Friday, November 13, 2015

UW Winter Quarter - ESRM430 Introduction to Remote Sensing of Environment

Want to be on the cutting edge of science? Learn about the newest tools and techniques in the field of remote sensing? In Remote Sensing of Environment (ESRM430) you will be introduced to the latest technologies, like LiDAR and surface from motion and object-based data processing. Please forward to any interested parties.

*5 Credits (no requirements, opened to non-ESRM majors)*

Summary: You will be exposed to the principles of remote sensing using a combination of the traditional and latest techniques such as, automated image segmentation/feature extraction and the processing of LiDAR (Light Detection and Ranging) point clouds. Working with a conventional set of aerial and high resolution satellite imagery in the first half of the course and with LiDAR data in the second half of the course, you will have the opportunity to apply these principles and obtain hands-on experience in the processing of remotely sensed data. Environmental applications including digital terrain models, land-use land-cover, watershed analysis, change analysis, forest resources, environmental monitoring, land-use planning, urban-suburban-forestry interfaces, and outdoor recreation will be discussed and illustrated throughout the course.

Lectures:  T & Th  12:30 – 1:20
Four lab sessions available (choose one):  Session T or TH 2:30 –  3:50 T or Th 4:00 – 5:20

Internships with Shine Micro

Shine Micro, a small company in Port Ludlow, is looking for EE interns with some knowledge of software-defined radios. The company makes marine electronics, specifically AIS receivers.  Students interested in an internship/co-op position there should contact:

Mark Johnson, President

Thursday, November 12, 2015

Peace Corps Application Workshop for Students

This coming Monday we will be hosting an Application Workshop for candidates applying to the Peace Corps this or next year. The event is open to all students, but it is geared to Juniors and Seniors to get their applications in order and in the best shape possible! Here are the event details:

Monday, November 16th
6:00 PM to 7:00 PM
Career Services Center, 134 Mary Gates Hall

This is a wonderful opportunity for students to learn helpful tips for creating the strongest resume and application possible. We will guide them in highlighting their own unique skill set, addressing core Peace Corps interests and values, and help them create an application that stands out. We know how hard our volunteers work to make their dreams come true.

Dance Marathon @ UW student opportunities

We at DM@UW would like to invite you to join us at our Dance Marathon event on January 30th! 

What is Dance Marathon? DM is a year-long fundraising effort through Children's Miracle Network that benefits the Uncompensated Care Fund at Seattle Children's Hospital

Opportunities range from leadership and volunteerism to fundraising and making a tangible difference in the lives of children in our area. 

We would love to have you join us in our movement because every kid deserves the chance to be a Husky! Please take a moment to check us out on FacebookTwitter, and Instagram. We encourage you to share the movement with your friends and other groups, and consider joining the 100+ other UW students who have already joined a team! Register today and help us surpass our goal of $15,000 For the Kids! We look forward to seeing you at our culminating event on January 30th in the HUB!

For the Kids,
DM@UW Team

Email Lexi at

Career Opportunity-G&W Electric: Application Engineer

Since 1905, G&W Electric has helped power the world with innovative power systems solutions and products. With the introduction of the first disconnectable cable terminating device in the early 1900s, G&W began to build a reputation for engineering creative solutions to meet the needs of systems designers. Solutions which today have extended far beyond cable accessory products and into the latest in solid dielectric and SF6 insulated switchgear, solid dielectric insulated reclosers, system protection equipment, distribution automation solutions, and distribution and transmission cable accessories. Located in Bolingbrook, Illinois, USA, the plant covers over 371,000 square feet and represents a showplace of modern engineering, manufacturing and marketing technology. Why join us? G&W enjoys a long reputation for product quality, innovation and world-class customer service to the power industry. We have established this reputation by believing that our greatest asset is our employees. We owe our success to the initiative and talents of highly skilled individuals within our team-based organization. As a global organization and industry leader, we are committed to cultivating an engaging work environment that embraces our core values and develops our talent.

G&W Application Engineers play a critical role within our organization – They are responsible for the interpretation of customer specifications and power requirements. The Application Engineer analyzes technical specifications and drawings to select the most appropriate G&W product for the application. Our custom engineering capabilities allow for creative solutions that allow us to satisfy nearly any application. An appreciation for deep technical knowledge of the product and application are needed to excel in this position as well as an equal balance of negotiation and relationship building skills.
As an Application Engineer at G&W, you have the opportunity to develop your skills into several different career paths within the organization. This role provides the necessary foundation to support your career development into other business areas such as product management, field sales, after-market support and operations. G&W is committed to investing the appropriate training, reward and recognition to ensure we have our best talent in this key role!

  • Fully determine the technical and commercial requirements of the application.
  • Select the appropriate G&W product to meet these requirements.
  • Develop accurate cost models for both standard and custom equipment.
  • Determine and negotiate price levels and lead times.
  • Communicate these requirements to G&W’s Order Management team for engineering and manufacturing.
  • Partner with Sales Team to develop and present customer sales strategies.
  • Partner with customers and our Engineering team to develop custom solutions that satisfies the application.
  • Manage the commercial and technical aspects of the customer.
  • Build and maintain strong relationships with our internal resources and Sales Team.
  • Provide timely and effective verbal and written communication to our internal resources and Sales Team.

Bachelor's degree (B. S.) in Electrical Engineering or Mechanical Engineering from four-year College – A concentration in Power Engineering is preferred.

G&W offers a competitive salary commensurate with the candidate’s level of experience, as well as an excellent benefits program including medical, dental, short term/long term disability, life insurance, and a 401(K), profit-sharing and quarterly performance bonuses.
To apply please send your resume to

Tuesday, November 10, 2015

New Winter Quarter Course: BH 497/597 Ethical Implications of Emerging Technologies in Medicine & Healthcare

BH 497/597 (3 credits)

Special Topics: Ethical Implications of Emerging Technology in Medicine & Healthcare

Instructor: S. Malia Fullerton, Associate Professor, Bioethics & Humanities
Meets: Monday and Wednesday, 3:30-4:50 pm, Room T693

Course Description
Scientific and technological innovation in biomedicine is advancing at breakneck speed, with exciting new developments ranging from nanoscale drug delivery to gene editing to neuroenhancement being reported on a near daily basis.  These emerging technologies and their application in healthcare delivery promise an array of individual and societal benefits; they also raise ethical concerns.  This course will introduce students to select biomedical innovations and invite sustained consideration of the many ethical implications surrounding their development and potential use.

This is a small (30-35) seminar course. B H 497 is open to juniors and seniors. The withered graduate course, B H 597, requires an add code from

Science and Engineering Business Association announcements for November 9

The Washington Technology Industry Association (WTIA) is hosting two exciting upcoming events, and they are partnering with SEBA to offer students *FREE ADMISSION*. All you have to do is write a blog post about your experience at the event that will appear on both the SEBA *and *the WTIA website, so it’s also a great way to get your name out with the local tech community!

Details are below. Email for details on how we can help you attend for free!

*Gaming: Augment & Virtual Reality (Panel)*
*When: *Tuesday November 17th, 5:00-7:00 pm
*Where: *DigiPen Institute of Technology, 9931 Willows Road NE, Redmond, WA
*Details*: Panelists will discuss the latest trends and future of hardware for gaming, including augmented reality vs. virtual reality.
-- Chet Faliszk, writer at Valve Corporation
-- Dr. Trond Nilsen, software engineer, game designer, and VR Pioneer
-- Elbert Perez, currently working on the HTC Vive, independent game developer with over 20 published games spanning across multiple platforms (PC, iOS, Android, Xbox 360)
See the event website
more details.

*Debates & Drinks - WTIA Holiday PartyWhen: *Thursday December 3rd,
6:00-9:30 pm
*Where: *Northeastern University (Seattle), 401 Terry Ave N. Suite 103,
Seattle, WA 98109
*Details: *This event will pit eight community leaders against each other in a tournament-style debate where they will tackle controversial issues involving the technology community in Washington. Each debater's position will be determined by coin flip -- candidates must be prepared to discuss either side of an issue whether they agree to it or not! The audience will vote to advance candidates to the next rounds, and they will be fueled by local libations, food, and season's cheer!
See the event website <> for
more details about the debaters and the event agenda. TICKETS ARE GOING FAST!

Again -- please email if you would like instructions on how to attend for free!

Looking for Youth Mentors for afterschool STEM space, STUDIO - VLPA and I&S credit available

Calling for Mentors and STEM enthusiasts who want to expand participation of STEM youth in Seattle!

The Dream Project and the 3DL Partnership are partnering with Neighborhood House High Point Center in West Seattle on an exciting new program called STUDIO. As STUDIO mentors, we engage middle-school and high-school youth in tinkering activities, art, health literacy, and opportunities to learn about STEM in higher education and careers.

Mentors attend hands-on sessions with youth and support them to develop habits of mind for learning and succeeding in STEM, school, and life.

Here’s how to sign up:
·      Mentor at Neighborhood House from 3.30 – 6.30pm on Tinker Tuesday (High school) or Workin’ Wednesday (Middle school). Includes transport and transportation time!
·    Join a 1-hour seminar on Friday 3.30 pm – 4.20pm. For credit (1- 3 credits per quarter), register for EDUC 421A, SLN 13840 (VLPA & I&S) with Leslie Herrenkohl
·    Two quarter commitment preferred
·    Fill out an interest survey at so that we can tailor our seminar content to you!
·    Email Meixi Ng at for an add code or with any questions.
·    Watch what we do here! 

FLAS Fellowship Application Now Open

Foreign Language & Area Studies Fellowships (FLAS) available to undergraduate, graduate and professional students

FLAS fellowships award tuition and a living stipend as follows:

Academic Year Graduate: $18,000 tuition, $15,000 living stipend
Academic Year Undergraduate: $10,000 tuition, $5,000 living stipend
Summer Graduate/Undergraduate: $5,000 tuition, $2,500 living stipend

The FLAS Fellowship is available to U.S. citizens and permanent residents. FLAS Fellowships support study of the following languages and their world regions:

-Arabic -Bangla -Bosnian/Croatian/Serbian -Bulgarian -Burmese -Canadian First Nations-Chinese-Czech-Danish -Estonian -Filipino/Tagalog-Finnish-French-German-Hebrew-Hindi -Indonesian/Malay-Italian-Japanese-Kazakh-Khmer-Korean-Latvian-Lithuanian-Norwegian-Persian-Polish-Portuguese-Russian-Slovenian-Spanish-Swahili-Swedish-Tajik-Thai-Turkish-Uighur-Urdu-Uzbek-Vietnamese

FLAS Information Sessions, covering FLAS benefits and requirements, the application process, and the use of FLAS awards abroad, will be held at the following dates and times:

Tuesday, November 10, 10-2 UW Study Abroad Fair, HUB North Ballroom, Funding Info Session, 12:30-1:30 HUB 214
Thursday, November 12, 2-3 PST Web Chat*
Wednesday, November 18, 3:30-4:30 in Thomson Hall 317
Tuesday, December 1, 2;30-3:30 in Thomson Hall 317
Tuesday, December 8, 3:30-4:20, Smith 309
Wednesday, December 16, 3:30-4:30 PST Web Chat*
Tuesday, January 5, 1:30-2:30, Thomson Hall 317
Thursday, January 14, 2:30-3:30 Virtual Office Hour
*see FLAS website (link below) for access instructions for web chhat sessions and virtual office hours

Applications due January 29, 2016. Questions: email

For more information, visit 

Study-in-Canada, Up to $10,000 Scholarship!

Study-in-Canada Fellowships - Deadline 29 January 2016The Henry M. Jackson School of International Studies hosts two study-in-Canada fellowships for University of Washington undergraduate students – the Killam Fellowships Program and the Gary and Consuelo Corbett Canada-U.S. Fellowships Program. For both programs, UW students pay UW tuition and travel to their Canadian host university as an exchange visitor.

Killam Fellowships Program provides an opportunity for exceptional UW undergraduate students to spend one semester or a full academic year in Canada. The Killam Fellowships Program offers a fellowship award of $5,000 per semester (up to $10,000 for two semesters). Click to view website

Corbett Fellowships Program provides an opportunity for exceptional UW undergraduate students to spend a full academic year at University of British Columbia in Vancouver. The Corbett Fellowships Program offers a fellowship award of $7,000 for two semesters (September through April). Click to view website.

EligibilityAll applicants must be U.S. citizens or permanent residents, full-time undergraduate students in good standing at the UW, have a competitive academic record, and complete the application process prior to the published deadlines.

Host InstitutionsThe Killam Fellowships Program has partnership agreements with 16 Canadian institutions including University of Ottawa, McGill in MontrĂ©al, Queen’s in Toronto (for a full listing see the Killam Fellowships Program website). The Corbett Fellowships Program is a direct exchange program between UW and University of British Columbia - a fantastic opportunity to spend a year in Vancouver!!

SponsorsThe Henry M. Jackson School of International Studies and the Killam Fellowships Program, Ottawa maintain a Memorandum of Understanding to enable UW students to participate in the Killam Fellowships Program. The Canadian Studies Center is the hosting unit for these fellowships. The hosting units for the Corbett Fellowships Program are the Canadian Studies Center, Henry M. Jackson School of International Studies, University of Washington; Canadian Studies and United States Studies Program, University of British Columbia.

Eastern Washington Section of the Society of Women Engineers AREVA Inc. Scholarship

General Information
The Eastern Washington Section of the Society of Women Engineers ( administers a $1,000 scholarship funded by AREVA Inc. ( AREVA created this scholarship to help ease the shortage of engineers. The scholarship is awarded annually to a qualified engineering student in the rising-sophomore or above classification in engineering fields.

• Be a student who has completed at least one year of studies in an ABET accredited school with an intention to enter any engineering field.
• Be in a position to accept the scholarship toward undergraduate or graduate engineering studies in an accredited school in the Fall semester following presentation of the award.
• Attend an engineering school in one of the following states: Washington, Oregon, or Idaho.
Application Forms
Official scholarship forms from the Eastern Washington Section of the Society of Women Engineers are emailed and mailed annually to the student sections and/or the Dean of Engineering and Financial Aid offices of schools in Washington, Oregon, and Idaho. Use of copies or reproductions is permitted. Additional application forms may be requested directly from:
Cristina Marinovici
EWS-AREVA Scholarship Chair
PO Box 364, Richland, WA 99352

Required Application Materials
All application materials will become the property of the Eastern Washington Section of the Society of Women Engineers. No application materials will be returned. In order to be accepted for judging, all of the following materials must be submitted:
• Application Form: Eastern Washington Section of the Society of Women Engineers – AREVA Scholarship Application Form.
• Transcripts: Official copy of applicant's transcript showing grades for the entire enrollment in current and/or prior college(s).
• An updated resume.
• Letters of Reference:
1. From the Engineering Department Head, a professor, or a faculty counselor.
2. From an individual who has personally known the applicant for a minimum of three years and who is not a relative of the applicant.

Evaluation and Award
Individuals working towards an undergraduate or graduate degree in any engineering field are eligible. All factors are equally considered. Financial need and academic successes will be considered but will not be a final, determining criteria.

Global Health Business Case Competition 1/23/2016

The Global Health Business Case Competition (GHBCC) is a brand new initiative at the UW Foster School of Business. The competition builds on the traditional business school case competition model by bringing together students from multiple disciplines including business, engineering, and health sciences in a competitive environment. Instead of addressing a typical management or supply chain issue, students will instead tackle a critical global health challenge. Student teams will all face the same challenge and have the same short period of
time to analyze the case, develop recommendations, & present their findings to panels of judges. One of the many benefits of the GHBCC is that the competitive and collaborative environment simulates future workplace settings that require multidisciplinary teams and creative problem solving.

Teams should consist of 2-4 students from the Seattle, Tacoma, or Bothell UW campuses. Cross disciplinary teams are encouraged! All student participants must be currently enrolled undergraduate students during Winter Quarter.

INFO SESSION & TEAM FORMATION– Thursday, 11/12, 12:30-1:30pm, Dempsey 233
COMPETITION DATES – Friday, 1/22 & Saturday, 1/23,2016


Call for Nominations: 2016 Marsha L. Landolt Distinguished Graduate Mentor Award

We have an great opportunity to nominate a faculty member who has served as an exemplary mentor to grad students for the 2016 Landolt Distinguis​hed Graduate Mentor Award. If you are interested in nominating an EE faculty member - please let us know at The award includes $5,000 in discretionary funds to support the awardee's scholarly activities. The deadline for nominations is December 18, 2015. Here are some resources to assist you:

Eligibility for the award:
o We are especially interested in generating a diverse group of nominations, including nominations of faculty
members who are women, or from underrepresented minority groups, or with disabilities.
o Eligibility is limited to active members of the graduate faculty who are involved in the supervision of graduate
students. A list of active graduate faculty is available at
o Nominators are encouraged to cite specific examples of excellent mentoring by the faculty member.
o Criteria used in evaluating nominees:
o UW Graduate School Mentoring Memos and mentoring guides:
“Nature’s guide for mentors”:

DARPA Robotics Fast Track Event

I am hosting an event that I thought you and your students might be interested in Nov. 17 in Seattle at The Maker’s Space. I am one of the directors at Tandem National Security Innovations ( and we are working with DARPA to promote their new Robotics Fast Track Program. The idea of the program is to match up robotic entrepreneurs, engineers and early stage companies with $150,000 to build a robot prototype. The program manager for the the Defense Advanced Research Projects Agency (DARPA) will be on hand to present the program and then take questions from the audience. It's a completely free event that comes with appetizers and drinks. 

For more information on the tour, heres a link:

POWER STAR: Harvesting the Sun's Energy in Space: Thursday 11/12. 3:30 pm

The Aeronautics & Astronautics department is pleased to announce the launch of a new Chair's Distinguished Seminar Series. The seminar will be open to all members of the UW community. Our first speaker with be Dr. David Hyland of Texas A&M University.

POWER STAR: Harvesting the Sun's Energy in Space
Dr. David Hyland

THURSDAY, 11/12/2015
3:30pm, Guggenheim 220
Reception to Follow

 The advance of civilization will require substantially more powerful sources of energy than are presently available. Aside from the Earth’s supply of radioisotopes and fossil fuels, the abundant supply of fusion-based energy produced by the sun remains to be efficiently harvested. The collection of solar energy in space could potentially be an order-of-magnitude more effective than ground-based technology because in space, solar insolation is continuous and not attenuated by the atmosphere. These potential advantages have motivated efforts to design space solar power systems since the early 1960s.

A solar power system consists of a space segment that collects solar energy, converts the energy into radiation (typically in a wavelength band to which the atmosphere is mostly transparent), then  transmits the radiation to a ground facility that converts the radiation into electrical power. Since the ground-based power collection technology is (relatively) well developed, we concentrate here on the space segment, called the Solar Power Satellite(s) (SPS).

In this presentation, an SPS is assumed to be a space system in geostationary orbit that collects solar power via photovoltaics and transmits it to ground collection stations using microwave radiation. Previous system designs developed over the past several decades entail gigantic, articulated structures with many (in some cases, thousands of) moving parts and require on-orbit infrastructure and in-space construction using advanced robotics. The concept described here combines solar cell / microwave patch antenna printing technology with well-established inflatable satellite technology (based upon the Echo relay satellites). A Power StarTM is a large, deployable, thin-skinned balloon upon which solar cells and microwave transmitters are printed. For launch, the system is compactly folded into a spherical canister. Once attaining orbit, the canister is opened; the balloon inflated via sublimation of an interior coating; the skin rigidified, and the balloon finally evacuated. I review the state of manufacturability in printing technology, inflatable satellite technology, the retro-directive phased array technology for beam direction and shaping, and the power distribution design to address the “elbow problem”. Considerations of solar pressure effects, orbit maintenance, and thermal response are also presented.

In summary, while capable of substantial power generation, even with low efficiency solar cells, the
design has no moving parts, requires no in-space construction, and can be packaged in many existing
launch vehicle payload fairings, With these features, and according to current economic analyses, the
design can provide a first revenue system in one launch.