A network of photonic units that can allow light to propagate in one direction while block the light flow in the opposite direction, like an all-optical analog of an electronic diode that allows current flow in one direction only. The photonic unit is composed of coupled photonic resonators with tailored loss/gain. (Credit: Micro/Nano Photonics Laboratory, Department of Electrical & Systems Engineering, Washington University)

Breaking the laws of science

Lan Yang, the Edwin H. & Florence G. Skinner Professor of Electrical and Systems Engineering in the School of Engineering & Applied Science, is the principal investigator of a four-year, $2 million grant from the National Science Foundation (NSF) in which she will oversee the takedown of two venerable physical laws: time-reversal symmetry and reciprocity.

Student team wins $10,000 for Alzheimer’s diagnostic tool

Memento, an interdisciplinary team of Washington University in St. Louis undergraduate, graduate and medical students, has won $10,000 in a national competition for their mobile app designed to help diagnose Alzheimer’s disease more quickly.
Engineers at Washington University in St. Louis have found a new way to boost biofuel production in E. coli bacteria by altering its protein structure.

Engineering a better biofuel

The often-maligned E. coli bacteria has powerhouse potential: in the lab, it has the ability to crank out fuels, pharmaceuticals and other useful products at a rapid rate. A team from the School of Engineering & Applied Science at Washington University in St. Louis has discovered a new way to remove a major stumbling block in the process, and boost biofuel production from E. coli.
WUSEF fellow Jennifer Liu works in the lab of Simon Tang on the Medical Campus. "We all get really close, we know each other well, we're all friends," Liu said of the WUSEF program. Her summer research project involves investigating how diabetes affects lower back pain and disk degeneration. (Photo: Joe Angeles/Washington University)

Choose your own adventure

More than 70 undergraduate engineering students chose their own adventures via three summer mentor and fellowship programs offered by the School of Engineering & Applied Science. The programs ensured a summer of study and enrichment for budding engineers.

IDEA Labs, Sasa Mutic honored as innovators

Celebrating innovation in St. Louis, the St. Louis Business Journal honored area individuals and companies with the publication’s third annual Innovation Awards in June. Among those honored were Washington University’s student-run IDEA Labs and Sasa Mutic, of the School of Medicine’s Department of Radiation Oncology.
New funding from the National Science Foundation and the Water Research Foundation will allow Washington University faculty members to study how to best control lead pipe corrosion.

Washington University researchers awarded $229K to study lead pipe corrosion

The National Science Foundation, along with the Water Research Foundation, has awarded a pair of Washington University in St. Louis researchers $229,000 in grants to study ways to best control lead pipe corrosion, which can poison drinking water. Daniel Giammar, the Walter E. Browne Professor of Environmental Engineering in the School of Engineering & Applied […]
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