February 2007
 VOLUME VI, ISSUE VII   
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Safer C-Sections for Rural Hospitals
A team of engineering graduate students and faculty at OSU is collaborating with medical doctors to create a mobile, wireless system for facilitating safer emergency C-sections at rural hospitals. The "C-Section Facilitator" is a communication and information system designed to quickly assemble the C-section surgical team and prepare the patient and operating room.
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Harley-Riding Grad Student Keen on Wave Energy
OSU electrical engineering PhD student Ken Rhinefrank enjoys riding his Harley. He also knows a thing or two about energy systems—knowledge he gained working at places like Hewlett-Packard and aboard a U.S. Navy nuclear submarine. Now he’s working on a buoy design that will harness energy from the motion of ocean waves.
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PhD Grad Honored for Efforts to Reduce Stereotypes
Prior to receiving his PhD in civil engineering, OSU doctoral student Derron Rafiq Coles was honored with the Marilyn Gorski Award for Academic Excellence, an award bestowed each year by the OSU Office of LGBT Outreach and Services to a student who has demonstrated excellence in both academics and leadership.
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Living Life Large as a Foreign Student
When OSU computer science grad Xiaomeng "Christina" Zhong left Beijing for the U.S., she was after the experience of a lifetime. Zhong got that, and much more. She ran OSU’s campus TV station, co-produced an award-winning radio show, played a flute in the marching band, did internships at Kodak and a forklift company, and much more!
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OSU Spin-Off Raises $25 Million More
Mystrands.com, a Corvallis-based music-recommendation software developer that was started by OSU Engineering faculty Jon Herlocker and Tom Dietterich has attracted an additional $25 million in private funding. The company employs more than 50 people, including OSU engineers, and has offices in Corvallis, Oregon, and Barcelona, Spain.
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Senior Design Projects Help Solve Industry Challenges
Each year, senior engineering students at OSU tackle tricky problems faced by industry. The student engineers in all disciplines work with industry sponsors to come up with solutions, prototypes, and more. The School of Electrical Engineering and Computer Science has just added education innovator Donald Heer to enhance this industry-student experience. Read more, then call us.
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Semprini Named Distinguished Professor
Lewis Semprini, an OSU professor of environmental engineering who pioneered the practice of using living organisms to remove pollutants from soil and water, has earned the university’s highest faculty honor, the title of "distinguished professor." Semprini’s research projects have been funded by approximately $15 million from the NSF, EPA, and others.
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Professor Helps Ease Air Traffic Congestion
Kagan Tumer, OSU professor of dynamics and control, received the Best Paper Award at the 2007 Conference on Autonomous Agents and Multiagent Systems for a paper he coauthored. The paper, selected from 531 submissions, details how a multi-agent algorithm for traffic flow management could reduce congestion by as much as 67 percent.
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Innovative OSU "Platform for Learning" Takes Off
Original funding from Tektronix for a learning program built around robots helps OSU engineering students apply classroom theory to the real world by adding functionality and features to their TekBots as they progress through school. "TekBots allows you to be an engineer while becoming an engineer," says electrical engineering student Chris Edmonds.
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Weatherford Hall Gets LEED Certification
OSU’s historic Weatherford Hall, home of the nation’s largest residential entrepreneurship program, has been certified a “green” building by the Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design program (LEED). The 1928 building underwent a $20 million renovation in 2004, thanks in part to a lead gift by OSU Engineering alumnus Ken Austin and his wife Joan.
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Civil Alum Named Interim Transportation Secretary
Paula Hammond, former chief of staff at the Washington State Department of Transportation, has been named interim transportation secretary of the department, effective Aug. 1. Hammond, a 1979 OSU civil engineering graduate, began her career on a WSDOT survey crew in 1978. While a student at OSU, Hammond’s last name was Cavanaugh.
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Private Gifts Support Star Engineering Students
Currently only eight percent of the engineering workforce is made up of women. As an aspiring chemical engineer, sophomore Kelly Wilson often finds herself in classrooms that are dominated by male students. But this high-achieving student from Aurora, Oregon, barely notices. She is too busy.
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"[Developing the C-Section Facilitator] has been a great experience. These OSU students are very talented and engaged. They work hard and like to explore new ideas. It’s very rewarding. And this system is something that’s definitely needed at small and rural hospitals."

Dr. James Bauer, an obstetrician/gynecologist at Peace Harbor Hospital in Florence, Oregon

August 10: Ocean Renewable Energy Conference II: Making Ocean Renewable Energy Happen in Oregon
Learn about Oregon’s leading role in the emerging wave energy industry. During the conference, the lab where OSU researchers are developing wave energy technology will be rededicated in honor of the late Alan Wallace, OSU professor whose research was instrumental in establishing Oregon’s leadership position in ocean energy. The lab will be called the Wallace Energy Systems and Renewables Facility (WESRF). The conference runs 8 a.m. - 6:30 p.m. in the CH2M HILL Alumni Center, OSU Campus. More info...

September 10-12, 2007 Micro Nano Breakthrough Conference, Portland brings together leaders in research, education, technology development, industry, government, business, and venture capital investments to focus on development of micro and nano technology for new products. Attendees will share ideas and findings, build collaborative networks, participate in working groups, exhibit commercial technologies and services, and help set agendas for developing new microproducts. More info...

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