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Engineering School Partners with Micron on Groundbreaking Processor

Micron Technology finds itself in an unusual position for a company known for innovations in computer memory and storage. It has entered new territory by developing a processing chip capable of clearing the way to advances in fields like bioinformatics, video/image analytics and network security. It turned last year to computer scientists at the University of Virginia with expertise in novel processor architectures and relevant applications to build a worldwide community devoted to realizing the Automata Processor’s potential. (More)


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Microsoft on Grounds — an Upward Trend

Microsoft recruiters have developed a visible presence on Grounds over the past three to four years — and this year the computing giant has hired a record number of U.Va. students as interns and as full-time hires. All of the hires were majors in computer science, computer engineering or systems engineering, and they are part of the largest U.Va.-to-Microsoft group yet. (More)


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Light + Sound = Medical Imaging 2.0

X-rays, MRIs, ultrasound, PET and CAT scans — with each advance in technology, physicians gained a new way to peer into the human body, helping them to diagnose disease and track treatment with almost miraculous precision. But there is still information that eludes them. As a leading proponent of photoacoustic microscopy, Song Hu, a University of Virginia assistant professor of biomedical engineering, is quite literally illuminating some of the body’s closest-kept secrets, paving the way for better treatments of diseases like cancer. (More)


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Four U.Va. Engineering Students Named University Innovation Fellows

Four U.Va. students majoring in engineering were picked this year as University Innovation Fellows, a selective program run by the National Center for Engineering Pathways to Innovation (Epicenter) that is aimed at shaping student leaders who can inspire change at their home campuses. Anish Dalal, Rachel Smith, Kelly Thomas and Dasha Tyshlek were among 65 Fellows from across the country inducted in spring 2014 into the University Innovation Fellows program, which is funded by the National Science Foundation and directed by Stanford University and VentureWell (formerly NCIIA). (More)


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Recovering Groundbreaking Women Engineers

When Jill Tietjen (AM ’76) arrived at the University of Virginia in 1972, the percentage of women graduating nationwide with a B.S. in engineering was just 1 percent. Without having the example of other women engineers, it’s not surprising that Tietjen only gradually realized that she herself wanted to become an engineer. Originally a mathematics major in the College of Arts & Sciences, she transferred to the Engineering School, becoming one of its first 10 women graduates. “My becoming an engineer was not something anybody ever encouraged or suggested,” she says. (More)


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The Knowledge to Realize a Dream

Few people have a specific dream about what they want to accomplish in life. Even fewer gain the tools they need to realize it. Evan Edwards’ formative years — and those of his twin brother, Eric — were shaped by severe, life-threatening allergies that required them to carry an epinephrine auto-injector at all times. The Edwards’ dream was to use their experiences as patients to design a better auto-injector. The Engineering School gave Evan (MAE ’02, SE ’04) the knowledge to translate that dream into a reality. (More)