February 2007
 VOLUME VI, ISSUE III   
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Tapping Seaweed to Clean Up Toxins
OSU chemical engineering professor Greg Rorrer is studying whether the metabolic processes of certain marine seaweeds can be harnessed to break down a class of pollutants known as polycyclic aromatic hydrocarbons (PAHs) into less toxic components. Formed by the incomplete combustion of petroleum fuels, PAHs are toxic to marine invertebrates, particularly clams and oysters.
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CEM Teams Bring Home the Hardware
Eight teams totaling 44 students represented OSU at the Associated Schools of Construction (ASC) Construction Management Competition in Reno, where they competed against stiff competition to bring home trophies, including a 1st Place win for the Heavy Civil team (pictured left). Students were coached by OSU Construction Education Foundation Chair Greg Baker.
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Engineering Students Named Most Influential Undergraduates
Three OSU engineering students were among those named by the Daily Barometer newspaper as the 25 Most Influential Undergraduates at OSU. They are mechanical engineering seniors Douglas Van Bossuyt and Liz Campagna and chemical engineering junior Kari Varin.
Read more about Van Bossuyt and Campagna here, and about Varin here.
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Spanish Language, Scholarships Helps Star Student Excel
Sophomore chemical engineering student Kelly Wilson considered studying engineering at other universities, but the scholarships offered by OSU convinced her to come here. Since arriving, she’s been busy doing great things, from working on portable kidney dialysis technology to using her fluency in Spanish to help build a potable water system in El Salvador.
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OSU Inks License Agreement with Semiconductor Company
OSU’s first equity license agreement involves Silicon Valley semiconductor technology company Clear Shape Technologies and algorithms developed by researchers in the OSU School of Electrical Engineering and Computer Science. The agreement provides OSU with shares of Clear Shape stock in exchange for rights to the technology.
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Invite an Engineering Student to Your Classroom
Inspire your students to study engineering! Invite an OSU Engineering Ambassador to visit your classroom. Ambassadors are current OSU engineering students who make classroom visits throughout Oregon to show middle and high school students what engineers really do. This is a great way to break down those engineering stereotypes.
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New Professor Helps Machines Learn
In a world awash in data, Xiaoli Fern, an assistant professor in the School of Electrical Engineering and Computer Science, is helping improve machine learning and data mining. A member of OSU’s Ecosystem Informatics initiative, Fern helps researchers in the H. J. Andrews Experimental Forest analyze data collected by wireless sensors in the forest canopy.
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Paasch Named New Boeing Professor of Design
OSU professor of mechanical engineering, Robert Paasch, has been named the university’s new Boeing Professor of Mechanical Engineering Design. The professorship was established by Boeing in 1992 to support and augment the mechanical engineering design curriculum at OSU. Paasch plans to bring global product development into the curriculum and expand global academic relationships.
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Engineering Methods Could Aid Dentistry, Medicine
The same engineering methods used to build safe, sturdy jet engines might one day help your dentist or doctor determine how soon that cracked tooth or stress fracture will need attention. Jamie Kruzic, OSU assistant professor of mechanical engineering, is studying how these engineering concepts might be relevant to human anatomy.
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Alum Named One of 25 to Rock Your World
Scott Kveton, a 1997 OSU computer science alum who left OSU’s Open Source Lab in June to become CEO of Portland startup JanRain, has been named by Red Herring magazine as one of “Tech Tots 25 Young Rebels Who Will Rock the World.” Rock on, Scott.
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College Honors Outstanding Alumni
The College of Engineering honored 38 of its most distinguished alumni on February 23 during the ninth annual Oregon Stater Awards, an event that recognizes OSU engineers and their career contributions to society.
Complete list of awardees
View photos from this year’s event

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“Without the technical expertise and commercialization support of organizations like OSU, ONAMI, and the Microproducts Breakthrough Institute, start-up companies like HD+ couldn't get our products out the door.”

Michael Baker, CEO of Home Dialysis Plus, developer of a portable hemodialysis unit

March 29-31 – American Nuclear Society Student Conference
The OSU Dept. of Nuclear Engineering & Radiation Health Physics hosts this year’s American Nuclear Society (ANS) national student conference, which will bring together more than 250 top students in the field of nuclear engineering from across the country.
http://groups.engr.oregonstate.edu/ans/conference.htm

May 11 – OSU Engineering Expo!
Mark your calendars to attend this exciting engineering event where you’ll see more than 50 Senior Design Projects, complete with prototypes, demonstrations, and more. This multi-departmental OSU engineering event is free and open to the public. The Kelley Engineering Center, OSU campus. Bring the whole family! For more information, call 541-737-3617, or email eecs.relations@oregonstate.edu

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