March 10, 2022

This is an updated quarterly announcement of open undergraduate and graduate research positions at the Sensors, Energy, and Automation Laboratory (SEAL) at the UW Department of Electrical and Computer Engineering, Seattle. We have positions open for the Spring and Summer quarters.

SEAL is a great place to get involved in campus research and design new technologies that help our local community, even while practicing self-isolation or social distancing. We provide an extensive online training program for our students to receive training and participate in campus research during these unusual times.  

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. Hours are flexible, with opportunities for telecommuting/evenings/weekends. Project availability changes depending on student interests and lab needs.

Highlighted projects are listed below:

  • Propulsion Project: The overall goal of this project is to design a new type of thruster for aircraft propulsion. This effort will result in a new generation of ultra-quiet unmanned aerial vehicles (UAV).
  • 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 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 overall 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 design matches the comfort of a well-fit bicycle helmet or a pair of glasses while providing the wearer with better safety than industry alternatives. The design is reusable, energy-efficient, and environmentally friendly.
  • SWIFT Project: The overall goal of this project is to design a 3D imaging tool that can scan and inspect stomas to improve appliance fit and ostomate quality of life. Positions are open for biology and pre-med students.
  • Operatory Monitoring: This project aims 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. Using a network of low-cost, IoT-enabled particulate matter sensors can help keep dental and medical professionals safe.
  • Software/Gamification: We have a variety of software projects in the lab that seek students interested in WebDev, coding, and scripting. For example, the ECoS team designs a technical writing assistance software tool to help writers and editors develop manuscripts.

To join SEAL and support our research efforts, click the links below and fill out an application:

  1. Visit for a list of open projects.
  2. Visit our Frequently Asked Questions (FAQs) page.

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