Strengthening the innovation ecosystem to empower our students, faculty, region and the world
The UW Innovation Imperative is an integrated approach that will drive positive change for our state and beyond. We empower students and researchers to learn, discover and build solutions to tomorrow’s challenges. We encourage the cross-pollination of ideas by providing the space and opportunity for people from all backgrounds — the humanities and the sciences, the poetic and the pragmatic — to connect, imagine and discover.
On this site you will learn about some of the initiatives we’re taking now and planning for the future to fulfill the Innovation Imperative.
CoMotion: The UW’s Innovation Hub
CoMotion is the collaborative innovation hub dedicated to expanding the economic and societal impact of the UW community. By developing and connecting to local and global innovation ecosystems, CoMotion helps innovators achieve the greatest impact from their discoveries.
Vice President for Innovation Strategy
Vikram Jandhyala is vice president for Innovation Strategy and executive director of CoMotion. Visit the CoMotion website.
Global Innovation Exchange
The Global Innovation Exchange will unite the world’s top students, faculty and entrepreneurs through project-based, globally focused education in collaboration with leading university, business and non-profit partners.
New Computer Science & Engineering building
A new building is planned for the UW’s nationally ranked computer science and engineering program, enabling us to double the number of graduates in the Paul G. Allen School of Computer Science & Engineering to help fuel the region’s burgeoning technology workforce.
Development of expanded life sciences facilities
To address increasing demand for STEM degrees, the UW plans to construct 148,000 square feet of research-intensive facilities. This will provide learning spaces and offices in the College of Arts & Sciences to accommodate enrollment growth.
Innovation at UW Bothell
In the spring of 2014, Discovery Hall opened its doors to help drive UW Bothell’s STEM campus objectives, building on its acclaimed nursing and computer science programs.
Innovation at UW Tacoma
Since 2001, the Institute of Technology at UW Tacoma has been leading innovative partnerships with area companies, internships and research projects.