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

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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 [...]

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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

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2019/2020 Bioengineering Industry-Sponsored Student Capstone Projects

July 15th, 2020|Comments Off on 2019/2020 Bioengineering Industry-Sponsored Student Capstone Projects

Stryker, the medical technology company, sponsored two UW Bioengineering capstone projects in the 2019-20 academic year. Read about both projects on the College of Engineering industry page. 

UW Bioengineering eNews | COVID-19 Special Issue 2020

July 9th, 2020|Comments Off on UW Bioengineering eNews | COVID-19 Special Issue 2020

One-third of University of Washington Bioengineering faculty quickly pivoted and are adapting their research to addressing needs created by the coronavirus pandemic.

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UW Bioengineers pivot to develop coronavirus solutions

July 9th, 2020|Comments Off on UW Bioengineers pivot to develop coronavirus solutions

A number of UW Bioengineering faculty members quickly pivoted and are adapting their research to addressing the needs created by the coronavirus pandemic. From developing rapid at-home tests and protective masks to vaccines and treatments, here is a sampling of some of the ways UW BioE faculty, staff and students are stepping up to help.

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Bioengineering Students Developing Platform to Assess Public Understanding of COVID-19

July 8th, 2020|Comments Off on Bioengineering Students Developing Platform to Assess Public Understanding of COVID-19

A group of UW Bioengineering undergraduates came together this spring to develop a way to promote public understanding of the COVID-19 crisis. Through two design challenge competitions and the aid of mentors, they have refined their idea and are developing a platform that aims to capture how well the public understands the disease and identify gaps in knowledge.

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How Credible are the COVID-19 Models? Center Aims to Find Out

July 7th, 2020|Comments Off on How Credible are the COVID-19 Models? Center Aims to Find Out

The multi-institution Center for Reproducible Biomedical Modeling, led by UW Bioengineering Professor Herbert Sauro, is partnering with top U.S. government agencies to determine how credible several commonly used COVID-19 models are.

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UW Bioengineering eNews | Spring/Summer 2020

July 1st, 2020|Comments Off on UW Bioengineering eNews | Spring/Summer 2020

In an unprecedented year, UW Bioengineering celebrates achievements in research, education and outreach. Our department is known for our culture of openness and collaboration. Let’s continue to build on that to create a more equitable, inclusive and compassionate community together.