November 2007
 VOLUME VII, ISSUE II   
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New Approach Could Ease Airport Congestion
OSU mechanical engineering professor Kagan Tumer and NASA have developed a new approach to air traffic control that has the potential to reduce congestion in crowded airways by 50-60 percent. The technology could save billions of dollars in lost revenue each year due to delayed flights, which frustrate millions of travelers.
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Grab Your Mask and Dancing Shoes! It’s the Annual Engineering Ball!
For the third year in a row, the atrium of the Kelley Engineering Center will be transformed into an elegant ballroom on Saturday, February 16th. The semiformal Engineering Ball is for students, staff, faculty, professionals, and their friends! Dance lessons from 7-8 p.m., with live music and refreshments from 8-11.
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Wanted: Innovative Engineers with Creative Ideas
Are you an OSU engineering student with an innovative new idea? Enter it in the New Enterprise Challenge, OSU’s university-wide business plan competition sponsored by the Austin Entrepreneurship Program. It’s aimed at turning your idea into a commercial venture. And there are big cash awards: first prize, $10,000; second prize, $5,000; third prize, $2,500.
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Engineers Without Borders Bring Water to El Salvador
For two years, the OSU Student Chapter of Engineers Without Borders has been designing and constructing a potable water filtration and delivery system for two Salvadoran villages. Closer to home, the students are developing a rainwater catchment project for the OSU Organic Growers Club Farm, helping Habitat for Humanity, and offering wind turbine demonstrations.
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President of Xerox Visits Campus, Stresses Leadership
Ursula Burns (center right), president of Xerox Corp., paid a visit to OSU and took time to meet with Dean Ron Adams (center left). Burns toured the Kelley Engineering Center with OSU mechanical engineering alumnus Jim Rise (left), General Manager of the Xerox Office Group, and Russell Peacock (right), president of Xerox Office Group.
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Steve Adams: Master of the Shop
In the basement of Rogers Hall, OSU Development Engineer Steve Adams runs an incredible resource – a machine shop that saved the Wave Energy research team $12,000 by machining parts on site for a wave buoy prototype. Adams recently oversaw a renovation of the facility (part of the School of Mechanical, Industrial, and Manufacturing Engineering), where students gain hands-on experience, and OSU research teams benefit.
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Engineering Student Designs "Smart" Dressing Room
Now a dressing room equipped with cameras and interactive displays could lead to intelligent fitting rooms that connect shoppers to a social fashion network where they can see themselves and others wearing different outfits. “The system improves [a shopper's] confidence in the decision-making process and improves their shopping experience,” said Wei Zhang, an OSU PhD student in electrical engineering.
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NVIDIA named “Company of the Year” by Forbes Magazine
OSU engineering alumnus Jen-Hsun Huang (1984) is cofounder and CEO of Nvidia, one of the worlds leading graphics chip makers. Since Huang took the company public in 1999, Nvidia’s shares have risen 21-fold. Such accomplishments, over the last 12 months and the past five years, recently earned Nvidia the title Forbes’ Company of the Year.
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Alumnus Linus Pauling Featured on New Stamp
Four new stamps featuring famous U.S. scientists will be issued by the U.S. Post Office on March 1, 2008. One will feature OSU Chemical Engineering alumnus Linus Pauling (1922), the only person to win two unshared Nobel Prizes. Pauling routinely crossed disciplinary boundaries throughout his career and made significant contributions in diverse fields.
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Alum Says Venture Fund a “Win-Win” Investment
The decision to make a gift to OSU’s Venture Development Fund was easy for alumnus Todd Woodley, a 1986 civil engineering graduate and president of Slayden Construction. “I did the math,” he says. “When you look into it, it’s really a win-win situation. When you can make a contribution that directly impacts the bottom line and benefits Oregon – that’s responsible business.”
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New Machine Shop Among Best in the U.S.
Thanks to ETIC funding and major gifts from ATS Systems Oregon and NACCO Materials Handling Group, the newly renovated Machine Shop in the School of Mechanical, Industrial, and Manufacturing Engineering is now one of the best academic facilities of its kind in the nation. ATS donated a two CNC machines, a large lathe, and other items valued at more than $76,000, and NACCO donated a $10,000 forklift.
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"The first challenge will be how we are going to get the talent we need in the future to keep companies going - you'd be surprised how difficult it is to recruit engineers."

Ursula Burns, president of Xerox Corporation

Saturday, February 16: Third Annual OSU College of Engineering Ball. Dust off those dancing shoes and come dance the night away in the Kelley Engineering Center Atrium. Ticket information here.

February 17-23: National Engineers Week! The entire nation celebrates contributions engineers make to the world. Check out the national website for loads of activities and fascinating information at eweek.org

Tuesday, February 19, EECS-MIME Industry Reception in the Kelly Engineering Center. More info here

Wednesday, February 20: Winter Engineering Career Fair. A great opportunity for businesses to connect with graduating OSU engineers, and visa versa. From 11 a.m. – 4 p.m., CH2M HILL Alumni Center. For a list of companies attending, to register your company, and more information, go to: http://oregonstate.edu/career/fair

Saturday, February 23, CH2M HILL/OSU Holly Cornell Model Bridge Contest, OSU campus. Named for OSU civil engineering alum and CH2M HILL cofounder, Holly Cornell, the contest challenges high school students to construct basswood bridges that can carry as much load as possible. In past years some bridges have carried more than 1,000 times their own weight. More information at: http://projects.ch2m.com/ModelBridge

Monday, Feb. 25: SWE Engineers Week Banquet, sponsored by the Willamette Valley Section of the Society of Women Engineers, will feature keynote speaker Jane Lubchenco, distinguished professor of zoology at OSU. Faculty, staff, and students are invited to the 6:00 p.m. event at the CH2M HILL Alumni Center. RSVP by February 18th. More info.

Saturday, March 1, Beaver Bar Camp. Sometimes called a spontaneous un-conference, a Bar Camp assumes that everyone is an expert at something and has idea, product, or passion to share. On the day of the conference, researchers, technologists, scientists, programmers, and bloggers divide themselves into groups based on topics of interest. It's about new ideas, passion, creating community, and exploring new social media. Register here.

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