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July 2012

From the Dean

Dear Readers,

Oregon State University was honored to host First Lady Michelle Obama at the 2012 commencement ceremony. Her keynote address about focusing on life's riches, never leaving unfinished business, and defining your own successes resonates with our core values. Her wisdom and support of the Beaver Nation were affirming to the university's nearly 5,000 students earning degrees this year.

We were particularly proud to hear Mrs. Obama call out two of our outstanding students – Nicolas Sitts and Vanessa Vasquez. Sitts, who's earning his degree in chemical engineering, suffered second- and third-degree burns when the OSU's Solar Vehicle Team's car caught fire last July. Instead of calling it quits, the team was back to building a new car a month later. And Vasquez came to Oregon State as a single mother while taking a full course load and juggling a part-time job. She graduated with the class of 2012 with a degree in construction engineering management.

Stories like these sustain our belief in determination — that the impossible becomes possible with hard work and a firm commitment to our abilities. I am so proud of our 2012 graduates and look forward to hearing of their future successes.

Go Beavs!

Scott A. Ashford (CE '83)
Interim Dean
College of Engineering

Research
changing tides

OSU high-tech team monitors bird songs
Bird surveying used to require long hours in the forest and keen listening skills to identify different species. Now, computer science researchers have developed an automated solution to bird surveys that allows real-time monitoring of populations. See stories in Phys.org, KGW, Science360, and Wildlife News.

Solar collectors

Ocean energy topic at Corvallis Science Pub
Director of the Northwest National Marine Renewable Energy Center, Belinda Batten, described the potential of ocean energy and the projects currently underway. More…

Faculty & Staff
inkjet solar panels

Toni Doolen to lead University Honors College
It's been a good couple of months for Toni Doolen, associate head of the School of Mechanical, Industrial, and Manufacturing Engineering. Recently, she was named head of OSU's University Honors College, a nationally recognized program. She also was a 2012 recipient of the Institute of Industrial Engineers' Fred C. Crane Distinguished Service Award. More…

inkjet solar panels

Faculty member receives award for outstanding service
Stacey Harper, assistant professor in the Department of Environmental & Molecular Toxicology and the School of Chemical, Biological, and Environmental Engineering, was honored with the LL Stewart Faculty Scholars award for her outstanding service. More…

Students

Global Formula Racing makes racing history
The Global Formula Racing team has earned the national championship title at Michigan International Speedway not once, not twice, but three times — making them the only team in history to earn such an honor. See stories in Terra, Ingenium, KVAL, and SAE Update. Watch the documentary on GFR here.

Pumped up: Engineers Without Borders heads to Kenya for water project
A team of ambitious engineers is traveling 9,000 miles to help bring drinkable water to a small farming community in Kenya. More…

Student takes second in inaugural research competition
Electrical and computer engineering graduate student Benjamin Hershberg was awarded second place and $5,000 at the inaugural Broadcom Foundation University Research Competition.

Oregon State honors outstanding students
Congratulations to the outstanding College of Engineering students who were honored during the 2011-2012 academic year:

  • Nicklaus Abdou, freshman in pre-civil engineering, Drucilla Shepard Smith Scholastic Award
  • Mark Alward, junior in computer science, Drucilla Shepard Smith Scholastic Award
  • Anthony Amsberry, senior in bioengineering, Drucilla Shepard Smith Scholastic Award & Clara H. Waldo and E.A. Cummings Outstanding Student Award
  • Sarani Chatterjee, sophomore in pre-bioengineering, Drucilla Shepard Smith Scholastic Award
  • Christopher Fenrick, senior in computer science, Drucilla Shepard Smith Scholastic Award
  • Christina Garrett, senior in civil engineering, Graduating Presidential Scholar
  • Xiao-Yue Han, senior in bioengineering, Clara H. Waldo and E.A. Cummings Outstanding Student Award Honorable Mention
  • Aaron Johnson, junior in computer science, Drucilla Shepard Smith Scholastic Award
  • Marsha Lampi, senior in bioengineering, Drucilla Shepard Smith Scholastic Award
  • Scott Lindbloom, freshman in pre-manufacturing engineering, Drucilla Shepard Smith Scholastic Award
  • Michael Mendes, senior in computer science, Graduating Presidential Scholar
  • Daniel Miller, junior in pre-mechanical engineering, Drucilla Shepard Smith Scholastic Award
  • Alyssa Nielson, sophomore in pre-bioengineering, Drucilla Shepard Smith Scholastic Award
  • Michael Perlin, sophomore in pre-nuclear engineering, Drucilla Shepard Smith Scholastic Award
  • Jeremy Spencer, senior computer engineering, Drucilla Shepard Smith Scholastic Award
  • Robin Wagner, senior in bioengineering, Graduating Presidential Scholar

Shuffleboard: Robot style
Game-playing robots might sound like science fiction, but students in an applied robotics class competed in a shuffleboard tournament where robots — not humans — served as players. More…

In Memoriam

Duane Wallace dies at age 55
Duane Wallace ('79, Industrial and Manufacturing Engineering) will be remembered as having lived large — from an accomplished engineering career to his fishing expeditions — but most importantly for his integrity and compassion. More…

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