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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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

Adjunct Faculty David Baker Elected to AIMBE

March 20th, 2020|Comments Off on Adjunct Faculty David Baker Elected to AIMBE

David Baker, professor in biochemistry and adjunct professor in bioengineering, has been elected as a [...]

  • Creators of Nanodropper

BioE Alumna’s Nanodropper Startup Gets Boost from Accelerator Program

March 20th, 2020|Comments Off on BioE Alumna’s Nanodropper Startup Gets Boost from Accelerator Program

Nanodropper, a company co-founded by University of Washington Bioengineering alumna Mackenzie Andrews, MS ’19, has completed this year’s Jones + Foster Accelerator program and received $25,000 in seed funding.

  • UW Bioengineering team Concentric 2020

Concentric wins Second Place Prize at 2020 Health Innovation Challenge

March 16th, 2020|Comments Off on Concentric wins Second Place Prize at 2020 Health Innovation Challenge

A team from UW Bioengineering took home the second place prize at the 2020 Hollomon Health Innovation Challenge (HIC) March 5 on the UW Seattle campus. Concentric, a team of students in the Master’s of Applied Bioengineering program, won for their low-cost, portable screening device for corneal disease.

  • High school students at UW Bioengineering Summer Camp

UW Bioengineering Summer Camp Open to High School Students: Apply Now

March 12th, 2020|Comments Off on UW Bioengineering Summer Camp Open to High School Students: Apply Now

The 2020 University of Washington Bioengineering Summer Camp, held July 6-10 in Seattle, features hands-on activities to explore careers in bioengineering. High school students, apply now!

  • smartphone-based hyperspectral images by Ruikang Wang

With smartphone camera, researchers can create hyperspectral images to analyze skin changes

March 10th, 2020|Comments Off on With smartphone camera, researchers can create hyperspectral images to analyze skin changes

Modern smartphone cameras can be harnessed to analyze and track skin changes and blood flow dynamics under the skin, report UW Bioengineering Professor Ruikang Wang and his graduate student Qinghua He, in the February issue of Biomedical Optics Express.

  • UW Bioengineering graduate student Alyssa Schul at Science and Technology Showcase

BioE graduate student Alyssa Schul wins Grand Prize at Science and Technology Showcase

March 9th, 2020|Comments Off on BioE graduate student Alyssa Schul wins Grand Prize at Science and Technology Showcase

UW Bioengineering graduate student Alyssa Schul took home the $1,000 Premera Grand Prize at UW’s  2020 Science and Technology Showcase Jan. 29. A