed much over six millennia. Now, two UW Engineering graduate students have exercised techno creativity to rethink both bricks and glass, driven by a goal to develop a useful product from vast heaps of low-grade glass that ends up in landfills. UW graduate students Grant Marchelli and RenukaView More

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    CSE Professor Seeks to Transform Home-Monitoring Technology

    A new class of low-cost and easy-to-deploy sensing systems for homes being developed at the UW could revolutionize home monitoring, alerting homeowners to humidity or moisture in the attic, plumbing that could spring a leak, or the presence of carbon monoxide. The system employs UW Assistant Professor Shwetak Patel’s Ubicomp research lab technology. Patel joined UW as an assistant professor in both Computer Science andView More

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    Rating System for Sustainable Roadways Gains Traction

    Greenroads, a sustainability rating system for roadway design and construction, is not just taking the road to market, it’s blazing the route. Greenroads is helping turn our highways and byways green with sustainability standards for paving materials and recycling, roadway design, noise and pollution mitigation, and protection of environmentally sensitive areas and natural resources. In just four years, the project evolved from a student’s inspirationView More

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    The Bumblebee: UW Lab Creates Tiny and Energy Efficient Wireless Sensor

    In the world of wireless sensors, size matters—and for many applications, the tinier the better. On a quest for the ultra-small and lightweight, Assistant Professor Brian Otis and his electrical engineering research team are pushing sensor technology into new frontiers. Otis’ team has designed a low-power sensor called the Bumblebee that is four times more energy efficient than existing radio circuits, and the noise efficiencyView More

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    UW’s Clean Tech Start-up EnerG2 Takes a Giant Step With “First in the World” Manufacturing Plant

    UW start-up EnerG2, which develops advanced materials for energy storage, is hitting the growth accelerator. The seven-year-old company, with 25 employees in its Seattle headquarters, is progressing to the large-scale manufacturing stage. The company broke ground in August for a $28-million manufacturing plant in Albany, Ore., largely funded by a $21.3-million federal stimulus grant from the Department of Energy. When the high-tech facility goes onlineView More

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    UW start-up company, MicroGREEN Polymers, takes recycling to a new level

    A UW spin-off company is on a mission to create a greener cup for your coffee and more environmentally friendly containers for your food. MicroGREEN Polymers, Inc., based in Arlington, Washington, is developing an expanded plastic made from recyclable water bottles (PET). The patented technology, created in the laboratory of Mechanical Engineering Associate Professor Vipin Kumar, creates billions of microcellular bubbles in solid thermoplastics toView More

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    A new approach in the treatment of drinking water

    In the industrialized world, drinking water undergoes a rigorous purification process to remove harmful contaminants. In the developing world, more than a billion people lack access to clean, safe drinking water. Mark Benjamin, Professor of Civil and Environmental Engineering, is using a common water treatment additive, aluminum oxide, in an innovative new way to improve conventional water filtration processes. In laboratory studies Benjamin heated aluminumView More

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    New Material Extends the Life of Touch Screen Devices

    If the letter “e” goes dead on the touch screen of an iPhone, Tablet PC, or other mobile device, a recycling or trash bin is the next stop. A supermarket touch screen wears out after about 50,000 uses. Alex Jen, Professor and Chair of Materials Science and Engineering, is developing new technology to extend the durability of these products, no small goal given the burgeoningView More