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Thu, 08/06/2020
The global spread of COVID-19 has brought health care to the front and center of society’s challenges. While some engineers have pivoted their work to confront coronavirus head on, others are approaching existing health care problems that the global crisis is calling new attention to. “COVID-19 has created many challenges for our health care system and clinicians are coming to us to develop technical solutions to those unmet needs,” says ME and chemical engineering professor Jonathan Posner. Posner, who was recently named ME’s Richard and Victoria Harrington Professor in Engineering Innovation in Health, directs the Engineering Innovation in Health (EIH) program for the UW. Entering its eighth year, EIH has become a rallying point for connecting health care experts with problem-solving engineering students and faculty. The program asks clinicians to propose unmet health-related needs and selects the most promising ones for a team of engineering students to tackle. The program ends with a capstone project requiring the students to build a functional prototype and has already resulted in more than 43 prototype medical devices. Some projects stop there, but many of the best move to commercialization. “The global COVID-19 pandemic has heightened the importance of the relationship between medical practitioners and engineers,” says EIH executive director and ME teaching professor Soyoung Kang. “We’ve been thrust into a situation that’s underscoring to the entire world the need for innovation. It’s extremely motivating to everyone in our program and I believe will lead to some very important advances.” Three projects with their origins in EIH exemplify the potential for engineering inventions that, if successful in prototyping, clinical trials and the marketplace, could improve care and save lives:
Fri, 07/17/2020
This spring, the UW transitioned to a fully online education model in light of COVID-19, requiring instructors to quickly adjust and implement their courses remotely. Undoubtedly, the requirement has been a challenge. Instructors scrambled to gather drawing tablets, test software and recreate lesson plans. Meanwhile students have had to navigate the demands of a very different learning environment. Student engineering competitions, a highlight of the year, have been canceled or changed to design-based formats. But engineers are problem-solvers, and amidst the difficulties, many of ME’s faculty, staff and students have stepped up with determination and creativity.
Wed, 07/15/2020
Congratulations to the four teams from the 2019-2020 EIH program who are continuing their projects with the EIH summer incubator.
Fri, 06/05/2020

We had 130+ attendees at the 2020 Engineering Innovation in Health Spring Symposium for our 2020 graduating class. The event featured recorded pitches followed by breakout rooms with live poster presentations and Q/A.

Congratulations to our graduating 2020 teams! Seven teams of students comprising multiple engineering disciplines from undergraduate and graduate programs collaborated with clinical mentors to define and solve unmet challenges in healthcare throughout the 2019-2020 academic year. The 2019-2020 teams were

  • H2Neo: Neonatal IV Fluid Pumps, UW Neonatology
  • SimpleSight: Nasopharynx Visualization, Seattle Children's Pediatric Otolaryngology
  • MindMend: Migraine Biofeedback, UW Child Neurology
  • SensitIV: Bedside Fluid Monitoring, UW Surgery
  • SleepAssist: Obstructive Sleep Apnea, UW Sleep Medicine
  • C-O-You: EtCO2 Monitoring, Harborview Emergency Medicine, Stryker
  • Insucon: Confirmation of Insulin Pen Injection, UW Diabetes Institue, Novo Nordisk
Mon, 04/27/2020
Join us on Monday May 4th from 3:30-4:30pm to learn more about the Engineering Innovation in Health program and how to participate.
Thu, 02/27/2020
Congratulations to MedsForAll for having a US patent issued for their "ampule auto-injector systems and methods"! Many thanks to UW CoMotion for providing the support and resources to make this happen!
Mon, 02/03/2020
Congratulations to EIH alum and now EIH teaching assistant, Shawn Swanson and his startup, MedsForAll, for being featured on the UW homepage. MedsForAll started in EIH in 2016 to tackle the rising cost of epinephrine pens with an affordable and novel auto-injector, which can also be used to deliver other medications available in a glass ampule.
Tue, 01/07/2020
This month’s VentureWell faculty spotlight is Soyoung Kang, Executive Director of the Engineering Innovation in Health (EIH) program at University of Washington-Seattle Campus. Kang is an active member of the VentureWell community. She’s served as a Principal Investigator for teams participating in the E-Team Grant Program. She received a Faculty Grant for a new initiative within the existing EIH program that will create commercialization teams to solve pressing health challenges.
Wed, 12/18/2019 | UW CoMotion
Congratulation to DopCuff, InstaQTc, and UnTape for receiving the $50,000 CoMotion Innovation Fund Award!
Fri, 10/25/2019
Learn about the advances that the Bite Block team (EIH Class '18) has made in developing an innovative solution to a significant challenge in orally invasive imaging procedures.
Mon, 10/21/2019
EIH alumnus Shawn Swanson has been featured by the College of Engineering for his development of an affordable alternative to the EpiPen through EIH project-turned startup, MedsForAll.
Thu, 10/10/2019
Dr. Eric Seibel, faculty member in Mechanical Engineering and member of the EIH teaching team, was recently featured in CoMotion's UW Researcher Spotlight Series. In the series, Dr. Seibel describes the innovative technologies he has created, commercialization advice and how CoMotion has supported translation of his innovations.
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 VentureWell.org.
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.

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