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Institute of Technology

The Institute of Technology at the University of Washington, Tacoma, provides focus for the rapid development of high-technology academic programs which serve the needs of the state of Washington. Launched in 2001, the Institute has supported the community by building facilities, classrooms and labs. Through innovative partnerships with area companies, internships and funded research projects, Institute students gain real world experience to tackle the challenges of a continually evolving industry.

Recent Events

MSL Program at UW Tacoma

  Alan Fowler, Lecturer with the Institute of Technology, has been heading the Robotics workshop for more than a decade. He voluntarily spends more than 3 weeks of his summer putting together a program for MSL (Math Science Leadership) where 8th graders join him to explore Robotics Programming with Lego Toolkits. Projects involve building robots for navigating around obstacles or using them to count lines or following a black path on the floor at a good speed using programming and math skills.
  This summer, there were a wide variety of middle school students (we counted at least 10 different schools) from all over the Puget Sound area that presented their projects to a guest panel. The enthusiasm, which was evident from the narration and the teamwork (students worked in pairs) that went into their projects, was exciting to hear. Students tweak the design and the parameters to work as planned for demo day, which is on the last day of workshop. You can browse through the gallery of pictures from the demos.
  Alan Fowler is a big proponent of getting our Institute students involved in this workshop. This summer, our own students Sarah Lytle (UW Tacoma), Alan Reilly (UW Tacoma) and Juan Sanchez (UW Bothell) assisted with the workshop. Alan Fowler would love to see more of the Institute teachers and students involved in this great program and pave the way for STEM learning in our region. Kudos to Alan!

Congratulations to Reagan Middlebrook - 2015 Scholarship Recipient from the Anita Borg Institute

Reagan Middlebrook, an undergraduate student in the Computer Science and Systems program, was awarded a Scholarship Grant from the Anita Borg Institute to attend the 2015 Grace Hopper Celebration of Women in Computing, which is being held October 14 - 16 in Houston this year.  There will be a  meet and greet event just for the scholarship recipients on October 13th. All applicants had to submit their resumes, recommendation letters, and a short essay on their work in their respective programs. The application pool increased by 34 percent this year and she was among the 21 percent they accepted.
The Scholarship Committee and Scholarship Reviewers consist of experienced men and women professionals from the industry and academia. Each application is reviewed by three reviewers and the committee. Reviewers provide feedback, and the results are tallied and reviewed by the Student Scholarships Committee Co-Chairs. Scholarships are awarded to the candidates with the highest scores, while maintaining a balanced representation from various institutions and backgrounds. We are so excited and proud of Reagan and her achievements and hope you will join us in congratulating her on this achievement and award.



Interim Director named at the Institute of Technology

Please join us in welcoming the Interim Director of the Institute of Technology, Dr. Raj Katti. Dr. Katti holds a Ph.D. in Electrical Engineering and Computer Science from Washington State University. He came to us from North Dakota State University where he was the Department Chair for Electrical and Computer Engineering. Last year he took over as the Chair of the Computer Engineering program at the Institute. His official start date as Interim Director will be on June 1, 2015.


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