November 2007
 VOLUME VII, ISSUE VII  
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No Barriers
Under the leadership of CCE professor Katharine Hunter-Zaworski, PE, experts in biomechanics, ergonomics, and mechanical engineering at OSU’s National Center for Accessible Transportation are designing “safe, seamless, and dignified” assistive technology for mass transit systems —including the lavatory for Boeing’s new 787 Dreamliner. Read more...
The Submicroscopic Search for a Better Battery
This summer, chemical engineering major and University Honors College student Anna Putnam has been hard at work fabricating a nanostructured electrode for a new generation of lithium ion battery. A research assistant for CBEE professor Chih-hung “Alex” Chang, Putnam is also a multiple scholarship winner and recipient of an OSU Undergraduate Research Innovation Scholarship Creativity grant. Read more...
Unique NASA Internship for CBEE Student
Another OSU Chemical Engineering major, Ryan Stillwell, spent most of his summer as a NASA summer intern at Goddard Space Flight Center in Greenbelt, Md., focusing on development of components for X-ray detector arrays. Stillwell’s Johnson internship earlier this year, working with Dr. Jun Jiao at Portland State’s Center for Electron Microscopy and Nanofabrication, provided an important springboard for this experience. Read more...
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Robotics Team Takes First in National Competition
Last year the call went out for a new Mars rover that can conduct detailed geological and soil analyses for remote sites, replace equipment panels autonomously, and deliver supplies to astronauts lost in the red planet’s harsh terrain. OSU Robotics Club members responded, and their “Parallax Quad-Rover” took first place in June’s 2008 University Rover Challenge, beating teams from University of Nevada, Georgia Tech, Iowa State, Brigham Young University, and others. Read more...
Robotic Arm Wins Award
As the top-placing team among OSU participants in the 2008 Texas Instruments Analog University Program Design Contest, EECS students Kevin Kemper, Mohsen Nasroullahi, and Paul Filitchkin (L–R in photo) took their winning entry south this summer to TI’s national Engibous Analog Design Competition in Dallas, Texas—and came away with the Engineers’ Choice award. The three showcased their electronic design of a robotic arm developed for an interdisciplinary senior project with ME seniors Melissa Jensen-Morgan and Jason Stager. Read more...
"Rain Dancer" Finds Silver Lining
Sometimes winning is simply finishing - especially in a race where a third of the entries don’t make it to the starting line. OSU's Solar Vehicle Team was one of only 15 teams worldwide to complete this summer's 2008 North American Solar Challenge: a 10-day, 2400 mile race from Texas to Alberta. With a total budget of under $60K, the OSU-built "Rain Dancer" was also the least expensive entry, competing against cars backed by up to $2.4 million. Read more...
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Prost to Transatlantic Dual Degrees!
Bill Warnes (right), OSU ME faculty and director of OSU’s interdisciplinary Materials Science program, and Ralf Busch, former OSU ME faculty and Metallic Materials chair at Saarlandes University in Saarbrucken, Germany, toast the recent inauguration of the ATLANTIS Bachelor Program. This unique transatlantic program offers a dual degree in Materials Science and Mechanical Engineering for students attending Oregon State, Saarlandes, and Luleå University of Technology in Sweden. Read More...
Mobile Texting Tech May Save Lives
A senior design project took OSU computer science student Brad Heller thousands of miles from home -- and may impact many more thousands of lives. Last year while working with team members Tom Sears and Chris Angus on a Microsoft-sponsored project, Heller helped develop a system for gathering field data via cell phone text messaging. He then went to Uganda this summer to ready the system which will collect birthing outcome data from rural areas. Such data may help doctors reduce Uganda’s high infant mortality rate. Read More...
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Outstanding Project Award for CCE School Head
Scott Ashford, PE, is a joint recipient of a California Geotechnical Engineers Association’s 2007–08 Outstanding Project Award for his contributions to the Port of Long Beach Security Command and Control building project. Built by Diaz Yourman & Associates, this structure incorporates an innovative design that allows liquefied soils to flow though an intact and operational foundation system. Ashford (formerly at UC San Diego and co-founder of Ashford Engineering Incorporated) provided project consulting on liquefiable soil loads on vertical piles. Read More...
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Forging Partnerships for Innovative Energy Solutions
On July 24, 2008 Jose Reyes, CTO and Paul Lorenzini, CEO of NuScale Power moved the company's innovative nuclear power technology one step closer towards design certification. The OSU spinout company and their strategic partner, Kiewit Construction, met with the Nuclear Regulatory Commission to introduce their 45 MW(e) reactor design and to layout a schedule for future reviews. Read more...
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Remembering Martin N. Kelley
Oregon State University and the College of Engineering lost a cherished friend June 18 with the death of Martin Kelley, BSCE '50. Kelley, the retired president of Kiewit Engineering, was a tireless OSU volunteer, serving many years on the College of Engineering Advisory Board, the Construction Education Foundation Board, and the OSU Foundation Board of Trustees. He will always be remembered at Oregon State for making possible the construction of Kelley Engineering Center, a facility which launched the College's drive to become one of the best engineering programs in the nation. Read more...
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Record Year for CoE Ambassadors
The College of Engineering Ambassadors, a select group of engineering students, had a record year demonstrating to middle and high school students the many benefits to people and society that can come from a career in engineering. This last year the ambassadors visited over 50 high schools, gave 61 tours of the Hinsdale Wave Lab Facility, toured nearly 1,000 prospective engineering students around our facilities, and hosted over 900 incoming students during our Summer 2008 orientation season. Read more...
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More Firsts for the CoE Record Books
The College of Engineering secured over $22M in gifts and pledges during FY 2008, a new single year record! This brings us to 72% of the College’s $139M fundraising goal for the $625M Campaign for OSU, which ends in 2011. Coincidentally, Campaign contributions earmarked specifically for CoE scholarships and fellowships also surpassed $22M last month, thanks in part to a $250K pledge by CoE alum Rex Breunsbach and wife Krista to create the first endowed scholarship in Computer Science. Help us reach our campaign goals…
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"The visit to the tsunami wave basin was a real highlight of the [2008 NEES annual] meeting – Oregon State is doing an awesome job with that lab!"

Joy Pauschke, NEES Program Director

Aug 24: OSU Day at Oregon State Fair Features Solar Car, Biodiesel Trailer, Lego Robotics Challenges, and many other OSU displays!

Sep 19 - 28: Connect Week - a time for new students to become part of OSU's Community of Scholars. http://oregonstate.edu/newstudents/connect/.

Sep 29: First Day of Classes.

October 21: EECS– MIME Senior Dinner. A targeted recruiting opportunity for organizations wanting to connect with students in the Schools of EECS and MIME and increase company visibility on campus. For more information and to pre-register for this event, contact Tina Batten, EECS Corporate Relations, or Tracy Ann Robinson, MIME Corporate Relations.

October 22: Fall Engineering Career Fair. To register for this event, contact OSU Career Services at 541.737.4085 or http://oregonstate.edu/career/.
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