February 2007
 VOLUME VI, ISSUE IV   
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Using Ink Jets to Print Thin Film Electronics
OSU chemical engineering professor Chih-Hung Chang and colleagues have developed a method for fabricating transparent semiconducting oxides that is suitable for digital fabrication such as inkjet printing. The breakthrough, affiliated with ONAMI, paves the way for fabrication of high-performance and ultra low-cost electronics such as transparent electronics and thin film solar cells.
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Students Help Develop $100 Laptop for
World's Poorest Children
Computer science sophomores Michael Burns and Justin Gallardo are helping design a laptop computer that can be built for less than $100 and distributed to children in developing nations. Affiliated with the OSU Open Source Lab, OSU students are the only undergraduates in the nation getting paid to work on the One Laptop Per Child computer project.
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Building a Research Collaboration in Argentina
Mario E. Magaña, professor in the School of Electrical Engineering and Computer Science, will spend a year in La Plata, Argentina, as a Fulbright Scholar where he will launch a research collaboration with the faculty and teach a graduate-level course on the fundamental aspects of a typical ultra wideband electronic communication system.
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Boeing's New 'Dreamliner' Features Accessible Restrooms Designed at OSU
When Boeing's new 787 Dreamliner takes to the skies next year, Kate Hunter-Zaworski, professor of civil engineering and director of OSU's National Center for Accessible Transportation, will watch her design innovations begin helping people with disabilities have a better flying experience. Hunter-Zaworksi worked with Boeing engineers to make the Dreamliner lavatory more accessible.
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Baker Named MCAA Educator of the Year
The Mechanical Contractors Association of America (MCAA) has named OSU construction engineering management professor Greg Baker the 2006 Educator of the Year. Baker was lauded for his "superior performance as a leader, mentor, educator, and advisor" and for "assisting students in finding summer internships and full-time positions with mechanical contracting firms."
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Fiez Given IEEE Educational Innovation Award
Terri Fiez, director of the School of Electrical Engineering & Computer Science, was presented with the 2006 IEEE Educational Activities Board Major Educational Innovation Award "for undergraduate engineering education innovation through creation and development of Platforms for Learning® and its implementation in the electrical and computer engineering curriculum through the TekBots® program."
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OSU Student, Alum Team Up to Take Toy from Classroom to Business
An OSU engineering alum and a current doctoral student have taken their classroom collaboration to the next level, creating a high-tech toy called the WavyWand and launching a new company to market it worldwide. Adriaan Smit and Robert Batten have seen their Oregon business, Alight Technologies, take off since they started it in 2005.
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Former High Tech Exec Helps Businesses "Go Green"
Larry Chalfan, founder and executive director of Zero Waste Alliance, is a 1968 OSU engineering graduate who spent 30 years in the semiconductor industry. Now he's helping businesses mimic nature's closed-loop system where waste from one process becomes food for another. He was inducted into the OSU Engineering Hall of Fame in 1998.
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Four Siblings With Five OSU Engineering Degrees
We recently featured Calvin Brown (BSEE, 1960) and his four brothers who all graduated from OSU Engineering, setting a sibling record. We just learned that the Mai family has four siblings who earned a total of five engineering degrees from OSU. They are (pictured at left with parents): Luyen Mai (BSME, 1991; BSIME, 1994), Thien Mai (BSCS, 1996), Chi Mai (BSCE, 1997), and Thu Mai (BSCE, 1995). If you can top that, let us know via email.
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Robert Lundeen
Giving Back to Apperson Hall...
When OSU civil engineering grad Steve Boice ('04), learned that Apperson Hall was going to be renovated, he wanted to help. He made a gift of $250 to help transform the historic hall into a state-of-the-art facility for students who come after him. "OSU gave me so much, it's good to give back," he says.
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"There's no more heartwarming feeling in the world than to know I helped kids pursue their dreams, even a little bit."

Michael Burns*

"I love programming computers, but I also like trying to make the world a better place. This project makes me happy to get up in the morning."

Justin Gallardo*

*Gallardo and Burns are OSU Engineering sophomores working on the One Laptop Per Child Project (see story above, under "Students").

May 11 – OSU Engineering Expo!
Mark your calendars to attend this exciting event that features more than 100 Senior Design Projects from all engineering majors, complete with prototypes, demonstrations, and more. Plus, you'll see a showcase of student-built robots, racing vehicles, and sustainable energy solutions. The OSU Engineering Expo is free and open to the public. 1-5 pm at the Kelley Engineering Center, OSU campus. Bring the whole family! For more information, visit http://engr.oregonstate.edu/expo2007

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