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Taking a Risk

In 2006, Steven Saunders took a risk on research. Today, he’s reaping the reward.

It’s been a year of change for Steven Saunders.

In February, Saunders , an assistant professor in the Gene and Linda Voiland School of Chemical Engineering and Bioengineering, received a prestigious Career award from the National Science Foundation for his groundbreaking research.

In April, he received Voiland College’s Reid Miller Excellence in Teaching Award. » More …

Leading the Way

Left to right: Dae Hyun Kim, Jean-Sabin McEwen, and Steven R. Saunders

Three Washington State University researchers have received young faculty awards from the National Science Foundation (NSF) and the Defense Advanced Research Program Agency (DARPA).

Jean-Sabin McEwen and Steven R. Saunders, assistant professors in the Gene and Linda Voiland School of Chemical Engineering and Bioengineering, and Dae Hyun Kim, assistant professor in the School of Electrical Engineering and Computer Science, each received approximately $500,000. Their awards are intended to provide significant research support to young faculty beginning their careers. » More …

Community health analytics initiative gets underway

WSU researchers use analytics to improve understanding of microbial resistance.

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. » More …

Students dive into research

Research Experience for Undergraduates (REU) Students Nathan Sparks and Brandon Daub.

While many students spent their summer working, traveling, or catching Pokémon, Nathan Sparks and Jared Ribail, two Washington State University civil engineering students, got a taste of the world of research through WSU’s summer research program. » More …

Live, learn, love

Shelley Pressley, associate research professor at Voiland College and WSU’s director of undergraduate research

Every summer, nearly 100 undergraduates from around the country engage in research experiences at Washington State University, working hands-on with faculty mentors on a wide variety of projects.

Shelley Pressley, associate research professor at Voiland College and WSU’s director of undergraduate research, leads WSU’s summer research program. She recently spoke with us about teaching and conducting research at WSU. » More …

Researchers develop shape-changing smart material

Washington State University researchers have developed a unique, multifunctional smart material that can change shape from heat or light and assemble and disassemble itself.

By Tina Hilding, Voiland College of Engineering & Architecture

PULLMAN, Wash. – Washington State University researchers have developed a unique, multifunctional smart material that can change shape from heat or light and assemble and disassemble itself. They have filed a provisional patent on the work. » More …

Sweet solution to toxic waste

stack of brown and white sugar cubes

A jar of foul-smelling clay sits on the cluttered workbench. “I’d better not open it,” says environmental engineer Richard Watts. He grabs a smaller jar filled with liquid the color of a dirty mud puddle. “These are soil and groundwater samples from an industrial waste site in North Carolina.”

The repugnant samples arrived in comparatively pristine Pullman to be analyzed by Watts, who then advises the best ways to remedy the mess. In a twist, one of those methods involves the use of sugar. » More …

Rocket man, rocket fuel

WSU graduate student Ian Richardson is helping NASA explore new ways to develop next–generation space rockets.

From the highways of Earth to the seas of Titan, WSU Ph.D. student Ian Richardson is on a quest to improve the state of our planet and push the boundaries of space. » More …

Model conditions

WSU researchers like Jennifer Adam are developing advanced computer models to assess how future economic and environmental conditions will affect water supply, hydropower generation, and agricultural productivity in the Columbia River Basin.

WSU researchers like Jennifer Adam are developing advanced computer models to assess how future economic and environmental conditions will affect water supply, hydropower generation, and agricultural productivity in the Columbia River Basin. » More …

Heart start, hip smart

In 1996, Washington State University’s Clint Cole helped develop one of the first portable automated external defibrillators in the world. Today, WSU researchers are working to improve materials used in hip and knee replacements so that they last longer and allow patients to quickly get back on their feet after surgery. Led by Susmita Bose, scientists recently received a $1.8 million NIH grant to improve the way bone implants integrate into the body.

WSU researchers are working to improve materials used in hip and knee replacements so that they last longer and allow patients to quickly get back on their feet after surgery. » More …