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May 2002 -- VOLUME I, ISSUE IV
- RESEARCH @ OSU Engineering
- STUDENTS @ OSU Engineering
- INDUSTRY COLLABORATION @ OSU Engineering
- BUILDING @ OSU Engineering
- FUNDRAISING @ OSU Engineering
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R E S E A R C H @ OSU Engineering
OSU ENGINEERS HELP DEVELOP MICRO-ENGINE POWERED BY BODY HEAT--
Engineering researchers in OSU's Department of Electrical and Computer Engineering have teamed up with researchers at Washington State University and the U.S. Army Research Lab to develop what just might be the world's most miniscule engine. Twice the thickness of a human hair and only two millimeters square, the tiny generator uses body heat or other sources of waste heat to create its own electricity. The heat causes a piezoelectric membrane to vibrate, producing an electric current. Just three of these micro-engines can produce 40 micro-watts of electricity, enough to power a wristwatch using only the body heat of the wearer. When many more of the micro-engines are linked together, they have the potential to power much larger devices. OSU associate professors Karti Mayaram and Annette Von Jouanne and professor Terri Fiez are working with WSU faculty to capture the electricity generated by the micro-engine and condition it for use in a wide range of applications. Read more about this new technology at:
NATIONAL GEOGRAPHIC SPECIAL FEATURES OSU'S TSUNAMI WAVE BASIN--
A film crew for National Geographic spent two days on campus last fall filming at OSU Engineering's Hinsdale Wave Research Laboratory for a National Geographic television special called "The Science of Waves" that will air May 30th on the National Geographic Channel. Members of the film crew were impressed by both the OSU facility (which is currently undergoing a $4.8-million, NSF-funded expansion that will transform it into the largest tsunami research facility in the world) and by OSU Engineering faculty who assisted during the filming. "This facility is superb, brilliant," said associate producer Michelle McGrath. "And because (OSU Civil Engineering professor) Chuck Sollitt is a teacher as well as a scientist, he is able to say very clearly and concisely what's going on with the waves." The wave lab's senior electrical engineer Terry Dibble gave the crew a special treat when he donned a wetsuit and surfed the lab's 342-ft.-long concrete tank with a camera attached to his surfboard. The global premiere of the special airs Thursday, May 30th at 5 p.m. PDT (Pacific Daylight Time) on the National Geographic Channel, then repeats on the same day at 8 p.m., on June 1st at 1 p.m., and on June 4th at noon. For more information on the program, visit:
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STUDENTS HELPING DESIGN NEW BUILDING--
Thanks to hard work by an interdisciplinary research team of OSU undergraduate students, the new engineering building will feature an "Eco-Roof" of living green grass and other plants, concrete made with recycled ashes from coal burning, showers and lockers for bicycle commuters, and--if the students get their way--flooring made from recycled tires. These unique "green" design ideas resulted as the students researched and reported on "green building" techniques for a class sponsored by OSU's Center for Water and Environmental Sustainability (CWESt) and lead by OSU Civil, Construction, and Environmental Engineering Dept. Head Dr. Ken Williamson, and CWESt staffers Dr. Denise Lach, and Dr. Stephanie Sanford. The building architects were impressed with the student research and are implementing several of the ideas into the final design. Students on the team include: James Tingey and Michael Pfohman (Industrial Engineering), Ryan Harbert (Electrical Engineering), Jeannette Laramee (Civil Engineering), Ryan Makie (Environmental Engineering), Craig McConnell, Will Sheppy, Chris Darr, Aaron Heinrich, Miko Nadell, and Kyle Winkler (Environmental Science), and Christine Groll, Katina Rigall, Chandra Allison, and Britta Hinrichsen (Interior Design).
OSU GRAD STUDENT WINS PRESTIGIOUS SCHOLARSHIP--
Electrical Engineering graduate student Shu-Ching Hsu is one of eight students in the U.S. to be named a Semiconductor Research Corporation (SRC) Master's Scholar. SRC will pay Hsu's full tuition, fees, and a living stipend for two years, and OSU's department of Electrical and Computer Engineering will receive a $2000 gift as part of her award. Hsu competed against other master's students from underrepresented minority groups across the nation for this highly selective award. Hsu's advisor Dr. Karti Mayaram said, "Shu-Ching is one of the brightest students I've come across." Read more at:
BASEBALL-TOSSING MACHINE WINS FIRST PLACE FOR ME STUDENTS--
Mechanical Engineering juniors Brian Gin, Kalan Guiley, and Darren Johnson, won first place in the regional competition for the national Student Design Competition at the 2002 ASME Region VIII Student Conference in Ellensburg, WA, marking the second year in a row that an OSU team has won first place. This year's competition required students to design a device no larger than one meter cubed that is capable of autonomously throwing 30 baseballs at three different targets within two minutes. Next fall, the OSU team will compete for the national title at ASME's International Mechanical Engineering Congress and Exposition in New Orleans.
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HP'S GOOD-NEIGHBOR RELATIONSHIP SUPPORTS OSU ENGINEERING--
Hewlett-Packard's Corvallis division is definitely a good neighbor to OSU Engineering. The company is not just geographically close to the College of Engineering, it also shares resources, personnel, expertise, and research dollars with the College in a mutually beneficial relationship that continues to grow. During fiscal year 2000-2001 alone, HP gave more than $3.1 million in research funding and equipment to the College. Several OSU Engineering faculty came to OSU following careers with HP, including Electrical and Computer Engineering Dept. Head Terri Fiez, Chemical Engineering Dept. Head Carol McConica, and Industrial and Manufacturing Engineering assistant professor Toni Doolen. HP's Chief Technologist, David Hackleman, helps teach Senior Design to OSU students and facilitates communication between HP and the College of Engineering. HP also collaborates with OSU Engineering in a wide range of research projects, from the development of transparent electronics and micro-mechanical devices to the use of wireless devices to help classroom teachers and the development of wireless, mobile solutions for industrial problems. "I think all faculty hope for industry relationships like the one we have with HP," says ECE Professor John Wager. "I am in contact with someone from HP almost every week regarding ongoing or future research possibilities." Read more about HP's David Hackleman at:
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$20-MILLION ANONYMOUS DONOR AND NEW ENGINEERING BUILDING TO BE NAMED
The anonymous donor who a year ago gave a $20-million gift to help fund construction of the new 146,000-sq.-ft. engineering center on the OSU campus will step forward and be recognized during a public ceremony and press conference on Wednesday, May 15 at 10 a.m. at the Portland Development Center in downtown Portland. The ceremony will also celebrate the state of Oregon's $20-million commitment of public funds to the project, and unveil architectural renderings and a scale model of the new building. The public is welcome to attend the event. To arrange reservations, contact Lawson Knight at the OSU Foundation 541-737-8723 or firstname.lastname@example.org. The Portland Development Center is located at1900 SW 4th Avenue, Room 2500A in Portland.
OSU ENGINEERING GRADS TO MANAGE NEW BUILDING CONSTRUCTION--
Several OSU Construction Engineering Management alumni will play key roles in the construction of the new OSU engineering center being built by their employer, the Portland office of DPR Construction, Inc. Tim Sissel (1997) has been named onsite project manager, Charlie Holm (2000) will be the onsite project engineer, and Bill Jensen (1980) is the head estimator on the project. Sissel and Holm also returned to their alma mater recently when they worked on OSU's new bell tower and the lighting project at Coleman Field.
NEW ENGINEERING BUILDING FEATURED IN "STATER"--
The OSU Alumni Association magazine, OREGON STATER, featured an article about the new engineering building as well as a photograph of a scale model in its April edition. Read the story at:
GROUNDBREAKING SET FOR MAY 30TH--
Join College of Engineering faculty, staff, students, alumni and friends at the groundbreaking ceremony for the new engineering building on Thursday, May 30th starting at 10:30 a.m. at the corner of Campus Way and Memorial Place, across from Bexell Hall. To see the location of the new 146,000-sq.-ft. OSU Engineering building and for future developments, go to:
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$250,000 GIFT BOOSTS WEATHERFORD HALL RENOVATION, OSU'S ENTREPRENEURIAL
OSU alumnus Bernie Newcomb (1965, Business Administration), who co-founded E*Trade, one of the nation's first internet stock trading companies to revolutionize the way people buy and sell securities, has committed $250,000 to the interior renovation of OSU's Weatherford Hall. When finished, the historic hall will house an innovative new program in entrepreneurship sponsored by the College of Engineering and the College of Business. The program will equip students of engineering, business, and other professional programs with the skills necessary to launch and operate their own business ventures. The College of Business' leadership in this program will advance the College of Engineering's plan to ensure work-ready graduates. Newcomb has been an important supporter of OSU and the College of Business in particular. His most recent gift will sponsor Weatherford Hall's e-café, a wireless network-equipped gathering place where students, faculty, staff, alumni, and industry leaders will exchange ideas, information, and knowledge.
F A C U L T Y & S T A F F @ OSU Engineering
OSU ENGINEERING PROF TONI DOOLEN'S WIRELESS CLASSROOM--
Industrial and Manufacturing Engineering assistant professor Toni Doolen logged 13 years in industry working for electronics giant Hewlett-Packard before she joined the IME faculty at Oregon State less than a year ago. Since then she and fellow IME professors David Porter, Rick Billo, and ECE faculty member Ben Lee have been busy researching ways to bring wireless learning to the classroom--any classroom. Funded by more than $350,000 in grants from HP, Doolen is teaching freshman engineering students computing and problem solving using wireless PDAs and Palm devices. So far, she says, the results are impressive. Students not only seem more engaged during class, but feedback on exercises and exams is almost instantaneous, which has long been known to enhance learning. Doolen says the use of wireless devices also offers students more hands-on learning time because they don't have to wait for the lab section of the course to use a computer. And, because the instructor is in the classroom, wireless teaching provides a winning combination of online technology and traditional teacher-student interaction. Doolen hopes her research will lead to wireless teaching at other OSU colleges.
EMERITUS ENGINEERING FACULTY MEMBER DOES GOOD DEEDS--
John Peterson, professor emeritus in the department of Civil, Construction, and Environmental Engineering, taught structural engineering at OSU for years. Now he spends his time "restructuring" phone books to help children in the local community:
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NEW OSU ENGINEERING CENTER TO BE A "GREEN" BUILDING--
The new Engineering Center to be built at the heart of campus will be one of the first in the state university system to earn "green" certification. Read the full story:
BALLOT MEASURE 10 LINKS UNIVERSITY DISCOVERIES WITH OREGON'S ECONOMIC HEALTH--
OSU President Paul Risser and UO President Dave Frohnmayer state how passage of Measure 10 will help OSU, UO, and other state universities benefit from discoveries made by their researchers, and how this measure will boost business opportunities and enhance the state's long-term economic health. Read their full stories at:
OSU ENGINEER GETS NEW LOOK--
The College of Engineering's printed newsletter "OSU Engineer" has been completely redesigned with a fresh new look, and more color. More than 20,000 copies of the "new" newsletter will be mailed to OSU Engineering alumni and friends at the end of the month. Watch for the redesigned newsletter in your mailbox soon.
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OSU ALUM'S DOT-COM COMPANY FEATURED IN FORTUNE MAGAZINE--
Classmates.com, the dot-com phenomenon founded by OSU Engineering alumnus Randy Conrads (1972, Industrial and Manufacturing Engineering), is featured in the April 29 issue of Fortune Magazine. The article says Conrads' company has joined eBay and Monster.com in the "elite ranks" of dot-coms that are profitable. Revenues of the privately held, Renton, Wash.-based company grew by more than 400% in 2001, to $35 million. The company turned a $500,000 profit at the end of last year, then in the first quarter of this year, saw profits triple. Read the full Fortune Magazine story at:
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$20M DONOR ANNOUNCEMENT AND NEW BUILDING NAMING
Wednesday, May 15, 2002, 10:00 AM, Portland Development Center, 1900 SW 4th Avenue, Room 2500A, Portland. A ceremony to recognize the previously anonymous $20-million donor, thank the state of Oregon for its $20-million commitment, and unveil plans for the new 146,000-sq.-ft. Engineering Center to be built at Oregon State University. To attend the event, please reply to Lawson Knight at 541-737-8723 or email@example.com
LECTURE BY INVENTOR OF COMPUTER MOUSE, EMAIL
Thursday, May 16, David's Restaurant, Santa Clara, CA Douglas Engelbart, OSU Engineering alum (1948, Electrical & Electronics Engineering) and inventor of e-mail, hypertext, the concept of windows, the computer mouse, and other innovations, will give a lecture titled "Can Human Intelligence be Improved by Technology?" No-host bar and heavy hors d'oeuvres. For more information, go to http://www.alumni.orst.edu/ or call the Alumni Association toll-free at 877-305-3759.
NEW ENGINEERING BUILDING GROUNDBREAKING CEREMONY
Thursday, May 30th, 10:30 a.m., corner of Campus Way and Memorial Place, across from Bexell Hall.
NATIONAL GEOGRAPHIC SPECIAL FEATURING OSU ENGINEERING
"The Science of Waves" airs Thursday, May 30th at 5 p.m. PDT, National Geographic Channel (repeats same day at 8 p.m., June 1 at 1 p.m., and June 4th at noon).
GOLDEN JUBILEE 2002
June 7-9, 2002, CH2M HILL Alumni Center, OSU Campus Join other OSU Engineering alumni who graduated 50, 55, 60 or 65 years ago (class years '57, '47, '42, and '37) for an engineering reception from 3 to 4:30 p.m. on Friday, June 7th. Visit all departments of the College of Engineering in one location, or sign up for a tour of the college hosted by associate dean Chris Bell (call toll-free 1-877-257-5182, then press 5, or email Gail Mathieson at firstname.lastname@example.org to reserve a spot). Faculty and students will be on hand to talk about how your college has changed over the years, and plans for the new building will be on display. For more information about the event, go to: http://www.oregonstate.edu/dept/alumni/reunions/index.html
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