July 2002 -- VOLUME I, ISSUE VI

R E S E A R C H @ OSU Engineering

ENGINEERING PROFESSOR TEAMS WITH CHEMIST IN ELECTRONICS BREAKTHROUGH--
In an article published in the July 5 issue of the journal Science, OSU electrical and computer engineering professor John Wager and OSU chemistry professor Douglas Keszler describe their cross-disciplinary research breakthrough that could revolutionize the manufacturing of semiconductor chips, flat panel displays, light bulbs, and more. Working in collaboration with two private technology companies, Hewlett-Packard and ReyTech Corp. of Bend, Oregon, the OSU team has discovered a new method of producing crystalline oxide thin films at low temperatures. Their research has yielded a patent application for OSU and is supported by Hewlett-Packard and $1.25 million in grants from the National Science Foundation. Read the Oregonian feature story on the exciting breakthrough:
http://oregonlive.com/business/oregonian/index.ssf?/xml/story.ssf/html_standard.xsl?/base/business/1025783781162261.xml

A L U M N I @ OSU Engineering

OSU ALUM MAKES FRONT COVER OF WIRED MAGAZINE--
Jen-Hsun Huang, the 39-year-old founder and CEO of nVIDIA Corporation, was featured on the front cover of the July issue of WIRED magazine. He follows Steven Spielberg, who graced last month's cover. Huang graduated from OSU's department of electrical and computer engineering in 1983 before going on to found the company that WIRED magazine is calling the "next Intel." Read the full story:
http://www.wired.com/wired/archive/10.07/Nvidia.html See the front cover:
http://www.wired.com/wired/archive/10.07/

S T U D E N T S @ OSU Engineering

OSU ENGINEERING STUDENT TESTIFIES BEFORE U.S. CONGRESS--
OSU nuclear engineering student Marcia Whittaker had the rare opportunity of testifying before the U.S. Senate Subcommittee on Science about her experience with zero-gravity research projects aboard NASA's KC-135. See a photo of Whittaker "floating" in space and read the full story at:
http://www.engr.orst.edu/news/ne/81
Read her testimony at:
http://commerce.senate.gov/hearings/hearings0202.htm

GRAD STUDENT PUBLISHES IN JOURNAL SCIENCE, CREDITS OSU'S HANDS-ON ENGINEERING EDUCATION--
It's rare for graduate students to publish research results in the prestigious journal Science, but Jeff Bender, a PhD candidate in OSU's department of electrical and computer engineering, did just that. His name is listed as a co-author on an article that appears in the July 5 issue describing a new way to produce crystalline oxide thin films at very low temperatures, allowing electronic displays to be put on flexible, lightweight plastics. Bender says that OSU's hands-on approach to graduate engineering education and their emphasis on industry collaboration definitely helped. Read Bender's story at:
http://www.engr.orst.edu/news/ece/153

26,000 OSU ENGINEERS AND COUNTING. . . .
At the OSU graduation ceremony last month, the College of Engineering passed a major milestone: it has now given degrees to more than 26,000 engineering graduates since the college was founded.

I N D U S T R Y  C O L L A B O R A T I O N @ OSU Engineering

14 INDUSTRY CONTRIBUTORS RECOGNIZED FOR SUPPORT--
At its annual Industrial Advisory Board luncheon, the Department of Electrical and Computer Engineering (ECE) recognized the following companies for their contributions of equipment and/or research funding: Analog Devices Inc., Blue Road Research, Cascade Microtech, Cypress Semiconductor, Electro Scientific Industries, Hewlett Packard, Intel Corp., National Semiconductor, Sandia National Laboratories, Sun Microsystems, Tality, Tektronix, Teradyne and Texas Instruments. Each provided equipment or funding worth $10,000 or more during the current academic year, with six contributing $100,000 or more. "The support from industry has been really incredible," said Terri Fiez, ECE department head. "Especially given the challenges industry has faced during the last year. For them to continue and even increase their support makes their impact even more significant."

B U I L D I N G @ OSU Engineering

GROUNDBREAKING DATE SET FOR KELLEY ENGINEERING CENTER--
The groundbreaking ceremony for the new Kelley Engineering Center will take place Saturday, September 21st between Milam and Bexell Halls on campus, the site of the new building. Following the groundbreaking festivities, the OSU-Fresno State football game at Reser Stadium will feature a halftime ceremony that highlights the Kelley Engineering Center and celebrates OSU Engineering. For more information on the groundbreaking ceremony, contact Tina Batten at 541-737-8613 or Tina.Batten@OregonState.edu. Track progress and see images of the Kelley Engineering Center on the web at:
http://engr.oregonstate.edu/top25/building/

F U N D R A I S I N G @ OSU Engineering

OSU ENGINEERING ALUM NAMED CEO OF OSU FOUNDATION--
Dwayne Foley, a 1967 OSU mechanical engineering graduate, is the new CEO of the Oregon State University Foundation. For more than 30 years, Foley worked for Northwest Natural Gas, serving as senior vice president from 1990 to 2000. He came to OSU two years ago to serve as director of the Alumni Association.
http://osu.orst.edu/dept/ncs/newsarch/2002/Jun02/foley.htm

F A C U L T Y  &  S T A F F @ OSU Engineering

OSU NUCLEAR ENGINEERING TAPPED BY U.S. SECRETARY OF ENERGY--
Faculty and staff at the OSU Department of Nuclear Engineering and Radiation Health Physics and the OSU Radiation Center have been awarded part of a prestigious $5.5 million federal grant announced by U.S. Secretary of Energy Spencer Abraham. Abraham named OSU as a lead university in one of four consortia of universities across the country tapped to address the growing demand for trained experts in nuclear science and technology. "This award signifies the Department of Energy's recognition of the strength and high quality of the research activities . . . and the educational programs conducted at OSU," said Andrew C. Klein, head of OSU's Department of Nuclear Engineering and Radiation Health Physics. The full story:
http://www.engr.orst.edu/news/ne/79

ENGINEERING PROFESSOR FEATURED ON NATIONAL PUBLIC RADIO--
ECE faculty Annette von Jouanne was recently interviewed for the internationally-syndicated NPR show "51%," a weekly radio show highlighting women who impact society, especially through science and technology. Read more or listen to the show:
http://www.engr.orst.edu/news/ece/147

I N N O V A T I O N S @ OSU Engineering

DA VINCI DAYS TO FEATURE OSU ROBOTS AT "CREATION STATION"--
Da Vinci Days, Corvallis' annual celebration of art, science, and technology that draws visitors (and kinetic sculptures!) from across the country, this year will feature OSU robots, their student "creators," and much more at OSU Engineering's "Creation Station." Festival goers will have the chance to create "robot assisted" artwork and help the robots negotiate a maze. Read more at:
http://www.engr.orst.edu/news/coe/90

H E A R D O N C A M P U S @ OSU Engineering

"For graduate school, OSU is great. A new grad student here can be in the clean room doing research right from the get go. You have a lot of control and latitude with your research. At other universities, like Berkeley or Stanford, you can be there for a year or two before you get anywhere near a clean room, and even then you're limited on what you get to do. OSU is very different from that. It's a lot more hands-on and there is a lot more collaboration with industry on research projects."

-Jeff Bender, ECE graduate student whose research appears in the July 5 issue of the journal Science.

I M P O R T A N T  L I N K S @ OSU Engineering