June 2002 -- VOLUME I, ISSUE V

R E S E A R C H @ OSU Engineering

NEW RESEARCH LAB WILL DEVELOP "LEAN" MANUFACTURING FOR ELECTRONICS INDUSTRY--
The Department of Industrial and Manufacturing Engineering (IME) is building a state-of-the-art "Lean Automation Lab" on campus where researchers and students will develop high-productivity, super-efficient automated manufacturing systems tailored to the electronics industry. Unlike traditional manufacturing, the electronics industry manufactures very high volumes of widely diverse components that are upgraded often. Electronics manufacturing lines therefore have to be extremely flexible and smart, or "lean." Using a $185,000 grant from the Society of Manufacturing Engineering, IME assistant professor Toni Doolen is working in collaboration with local manufacturers and equipment vendors to set up a cutting-edge surface mount assembly line that will make the new lab the only one of its kind in the U.S. "This lab is particularly suited to educate students to directly meet the needs of Oregon's high tech companies," says IME dept. head Richard Billo. Among the business partners are: Axiom Electronics, Beamworks, Mega Tech of Oregon, Tyco Electronics, TechSystems Northwest, and ControlTek. "This lab is an excellent example of extended partnership and collaboration between professional organizations, OSU Engineering, equipment suppliers, and industry," says Doolen. "The result is a state-of-the-art learning venue for our engineering students."

S T U D E N T S @ OSU Engineering

OSU ENGINEERING STUDENTS WIN PRESTIGIOUS FELLOWSHIPS, SCHOLARSHIPS--
Teresa Bailey and Gregory Davidson, seniors in the Department of Nuclear Engineering, are two of only 25 students in the U.S. awarded prestigious Computational Science Graduate Fellowships (CSGF), which cover tuition, a $2,100/mo. stipend, $1,000 research allowance, and a workstation worth up to $2,500. Bailey will attend graduate school at Texas A&M, Davidson here at OSU.

Jeff Bender, Electrical and Computer Engineering graduate student, won a prestigious Intel Foundation PhD Fellowship, which covers tuition, books, fees, and a stipend for one year, plus a Pentium III laptop worth $2,900. The award is based on academic achievement and the relevance of his research to Intel's industry. Bender's research will be featured in an upcoming issue of the journal Science.

Of the 32 Oregon high school seniors recently awarded AeA engineering and technology scholarships worth up to $10,000 each, 23 will enroll at OSU this fall to study engineering and participate in corporate mentoring and internship programs. For more information, see
http://www.aeanet.org/pressroom/oras_pressrelease_scholarship.asp

OSU ENGINEERING LOSES GRAD STUDENT ON MT. RAINIER--
Cornelius Beilharz, a graduate student from Stuttgart, Germany studying in the Department of Electrical and Computer Engineering was one of two OSU students who died in a climbing accident on Mt. Rainier in Washington state last month. The College of Engineering community sends its deepest sympathies to those affected by this tragic loss of life.
News story:
http://oregonstate.edu/events/headlines/05-02/mountain-deaths.htm
Memorial story:
http://www.katu.com/news/story.asp?ID=47084

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

CHEMICAL ENGINEERING PARTNERS WITH NEW HEART CENTER--
Professors, students, and researchers from the Department of Chemical Engineering are working closely with Samaritan Health Services staff in a unique partnership based at the newly opened $4 million Ralph Hull Regional Heart Center in Corvallis. The new five-story, 35,000-sq.-ft. facility located at Good Samaritan Hospital includes offices and laboratories dedicated to OSU scientists and graduate students who are working with cardiologists, surgeons, and hospital staff to research and develop materials that will help reduce complications of heart-related procedures. OSU Chemical Engineering professor Joe McGuire says the collaborative relationship is focused on developing safe, surface-coating technologies that can be used on intravascular devices, including catheters, endovascular stents, and other medical devices implanted into the body that are susceptible to blood clotting, infection, and irritation.
Read more at:
http://www.engr.orst.edu/news/coe/87

SRC FUNDS $1.3 MILLION IN INTEGRATED CIRCUIT RESEARCH--
The Semiconductor Research Corporation (SRC) is currently funding several research projects in the Department of Electrical and Computer Engineering with $1.3 million in grants. Drs. Karti Mayaram and Terri Fiez are leading the research projects that focus primarily on mixed-signal integrated circuit (IC) modeling and simulation and analog/mixed-signal IC design.
http://www.engr.orst.edu/news/ece/93

B U I L D I N G @ OSU Engineering

NEW KELLEY ENGINEERING CENTER NAMED FOR OSU ALUM--
In honor of OSU civil engineering graduate Martin Kelley, who gave a $20 million gift toward its construction, the new 146,000-sq.-ft., $45 million engineering building to be built on campus beginning this summer will be called the Kelley Engineering Center.
http://osu.orst.edu/dept/ncs/newsarch/2002/May02/kelley.htm

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

ANONYMOUS DONOR RECOGNIZED--
Martin Kelley, OSU civil engineering alum and retired vice president and chief engineer of Peter Kiewit Sons', Inc., identified himself as the previously anonymous donor who gave $20 million to OSU Engineering, the largest cash gift in the university's history. Kelley stepped forward in hopes of inspiring others to give to the Top-25 Campaign.

To read the Oregonian's coverage of the event and an editorial go to:
http://oregonlive.com/news/oregonian/index.ssf?/xml/story.ssf/html_standard.xsl?/base/news/1021552486161940.xml (news story)
http://oregonlive.com/editorials/oregonian/index.ssf?/xml/story.ssf/html_standard.xsl?/base/editorial/102172301687481.xml (editorial)

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

CS PROFESSOR RECOGNIZED AS ACM FELLOW, DRAWS ON ANTHROPOLOGY CAREER TO DESIGN BETTER SOFTWARE--
On April 28, OSU professor Cherri Pancake became the first faculty member in the Department of Computer Science to be recognized as a Fellow of the ACM (Association for Computing Machinery), the largest professional society for computer science in the world with more than 75,000 members. The ceremony, which took place in Toronto, cited Pancake's outstanding accomplishments in making technical software easier for non-computer scientists to use. Pancake was also interviewed for a feature article in UBIQUITY, the online magazine published by ACM, where she joins computing notables such as Don Norman, Vint Cerf, Dave Parnas, and Peter Denning. Read her fascinating interview and find out how, among other things, she is employing anthropological techniques she learned in Guatemala to develop software that is easier to use: http://www.acm.org/ubiquity/interviews/c_pancake_1.html

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

OSU'S NACSE DUBBED "THINK TANK" BY INFOWORLD MAGAZINE--
InfoWorld magazine recently used the term "think tank" to describe the Northwest Alliance for Computational Science and Engineering (NACSE) at OSU Engineering. The staff at NACSE, however, does much more than just think. Directed by OSU computer science professor Cherri Pancake, NACSE is an interdisciplinary research institute that solves software usability problems faced by research scientists and engineers. The InfoWorld article cites research by Jason McKerr, a development engineer at NACSE who helped develop a comprehensive shared Information Environment for the Dept. of Defense High-Performance Computing Modernization Program. Read more at:
http://www.infoworld.com/articles/hn/xml/02/05/12/020512hnjrun.xml
Find out more about NACSE at:
http://www.nacse.org/

A L U M N I @ OSU Engineering

OSU ENGINEERING ALUMNI TAPPED FOR NASA SPACE TRAVEL--
William Oefelein (BSEE, '88) and Donald Pettit (ChemE, '78) have both received flight assignments on upcoming NASA Space Shuttle flights. Oefelein, who visited campus in May, was selected to pilot the Space Shuttle Atlantis during a June 2003 flight, and Pettit has been assigned as a back-up crew member to Space Station Expedition-6. While on campus, Oefelein, who was flying gliders solo when he was only 14 years old, tells students to "find something you like to do, and then go out and do it well." Because NASA is experiencing a shortage of engineers, Oefelein is encouraging students to study science and engineering.
Read More about Oefelein at:
http://www.engr.orst.edu/news/ece/144

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

"This new OSU engineering building is the fulcrum against which you place the pole to move an entire university."

--Joe Cox, Chancellor

Oregon University System

U P  C O M I N G  E V E N T S @ OSU Engineering

GROUNDBREAKING CEREMONY RESCHEDULED--
The groundbreaking ceremony for new Kelley Engineering Center has been rescheduled for Saturday, September 21st. The change was made to accommodate broader participation by key individuals and will not impact completion of the new building which is on track to open in fall, 2004!
http://www.engr.orst.edu/news/coe/86

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