2021 UW BioE Virtual Graduation Celebration

Friday, June 11, 2021
3:00 p.m. PT

The Department of Bioengineering holds an annual ceremony to celebrate and honor graduates from all of our academic programs.

The 2021 UW BioE Graduation Celebration will be a virtual event, and we invite families and friends of the graduates to join us in the celebration. The ceremony will go live via YouTube Premiere at 3:00 pm Pacific Time on Friday, June 11, 2021, and families may stream the event on YouTube. If you are not able to watch the video at 3:00 p.m. on June 11, the video will be available any time after. You will also be able to view the video multiple times, pause and start it again.

Graduates, families and friends, you may share your reactions on social media using the hashtag #UWBioEGrad21 and join in the celebration!

We are also hosting an online message board that allows students, family, friends and UW BioE alumni to post congratulatory messages to graduates: UW BioE Graduation Kudoboard*.

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*We reserve the right to remove any message with inappropriate language/content.

2021 BioE Keynote Speaker

Nancy Allbritton, Frank & Julie Jungers Dean, UW College of Engineering, and Professor of Bioengineering

Nancy Allbritton

Dr. Nancy L. Allbritton joined the University of Washington as the Frank & Julie Jungers Dean of Engineering in November 2019. In that capacity, she serves as the chief academic officer of the college and provides leadership to over 279 faculty and more than 8,000 students. The College of Engineering is a top-15 nationally ranked public university program with annual research expenditures exceeding $159 million.

Allbritton is an international expert on multiplexed single-cell assays, microfabricated platforms for high-content cytometry combined with cell sorting, and microengineered stem-cell-based systems for recapitulating human organ-level function. Four companies have been formed based on her research discoveries: Protein Simple (acquired by Bio-Techne in 2014), Intellego, Cell Microsystems, and Altis Biosystems. Allbritton holds an appointment in the UW’s Department of Bioengineering. She has been nationally recognized for her research and is a Fellow of the American Association for the Advancement of Science, the American Institute for Medical & Biological Engineering and the National Academy of Inventors. She will receive the 2021 Robert A. Pritzker Distinguished Lecture Award from the Biomedical Engineering Society.

Prior to joining the UW, Allbritton led the Joint Department of Biomedical Engineering at the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill and North Carolina State University which spans two universities and three colleges.

The 2021 ceremony will feature:

  • Welcome remarks by Dr. Michael Regnier, professor and interim chair of bioengineering
  • Keynote Speaker address by Dr. Nancy Allbritton, Frank & Julie Jungers Dean of the College of Engineering and professor of bioengineering
  • Congratulations from faculty speakers:
    • Dr. Michael Regnier, professor and interim chair of bioengineering
    • Dr. Matthew O’Donnell, professor of bioengineering and emeritus dean, College of Engineering
    • Dr. Azadeh Yazdan-Shahmorad, Washington Research Foundation Innovation Assistant Professor of Neuroengineering in the bioengineering and electrical engineering departments
  • Remarks by student representatives from our bachelor’s, three master’s and Ph.D. graduating classes
  • Individual recognition of each graduate by:
    • Dr. Matthew O’Donnell, professor of bioengineering and emeritus dean, College of Engineering
    • Dr. Robbie Wong, PharmD, FASHP, FSCHP, affiliate assistant professor of bioengineering, co-director of Master of Pharmaceutical Bioengineering Program
    • Ms. Soraya Bailey, assistant teaching professor, director of Master of Applied Bioengineering Program
    • Dr. Christopher Neils, senior lecturer in bioengineering, departmental curriculum committee chair, chief technical officer for the Master of Applied Bioengineering Program
  • Reflections about graduating Ph.D. students by their faculty advisers
  • A slideshow with fun and memorable student pictures

We look forward to celebrating with you!

UW Commencement Ceremony

On June 12, 2021, all Class of 2021 graduates, their families, and friends will be invited to join a live, interactive webcast to participate in the 2021 Commencement Ceremony.

Details can be found on the UW Commencement website.