Credit: Jorge Cham

Graduate Research Showcase
Thursday, Feb. 8
8:30 a.m. - 4:00 p.m.
LaSells Stewart Center
and CH2M Hill Alumni Center

The 2018 Graduate Research Showcase is a daylong opportunity for College of Engineering graduate students to gain valuable professional development experience, network with industry partners, attend career panels, present research, and learn about the research of others.

Schedule
Jorge Cham
Career panel discussions
Registration
Poster presentation information
Awards
Industry exhibitors

Credit: PHD Comics/Jorge Cham


Schedule

8:00 a.m. Check-in opens LaSells Stewart Center
8:30-9:45 a.m. Public lecture by Jorge Cham: The Science Gap Austin Auditorium, LaSells Stewart Center
9:45-10:00 a.m. Break Ag Production Room, LaSells Stewart Center
10:00-11:15 a.m. Careers in Engineering Panel Ag Leaders Room and Ag Science Room, LaSells Stewart Center
11:15-11:30 a.m. Break
11:30-12:45 p.m. Lunch keynote by Jorge Cham: Academic Stimulus Package/Power of Procrastination CH2M Hill Alumni Center, Cascade Ballroom
12:45-1:00 p.m. Break
1:00-4:00 p.m. Poster Presentations, with awards announced at 3:45 p.m. LaSells Stewart Center, Giustina Gallery
All Day Industry Exhibitors tabling LaSells Stewart Center, Giustina Gallery

Careers in Engineering Panel Discussion

Panel discussions include graduates who have taken their degrees in various directions, whether it be academia, government, private industry, or a national lab. The panel will answer your questions about career possibilities, and you will also have an opportunity to network with panelists in small groups. The panel will include the following, plus more.

Ben Buford (Ph.D. 2016, electrical engineering), Intel

Ben is a Failure Analysis R&D Engineer in CQN Labs at Intel Corportation in Hillsboro, Oregon. He supports Intel's development of 7 nm and 5 nm process nodes by providing material characterization and development of novel metrology techniques. As a student, he had interships at Tektronix and MicroPower Electronics through the MECOP program.

Jennifer Davidson (Ph.D. 2014, computer science), Mozilla

Jennifer specialized in human computer interaction and is currently a senior user experience researcher for Mozilla. Her passion is for designing and running research studies so that everyone has a say in shaping technology. Throughout her student career, she had internships at Pacific Northwest National Laboratory, Hewlett-Packard, and Intel Corporation. After graduation, she worked at Intel before moving to Mozilla. She also teaches at the University of Washington and Bellevue College.

Kathryn Higley, Oregon State University

Kathryn holds a Ph.D in radiological health sciences from Colorado State University and is the head of the School of Nuclear Science and Engineering in Oregon State University's College of Engineering. She has been an Oregon State University faculty member since 1994. In conjunction with her academic career, she is vice chair of the International Commission on Radiological Protection Committee 4: Application of the Commission's Recommendations. She is co-chair of the National Council on Radiation Protection and Measurements Committee 2: Meeting the Needs of the Nation for Radiation Protection. She is also chair of the Nuclear Engineering Department Heads Organization and chair of the North Pacific Marine Science Organization Group 30: Assessment of Marine Environmental Quality of Radiation around the North Pacific. Prior to academia she worked at Pacific Northwest National Laboratory and was a radioecologist for the Trojan Nuclear Power Plan. She consults on radiological issues worldwide. 

Mohammad R. Islam (Ph.D. 2014, civil engineering), Traffic Technology Services, Inc.

Mohammad specialized in transportation engineering, traffic safety, and driver behavior. Since graduating from Oregon State University, he has been working as a traffic signal/ITS engineer at Traffic Technology Services, Inc. helping deliver traffic signal prediction information to the auto industry for various vehicle to infrastructure (V2I) applications to improve energy efficiency, driver reaction, and reduce delays. As a grad student at Oregon State, he interned with the Port Authority of NY and NJ, where he helped design an advanced operation for shared-use bus terminals at the Port Authority Bus Terminal in Manhattan. His career goal is to help develop a smart transportation network using cutting edge information technology, and make it safer and more efficient for all users. 

Renae Lenhof (M.S. 2014 nuclear engineering), NuScale Power

Renae specialized in probabilistic risk assessment and neutronics and is currently a fuels engineer for NuScale Power. Her passion is for core design and reactor physics analyses of small modular reactors (SMRs) with the goal of providing safe and reliable power, clean water, and other process heat applications through the peaceful use nuclear technology. Throughout her student career she had internships at General Atomics and NuScale Power. After graduation, she began working full-time for NuScale Power where she remains today. 

Jason Magalen (M.Oc.E 2006, Ocean Engineering), Solmar Hydro Inc.

Jason is a coastal engineer and hydrographer with Solmar Hydro, Inc. in Portland, Oregon. He has over 10 years' experience in coastal, dredge, marine, and environmental engineering; and hydrographic and marine geophysical surveying. The majority of his career has focused on hydrodynamic, sediment and water quality data collection, analysis and numerical modeling; hydrographic/geophysical and topographic surveying; and evaluation and design of coastal structures. He has worked for both the private engineering and consulting sector as well as the public (with the U.S Army Corps of Engineers in Portland.

Joshan Rohani, Stratovate

Nadia Payet (Ph.D. 2011, computer science), Google

Nadia is a staff software engineer for Google in Seattle. For her Ph.D., she specialized in computer vision and machine learning, and she currently works on the Android app for Google Maps. Prior to that she worked for Amazon in Kindle Direct Publishing. As a student she did internships at HP Labs, Laika, and Infineon Technologies. At Google she is involved with a group that encourages women to enter leadership positions, and does outreach with high school girls to inspire them to enter technology fields.

Kent Welter (Ph.D 2003, nuclear engineering), NuScale Power

Kent currently leads the safety engineering group at NuScale Power, a small, modular nuclear reactor startup based in Oregon. He is also chairman of the board of directors for the Willamette Innovators Network. His past work experience includes reactor systems engineering and project management for the U.S. Nuclear Regulatory Commission and a research stint at Argonne National Laboratory.


Registration

If you would like to attend the Graduate Research Showcase or present your research project, REGISTER HERE. Registration closes Nov. 20.

The Careers in Engineering panel discussion and luncheon with Jorge Cham are open to College of Engineering graduate students only. Graduate students must register to participate. There are 200 poster presentation spots available for graduate students who wish to present, and a limited number of seats are available for the Careers in Engineering panel discussion and the luncheon. Entry to both will be on a first-come, first-served basis. In order to attend the luncheon with Jorge Cham, you must also register for and attend the Careers in Engineering panel discussion, and/or the present your research.


Poster presentation information

One student presenter per research project may register to present (typically the lead author). Please obtain your advisor's approval prior to registering. Your advisor will be contacted upon receipt of your registration to verify approval. You will be emailed approximately one week after you register with your registration approval or denial. If you are approved, this email will contain your presenter number. You will need to include your presenter number on your poster. 

Poster template downloads

Please download and use the applicable poster template based on your school from the College of Engineering's Sub-brand Webpage under the "Graduate Research Showcase poster templates" category. Posters created without using the template will not be accepted.

Poster guidelines

Poster templates are part of the College of Engineering's branded suite of marketing materials. The collection of integrated tools helps communicate a consistent and professional message and visual signature to our stakeholders about the college and its impact. 

The poster templates are designed to give students a consistently formatted starting point for their posters to streamline the design process. Students can adjust the layout of the text and images to fit their needs. The two columns in the middle panel may be merged. To ensure an integrated visual identity at this public event, compliance with the required elements of the poster templates is expected. The following criteria for the poster templates must be met:

  • The top bar containing the names of the college and school, the university logo on the bottom left, and the orange side bar are to be left intact and unobstructed (no stretching, compression, displacement, or altering in any way).
  • After you register and are approved, you will be emailed your poster presenter number. You must put this number in the upper right  corner of the poster in place of the "###"
  • The font and font color must not be changed. They must remain as follows:
    • Headline/Title: Impact
    • First-level subhead: Georgia
    • Second-level subhead: Verdana (all caps)
    • Body text: Verdana

Poster submission guidelines

All conference posters must be submitted to Student Multimedia Services (SMS) located in the Valley Library. Submit posters online by Dec. 18, 2017. You will not be charged for the printing of this poster. The College of Engineering will pick up your poster from SMS and will have it on display when you arrive at the Graduate Research Showcase. If you need to print additional copies for other uses, you must submit, pay for (as applicable), and pick up those copies separately. Common questions when submitting posters to SMS:

  • Do I list the course number? Use the conference title: Engineering Graduate Research Showcase 2018

  • What are the finished poster dimensions? 48" x 36"

  • What are the file dimensions? My file's dimensions exactly match the final printed size

  • Will the poster be laminated? No, it will not be laminated

  • What is the ink type? Standard
  • What is the paper type? Standard
  • How will the poster be mounted? No mounting is required. The poster will be tacked to bulletin board.

Awards

First-, second-, and third-place awards will be granted to the top research projects in each school. Awards will be determined by a judging committee made up of faculty members. The award-winning presentations will receive an Amazon gift card and will be invited to attend and present at the 2018 Oregon Stater Awards reception in Portland on Feb. 22. You will be judged on the following:

  • Intellectual merit: Makes compelling intellectual contribution with research; shows novel and significant solution relative to the state of the art; provides strong evidence and identifies appropriate supporting materials; research/work is up-to-date and reflects appropriate knowledge in the field.
  • Potential impact: Places research/work within a meaningful context and explains significance of why the work is important; explains significance not only in terms of field/discipline, but also in larger terms of the industry and society; lets listeners know what they should take away from the presentation/conversation.
  • Oral communication: Gets the audience's attention; previews the main points; clusters information logically; uses the transitions effectively; provides supporting material for main points; clearly articulates significance  of information to listeners; speaks articulately at a comfortable rate, volume, and pitch without "um," "uh," etc.; employs vocal variety (not monotone); uses natural gestures; has practiced delivery without memorizing and without reading constantly from notes; is confident; makes eye contact; presents him/herself in a professional manner.
  • Visual communication: Uses correct poster template. Poster is organized and coherently conveys ideas through the visual display; poster contains a clear thesis statement; main points effectively develop and support the thesis; poster sections are easy to read and space is used well. 

Industry exhibitors

Blount International will be tabling all day in the Giustina Gallery of the LaSells Stewart Center for you to network with. Check back for additional companies.