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The School of Engineering & Applied Science at Washington University in St. Louis aspires to discover the unknown, educate students and serve society. Our strategy focuses intellectual efforts through a new convergence paradigm and builds on strengths, particularly as applied to medicine and health, energy and environment, and security. Through innovative partnerships with academic and industry partners — across disciplines and across the world — we will contribute to solving the greatest global challenges of the 21st century.

Washington University in St. Louis is dedicated to challenging its faculty and students alike to seek new knowledge and greater understanding of an ever-changing, multicultural world.

Meet Engineering freshman Michael Lagieski. He’s a mechanical engineering student-athlete who set a meet and school record on his way to winning the national championship in the men’s 100 breaststroke at the 2014 NCAA Division III Swimming & Diving Championships late last month. Michael talks about balancing varsity athletics with academics.

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STEMs for Youth wins $25,000


Allen Osgood (in glasses), a freshman majoring in computer science in the School of Engineering & Applied Science, is congratulated by his teammates following the Youthbridge Social Enterprise and Innovation Competition awards presentation April 10. Osgood, founder of STEMs For Youth, and his team won $25,000 for their program, which encourages under-privileged middle school students to pursue science and engineering through mentoring and use of LEGO robotic applications.
To see a list of the other winners, visit http://news.wustl.edu/news/Pages/26790.aspx.
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STEMs for Youth wins $25,000

Allen Osgood (in glasses), a freshman majoring in computer science in the School of Engineering & Applied Science, is congratulated by his teammates following the Youthbridge Social Enterprise and Innovation Competition awards presentation April 10. Osgood, founder of STEMs For Youth, and his team won $25,000 for their program, which encourages under-privileged middle school students to pursue science and engineering through mentoring and use of LEGO robotic applications.

To see a list of the other winners, visit http://news.wustl.edu/news/Pages/26790.aspx.

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Watch Roger Chamberlain and Igor Efimov, professors at Washington University in St. Louis School of Engineering & Applied Science, talk about the companies they started based on their engineering expertise on “The Domain Tech Report.” For the entire interview, visit http://youtu.be/VoQfG3HmTGw

Up to $50K available for ventures with global impact

Have an idea for a business venture that would create social change? That idea could win you up to $50,000 through a new awards program through the Skandalaris Center for Entrepreneurial Studies.

Alumnus Suren G. Dutia and his wife, Jas K. Grewal, have established a global impact award to assist promising entrepreneurs and high-growth entrepreneurial ventures to catalyze social change.

The award is open to current WUSTL students, postdoctoral researchers and alumni who have graduated in the past five years. The application deadline is noon March 24; the first award will be presented in September.

To learn more, plan to join Skandalaris Center Managing Director Ken Harrington in a Google Hangout on at 4 p.m. CST Wednesday, Feb. 19:  https://plus.google.com/u/0/events/cenji1bi6cve915h0l3ab08nov0

For more information on the award, download the Welcome Kit.

"The Domain Tech Report" features IDEALabs

Joe McDonald, Avik Som and Josh Siegel of IDEALabs, a bioengineering design and entrepreneurship incubator composed of a group of Washington University Engineering and Medical students, sat down with Edward Domain on “The Domain Tech Report” to discuss how the group’s members work with physicians and researchers to solve problems seen in clinical care. IDEALabs is a joint venture of the School of Medicine, School of Engineering & Applied Science and the Division of Biology and Biomedical Sciences (DBBS).  Teams of undergraduate, medical students and graduate students work together to create solutions to real clinical problems.

To see the longer version of the interview, visit: youtube.com/watch?v=JC4qVQ9XLBM.

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A team of Washington University students won the $50,000 first prize in the GlobalHack hackathon Jan. 31 at Union Station in St. Louis.
The team, called The Force, consisted of Eric Elias, a WUSTL alumnus; Kristy Okada, a senior Arts & Sciences student; Leslie Ding, a fine arts student; Du Zhang, a freshman Engineering student; SeungJu SJ Lee, a junior Engineering student; Daniel Borstelmann, a sophomore architecture student; and Fangzhou Xiao, a sophomore Engineering student.
Teams began at 8 p.m. Friday, Jan. 31, and finished Sunday, Feb. 2 at 5 p.m. Every team was given the same problem to solve, and all the teams were judged by the same specifications. The project had to integrate with the Salesforce platform. The title sponsor, TopOPPS, offered $50,000 in cash as an acquisition offer to the winning team for the prototype they developed during the weekend-long event. A second-place team won $10,000.

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A team of Washington University students won the $50,000 first prize in the GlobalHack hackathon Jan. 31 at Union Station in St. Louis.

The team, called The Force, consisted of Eric Elias, a WUSTL alumnus; Kristy Okada, a senior Arts & Sciences student; Leslie Ding, a fine arts student; Du Zhang, a freshman Engineering student; SeungJu SJ Lee, a junior Engineering student; Daniel Borstelmann, a sophomore architecture student; and Fangzhou Xiao, a sophomore Engineering student.

Teams began at 8 p.m. Friday, Jan. 31, and finished Sunday, Feb. 2 at 5 p.m. Every team was given the same problem to solve, and all the teams were judged by the same specifications. The project had to integrate with the Salesforce platform. The title sponsor, TopOPPS, offered $50,000 in cash as an acquisition offer to the winning team for the prototype they developed during the weekend-long event. A second-place team won $10,000.

Above, from left: Chris Sims and David Karandish, founders of Answers.com.
Q&A with David Karandish, founder and CEO of Answers.com

David Karandish earned computer science degree with honors from the School of Engineering & Applied Science at Washington University in St. Louis in 2005. In 2006, he and longtime friend Chris Sims, also a computer science alumnus, started AnnounceMedia with the goal of better organizing the online consumer’s retail experience. AnnounceMedia blossomed into Answers.com, a plain-language search engine and information source used by more than one-third of all Internet users. Profitable since its first year, the company has grown into a global enterprise with offices in the technology hotbeds of Silicon Valley, New York and Beijing. He spoke at the Olin Cup Competition finale Jan. 30.
Q. You are co-founder and CEO of Answers.com, a question and answer website headquartered here in St. Louis. What’s been happening with the company recently?
Three years ago, my company acquired Answers.com, one of the top Q&A destinations on the web. Since then we’ve grown Answers.com as a website and as a platform.  This week, we officially announced the creation of two distinct divisions at Answers Corp. to better reflect the company as it stands today: Answers.com and Answers Cloud Services. 
Answers Cloud Services is the consolidation and integration of all Answers’ category-leading SaaS businesses: ForeSee, pioneer and provider of customer experience analytics; Webcollage, a cloud-based platform for managing and publishing rich product information; Easy2 Technologies, provider of online and mobile interactive merchandising content for manufacturers and retailers; and ResellerRatings, a trusted resource for shoppers looking for ratings and reviews of online merchants. Over the next year, we’ll be focusing a lot of effort on augmenting our integrated offerings to provide clients with an even more powerful platform to serve their needs, be it customer acquisition, conversion, brand engagement or customer experience.
At the same time, we’re going to keep investing in community and content for Answers.com, making the site a richer, more informative, trustworthy and stellar experience for the 170+ million monthly users who visit the site. It will also be interesting to explore how we can leverage the unique community engagement of the site to add value to our client offerings.
Stay tuned for truly exciting things to come.
Q. As a graduate of the School of Engineering & Applied Science at Washington University, how did your education prepare you for your career?
I consider myself extremely fortunate for my educational experience at Wash U.  The Computer Science & Engineering department helped me refine the process of problem solving - specifically the idea of taking a really hard problem and breaking it into smaller pieces.  
The Entrepreneurship program helped me put the pieces together for how to write a business plan, raise capital and get off the ground.
Q. Any advice for current entrepreneurial WUSTL students?
You learn entrepreneurship by doing.  The first seven businesses I tried - failed.  The experience I received from trying and failing allowed me to learn the pros and cons of various business models, how to strike partnerships and how to market a product.  We have a philosophy at Answers that any one person rarely knows the answer for how to make an experience great but through lots of experimentation you can course correct and get there.
Q. You run an internship program for students where they get to act as a “mini-CEO” at Answers.com for a summer. What do student interns do and how can interested students apply?
Our internship program continues to be a vital pipeline for budding talent in St. Louis. We took a breather from the “mini-CEO” format to give interns broader access to the business, from engineering to marketing to editing. Answers’ work groups are small and entrepreneurial by design, and student interns become an integral member of the team—getting their hands dirty while reaping recognition and rewards. We’ve had interns launch businesses within Answers that generate seven figures of revenue.
Anyone interested in our Summer 2014 internship should shoot their resume over to internship@answers.com. 

Above, from left: Chris Sims and David Karandish, founders of Answers.com.

Q&A with David Karandish, founder and CEO of Answers.com

David Karandish earned computer science degree with honors from the School of Engineering & Applied Science at Washington University in St. Louis in 2005. In 2006, he and longtime friend Chris Sims, also a computer science alumnus, started AnnounceMedia with the goal of better organizing the online consumer’s retail experience. AnnounceMedia blossomed into Answers.com, a plain-language search engine and information source used by more than one-third of all Internet users. Profitable since its first year, the company has grown into a global enterprise with offices in the technology hotbeds of Silicon Valley, New York and Beijing. He spoke at the Olin Cup Competition finale Jan. 30.

Q. You are co-founder and CEO of Answers.com, a question and answer website headquartered here in St. Louis. What’s been happening with the company recently?

Three years ago, my company acquired Answers.com, one of the top Q&A destinations on the web. Since then we’ve grown Answers.com as a website and as a platform.  This week, we officially announced the creation of two distinct divisions at Answers Corp. to better reflect the company as it stands today: Answers.com and Answers Cloud Services. 

Answers Cloud Services is the consolidation and integration of all Answers’ category-leading SaaS businesses: ForeSee, pioneer and provider of customer experience analytics; Webcollage, a cloud-based platform for managing and publishing rich product information; Easy2 Technologies, provider of online and mobile interactive merchandising content for manufacturers and retailers; and ResellerRatings, a trusted resource for shoppers looking for ratings and reviews of online merchants. Over the next year, we’ll be focusing a lot of effort on augmenting our integrated offerings to provide clients with an even more powerful platform to serve their needs, be it customer acquisition, conversion, brand engagement or customer experience.

At the same time, we’re going to keep investing in community and content for Answers.com, making the site a richer, more informative, trustworthy and stellar experience for the 170+ million monthly users who visit the site. It will also be interesting to explore how we can leverage the unique community engagement of the site to add value to our client offerings.

Stay tuned for truly exciting things to come.

Q. As a graduate of the School of Engineering & Applied Science at Washington University, how did your education prepare you for your career?

I consider myself extremely fortunate for my educational experience at Wash U.  The Computer Science & Engineering department helped me refine the process of problem solving - specifically the idea of taking a really hard problem and breaking it into smaller pieces.  

The Entrepreneurship program helped me put the pieces together for how to write a business plan, raise capital and get off the ground.

Q. Any advice for current entrepreneurial WUSTL students?

You learn entrepreneurship by doing.  The first seven businesses I tried - failed.  The experience I received from trying and failing allowed me to learn the pros and cons of various business models, how to strike partnerships and how to market a product.  We have a philosophy at Answers that any one person rarely knows the answer for how to make an experience great but through lots of experimentation you can course correct and get there.

Q. You run an internship program for students where they get to act as a “mini-CEO” at Answers.com for a summer. What do student interns do and how can interested students apply?

Our internship program continues to be a vital pipeline for budding talent in St. Louis. We took a breather from the “mini-CEO” format to give interns broader access to the business, from engineering to marketing to editing. Answers’ work groups are small and entrepreneurial by design, and student interns become an integral member of the team—getting their hands dirty while reaping recognition and rewards. We’ve had interns launch businesses within Answers that generate seven figures of revenue.

Anyone interested in our Summer 2014 internship should shoot their resume over to internship@answers.com

Washington University entrepreneur and undergraduate student Blake Marggraff discusses his two startups, WUTE and more on “The Domain Tech Report” on Techli.com.

The New Year is two weeks away! Get a 2014 calendar featuring fascinating research images from School of Engineering & Applied Science faculty. Get a pdf here, or download a desktop calendar at engineering.wustl.edu/calendar2014.
Happy New Year!

The New Year is two weeks away! Get a 2014 calendar featuring fascinating research images from School of Engineering & Applied Science faculty. Get a pdf here, or download a desktop calendar at engineering.wustl.edu/calendar2014.

Happy New Year!