50 years of engineering better health for a boundless future

2017-18 marked the 50th Anniversary of the founding of the Center for Bioengineering at UW, and 20 years since BioE was established as an academic department.

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UW Bioengineering history

Learn how we have advanced bioengineering research, education, leadership and service, from our beginning as the UW Center of Bioengineering in 1967 to today.

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Stories of Impact

  • A-Alpha Bio team

A-Alpha Bio, Nanodropper, OLA Simple finish strong, win $32,500 at 2018 UW Business Plan Competition

June 1st, 2018|Comments Off on A-Alpha Bio, Nanodropper, OLA Simple finish strong, win $32,500 at 2018 UW Business Plan Competition

Photo: 2018 UW Business Plan Competition Grand Prize winners A-Alpha Bio. Courtesy of UW Foster School [...]

  • Donald Baker with ultrasound device

Donald Baker – UW Bioengineering pioneer of medical ultrasound – has died at age 85

March 5th, 2018|Comments Off on Donald Baker – UW Bioengineering pioneer of medical ultrasound – has died at age 85

Donald W. Baker, former professor in UW Bioengineering and in Electrical Engineering, and inventor whose device has enabled life-saving imaging for millions of patients, passed away Feb. 27, 2018.

  • UW Bioengineering's Ruikang Wang

Ruikang Wang named WRF / David and Nancy Auth Innovator of Bioengineering

January 23rd, 2018|Comments Off on Ruikang Wang named WRF / David and Nancy Auth Innovator of Bioengineering

The WRF / David and Nancy Innovator of Bioengineering award strengthens the UW’s innovation pipeline to biomedical industry. By fostering the development of technologies, treatments and tools for clinical use, the award advances health care worldwide. We congratulate the award's recipient, Ruikang (Ricky) Wang, professor of bioengineering and ophthalmology.

  • UW Bioengineering Professor Paul Yager

Paul Yager elected 2017 National Academy of Inventors Fellow

December 12th, 2017|Comments Off on Paul Yager elected 2017 National Academy of Inventors Fellow

Professor Paul Yager, noted disease diagnostics innovator and former department chair, has been elected to the National Academy of Inventors. NAI Fellows demonstrate a prolific spirit of innovation in creating or facilitating outstanding inventions that have made a tangible impact on quality of life, economic development and societal welfare.

  • Thomas Horbett

Thomas Horbett receives 2018 Society for Biomaterials Founder’s Award

December 8th, 2017|Comments Off on Thomas Horbett receives 2018 Society for Biomaterials Founder’s Award

As a founding member of BioE's biomaterials research group, Professor Emeritus Thomas Horbett's work advanced the fields of protein adsorption and surface science.

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UW Bioengineering ranked fifth among biomedical engineering programs by Global Ranking of Academic Subjects

July 19th, 2017|Comments Off on UW Bioengineering ranked fifth among biomedical engineering programs by Global Ranking of Academic Subjects

UW Bioengineering is among several UW departments ranked in the world's top 10 in their respective fields in the Global Ranking of Academic Subjects list for 2017.

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Anniversary News & Events

  • Portrait collage of 7 BioE students in Husky 100

Seven BioE Students in 2020 Husky 100

May 30th, 2020|Comments Off on Seven BioE Students in 2020 Husky 100

The UW recognized six students from the Department of Bioengineering for the 2019 Husky 100, an honor awarded to extraordinary juniors, seniors and graduate students who are making the most of their education at UW. Undergraduates Anna Craig, Sofia Jepson, Amanda An Nguyen, Parker Ruth, Vidhi Singh and Eric Yang, and Ph.D. student Trey Pichon Students are among 100 students selected from across UW’s three campuses.

  • Alyssa Taylor, BioE senior lecturer

Alyssa Taylor Honored with 2020 UW Distinguished Teaching Award

May 28th, 2020|Comments Off on Alyssa Taylor Honored with 2020 UW Distinguished Teaching Award

UW Bioengineering Senior Lecturer Alyssa Taylor has received a 2020 UW Distinguished Teaching Award, which recognizes UW faculty for outstanding dedication and innovations in teaching, mentoring and service to others.

  • Bioengineering faculty Herbert Sauro, David Baker and Dayong Gao

Herbert Sauro, David Baker, Dayong Gao Elected to AIMBE

May 27th, 2020|Comments Off on Herbert Sauro, David Baker, Dayong Gao Elected to AIMBE

UW professors and bioengineering faculty Herbert Sauro, David Baker and Dayong Gao have been named fellows of the American Institute for Medical and Biological Engineering (AIMBE).

  • Humans of BioE

HUMANS OF UW BIOENGINEERING: Joaquin Batista

May 27th, 2020|Comments Off on HUMANS OF UW BIOENGINEERING: Joaquin Batista

Joaquin Batista is a graduate student in the Masters of Applied Bioengineering (MAB) program with [...]

Humans of UW Bioengineering: Hannah Redden

May 22nd, 2020|Comments Off on Humans of UW Bioengineering: Hannah Redden

Hannah Redden is a senior in the Department of Bioengineering and Department of Biochemistry, minoring [...]

  • Faculty portraits Soraya Bailey, Alyssa Taylor and Kim Woodrow

Students Recognize BioE Faculty with FACET Awards

May 7th, 2020|Comments Off on Students Recognize BioE Faculty with FACET Awards

Three UW Bioengineering core faculty members are being honored by the 2020 Faculty Appreciation for Career Education & Training (FACET) Awards program for positively impacting their students' career and professional development.