Friday, November 30, 2012

Some Contests UW WOOFers Might Be Interested In

International Symposium on Green Manufacturing and Applications (ISGMA 2013)

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International Symposium on Green Manufacturing and Applications (ISGMA 2013)
June 25(Tue)~29(Sat), 2013
Sheraton Waikiki Hotel, Hawaii, USA (

The International Symposium on Green Manufacturing and Applications 2013 will be held at Sheraton Waikiki Hotel, ( in Hawaii, USA, on June 25(Tue)~29(Sat), 2013.

Topics and Scope
The topics of ISGMA 2013 cover all aspects of green manufacturing and applications including the areas listed below.
          Design & Manufacturing
-          Machinery / Aerospace / Electronics / Plant / Robot / EV / Hybrid Car
-          CAD / CAE / CAM / PLM / SCM / Optimization / Reverse Engineering
-          Appropriate Technology / QoLT / Medical Technology / Bio Technology
-          Reliability Analysis / PHM / Faulty Diagnostics and Prognostics
          Energy Saving & Waste Reduction
-          Machining / Forming / Grinding / Casting / Forging / Molding / Joining
-          Micro · Nano / Laser / Energy-beam / Printed Electronics
-          3D Printing / RP&M / R2R / Electro-chemical / Non-traditional
-          Re-manufacturing / Recycle / MQL
          New · Renewable Energy
-          Solar / Wind / Bio / Hydrogen Energy / Fuel Cell
-          Energy Harvest / Storage / Conversion / Recovery
          Light · Eco-friendly Material & Structure
-          Natural / Bio-inspired / Light-weight / Flexible / Powder / Multifunctional
-          Metals / Ceramics / Polymers / Composites / FGM / Graphene
-          Smart Material & Structure / Photonic / Display
          Energy · Environment Management and Policy
-          Green Factory / Strategy / Policy
-          LCA / Environmental Impact Assessment
-          Smart Grid / IT Applications / Energy Monitoring
Important Dates of Submission
          Abstract Submission: December 31, 2012
          Acceptance Notification: February 28, 2013
          Early Registration: April 1, 2013
          Full Paper Submission (optional): April 30, 2013


The UW's Environmental Innovation Challenge

Prototype funding Application:

DUE December 16, 2012

Cleantech Innovation + Market Opportunity = Solutions for the Planet

The University of Washington has a challenge for you. If you have a passion for clean technology, the smarts to play in the emerging “green economy,” and desire to make an impact, the UW Environmental Innovation Challenge is your opportunity... and chance to win $10,000. The UW Environmental Innovation Challenge is on April 4, 2013.

In the UW EIC, interdisciplinary student teams define an environmental problem, design and develop the solution, and produce both a prototype (proof of concept/computer simulation) and business summary that demonstrates the market opportunity. Teams are judged - by Seattle-area industry cleantech experts, entrepreneurs, and cleantech investors - on their prototypes(or computor simulations), pitches and business summaries, plus the potential impact of their innovation. Can your idea reduce environmental impacts, improve ecological sustainability, conserve resources and compete in the marketplace? Prove it.

Innovations in Clean Technology – Fall Practicum

Unique interdisciplinary course focuses on innovative cleantech solutions to our most pressing environmental challenges and turning those innovations into exciting businesses to bring them to market. Topics include alternative and renewable energy and energy efficiencies, green building, and transportation.
The Center for Innovation and Entrepreneurship produces the UW Environmental Innovation Challenge in partnership with the College of Engineering and the College of the Environment.


Primary Care: Medical Technology

We want to call your attention to the upcoming fifth annual round of this exciting award competition for engineering students, nation-wide.  This generous Prize, sponsored by a private donor and administered by the MGH and CIMIT, is designed to reward technology innovations directed at clinically important needs in Primary Healthcare.  The top three student teams will receive $150,000, $100,000 and $50,000, respectively!

We would greatly appreciate your help in promulgating news of this opportunity to your engineering department chairs, as this may be of intense interest to graduate or undergraduate students in any engineering department or bioengineering program. 

Details of the award can be at  A Prize flyer is available at for posting or distribution.  As potentially helpful background, the announcement of the winners of last year’s awards can also be found at

The first step for an entrant is the generation of a two-page preliminary description by January 21th, 2013.  From those, ten Finalists will be chosen, and each of those will receive $10,000 to use in their work toward the full final entry due in June.  The three major winners will then be chosen and the funds disbursed to their institutions for stewardship. 

The entry criteria for this major prize will simply require the students to obtain an "Institutional Letter of Support" from a Department Head, business official or Dean.  We wanted to alert you to that administrative requirement, and assure you that all that is required is verification on letterhead that the student entrant is indeed a student in good standing and that if he/she wins, that the school will accept the money on behalf of support of the student's work on the project going forward.  We simply need stewardship of the student’s winnings as a gift to the school for the expenses of supporting the project.  The winning student(s) may then draw on the funds for any project-relevant purpose.

Thank you for your attention and help in distributing this announcement to bioengineering Faculty for their students’ use.

Yours truly,

Ronald Newbower, PhD
Co-founder, CIMIT
Strategic Advisor, Massachusetts General Hospital, Ambulatory Practice of the Future


Good luck!

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