Strategic Research Initiatives

The Strategic Research Initiatives (SRI) program was developed to build interdisciplinary collaborations that inspire innovation and focus on key global challenges where we can achieve greatest impact and excellence.

To find out more about the SRI program, visit the College of Engineering's page detailing the program's goals and the 2015 and 2016 awardees. The Aeronautics & Astronautics program is participating in the projects detailed below.

2016 Aeronautics and Astronautics Awardees

We propose to bring together the emerging WRF Roll-to-Roll facility, the CEI Scaleup Testbed, and NanoES along with existing labs and a broad interdisciplinary team of UW COE faculty to form the Center for Integrated Printed Systems (CIPriS). CIPriS will enable new materials and printed electronic devices to be additively manufactured in scalable, low carbon footprint processes. These processes will be integrated to create autonomously powered intelligent printed electronic, photonic, structural and bioelectronic sensing systems for applications such as direct health care, disease diagnosis, structural monitoring, and internet of things wireless nodes. This mission in accord with the COE identified strategic research areas of health, energy, environment, and manufacturing. CIPriS will draw on substantial existing faculty expertise and activities as well as new emerging infrastructure at UW to organize a series of progressive workshops. The thrust leaders, a community of Co-PIs across the college and external participants will participate to develop system concepts, devices and processes for autonomous printed, flexible, and intelligent sensing systems which can be manufactured with scalable printing-based advanced manufacturing approaches. CIPriS will then integrate the application system concepts and proof-of-concept data into center-level funding competitions and industrial partners, utilizing the results achieved by this work to tap into the PNW’s formidable industrial technology base that can benefit from integrated printed electronics solutions.

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The Cascadia Subduction Zone and the Seattle Fault could generate earthquakes (and consequent tsunamis and landslides) as damaging as those experienced anywhere in the world. Nonetheless, Pacific Northwest communities have been reluctant to make large investments to improve their seismic resilience, in part because earthquakes are less frequent here than in some other regions.

To help Washington State overcome the challenge of developing Resilience Against Infrequent but Severe Earthquakes (RAISE), the RAISE initiative has brought together a team of leading experts in earthquake hazards, earthquake engineering, risk perception, planning and policy. The team will work with a coalition of UW partners (e.g., the M9 Project, Urban@UW, CRISP, IHMPR, and EarthLab), and key public and private community leaders to develop, test, and deploy new strategies and technologies that will improve the seismic resilience of the PNW affordably, while serving as a global model for resilience implementation.

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2015 Aeronautics and Astronautics Awardees

The objective of CCAM is to bring together all automated manufacturing related activities within the UW under one umbrella. Automation is already an integral part of many manufacturing processes, and will continue to advance in terms of technology, sensors, and data generation. These advancements will provide many opportunities and challenges for researchers, designers, and engineers, and the CCAM will help foster collaboration, discussion and innovation in automated manufacturing between UW researchers, industry and other external parties.

The CCAM will encompass the recently established BARC (Boeing Advanced Research Center), AMTAS (Center for Advanced Materials in Transport Aircraft Structures), and other research centers that focus on advanced manufacturing that span multiple departments within UW.

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