September 9, 2021

This is an updated quarterly announcement of open undergraduate and graduate research positions at the Sensors, Energy, and Automation Laboratory (SEAL) in the UW Department of Electrical and Computer Engineering, Seattle. We have positions open for Fall quarter.
SEAL is a great place to get involved in campus research and to design new technologies that help our local community, even while you are practicing self-isolation or social distancing. We have also designed an extensive online training program for our students, so that you can receive training and participate in campus research during these unusual times.  
Highlighted projects that you may be interested in include:

  • Energy Efficiency and Renewable Energy: One of our upcoming projects offers real-world experience to students interested in learning about energy management and efficiency. Students will be given hands-on experience working with manufacturers in the Pacific Northwest. Topics include energy savings, waste reduction, sustainable energy practices, industrial processes, energy assessment procedures, cybersecurity screenings, smart manufacturing, sustainability, resiliency planning, decarbonization, and electrification. You do not need to be experienced to apply, as interested students will be given extensive training on these topics.
  • SINEW Mask Project: The goal of this project is to design a new type of face mask that does not come in contact with the skin of the wearer’s face. The mask design will match the comfort of a well-fit bicycle helmet or a pair of glasses, while also providing the wearer with better safety than industry alternatives. The masks are reusable, energy efficient, and environmentally friendly.
  • SWIFT Project: The goal of this project is to design a 3D imaging tool to improve ostomate quality of life, primarily by helping ostomates manage their stomas. Through the use of a modern smartphone, ostomates can use SWIFT to scan and inspect their stomas and improve appliance fit.
  • Operatory Monitoring Project: The goal of this project is to design a comprehensive methodology for acquiring information on the spatial and temporal distribution of aerosols in a dental or medical office environment. Dental and medical professionals are at risk of exposure to harmful particulate matter when performing routine procedures. Through the use of a network of low-cost, IoT-enabled particulate matter sensors, we can help keep dental and medical professionals safe.

Strong students are given opportunities to publish their work, win international-grade research awards, join or create start-up companies, and receive letters of recommendation for graduate school or career advancement. Many of our students transition into paid positions based on their performance.
Students are expected to commit 10 to 15 hours per week. Many projects are flexible, and offer opportunities for telecommuting or working evenings/weekends. Projects change depending on the student’s interests and lab needs.
To join our lab and support our research efforts, click the links below and fill out an application:

  1. Click here for a flyer that describes the opportunity.
  2. Visit for a list of open projects.
  3. Before applying, be sure to review our Frequently Asked Questions (FAQs) page.

CLICK HERE TO APPLY – We accept applications throughout each quarter on a rolling basis.