Thursday, June 8, 2023

Doors open: 9:00am

Start time: 9:30am

Estimated End time: 11:30am

Location: Kane Hall Room 130 (Roethke Auditorium) (see UW Campus map)

This event will also be live-streamed on the Bioengineering department’s YouTube channel for the benefit of family and friends who cannot join us in person.

Watch the live stream on the UW BioE YouTube channel

When should I arrive:

The start time for our celebration is 9:30am; and the doors will open for seating at 9:00am

Graduating students: Check-in will begin at 8:30am in the lobby of Kane Hall. You will be directed to line up in your area

Faculty: Please check-in by 8:45am

Please note: Food and drink is prohibited inside Roethke Auditorium.  Helium filled balloons are discouraged.

Where can I park?

If you or your guests are driving to campus, please note that parking permits are required and can be requested early through the UW commencement website. Please refer to the site for more details: 

Note: Parking levels C-1, C-3 and C-5 are directly under Kane Hall

Will the event be live-streamed on the internet?

We have arranged for this event to be live-streamed on the Bioengineering department’s YouTube channel for the benefit of family and friends who cannot join us in person.

Watch the live stream on the UW BioE YouTube channel

2023 BioE Keynote Speaker

Meher Antia, Director, Grant Programs, Washington Research Foundation

Meher Antia
Meher Antia is director of grant programs at Washington Research Foundation, where she leads all grant-making activities to support innovation and technology commercialization in life sciences at nonprofit research institutions across Washington State. In addition, she serves in an advisory role for WRF Capital’s startup investments.

Prior to joining WRF, Meher worked in strategic roles in clinical and translational sciences and population health at the University of Washington (UW). Before coming to UW, she spent several years at the Wellcome Trust in London, where she was responsible for a portfolio of early-stage technology commercialization projects in therapeutics and medical devices. At Wellcome, she also managed major programs in structural biology and advanced microscopy and led a high-profile funding initiative in medical engineering.

Meher has worked as a science writer for several magazines, including The Economist and Science. She holds undergraduate and master’s degrees in physics and her PhD is from the Department of Bioengineering at the University of Washington.

The 2023 ceremony will feature:

  • Welcome remarks by Princess Imoukhuede, professor and Hunter Dorothy Simpson Endowed Chair in Bioengineering
  • Keynote Speaker address by Meher Antia, Ph.D, Director, Grant Programs, Washington Research Foundation
  • Remarks by student representatives from our bachelor’s, master’s and Ph.D. graduating classes
    • Alex Ochs, doctoral student speaker
    • Matthew Tucker, master’s programs student speaker
    • Elena Seaholm, bachelor of science student speaker
  • Individual recognition of each graduate by:
    • Patrick Boyle, assistant professor of bioengineering
    • Wendy Thomas, professor of bioengineering
    • Daniel Ratner, associate dean of Academic Affairs in College of Engineering, professor of bioengineering
    • Ayo Olanrewaju, assistant professor of mechanical engineering and bioengineering
    • Robbie Wong, PharmD, FASHP, FSCHP, associate teaching professor of bioengineering, director of Master of Pharmaceutical Bioengineering Program
    • Soraya Bailey, assistant teaching professor, director of Master of Applied Bioengineering Program
  • A slideshow/video with fun and memorable student pictures

We look forward to celebrating with you!

The 2023 University of Washington Commencement Ceremony will take place on the afternoon of Saturday, June 10, at Husky Stadium.  For more information, please visit the Commencement website.