November 2006
 VOLUME VI, ISSUE I   
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Making Artificial Intelligence More Intelligent
Tom Dietterich, director of Intelligent Systems Research in the OSU School of Electrical Engineering and Computer Science, leads three research projects that support 16 graduate students and a number of undergraduates. His work advancing artificial intelligence, or developing machines that are capable of learning, is no small feat. But the potential benefits are immense.
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Students Pedal Fast and Furious To Produce Pure Water
As part of a national design competition, OSU mechanical engineering students designed and built stills that can purify water using only human mechanical power. During a public demonstration on campus, students, pedaled, pulled, cranked and sweated to bring water to the boiling point, then condense the steam into potable water.
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Google to Beavers: Students Land Scholarships
Civil Engineering and Construction Engineering Management students Jorge Juarez Hernandez, Brodie Harvey, Kyle Sherman, Joshua Bowdoin, and Joseph Henry received $3k Beavers/R. L. Polvi Heavy Construction Endowed Scholarships from The Beavers, a nationwide professional group of heavy construction contractors. For excellence in the field of computer science and computer engineering, student Joshua Zuniga won a $5k Google Hispanic College Fund Scholarship, one of only 18 given in the nation.
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OSU Builds Bridge of Collaboration with Korean University
During a formal ceremony on Dec. 7th, Dan Cox, director of  OSU Engineering's O. H. Hinsdale Wave Research Lab, traveled to Korea to sign a memorandum of understanding with Chonnam National University. The agreement will advance Korea's research and design of civil infrastructure and boost collaboration between the two universities, including joint research, internships, and special academic programs.
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New Scholarship Fund Launched By Contractor Groups
The Portland and Eugene chapters of the National Electrical Contractors Association have provided $16,000 to the new NECA Scholarship Fund at OSU Engineering. Combined with a prior $35,000 contribution from the Electrical Contractors Bid Registry, total contributions this year now top $50,000. The fund will provide scholarships and support for OSU Construction Engineering Management students.
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Innovative Double Degree Program Helps Engineers Be Better Teachers
An OSU program that allows students to earn a double bachelor’s degree – one in their chosen field, the other in teacher preparation – improves classroom instruction and ultimately spurs innovation. The National Academy of Sciences’ report, Rising Above the Gathering Storm, calls for improved math and science instruction as a way to drive innovation.
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Intel Honors Faculty Teams, Helps Expand Labs
OSU engineering professors Milo Koretsky (ChE), Pallavi Dhagat (EECS), and Alex Yokochi (ChE) won an Intel Faculty Fellowship Award (with matching support from ONAMI) to expand "Collaborative, Hands-on Microelectronics and Nanotechnology Processing." OSU professors Dave Cann (ME), Bill Warnes (ME), Jay Kruzic (ME), Brady Gibbons (ME), Skip Rochefort (ChE), Tom Plant (EECS), and Shiwoo Lee (IME) also won an Intel Faculty Fellowship Award for a "New Graduate/Senior Undergraduate Lab Course on Materials Analysis."
Kruzic Wins Awards, Koc Named IEEE Fellow
Materials science professor Jay Kruzic received a Young Leader Professional Development Award from the Minerals, Metals, & Materials Society and a General Research Fund Award from the OSU Research Office. Electrical and computer engineering professor Cetin Koc was named an IEEE Fellow for his "contributions to cryptographic engineering."
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OSU Engineer Develops Rooftop Wind Turbine for Green Buildings
Mechanical engineering professor Stel Walker has helped design a new “micro” wind turbine that can be mounted along the edges of building rooftops to generate “green” electricity. The new small-scale turbine design could revolutionize the wind power industry, enabling power generation from wind in urban and suburban settings.
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Granite Construction Manager Named Alumni Fellow
Jay L. McQuillen Jr., a member of the College of Engineering’s Academy of Distinguished Engineers, was recently named an OSU Alumni Fellow. After earning a M.S. in civil engineering, McQuillen joined Granite Construction Company in 1986 and now manages the So. California Region. Granite is the nation’s largest highway construction company. "I’ve recruited at a lot of places, but the graduates that come out of Oregon State are smart, hard working, and have had experience in the field; they’re truly work-ready," he said.
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Maurice Gunderson Joins Alternative Energy Venture Capital Firm
Maurice Gunderson has joined CMEA Ventures, a venture capital firm specializing in high technology, life sciences, and alternative energy investments. Gunderson joins the firm as Venture Partner focusing on investments in new and alternative energy sources and technologies. Gunderson earned master’s and bachelor’s degrees in mechanical engineering from OSU and is a member of the OSU Academy of Distinguished Engineers.
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Founder of Dept. of Nuclear Engineering and Radiation Center Dies
Chih Wang, whose research and other contributions led to the establishment of the Radiation Center and the Dept. of Nuclear Engineering at OSU died on December 5 at age 89. Wang received his PhD from OSU in 1950 and was instrumental in opening communications on the peaceful uses of nuclear energy between the U.S. and the People’s Republic of China.
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Demand for Internships Skyrocketing, Student Placements Up 60 Percent
Engineering interns are in hot demand! The MECOP and CECOP Internship Programs are looking for more students. In four years, student placement at regional companies has surged from 240 to 380 and participating companies are up from 70 to 92. Students gain real-world experience and earn an average of $40,000 during the two 6-month internships.
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Use Your IRA to Help OSU Engineering!
Thanks to a new law (the Pension Protection Act of 2006), many people can contribute at least part of their IRA to charity without paying income tax. Between now and the end of 2007 qualified individuals with a traditional or Roth IRA who are 70 ½ or older can give up to $100,000 per year without paying income tax on the withdrawal.
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“No one understands wind resources better than Oregon State University.”

Tom Zambrano, AeroVironment, Inc., manufacturer of micro wind turbine designed by OSU mechanical engineer Stel Walker

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January 15, Martin Luther King, Jr. Day. All OSU offices closed. A listing of all OSU events celebrating MLK this month are listed at: http://oregonstate.edu/events/newsevents/mlk2007.html.

February 18-24, National Engineers Week
http://www.eweek.org

February 20, EECS/MIME Industry Reception. The OSU School of Electrical Engineering and Computer Science (EECS) and the OSU Mechanical, Industrial, and Manufacturing Engineering (MIME) programs host the second annual Industry Reception from 5:00-7:45 p.m. in the Kelley Engineering Center. For more information, contact:  Tina Batten, EECS Corporate Relations, 541-737-8613, tina.batten@oregonstate.edu, OR Tracy Ann Robinson, MIME Corporate Relations, 541-757-8954, tracy.ann.robinson@oregonstate.edu

February 21. Winter Engineering Career Fair. 11 am–4 p.m., CH2M-Hill Alumni Center. http://oregonstate.edu/career/fair

February 22, MECOP/CECOP Placement Interviews. http://mecop.oregonstate.edu

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