Innovation Serving Society

The UW fosters a culture of innovation in which students are mentored by faculty who are leaders in their fields. Together they are conducting research on the cutting edge.

‘Innovator’ spotlight on UW data virtuoso

Abraham Flaxman, a UW professor newly named one of “35 Innovators Under 35,” took the abstract mathematics he learned in graduate school and applied it to video games, then turned his talents to global public health. Seattle Times

Explore Innovation

Our Visionary Innovators

The UW is one of the world’s preeminent research universities. We prepare future leaders to create technologies that will make the world a better place.

Impact of Discoveries

Breakthroughs occur every day in laboratories across campus. We embrace independent thought and creativity, but we also know the power of collaboration.

Technology to Improve Society

Our outstanding students, award-winning faculty and renowned researchers have a long history of making discoveries that improve lives around the world.


Notable UW Inventions & Discoveries

  • Long-Term Dialysis
  • Color TV Tube
  • Treadmill
  • PC Operating Systems
  • Ultrasound
  • Hepatitis B Vaccine
  • Synthetic Rubber
  • Vinyl
  • Disposable Diapers
  • Yellow Street Paint

Did you know?

Approximately 9,200 people are employed by companies launched on UW research.


Innovation Fact Sheet (PDF)

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