February 2007
 VOLUME VI, ISSUE VI   
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From Bat Flight to Flying Machines
A new mechanical engineering research project might lead to micro flying machines capable of navigating cluttered environments such as urban landscapes, dense forests, or rugged canyons. ME professor Belinda Batten and graduate students are playing a critical role in the $6-million joint project aimed at better understanding how bats maneuver so effectively during flight.
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Students Make "Green" Polymer from Biodiesel and Wine Byproducts
What if those polystyrene foam meat trays in supermarkets were biodegradable? This is a possibility, thanks to a senior project by OSU chemical engineering students Christen Glarborg, Patrick O'Connor, Heather Paris, and Alana Warner-Tuhy, who have come up with a ‘green’ polymer made by combining the byproducts from wine making and biodiesel production!
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Students Innovate Potential Product
Mechanical engineering students Ruander Cardenas, Douglas Heymann, and Jordan Young, make up one of only 10 student design teams nationwide selected to compete in the 2007 Innovation Showcase (I-Show). The honor is based on the technological merit and marketing potential of their senior project, a device that measures the presence of vapor in a 100-micron wide channel.
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Kazakhstan Student a "Freshman Phenom" in Nuclear Engineering
Nineteen-year-old Olzhas Batyrbekov, an OSU freshman in nuclear engineering, already has more than 20 academic publications to his name, a record many doctoral candidates would envy. As a high school student in his hometown of Almaty, Kazakhstan, he worked in an academic chemistry lab and published his first journal article at the age of sixteen.
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New Approach to Fixing Spreadsheet Errors Could Save Billions
Each year, an estimated 11 million people in the U.S. create 100 million spreadsheets. But almost 90 percent of them contain non-trivial errors. This is why OSU computer science professor Martin Erwig and his doctoral student Robin Abraham have developed a semi-automatic debugger for spreadsheet systems that is being licensed to a new spin-out company located at OSU.
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Alum to Lead School of Civil & Construction Engineering
A leader from one of the nation’s top engineering schools and a former CH2M HILL engineer is the new director of the OSU School of Civil and Construction Engineering. Scott Ashford, a 1983 OSU alum who earned a PhD at Berkeley, comes to OSU from UC, San Diego, where he helped the Jacobs School of Engineering climb up the national rankings from No. 43 to No. 11.
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Wayne Huber Receives Julian Hinds Award
OSU civil engineering professor Wayne Huber has been selected to receive the national 2007 Julian Hinds Award, presented by the Environmental & Water Resources Institute of the American Society of Civil Engineers. The award is made annually to the author(s) of that paper which is judged to be the most meritorious contribution to the field of water resources development.
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Mini Tsunami to Slam Scale Model of Tourist Town
In a $300,000 study funded in part by Oregon Sea Grant, researchers at the OSU College of Engineering are building a scale model of the coastal town of Seaside, Oregon, in the Tsunami Wave Basin. The model will then be inundated by tsunami waves to determine best evacuation routes and other information that will help coastal towns prepare for tsunamis.
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At Age 87, Alum Receives Diploma at Last...
Ross Patterson studied electrical engineering at OSU between 1937-1942. But he was called away to serve in the U.S. Navy during WWII, and never got back to OSU to complete his degree. Now, at age 87, he’s been awarded his diploma, making him the oldest known OSU Engineering grad ever.
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Internships Key to Grad Landing Great Job
Randall Hoyt, who graduated last year in civil engineering, was snapped up by a Wisconsin engineering firm before the interview process was even over. Hoyt says the reason he beat out the competition is the experience he gained during his CECOP internships and his experience at OSU. “My CECOP work experience set me apart.”
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New IRA Rollover Law Helps Alumni Give Tax Free
Thanks to a new federal law, OSU electrical engineering alumnus Orin Zimmerman and his wife Josephine, an OSU home economics alumna, have made gifts to Oregon State from their IRAs tax free. Similar IRA Rollover gifts to the OSU College of Engineering totaled more than $600,000 last year. Join the trend!
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"In partnership with OSU's Industrial Assessment Center to track energy cost and use, identify waste, and suggest improvements, we’ve been achieving steady gains in energy efficiency. This is already saving tens of thousands of dollars per year, an amount that will likely increase as we continue implementation of the IAC's recommendations. In today's energy environment, this is important, and we are grateful to OSU Engineering for providing this service to Tillamook County Creamery Association and other Oregon businesses."

Jack Mulder, Director of Engineering, Tillamook County Creamery Association

June 20-24 – International Conference on Machine Learning
The 24th Annual International Conference on Machine Learning, expected to attract more than 500 attendees, will be held in conjunction with the 2007 International Conference on Inductive Logic Programming at OSU. More info...

July 20-22 – da Vinci Days!
The College of Engineering is again a proud sponsor of this weekend festival in Corvallis, Oregon, that celebrates the confluence of technology and art. This year’s theme is “Motion & Commotion,” and the College will have hands-on displays featuring many exciting aspects of our educational and research programs. Come join the commotion! If you’d like to volunteer to help with the College exhibits, please contact Chris Bell at 541-737-1598, or chris.a.bell@oregonstate.edu
http://www.davinci-days.org

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). Conference runs 8 a.m. - 6:30 p.m in the CH2M HILL Alumni Center, OSU Campus. More info at: http://ostpartnership.org/events/oceanRenewableEnergy2

September 10-12, 2007 Micro Nano Breakthrough Conference in 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. Plan to attend:
http://oregonstate.edu/conferences/MNBC

 

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