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

  • Jay Rubinstein Bioengineering faculty

Jay Rubinstein Inducted as 2019 AIMBE Fellow

May 23rd, 2019|Comments Off on Jay Rubinstein Inducted as 2019 AIMBE Fellow

UW Bioengineering faculty member Jay Rubinstein was inducted to the AIMBE College of Fellows Class of 2019.

  • Bekcy Darrow

HUMANS OF BIOENGINEERING: Becky Darrow

May 23rd, 2019|Comments Off on HUMANS OF BIOENGINEERING: Becky Darrow

Becky Darrow is a senior in the Department of Bioengineering at UW, and she will work as a consultant at Accenture after graduation. Read more to learn about her love of dance and lessons she learned throughout college.

HUMANS OF UW BIOENGINEERING: ADAM LITTLE

May 10th, 2019|Comments Off on HUMANS OF UW BIOENGINEERING: ADAM LITTLE

Adam Little is an undergraduate senior in bioengineering. Read more to learn about how Adam discovered that the most important skills he took from college were not technical skills, but instead interpersonal and interdisciplinary ways of thinking about human health.

Two UW concepts for helping kidney-failure patients advance in national contest

May 3rd, 2019|Comments Off on Two UW concepts for helping kidney-failure patients advance in national contest

Two ideas put forth by UW's Center for Dialysis Innovation (CDI) - a next-generation wearable dialyzer and a new vascular access graft - advanced to the finals in a national competition aimed at speeding innovations in prevention, diagnosis and treatment of kidney diseases. 

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3D organ bioprinting gets a breath of fresh air

May 2nd, 2019|Comments Off on 3D organ bioprinting gets a breath of fresh air

Bioprinted tissues with entangled vascular networks for air and blood are a major step toward 3D printing of replacement organs. Bioengineers from University of Washington and Rice University teamed to create the 3D bioprinted vascular networks and tested them in mice.

  • Jayleen Leon

HUMANS OF BIOENGINEERING: Jayleen Leon

May 2nd, 2019|Comments Off on HUMANS OF BIOENGINEERING: Jayleen Leon

Jayleen Leon is a junior in the Department of Bioengineering at UW, and wants to continue her education in graduate school. Read more to learn about her journey to BioE.