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June 2016

From the Dean

The 17th annual Undergraduate Engineering Expo was a booming success! More than 2,000 enthusiastic visitors, including students from 25 high schools, admired 222 projects accomplished by nearly 700 students.

In this issue of Momentum, you will read about five of the Expo projects, a mere sampling of the dazzling array of ideas, models, prototypes, apps, and more.

Congratulations to every project team for a job well done, and thank you to everyone who participated in this exciting event, which showcases the ingenuity, imagination, and hard work of our students.

To our industry partners, I extend my heartfelt gratitude. Your unwavering support and encouragement contributes an irreplaceable dimension in the education of our students.

Congratulations to the award-winning teams for their exceptional achievements.

Go Beavs!

Scott A. Ashford, Ph.D.
('83 Oregon State, Civil Engineering)
Kearney Professor and Dean
College of Engineering
Oregon State University

2016 Undergraduate Expo

Stemming the flow: Students identify costly stormwater intrusion in Corvallis sewers system
Mathew Palmer, Aasya Moussaoa, and Sam Fusick analyzed average daily water flow rates through the Corvallis sewer system and the length of time that pumping stations operated and determined that large volumes of excess water is infiltrating the system through cracks and fissures in underground pipes, costing the city $3,200 annually. More…

Finding the right angle to improve solar panel efficiency
Corbin Moser, Nicholas Evano, and Ryan McMahon’s project was to increase the efficiency of solar panels mounted on EarthCruiser’s all-terrain expedition vehicles. In field tests, efficiency increased five percent when the panels were raised to angles that captured more of the sun’s energy. More…

A river runs over it: Students propose a ford to alleviate eastern Oregon flooding
Will Dickman, Anna Stewart, Eric Nygren, and Kristina Hossley considered several possible solutions to mitigate the flooding of farmland, homesteads, and sewage holding lagoons from Pine Creek outside of Halfway, Oregon. More…

Using bat anatomy to improve robot navigation
Colin Comard, Seydou Yaogo, and Ilya Zhimanov took plastic bat ears manufactured by a 3-D printer and hooked them to a sonar system that they designed and built in an effort to seek ways to improve the navigational ability of robots. More…

Watch a video of other electrical engineering and computer science projects.

Cell phone photographs radiation, warns of danger
Sophia Uchiyama, Bashayr Almusali, and Justin Gillilan have designed a small, inexpensive radiation detector which will enable anyone with a smart phone to "photograph" radiation and determine in a flash if they’re being exposed to high levels of radiation. More…

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