November 2007
 VOLUME VII, ISSUE I   
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OSU Deploys First Functional Wave Energy Buoy
OSU electrical engineering professors Annette von Jouanne and Ted Brekken and their graduate students successfully deployed a prototype wave energy buoy off the Oregon Coast this past fall. The New York Times produced a print story and a video segment about wave energy and OSU’s contributions to this emerging technology.
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Helping NASA Simulate the Martian Surface
Computer science graduate student Matthew Clothier hasn’t been to Mars yet, but he knows well what the red planet’s surface looks like. Working at NASA’s Jet Propulsion Laboratory as an Oregon Space Grant intern, Clothier did research that enhances the visual simulations of the planet’s terrain—useful to the Mars rovers. “The experience was absolutely fantastic,” he says.
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Student Spends Year Studying in Ecuador
Electrical engineering student July Thompson spent a year studying in Ecuador, South America, where she lived with a host family, traveled widely, and feels the experience will make her a better engineer. Her career goal is to research better inner body robotics, such as pacemakers as well as prosthetic limbs.
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Helping Spin Research into New Companies
OSU Engineering continues to stoke the fire that forges laboratory research into new spin-off companies that are helping fuel the Oregon economy. At the midst of that fire is Joe Tanous, veteran entrepreneur and former venture capitalist, who joined the College of Engineering a year ago and has helped form a half-dozen new spin-outs.
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OSU, ONAMI Team Up to Hire New Professor
One of the nation’s leading electrical engineers and materials scientists has joined the College of Engineering as the third Signature Faculty Fellow at the Oregon Nanoscience and Microtechnologies Institute (ONAMI). John Conley, Jr., whose career with industry spans more than a dozen years, will help speed development and commercialization of new materials and devices currently underway at ONAMI.
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How Smart is YOUR Desktop?
Imagine this: as you sit at your desk moving between various projects, your computer keeps up with you, instantly displaying the relevant documents, spreadsheets, and email messages when you need them. When the phone rings and you switch projects, all the files you need appear, almost magically. OSU professors Jon Herlocker and Tom Dietterich are part of the new startup company developing Smart Desktop®.
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Watch the Apperson-to-Kearney Hall Webcam
The $12 million transformation of Apperson Hall to Kearney Hall is underway! Watch the project via a new webcam as workers extract the interior of the building while retaining the historic stone exterior walls. You can also contribute to the project that will house the School of Civil and Construction Engineering. Read more:
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CH2M Cofounder Burke Hayes Dies
One of the four founders of the global engineering firm CH2M HILL has died at age 95. Burke Hayes was a recent Oregon State Engineering graduate when he launched the company with fellow OSU alumni Jim Howland and Holly Cornell, and their civil engineering professor Fred Merryfield in 1946.
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Robert Johnson, National Semiconductor Executive, Passes
Robert Johnson, National Semiconductor Executive, who earned a bachelor’s degree in electrical and computer engineering from OSU in 1968, passed away in November. Johnson worked for Tektronix, then joined National Semiconductor, where he retired in 1996 as corporate vice president and chief technology and operating officer. Johnson served on the OSU College of Engineering Advisory Board and is a member of the Engineering Hall of Fame.
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A Great Way to Support OSU Engineering and Save Taxes
Oregon taxpayers can now receive a 60 percent tax credit when they contribute to a new program designed to fast-track commercialization of research discoveries at OSU. For example, if an Oregon taxpayer in the 35 percent tax bracket pledges $50,000 to the University Venture Development Fund through the OSU Foundation over three years, the out-of-pocket cost for the gift is only $2,500.
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"The combination of the excellent collaborative research environment on campus, the long term vision of the College of Engineering, and the generous ONAMI startup support convinced me that OSU was the best place to pursue an academic career."

John F. Conley, Signature Research Fellow at ONAMI and new OSU Engineering faculty member

January 16, 2008: The 100th anniversary of the establishment of the School of Engineering and Mechanic Arts and the appointment of the first Dean of Engineering, Grant A. Covell. Classes had been offered in Engineering since 1891 and degrees awarded since 1893, and by 1908 four autonomous departments were established: Mechanical, Electrical, Mining, and Civil. After January 16th, 1908, the autonomous department structure was discontinued and their administration was coordinated by the Dean of Engineering. Three other schools were established at the same time: Agriculture, Commerce and Domestic Science, and Art.

Wednesday, January 30: Mini International Study Fair. Learn about study abroad programs offered through OSU. From 10 a.m. - 2 p.m. in the Student Lounge in the MU across from Bites Convenience Store. Refreshments provided. For more information, email: Rachel.fabermachacha@oregonstate.edu

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. FMI, email:jodi.nelson@oregonstate.edu

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: http://www.eweek.org

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 engages 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. The contest is held each year during Nation Engineers Week. For more information, visit: http://projects.ch2m.com/ModelBridge

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