News & Events


Thu, 09/12/2019
New grant funds Engineering Innovation in Health projects for an additional 10 weeks throughout the summer.
Sun, 07/28/2019
Congratulations to DopCuff for being accepted into the 2019-2020 cohort of the Jones + Foster Accelerator at UW's Foster School's Buerk Center for Entrepreneurship. As a Jones + Foster Accelerator company, DopCuff will receive mentorship and coaching by entrepreneurs and investors across the region, and will be eligible to earn up to $25,000 in follow-on funding.
Sun, 07/28/2019

Read more about exciting program updates and highlights from the 2018-2019 year in our first newsletter

Sun, 06/30/2019
Soyoung Kang, PhD was featured as the UW Interprofessional Education and Team Science faculty member of June/July 2019. Learn more about her collaboration with ITHS Team Science and integration with the EIH program in this Center for Health Sciences Interprofessional Education Research and Practice (CHSIE) featured article.
Tue, 05/28/2019 | Department of Mechanical Engineering
Three clinical partners share their EIH experiences: how their ideas became device-driven projects, what working with engineering students was like, and advice for others considering getting involved.
Sat, 04/27/2019

Join us on Tuesday May 7th from 5-6 pm in MEB 237 to learn more about the Engineering Innovation in Health program. Refreshments will be provided.

Mon, 03/25/2019 | UW Foster School of Business
Engineering Innovation in Health teams competed again this year in the 2019 Hollomon Health Innovation Challenge, hosted by the UW Foster School’s Buerk Center for Entrepreneurship. Winning the "Judges Also Really Liked" (JARL) award and $5,000 was the team that developed DopCuff, a blood pressure monitor for end-stage patients implanted with Left Ventricle Assist Device (LVAD). Other participating teams affiliated with EIH were CathAlign (relieves nurse time/labor by automating transducers critical to treatment decisions made in Critical Care) and RoboBeat (high-fidelity sound generation in medical training manikins). All seven EIH teams this year were awarded over $12,000 in prototyping funds from the UW Buerk Center. (Photo Courtesy: Matt Hagen / UW Buerk Center for Entrepreneurship)
Thu, 02/07/2019 | VentureWell
VentureWell supports the creation of an emerging generation of science and technology inventors and the innovation and entrepreneurship ecosystems that are critical to their success. The EIH program was recently awarded a Faculty Grant from VentureWell to build cross-campus collaboration by integrating entrepreneurship students into EIH teams to explore commercialization potential of technical solutions to pressing health challenges. For more information, visit
Wed, 10/10/2018 | ITHS
The Great CTSA Team Science Contest was established to better understand the various ways in which Team Science exists at research institutes across the nation. Over 170 initiatives were submitted to the contest and judged based on importance, innovation, and impact. The highest score was awarded to Dr. Posner for his work in establishing and running the Engineering Innovation in Health program. Congratulations to all for this national recognition!
Mon, 07/23/2018 | UW Mechanical Engineering
Congratulations to the Engineering Innovation in Health (EIH) team for being selected for multiple 2018 College of Engineering awards. The College of Engineering awards acknowledge the extraordinary efforts of the college's teaching and research assistants, staff, and faculty members. The Team Award was given to the EIH teaching team for driving engineering innovations in healthcare to lower costs and improve the quality of care. The Student Award for Teaching was given to Soyoung Kang for being a highly motivated teacher whose passion for engineering has transformed the classroom experience.
Thu, 03/01/2018 | UW Foster School of Business
Engineering Innovation in Health teams competed again this year in the 2018 Hollomon Health Innovation Challenge, hosted by the UW Foster School’s Buerk Center for Entrepreneurship. Winning third place and $5,000 was the team that developed ACBI, a device that makes continuous bladder irrigation treatment faster, less expensive, and safer. Other participating teams affiliated with EIH were Bite Block (an aid for oral invasive operations), EsoCool (prevents thermal injury during atrial fibrillation treatment), and FlushCut (aids in the cutting of the fibula bone during reconstructive surgery).
Thu, 11/30/2017 | College of Engineering
The special student research edition of Washington Engineer featured an EIH capstone project that developed an intravenous arm trainer with realistic skin, enabling healthcare students to practice catheter placement.
Tue, 11/21/2017 | CoMotion
Congratulations to Meds4All, a rebranding of Epi4All, on winning the UW CoMotion Innovation Showcase at the UW Medicine's Inventor of the Year event. Meds4All got its start in the Engineering Innovation in Health program.
Sat, 07/29/2017 | The Seattle Times
The Seattle Times profiled the Engineering Innovation in Health program as part of their Education Lab spotlight. The Times highlighted projects like EpiForAll that got their start as part of the year-long program but have developed into ongoing endeavors as they progress on the path toward commercialization.
Mon, 06/26/2017 | Department of Mechanical Engineering
The Engineering Innovation in Health (EIH) program is transforming education in health technology design and entrepreneurship by providing a framework for engineering students and faculty to partner with clinicians and develop affordable solutions to today’s pressing health needs. Highlighted are five projects that originated through EIH and are still building momentum.
Mon, 06/19/2017 | Department of Mechanical Engineering
ME graduate student Jessica Zistatsis shares her journey through the commercialization process at the UW, thanks to Engineering Innovation in Health. Jessica is one of the innovators of PlayGait™, a pediatric exoskeleton that helps kids with cerebral palsy get more walking practice outside of therapy so they can learn to walk independently.
Thu, 05/25/2017 | Foster School of Business
Congratulations to the EIH student teams that won prizes in the UW Buerk Center for Entrepreneurship's 2017 Business Plan Competition! LC-Tourniquet (3rd place), EpiForAll (4th place), and PlayGait (Best Health/Healthcare Idea Prize) all originated out of the Engineering Innovation in Health program.
Mon, 05/22/2017 | UWTV
UW 360 featured teams from this year’s Hollomon Health Innovation Challenge that are moving forward to bring their innovations to market. Among the projects featured were Epi4All and PlayGait, both of which got their start in the Engineering Innovation in Health program.
Wed, 04/05/2017 | Husky 100
Congratulations to Jessica Zistatsis on being selected as one of the Husky 100! As a senior in mechanical engineering, Jessica was involved in the 2016 EIH project PlayGait, a pediatric exoskeleton for children with cerebral palsy. Jessica is now a master’s student in mechanical engineering and is continuing her work to bridge engineering and healthcare as a member of the Steele Lab. Her project PlayGait has seen continued success as both a recipient of a Target Challenge grant and a CoMotion Innovation Fund grant.
Thu, 03/02/2017 | GeekWire
GeekWire covered the 2017 Health Innovation Challenge and interviewed the winners, including the two projects that started out in ME's Engineering Innovation in Medicine program. They spoke with both EpiForAll, which took first place, and PlayGait, which took third, about their plans for the future.
Thu, 03/02/2017 | Department of Mechanical Engineering
EpiForAll and PlayGait, two student teams that originated in ME's Engineering Innovation in Health program, placed first and third in the 2017 Hollomon Health Innovation Challenge! Two additional Engineering Innovation in Health teams, ACBI and Quinton PHSH, received "Judges Also Really Liked” awards.
Wed, 01/04/2017 | Department of Mechanical Engineering
Three students traveled to Lacey, WA, to present their Engineering Innovation in Health (EIH) projects to Frank Alberti, ’44. A longtime friend of the department, Alberti had recently made a major commitment to support ME’s advancements in engineering and health.
Wed, 12/14/2016 | CoMotion

Two EIH projects have been awarded 2016 Innovation Fund Grants from CoMotion! Congratulations to PlayGait and UnTape, led by ME faculty Kat Steele and Eric Seibel, respectively. PlayGait is an affordable, light-weight, and easy-to-use pediatric exoskeleton that will help children affected with gait disorders improve their walking ability. UnTape is a medical tape that can be removed rapidly and painlessly. Both teams originated through the ME’s Engineering Innovation in Health program and will receive $40,000 to aid product development, and an additional $10,000 to help reach business development milestones.

The CoMotion Innovation Fund is a partnership between CoMotion and the Washington Research Foundation to provide up to $1 million per year for applied research. The Fund’s mission is to support projects that have a high impact potential, but are unlikely to succeed without gap funding. More than $10 million in grants has been awarded since 2005.

Mon, 09/19/2016 | Department of Mechanical Engineering
Congrats to PlayGait, a team of students, engineers and clinicians that has been awarded a grant to continue development of a pediatric exoskeleton for children with cerebral palsy.