November 2007
 VOLUME VII, ISSUE VI  
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Professor Attending Beijing Olympics to Conduct Research
Carlos Jensen, a computer science professor at OSU, will be participating in the Olympics in Beijing this summer. Although Jensen won't be throwing the javelin, competing in beach volleyball, or fencing, he will be doing research to make it easier for the more than 4,500 television and radio commentators who broadcast live from the Olympics to more accurately and instantly access data about the athletes and events while on the air.
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Chemical-Powered Vehicle Wins First Place
A four-student team from the OSU School of Chemical, Biological, and Environmental Engineering won first place at the regional AIChE (American Institute of Chemical Engineers) Chem-E-Car Competition. Team members Nikole Wilkins, Paul Dornath, Ian Braly, and Matt Yoder designed and constructed “Beaver Evolution,” a hydrogen powered fuel cell car that uses the iodine clock reaction. The team also earned 2nd place in the poster competition!
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Materials Science PhD Candidates Win Top Honors
Minalben Shah and Chien-Chih Huang, materials science doctoral candidates in the School of Mechanical, Industrial, and Manufacturing Engineering, took top honors in ASM International’s Student Presentation Competition. Shah won 1st place for her presentation on “Micromechanisms of Fracture in Resin Based Dental Restorative Composites,” and Huang placed 3rd. The students work with OSU professors Jay Kruzic and David Cann.
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Bravo Beaver Racing!
More than 95 teams from across North America went head to head in the dust, dirt and rocks at the 2008 Baja SAE Competition in Peoria, Illinois. But when the dust had settled, OSU’s Baja teams placed 2nd and 5th overall. Another phenomenal national showing! Congratulations to both teams on this excellent example of engineering ingenuity in action!
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PhD Candidate Wins $15,000 IBM Scholarship
Joseph Lawrance, a PhD candidate in computer science, has been selected to receive a prestigious IBM PhD Scholarship for the 2008-09 academic year. The highly competitive award honors exceptional students who show potential for research excellence in areas of interest to IBM. Lawrance is assigned a mentor from IBM and is given the opportunity to participate in an internship at the company.
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Partnering to Design Super Efficient Solar Systems
Groundbreaking research by OSU electrical engineering professor John Wager, which resulted in development of the world’s first transparent transistor at OSU, has lead to a new licensing agreement between HP, OSU and Xtreme Energetics, a company that will develop a solar energy system designed to generate electricity at twice the efficiency and half the cost of traditional solar panels.
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Ninth Annual Engineering Expo Better Than Ever
Busloads of school students and others descended on the Kelley Engineering Center last month to check out more than 100 engineering projects developed and displayed by graduating seniors in the College of Engineering. Projects ranged from an electric motorcycle and an interactive music machine to insulation made from recycled Styrofoam trays and a video game controller designed to accommodate people with disabilities.
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Kathryn Higley Named Fellow
Kathryn Higley, a professor in the School of Nuclear Engineering and Radiation Health Physics, has been named a Fellow of the Health Physics Society. This honor is given to senior members of the Society in recognition of their significant administrative, educational, and/or scientific contributions to the profession of health physics. Before joining OSU in 1994, Higley spent 14 years with Battelle Pacific Northwest Laboratories as an environmental health physicist.
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Professor Uses Fiber Optics to Measure Air Flow, Water Temperature
John Selker, a professor in the Department of Biological and Ecological Engineering, has found an innovative new way to use fiber optic cables to record water temperatures along miles of streambeds or track air flow patterns in deep valleys. It’s called distributed temperature sensing (DTS) and the cable can be deployed across distances of 10 kilometers or more.
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Kearney Rising: Apperson-to-Kearney Renovation Moving Up
Construction of the $12 million dollar renovation of Apperson Hall, which will be renamed Kearney Hall when complete, is well underway! Workers removed the steel structure holding the stone façade in place in late May, and the interior walls, hallways and atrium are in place. For more information, and to see the webcam, visit:
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CH2M HILL Founder Shares Business Secrets
When OSU civil engineering alum Jim Howland stepped down as chairman of CH2M Hill after 30 years, he left a little yellow book of homespun business maxims interspersed with a handful of cartoons. The idea was to communicate the basic principles the firm was built on: Do quality work. Keep faith with the client. Maintain high ethical standards. Hire good people and reward their efforts.
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Alum Dies While Working in Afghanistan
Jeff Ammon, a 2001 nuclear engineering graduate, died as a result of injuries suffered from an improvised explosive device on May 20th while serving in Afghanistan. Ammon, of Orem, Utah, was a lieutenant in the U.S. Navy. “Jeff was just extraordinarily talented, one of the best scholars we’ve ever had,” said Steven Reese, director of the OSU Radiation Center.
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Fundraising Reaches New Heights
When the fiscal year ends on June 30, OSU will have had the best fundraising year in the university’s history. Fundraising at the College of Engineering is part of the reason: as of the end of May, the College had raised $21 million of its $13 million goal for the fiscal year, or a whopping 147 percent. And more than $97.5 million of the College’s $138 million overall campaign goal has been raised.
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"I think of the OSU Department of Chemical Engineering as an extension of my family, having ‘lived’ there for the last six years. I’m grateful for everything I learned and how the department prepared me for a successful future. I hope my donation to OSU will help continue to provide great service and education to chemical engineering students."

Eilleen Hebert, OSU ChE alum (BS, 2005, MS, 2007) now an engineer at Ernest & Julio Gallo Winery.

June 15 – Commencement! Reser Stadium, 1 p.m., rain or shine!
Join us as another class of new OSU Engineers receives diplomas and embarks on a journey to help build a better world. The class of 2008 will join more than 28,000 OSU Engineering graduates worldwide.
http://oregonstate.edu/commencement
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