With a $25 million commitment from the Grainger Foundation, the Grainger Institute for Engineering (GIE) is proud to support renowned researchers, spanning all disciplines and departments in the College of Engineering, as they strive to be on the forefront of engineering breakthroughs. By strengthening relationships with industry, government and higher education partners, we can recruit, retain and empower the very best faculty to explore new areas that will redefine the UW engineering research enterprise.

    

HAPPENING NOW AT GIE

Quantum Material Lattice structure

NEW IMPACT AREA: QUANTUM MANUFACTURING

Through interdisciplinary collaboration, the study of small phenomena and the pursuit of big ideas, electrical and computer engineering professor Zhenqiang “Jack” Ma plans to lead the Grainger Institute for Engineering’s newest impact area, Quantum Manufacturing, into one focused on reciprocal relationships and groundbreaking ideas. Read on to learn more.

NEW IMPACT AREA: CELL AND GENE THERAPY

Biomedical engineering professor Krishanu “Kris” Saha will lead the institute’s latest impact area: cell and gene therapy. Saha plans to build upon the field’s latest critical developments in genome editing techniques that have made novel therapeutics viable. By editing individual genomes of cells within the body, researchers like Saha are able to personalize medical treatments at the level of individual DNA strands.

renewable energy powers only 18% of all U.S. electric consumption

ENGINEERING RESEARCHERS SEEK CLEAN ENERGY SOLUTIONS

As our need for a smarter, cleaner energy grid grows, UW’s engineering researchers are developing increasingly innovative and multifaceted solutions: improving how we operate the grid, raising the renewable energy supply with more reliable storage methods, and lowering overall consumer demand by augmenting energy efficiency. All to overcome this grand societal challenge.

 

TRANSDISIPLINARY RESEARCH AND REAL-WORLD SOLUTIONS CONVERGE HERE

Hexagonal venn diagram featuring impact areas: Neuro-engineering, cell and gene therapy, biomimetics, advanced manufacturing, quantum manufacturing, energy and sustainability, sensors and sensing, and machine learning and optimization

The Grainger Institute for Engineering provides funding, comprehensive support and a collaborative space for engineering faculty to nurture research ideas that show promise as large-scale, extramurally funded activities in critical impact areas: