Thursday, November 10, 2011

Winter Qtr: CEE 250 Envr Pollution/Energy & Materials Balance (for non-majors)

CEE 250   Environmental Pollution: Energy and Materials Balance (2 cr)
TTh 3:30 - 5:20pm  (SLN 11526)
Prereq:  MATH 120   (Meets NW requirement)
Professor Michael Brett  

This lecture course will introduce students to general concepts of Environmental Engineering and in particular Materials and Energy Balance.  These concepts will be presented within the context of local case studies, in particular the severe eutrophication and subsequent recovery of Lake Washington, nitrogen loading and hypoxia/fish kills in Hood Canal, and global climate change and its regional impacts on water resources and hydrologic cycles in the Pacific Northwest.   (Note:  CEE 250 does not count towards the upper-division requirements of the CEE major.)

This course is particularly useful for students interested in an introduction to environmental engineering, the environment, and/or in the sciences.

Position with Saminco Traction Drives in China

Electrical/Electronics Engineer Position Available

Job Description:
To provide Field Service, Sales, Application and Technical Support for Saminco’s full line of electric traction drives in mainland China. This includes but is not limited to: Field Service, Pre and Post Sales Support, Application Engineering, System Start-up and Training and other Technical Support as required. The position involves a one-year paid training period in Saminco’s Florida headquarters before working full-time in China. After extensive in-house training, the successful applicant will be required to provide field service for OEM’s and end users, mainly in coal-mining related activities.

  • Provide Field Service, including troubleshooting and repairs, to customers as required 
  • Develop and maintain customer contacts 
  • Make selected sales calls individually and with other project team members 
  • Develop sales contracts, oversee contract execution and distribution 
  • Define and document Scope of Work for projects 
  • Define and document system Bills of Materials 
  • Help coordinate/initiate project kick-off meetings 
  • Monitor job cost information. Provide assistance to accounting for outstanding invoices and variances from estimates. 
  • Monitor project throughout design, manufacture, commissioning and operation

Required Qualifications

  • BS Degree in Electrical Engineering 
  • Ability to develop and present technical papers to small and medium size groups 
  • Excellent communication skills, written and verbal, in both English and Chinese 
  • Strong attention to details, highly organized, computer literate 
  • Ability to work well in a fast-paced professional office environment 
  • Travel will be required.

The candidate MUST be willing to live and work in China. Even though the position is for a full-time open-ended duration, a commitment of a minimum 3 years after training is required. As well as offering a competitive salary and full benefits, assistance for work permits in the US and China will be provided as needed.

Please send resume, three references, and cover letter in English to Review of applications will begin immediately

Environmental Innovation Speaker Series TUES NOV 15 INDUSTRY:Remaking How We Make Things-Jim Billmaier, JOLT!

James Billmaier, Author of Jolt! The Impending Dominance of the Electric Car

James Billmaier has devoted his professional life to predicting how emerging technologies
will impact our lives in the future. To his credit, he has been astonishingly accurate.

Tuesday, November 15, 2011
Presentation: 4:30- 6:00 p.m.

Mary Gates Hall 389

MSE 599 Biomaterials/Nanomaterials in Tissue Engineering

(Credits: 3, Winter 2012, W 3:30-6.20 pm, Low105)
Instructor: Miqin Zhang
Professor, Department of Materials Science and Engineering,
Adjunct professor, Departments of Neurological Surgery, Orthopaedics and Sports Medicine, and
University of Washington
Office: 302L Roberts Hall
Tel: (206) 616-9356
Fax: (206) 543-3100

Course website:

Course Description
The objective of this course is to provide students a fundamental understanding of
biomaterials, implant applications, and their design consideration. This course covers the
fundamentals of the synthesis, properties, and biocompatibility of metallic, ceramic,
polymeric, composite, and biological materials, and their applications for both hard and
soft tissue replacement, and controlled drug delivery. This course will also provide
students a broad understanding of cutting edge development in nanomaterials and their
potential applications in tissue engineering. The course is intended for undergraduate
senior/graduate students.

Course outline
1. Introduction : (1.5 week)
Introduction to biomaterials
The structures of materials
Characterization of materials
2. Classes of biomaterials (1.5 weeks)
Biological materials
3. Tissue response to materials (1 week)
Host response to biomaterial
Material response to host
Biocompatibility of materials
4. Biomaterials (2 weeks)
Soft tissue replacement I: sutures, skin, maxillofacial implants
Soft tissue replacement II: Blood interfacing implants
Hard tissue replacement I: long bone repair
Hard tissue replacement II: joints and teeth
Biomaterials in Tissue Engineering
5. Nanomaterials in tissue engineering (4 weeks)
Nanomaterials-cell interactions
Electrospinning technology for nanofibrous scaffolds
Nanomaterials for skeletal, muscle, nerve, and heart tissue engineering
Nanomaterials for stem cell tissue engineering
Nanomaterials for drug delivery
Magnetic nanoparticles for tissue engineering
Nanoparticles/nanotubes/nanowires for cellular engineering

Biomaterials An Introduction, Joon B. Park and Roderic S. Lakes, 3nd Edition, Plenum
Press 2007.

Reference books
Materials Science and Engineering an Introduction, William D Callister, Jr., 6th,
or 7th or 8th Edition
Biomaterials Science: An Introduction to Materials in Medicine, 2nd Edition.
Buddy Ratner, Allan S. Hoffman, Frederick J. Schoen, and Jack E. Lemons,
Academic Press, 2004.
Frontiers in Tissue Engineering, Edited by Charles W. Patrick Jr, Antonios G.
Mikos, and Larry V. McIntire, Pergamon, 2011.
Nanotechnologies for the Life Science, Tissue, Cell, Organ Engineering, Edited
by Challa Kumar, Wiley-VCH, 2008.
Nanotechnology and Tissue Engineering: The Scaffold, Cato Laurencin, Lakshmi
Nair, CRC Press, 2008.
The Handbook of Nanomedicine, Kewal Jain, Springer, 2008.

Homework and exams
Homework assignments
Term paper and project presentation
Take-home final

Homework 20%
Abstract and outline of a term paper 20%
Presentation 20%
Final (Term paper) 40%

First day of class: Wed, Jan 4
Abstract and outline of the term paper: Wed, Feb 1
First draft of the term paper by email: Wed, Feb 29
Project presentation: Wed, March 7
Final draft of the term paper by email: Friday, March 9

EcoCar2 Recruiting EEs

The student team is interested in recruiting some electrical engineers for the UW EcoCAR2 Hybrid vehicle competition The project is sponsored by MathWorks, dSPACE, A123, Freescale, Siemens, and quite a few other companies. We are receiving donated software and hardware including a 2013 Chevy Malibu, as well as $50,000 in seed money.

What we're looking for is 2 or 3 students to join the electrical team. Class standing isn't necessarily important; however, some background with the following would be preferred: power electronics, physical terminating, diagnostics, electromagnetic interference, and ground fault detection. Interested students should email their resume and a quick blurb about themselves to

 The controls team is also looking for someone with background in CAN networking. Contact

Wednesday, November 9, 2011

UW Environmental Innovation Challenge - Student Mixer Night

I'm writing on behalf of the Environmental Innovation Challenge at the University of Washington. The UW challenge will be launched on March 29, 2012. The mission of this competition is to develop innovative clean tech solutions to our most pressing environmental challenges and what it takes to turn those innovations into exciting market opportunities.

We are holding an information session for students/team interested in participating in the UW Challenge. This event provides the opportunity for students to share their ideas and to help them to find/form teams. Free food and drinks will be provided! (For more information refer to the attached flyer).

Date: Nov 16 (Wednesday)
Time: 5:30-7pm
Location: EEB 303

RSVP via

KAUST information session (11/15, 12:30-1:20pm, AND 207)

Paul Greene, Director of Admissions from King Abdullah University of Science and Technology (KAUST) in Saudi Arabia will be hosting an information session on Tuesday, November 15, from 12:30-1:20pm in Anderson Hall 207 (Forest Club room).   This session is open to all students, with a focus on undergraduates in engineering, math, and the sciences.  Pizza (or light lunch) will be provided. 

KAUST is a co-ed institution offering Master's and Ph.D. programs with students from around the world.  Fully-funded generous scholarships are available.   Areas of study at KAUST include Environmental Science and Engineering, Bioscience, Chemical Science, Chemical Engineering, Marine Science, Applied Math and Computational Science, Computer Science, Mechanical Engineering, Materials Science, Electrical Engineering, Earth Science and Engineering.   For more information about KAUST, see

Also attached is a flyer announcing an Undergraduate Poster Competition being held at KAUST.   Mr. Greene writes, Students selected for the Poster Competition will have the opportunity to join us at the University for a week in January during our Winter Enrichment Period (WEP).  WEP is a truly exciting and dynamic time here at KAUST, with guest speakers from all around the world, short courses, and cultural events.   KAUST will pay all expenses for the students.  The on-line links includes a short video -  I hope you will let your students and colleagues know about this opportunity as well.

For more information, please contact Mr. Paul Greene at

Tuesday, November 8, 2011

Meet the Employer Event, Physio-Control

Event Summary:
Learn more about a local medical device company and also opportunities for upcoming internships next summer
Event Details:
Date: Tuesday, Nov 15, 2011
Time: 5:30pm - 7:30pm
Location: UW Career Center (LOBBY) 134 Mary Gates, Seattle Campus

As the world's leading defibrillator manufacturer, we provide solutions to emergency medical professionals and lay responders in order to fight cardiorespiratory events. Physio-Control, Inc., a division of Medtronic, is dedicated to the total well-being of our employees and has been recognized for eight of the last ten years by Fortune magazine as one of the "100 Best Companies to Work For." Work with people who not only love what they do, but why they do it.

The Physio-Control Internship Program provides paid summer positions to gain valuable, real-world experience. Engage in dynamic projects to benefit the company and further your education. Enjoy exciting opportunities to network with industry professionals, improve your presentation and strategic decision-making skills and have fun at Team Member events with your fellow interns.

We are currently seeking individuals who are creative, motivated and passionate about making a difference. We have a broad spectrum of summer internship opportunities to cater to both technical and business-oriented students. Our internships target third-year students working toward a BS or BA in a Business, Engineering or other related field. Majors considered (but not limited to) for Engineering students include: Biomedical, Computer Science, Electrical, Industrial, Manufacturing and Mechanical and for Business: Accounting, Finance, Human Resources, Communications, Information Systems, Marketing, Operations Management and Supply Chain Management. The minimum GPA is 3.0 and relevant academic projects and/or internship experience is helpful.

Internship and Work Study Opportunities with City of Seattle

The City of Seattle is posting a number of Work Study and Internship opportunities this week for local community college and university students.  Please encourage your students to visit the Student Opportunity page at   Most postings close by 11/22/11.


Thursday, November 10
 EE 403

Come hear from experienced students and find out how you can land that internship or co-op!

Some of the employers who hired these students include:

 Jet Propulsion Laboratory
 5F Networks


WASHINGTON -- NASA is seeking applications from graduate students for the agency's second class of Space Technology Research Fellowships. Applications will be accepted from accredited U.S. universities on behalf of graduate students interested in performing space technology research beginning in fall 2012.

The fellowships will sponsor U.S. graduate student researchers who
show significant potential to contribute to NASA's strategic space
technology objectives through their studies. Sponsored by NASA's
Office of the Chief Technologist and the Space Technology Program,
the fellowships' continuing goal is to provide the nation with a
pipeline of highly skilled engineers and technologists to improve
America's technological competitiveness. Fellows will perform
innovative space technology research today while building the skills
necessary to become future technological leaders.

"We're calling for our second round of applications from America's
best and brightest future technology leaders," said Michael Gazarik,
director of the Space Technology Program at NASA Headquarters in
Washington. "Our Space Technology Graduate Fellowships will help
create the next generation of highly skilled workers needed for
NASA's and our nation's technological future, while motivating
careers in science and technology that will lead to sustainable,
high-tech jobs and help America out-innovate the world."

The deadline for submitting applications is Jan. 11, 2012. Information
on the fellowships, including how to submit applications, is
available at:

To learn more about NASA's Office of the Chief Technologist, the Space
Technology Program and the crosscutting space technology areas of
interest to the agency, visit:

Winter Course: Science Writing for Impact (2 credits)

*Science Writing for Impact
*Winter 2012
ENVIR 500A | 2 credits (credit/no credit)
Wednesdays from 1:30 to 3:20

Do you dream of making a bigger impact with your work? ENVIR 500A will focus on developing practical skills for expressing your ideas clearly and memorably. This class aims to transform anxieties about writing into excitement, and to help students learn to write with impact about their field.

In-class activities include lecture and discussion, writing exercises, analysis, guest speakers and work-shopping of assigned writings.

The class is about learning-by-doing. Students will keep a daily learning journal and write essays, blogs and op-eds. Topics will center on the students' own work and interests. Students will work with the instructor to publish select assigned writings.

Instructed by Stacie Solie, a freelance editor and print journalist.

ADD CODE REQUIRED.* Interested students should complete and return the attached application to by 9am on Monday, November 21.*

Law School Fair on November 16th!

When: WEDNESDAY, November 16th, 2011 -- 10am-2pm
Where: MGH Commons (First floor of Mary Gates Hall)

Who:  YOU!

Thinking about Law School?  Then don't miss the annual Law Fair, sponsored by The Career Center and the Pre-Law Student Society (PLS).  

Representatives of more than 90 law schools from across the country gather at the UW looking for potential new students - like you! At the Law Fair you can talk to admissions staff, pick up brochures and applications, ask questions and learn more about the schools which interest you. You may make a lasting impression on a representative from the school of your dreams or discover that the perfect school for you is one that you hadn't considered.

For a complete list of attending law schools, please visit: .

Questions? Contact or call 206.543.0535.  

Program in Technology Commercialization Lectures

Wednesday November 9
3:30pm to 5:20pm, Room HSB T639
Norm Beauchamp
    Commercialization in the Space of MRI, CT Scan, & PET

Norman J. Beauchamp, Jr., MD, MHS, joined the University of Washington, Department of Radiology as professor and Chair in 2002.  He is also a professor of neurosurgery and industrial engineering. Beauchamp's research interests include extensive research in the area of neuroradiology. He has served as the principle investigator for nine studies with an emphasis on stroke and dementia. He also has a patent for the computer-aided processing and analysis for stroke in neuroimages. To his credit, Beauchamp has contributed over 100 publications to the literature. He co-edited a book entitled Radiology Business Practice: How to Succeed.