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The road ahead: maximizing transportation efficiency

Professors Ali Hajbabaie and Leila Hajibabai, 2nd and 3rd from right, with graduate students. 
It rarely snows in the lowlands of Western Washington. It does, however, snow a lot in Eastern Washington. How many snow plows should the Washington State Department of Transportation keep in each region? WSU researchers are leading efforts to help every Department of Transportation (DOT) in the country more efficiently manage their heavy equipment fleets. » More ...

Rocketing to Career Success

Amy Felt, NASA aerospace engineer and WSU Everett mechanical engineering graduate

As she gazes out her office window, Skagit County native and NASA aerospace engineer Amy Felt looks out on the legendary launch pad at NASA Kennedy Space Center where Neil Armstrong headed towards his first historic steps for mankind.

“I made a point of riding in both elevators just so I could say I’ve ridden in the same elevator as Neil Armstrong,” she said.

Felt graduated last year from the Voiland College of Engineering and Architecture mechanical engineering program at Washington State University’s (WSU) Everett campus.

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WSU Everett engineering student inspires next generation of STEM students in Bothell

WSU Everett engineering student Brandon Clark describes a bridge-building activity to young students
Every Monday after school, Washington State University student Brandon Clark finishes his electrical engineering classes at the University’s campus in Everett and drives to Fernwood Elementary in the Northshore School District. Standing before a group of 35 children from ages five to 11, he transforms from a student into a teacher. » More ...

Bringing more women to computer science

WSU Students Rae Marks and Joanne Magtiby with Professor Shira Broschat.
It’s no secret that while computer science offers great job prospects and interesting careers, attracting women to the field has been problematic. In fact, fewer women are entering computer science than a generation ago. Many women who initially have an interest in the field often become discouraged and quit. » More ...

Walls made from trash

Voiland College of Engineering and Architecture students presented their energy-saving walls made from trash to as many as 30,000 people at the National Sustainable Design Expo in Washington, D.C., earlier this year.

TrashWall is a collaborative effort between WSU’s engineering and architecture students. Guided by Taiji Miyasaka, associate professor of architecture in the School of Design and Construction, and Bob Richards, professor in the School of Mechanical and Materials Engineering, the students use trash to create walls that sustain heat and improve energy efficiency.

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Strategic funding leads to community health analytics research institute

For most of the twentieth century, people didn’t worry about an illness like strep throat or an infected cut because they could go to the doctor for a quick dose of antibiotics, which was invariably followed by a quick recovery.

Slowly, however, microbes developed resistance to the miracle drugs, and in the United States, at least two million infections and 23,000 deaths are attributable to antibiotic-resistant bacteria each year, according to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention.

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State advances as hotbed of energy innovation

Logo - Energy Systems Innovation Center (ESIC)

Washington State University is a partner in a grant to research, develop, and demonstrate technologies to create “smart” buildings, campuses, and cities to better manage energy use.

Once buildings and devices are smarter—managing energy resources optimally on their own—they also can be more responsive to the needs of the power grid.

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