Check out the recent news article featuring VIP and EcoCAR.
Kevin Lybarger was recently was named a Husky 100 for his commitment to the inclusivity, including his work with VIP. Kevin is a Research Assistant for VIP, and he supports a range of VIP-related activities, including recruiting new students and teams, developing curriculum, and organizing events. Check out Kevin's Husky 100 profile.
In the Hollomon Health Innovation Challenge, the Engineering Innovations in Medicine team, EpiForAll, recently took first place and the Husky ADAPT team, PlayGait, took thrird place. EpiForAll developed an affordable EpiPen alternative that utilizes existing epinephrine auto injector ampules. PlayGait developed an adjustable, affordable, non-electric exoskeleton to support in-home walking practice for kids with neuromuscular disorders. For details, checkout the Health Innovation Challenge website and GeekWire write-up.
AccessMap recently launched a new online pedestrian and accessibility-focused route planning tool, available through the OpenSidewalks Project. This tool allows pedestrians to avoid hills, construction, and accessibilty barriers. Check out the UW Today news story describing the tool and its release.
UW VIP is currently recruiting new students to join VIP teams. VIP “want ads” are posted describing the needs of VIP teams, along with an online application. Check out the Joining page for details.
Air pollution adversely affects the health of many people, especially in the developing world where combustion devices often lack good emissions control. While active pollutant samplers that use pumps to draw air into them are more accurate and sensitive, they are also more expensive, labor-intensive, and prone to malfunction compared with passive samplers which rely on deposition of particulate matter (PM) to a collecting surface. UW VIP recently supported a project to design and build an inexpensive, optically-based, passive sampler that could yield results consistent with more proven methods for quantifying air pollution over longer time intervals. The undergraduate student researchers showed that an iPhone camera could be used to measure the time progression of ambient PM deposition over a period of less than a week at high concentrations of diesel exhaust, equivalent to a few weeks of high ambient concentration. From the painted stainless steel PM collection surface, images of the light intensity reflected from the PM-covered surface were measured and quantified using image-processing software and reference gray scale cards. An accurate passive sampler that costs a few dollars can be used to characterize air pollutant exposure among large populations where more sophisticated instruments would be impractical and cost prohibitive.
Through collaboration with the Burke Museum, WOOF3D continues to explore 3-D scanning and printing dinosaur bones. The UW College of Engineering recently featured this collaboration in an article titled, "How to print the mammoth." Check out the full story on the College of Engineering website.
Through collaboration with the Burke Museum, WOOF3D is working to create a mammoth replica using 3-D scanning and printing technology. WOOF3D recently held a demonstration of this technology at the Burke Museum, which was featured by KIRO 7 news. For the full story, including a video of the demo, check out the KIRO 7 website.
A sub-team within the Engineering Innovation in Medicine (EIM) VIP team, EpiForAll, was a runner-up in the recent Health Innovation Challenge hosted by the Foster School's Buerk Center for Entrepreneurship. EpiForAll is working to provide an easy-to-use epinephrine auto-injector to treat anaphylaxis in economically impoverished countries. For more information, check out the Health Innovation Challenge webpage.
The Seattle Weekly recently published an article discussing the impact of the current Seattle construction boom on individuals with limited mobility. The article interviewed Anat Caspi, director of the Taskar Center for Accessible Technology and the faculty advisor for AccessMap. The article explains how the AccessMap mapping application can assist individuals with limited mobility in navigating the impacts of construction and other obstacles. For more information, check out the full article.
UW VIP held a poster session in which VIP teams shared their exciting and innovative work with other undergraduates. Check out some the posters that were presented:
The EcoCAR2 competition was a 3-year competition to hybridize a donated Chevy Malibu. EcoCAR2 competition structure was broken up into design, integration and refinement. The UW EcoCAR2 team was the only team to complete our physical integration by the end of year 2 and had a fully functional car at competition that year. This gave us more time for vehicle refinements, introducing state of the art emissions control and vehicle modes of operation. The end result was a 2nd place finish overall, unprecedented for a first time competitor.
For more information, check out the EcoCAR2 results page.
Georgia Tech's Vertically Integrated Projects (VIP) Program has been awarded a $5 million grant from The Leona M. and Harry B. Helmsley Charitable Trust to drive systemic reform of STEM education, in part by expanding the program to a number of universities, including the University of Washington. For more details, please see the full press release.