November 2007
 VOLUME VII, ISSUE IV  
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OSU Nuclear Engineering Ranked No. 8 in U.S.
Last year, the OSU Department of Nuclear Engineering was ranked No. 9 in the nation by U.S. News and World Report. This year’s rankings bump OSU up a notch to No. 8. This is good news for the College as it continues to strive to become one of the top engineering schools in the country.
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Margaret Burnett: Building Better Tools for End Users
OSU computer science professor Margaret Burnett does research that helps end users do their jobs better. End users are people not trained as computer programmers but who do some programming, such as with spreadsheet software like Excel). Burnett was recently quoted in CIO India Magazine about her thoughts on end users and how her research is helping these people help themselves.
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Student Entrepreneurs: Hot Clothing Helps Teams Win
Mike Thomas (pictured, right) and Drake Miller (far left) didn’t enroll at OSU thinking they would ever play a role in winning back-to-back college baseball national championships or protecting soldiers on the battlefield. But all that changed when the students joined an Oregon startup company and began designing and fabricating heated clothing, which has applications from sports medicine to military combat.
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From Turkey to Oregon
Duygu Turhan, who came to Oregon four years ago from Iskenderun, a city in the southern region of Turkey, is about to graduate this year with a degree in industrial engineering. She’s hoping to stay on for graduate school, then find a career in a climate that’s a little drier than Oregon! Read her full story at:
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Parallax Helps Students Shoot for Mars
A group of OSU Engineering students are entering the NASA University Mars Rover Challenge, thanks to support, encouragement, and a donated QuadRover from Parallax, Inc. The company is cataloguing the students’ work on their site to “record this fantastic project of theirs, and to show the world their ingenuity and progress as they venture forth to test their skills.”
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Yim named ASME Fellow
Solomon Yim, OSU professor of structural and ocean engineering, has been elected Fellow of the American Society of Mechanical Engineering (ASME). Yim was cited for his significant research contributions in analytical, computational, and experimental coupled fluid-structure interaction systems. His findings have been published in more than 250 journal/conference papers and reports.
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McFarlane Elected to National Leadership Position
The College’s director of undergraduate programs, Brett McFarlane, has been elected to the national leadership position of Region Chair for the Northwest Region 8 of the National Academic Advising Association (NACADA). He will be responsible for providing leadership to the membership, facilitating networking and recruitment, maintaining a governing structure, and overseeing the annual regional conference and state workshops.
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Engineers Create Tool to Monitor Nuclear Reactors
International nuclear regulatory inspectors might soon have a new tool in the form of an antineutrino detector that could help them peer inside a working nuclear reactor. A multi-institute research team that includes OSU nuclear engineering professor Todd Palmer and graduate student Alex Misner have demonstrated that the operational status and thermal power of nuclear reactors can be quickly and precisely monitored using the new technology.
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Alum, Inventor of Leatherman Tool Visits
Tim Leatherman, the 1970 mechanical engineering alumnus who invented the world-famous Leatherman Tool, recently stopped in Corvallis to talk with local entrepreneurs about turning innovation into economic impact. The company Leatherman founded in 1983 is now a $90 million operation selling products in 70 countries. Read more:
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OSU Foundation Honors Generous Alumni
OSU Engineering alumni Martin Kelley (1950, civil engineering) and Peter Johnson (1955, chemical engineering) have been honored for their extraordinary service to OSU. Kelley received the Lifetime Trustee Award from the OSU Foundation, and Johnson received the Dan Poling Service Award from the OSU Alumni Association. Both have served on the College of Engineering advisory board and the OSU Foundation Board of Trustees.
Kelley:
http://oregonstate.edu/dept/ncs/newsarch/2008/Mar08/kelley.html
Johnson:
http://oregonstate.edu/dept/ncs/newsarch/2008/Mar08/johnsons.html
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May 9 – The 9th Annual OSU Engineering Expo!
Mark your calendars to attend this exciting annual engineering extravaganza, where you’ll see dozens of Senior Design Projects, complete with prototypes, demonstrations, and a “Sustainability Showcase” that features “green” engineering project like wave power and earth-friendly agricultural devices. This college-wide exhibit is free and open to the public. Held at the Kelley Engineering Center, OSU campus. More information at: http://engr.oregonstate.edu/expo2008
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