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Washington University in St. Louis
Engineering News

MARCH 2016

Survival of the hardest working: Cells that work hard stay alive, lazy cells die
Fuzhong Zhang and his team discovered that cells have different work ethics — some work hard, while some are hardly working. They have created a new tool to make sure that the hard workers stay productive while eliminating the ones that aren't working.
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Women in STEM Day: Busting the ‘bro code’

Female WashU students in the STEM fields shared their love of STEM and opportunities in the field for women with area female high school students Feb. 27 at Women in STEM Day.



Williams to study airborne gases, particles to determine sources of origin

Brent Williams will investigate sources of airborne gases and particles with an NSF CAREER Award.



John Schott: From 'Nerdy Kid' to Engineering Entrepreneur

Alumnus John Schott's love of engineering at a young age led him to start Epic Systems Inc., a $25 million engineering and manufacturing firm.


Upcoming events

March 24

WU Technology Entrepreneurs Event: John Saddington

April 1

ASME Career Panel

April 7

Alumni Achievement Awards

April 13

Engineering Honors Ceremony

Faculty & Staff Awards

April 15-17

Thurtene Carnival


Study sheds light on patterns behind brain, heart systems, circadian rhythm

Jr-Shin Li has created a method that allows chemicals to change patterns and then back again.

Zhang wins $348,600 award from Department of Defense

The funds allow Zhang to purchase an atomic force microscope for his lab to obtain images at nanoscale.

Cybersecurity platform Observable Networks poised for growth

Patrick Crowley’s startup recently raised more than $1.6 million in funding to boost its work in network security.

Could carbon be silicon’s best friend?

Parag Banerjee has received $300,000 in funding from the NSF to create a better cutting tool for silicon wafers.


Schoology founders provide entrepreneurship advice

WashU alumni Ryan Hwang, Jeremy Friedman and Timothy Trinidad formed education technology startup Schoology to make communication and collaboration for K-12 students easier.


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School of Engineering & Applied Science


As an engineering school, we aspire to discover the unknown, educate students and serve society. Our strategy focuses intellectual efforts through a new convergence paradigm and builds on strengths, particularly as applied to medicine and health, energy and environment, and security. Through innovative partnerships with academic and industry partners — across disciplines and across the world — we will contribute to solving the greatest global challenges of the 21st century.