Shwetak N. Patel is the Washington Research Foundation Entrepreneurship Endowed Professor in Computer Science & Engineering and Electrical and Computer Engineering at the University of Washington. His research interests are in the areas of Human-Computer Interaction, Ubiquitous Computing, Sensor-enabled Embedded Systems, and User Interface Software and Technology. His work includes developing new sensing systems, energy and water sensing, mobile health, and developing new interaction technologies.
Dr. Patel was also a founder of Zensi, Inc., a demand side energy monitoring solutions provider, which was acquired by Belkin, Inc in 2010. He is also a co-founder of a low-power wireless sensor platform company called SNUPI Technologies and a consumer home sensing product called WallyHome. WallyHome was acquired by Sears in 2015. He received his Ph.D. in Computer Science from the Georgia Institute of Technology in 2008 and B.S. in Computer Science in 2003. Dr. Patel received the MacArthur Foundation Fellowship in 2011, is a 2012 Sloan Fellow, received the TR-35 award in 2009, was named top innovator of the year by Seattle Business Magazine, was named Newsmaker of the year by Seattle Business Journal, and was a recipient of the Microsoft Research Faculty Fellowship in 2011. His past work was also honored by the New York Times as a top technology of the year in 2005.
Select News Articles and Awards
- 2011 MacArthur Foundation Fellow
- 2011 Microsoft Research Faculty Fellow
- Research featured on cover story of Wired Magazine
- College of Engineering Junior Faculty Innovator Award
- Newsmaker of the Year Award
- Top Innovator Award by Seattle Business
- Seattle Business Magazine Cover
- Top 10 Startup Stories of 2010
- Zensi acquired by Belkin. Belkin press release here. Xconomy article here. TechFlash article here. Seattle Times article here. CNET article here.
- MIT TR's 35 Top Innovators (TR-35) Award