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Startup vet, aeronautical expert to lead University of Washington’s college of engineering

The University of Washington continues to undergo a radical transformation under the direction of president Michael Young. And today the university took a big step in one of its critical departments, naming Michael Bragg as dean of the College of Engineering. Bragg — an aeronautical engineer who specializes in the effects of ice on aircraft… Read More

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Valve ‘hacker extraordinaire’ builds hybrid rocket engine

Ben Krasnow has created X-rays with a vacuum tube, combined avocados and high pressure nitrous oxide, and cooked up homemade astronaut ice cream all in the last year. His newest YouTube demonstration, though, might be even more impressive — it’s literally rocket science. The “Hacker Extraordinaire,” whose day job is at video-game company Valve, built a small hybrid… Read More

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Twitter opens doors on new Seattle engineering office

We’ve certainly been intrigued with all of the Silicon Valley tech giants that have opened offices in the Seattle area in recent months, from eBay to Facebook to Jawbone to Zynga. Now, Twitter is officially fluttering into Seattle with its very own engineering office near Seattle’s historic Pike Place Market, not too far from Facebook’s… Read More

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Mayor McGinn convenes startup roundtable: Could these 5 ideas transform Seattle’s startup community?

Can the City of Seattle do more to support startups? That was the question raised Tuesday night by Seattle Mayor Mike McGinn, as he brought together more than a dozen tech and startup leaders to share thoughts on what’s missing from the tech community. From tech incubators to private universities to startup job advertisements at… Read More

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Check out these 14 ‘entrepreneur’ grants for STEM education

Washington STEM, a nonprofit that supports science, technology, engineering, and math education across the state, has awarded 14 grants to educators in Washington. The one-year investments are used to encourage teachers to pilot new ideas that could be used to bolster STEM education. “My female students use to think that building robots was just for boys,” said, Dave… Read More