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Washington University in St. Louis
Engineering News

JULY 2016

A new use for insects: biorobotic sensing machines
Using a locust's sense of smell, a team of university engineers is developing new biorobotic sensing systems that could be used in homeland security applications, including bomb and chemical detection.
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Three questions with engineering student Elie Mafolo

Elie Mafolo, who came to the U.S. from the Democratic Republic of Congo in 2012, works for LaunchCode to train adults for jobs in technology.



Chen aims to revolutionize medicine by improving tried-and-true technique

Hong Chen is working on a new technique with ultrasound which will deliver drugs directly to tumors.



Engineering alumna helps others 'go green'

Entrepreneur Marla Esser EN '84 created two businesses that help homeowners make sustainable choices in their homes.


Upcoming events

August 25


August 25-28

First-Year Student Orientation

August 29

First Day of Classes


Ever wonder what the Internet of Things is and how it works? Find out in the Spring 2016 issue of Engineering Momentum.

Heart of the matter: Silva studying genetic mutations

Research in Jonathan Silva's lab could aid in discovering new drug targets to halt the life-threatening arrhythmia linked to Brugada Syndrome.

WashU hosts regional STEM summit

St. Louis-area STEM advocates come together to discuss how to prepare future workforce for tech jobs.

Pappu, Harmon contribute to new findings on cell nucleolus structure

Work in Rohit Pappu's lab created a computational model showing the molecular architectures of key proteins.

Ching, Raman team up to study sensory networks in the brain

ShiNung Ching and Barani Raman will determine how brain networks allow us to resolve ambiguity in the environment.

Agarwal honored by the American Society for Engineering Education

Ramesh Agarwal recently received two prestigious awards from leading American engineering societies.


The School of Engineering & Applied Science will welcome new faculty members: Damena D. Agonafer, Alvitta Ottley, Kimberly M. Parker, Vijay Ramani, Patricia Weisensee and Quing Zhu.


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School of Engineering & Applied Science


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