November 2007
VOLUME VIII, ISSUE I
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Kearney Hall Opens Doors
As of January 5th, 2009, Kearney Hall (Apperson Hall 1920–2008; Mechanical Hall 1898–1920) is officially open for learning!  Designed by SERA Architects, built by Hoffman Construction Company, and qualifying for LEED silver certification, this historic renovation features the latest in building monitoring and energy efficiencies; artwork honoring  a heritage of bridge-building, transportation, and infrastructure; and exposure of construction engineering methods and materials, including wood reclaimed from Apperson Hall.  Along with its rich array of interactive classrooms and other collaborative learning spaces, the building houses the School of Civil and Construction Engineering and the Kiewit Center for Infrastructure and Transportation.  This project was made possible by private support, thanks to Lee and Connie Kearney, who provided the lead gift, and over 800 additional donors.  Pictures…
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President’s Report Highlights OSU Energy Research
Current OSU-based research initiatives in alternative energy technologies—including wave, solar, nuclear, ethanol, and hydrogen production (from sewage!)—are featured in the winter 2008 issue of “This is Your OSU.” Click here to view footage of electricity being generated off the coast of Newport and read “Expanding Our Energy Portfolio.”
New Computer-Based Coaching Tool May Be a Game Changer
EECS assistant professor Alan Fern is using his expertise in machine learning, artificial intelligence, and computer vision to "teach" computers to watch and analyze football games-maybe even talk strategy with team coaches. But the impact of Fern's "Digital Scout Project" doesn't stop at the world of sports. Other potential applications for this research include surveillance, robotics, industrial operations, and environmental monitoring. More...
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CBEE Students Make Strong Showing at East Coast Conference
Last November, 40 OSU engineering students attended the 2008 American Institute of Chemical Engineers’ national student conference in Philadelphia. Among this group were the winners of last summer’s regional Chem-E-Car competition (see September ‘08 M!), vying (alas unsuccessfully) for the national title. More…
University Honors College names IE student first Hendricks Scholar
Industrial engineering senior Tristan Wagner is the recipient of the first Joe Hendricks Scholarship, established last spring by the University Honors College in honor of its founding dean, Joe Hendricks. The nomination for this $2500 scholarship award was submitted by MIME associate professor David Kim, with whom Wagner completed his honors thesis work on vehicle fleet replacement modeling.
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New IEEE Fellows Include Two From CoE
Two EECS professors, Un-Ku Moon and Annette von Jouanne, have been named 2009 Fellows of the Institute of Electrical and Electronic Engineers (IEEE). Moon was recognized for his contributions to low-voltage complementary metal-oxide semiconductor mixed-signal technology and von Jouanne for her contributions to ocean wave energy systems. More...
MIME Faculty Selected for Participation in EU Program
Materials science faculty Jamie Kruzic and Bill Warnes are recent awardees of EU Erasmus Mundus programme scholarships. Administered by the European Commission, these scholarships cover travel and lodging costs for a 1-month teaching and research exchange at an EU university. Both Kruzic and Warnes will complete their month-long exchange at the University of Saarlandes in Saarbruecken, Germany. More…
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EECS-Based Startup Develops Cost-Saving Solar Technology
A new enterprise called Azuray Technologies, formed last year by EECS professors Terri Fiez (currently on leave from OSU to head the start-up) and Karti Mayaram, is working to develop more reliable, efficient, and cost-effective solar power by changing the way the power is delivered. The company’s innovative approach is capturing attention from the alternative energy industry and investors alike. More…
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OSU EWB-ers Build Meaningful Salvadoran Partnership
Since 2006, members of the OSU student chapter of Engineers without Borders (EWB–OSU) have been travelling to a remote part of El Salvador to build rainwater catchment and gravity-fed spring-water systems in a high-elevation coffee-farming community. As well as providing 150 Salvadoran families with year-round access to clean water, this project has gifted EWB chapter members with new insights on what really matters in life. More…
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OSU Astronaut Invents Zero-G Coffee Cup
During his Fall ’08 sojourn on the International Space Station, astronaut and CoE alum Don Pettit eschewed the traditional pouch-and-straw approach to coffee drinking, preferring the comfort of a real cup. Borrowing a piece of plastic from his Flight Data File mission book, Pettit configured it into a vessel with enough surface tension to keep the coffee from floating out. Just another example of the practical ingenuity of OSU engineers! More…
Pioneering OSU Engineer Featured in Forthcoming Book
The Oregon Northwest Black Pioneers, an organization whose mission is to educate Oregonians about the contributions of African-Americans in this state, is compiling a book on the lives of black pioneers in Marion and Polk counties. Featured in the book is the story of Bill Tebeau, BS ChE 1948, the first African-American to earn an engineering degree at Oregon State. More…
CoE Mourns Passing of CEM Friend and Colleague
H.A. "Andy" Andersen, chairman and CEO of Andersen Construction for 58 years, died on October 25, 2008. Andy was an industry founder of OSU’s Construction Engineering Management program, CoE Hall of Famer, charter member of the Construction Education Foundation, and generous supporter and friend to CEM, engineering, and OSU. More…
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Second Wind, Inc. Donates Equipment to Advance OSU Wind Energy Research
Second Wind, Inc., of Somerville MA, has donated two Triton® Doppler Sodars to help advance the wind research work of MIME assistant professor and associate head Stel N. Walker. These “wind profiling” units, valued at 50K each, can measure wind speeds at heights up to 200 meters above ground and other atmospheric properties. Such information is useful for determining placement of large wind turbines and as input for wind forecasting models. More...
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OSU Art Collections Include NERHP Must-See
Any tour of OSU’s art treasures should include a stop at the office of NEHRP department head Jose Reyes, which showcases three paintings by Alfred R. Mitchell, famous for his early California landscapes. These valuable paintings were donated to NERHP by emeriti OSU faculty Dr. Alan Robinson (NE dept. head 1986-96) and Kay Conrad Robinson (former OSU Admissions director), who also sponsor the annual Robinson Scholarship for NERHP juniors and seniors. More…
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"This is a terrific learning environment for our students and a tribute to all of our alumni, friends, and families who helped create it—and especially to the leadership of Lee and Connie Kearney!"

CCE School Head, Scott Ashford, on the opening of Kearney Hall.

January 21: The State of the University; Ed Ray, OSU President 11:30 AM to 1:00 PM, Multnomah Athletic Club, Portland. More info...

February 18: 2009 EECS & MIME Industry Reception
5:45 PM - 7:45 PM, Kelley Engineering Center. More info...

February 20: Oregon Stater Awards Banquet
6:00 PM - 10:00 PM, CH2M HILL Alumni Center. More info...

February 23: 10th annual Willamette Valley Engineers Week Banquet. 6:00 PM - 10:00 PM, CH2M HILL Alumni Center. More info...


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