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August 21, 2013 at 2:26 PM

UW prof named top young innovator

The University of Washington made another showing in the TR35 awards, annually given to 35 leading innovators under age 35 by MIT Technology Review.

kientz_julie This year it’s Julie Kientz, 33, an assistant professor in the Department of Human Centered Design & Engineering. She was recognized for her work in software advancing healthcare and education, including applications to monitor sleep disorders, track childhood development and help teachers working with autistic children.

Immersing herself in the field, Kientz trained as a therapist for autistic children and worked as one for a year and a half, Technology Review noted in its story.

Kientz is also married to 2011 TR35 winner Shwetak Patel, an associate professor of computer science and electrical engineering, who also won a $500,000 MacArthur Fellows grant in 2011.

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