February 2007
 VOLUME VI, ISSUE V   
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OSU Wave Energy Research Spawns
"Gold Rush" Off Oregon Coast

While OSU electrical engineering professors Annette von Jouanne and Ted Brekken (and a small army of graduate students) are fine tuning their buoy technology that converts the motion of the ocean into clean electricity, energy developers are circling off the Oregon coast, anxious to site the nation’s first wave energy parks. Read the stories:
The wave energy developers are coming (Portland Business Journal)
Company plans test of wave energy (Eugene Register Guard)
Wave Energy Moving Forward, Update to Congress Planned (OSU News)
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Students Design, Build Lightest and 'Brightest' Steel Bridge

OSU engineering students fared well at the regional American Society of Civil Engineers steel bridge design competition in Fairbanks, Alaska, winning first place for aesthetics and lightness, to finish fourth overall. Team members include Katie Caskey (captain), Gavin Smith, Garret Ellingson, Josh Goodall, Kyle Latimer, Jacob Moomaw, and Dan Zylkowski.
Nuclear Engineering Students Raise $130,000 to Host National Conference

Students in the Department of Nuclear Engineering & Radiation Health Physics raised more than $130,000 to host the 2007 American Nuclear Society Student Conference at OSU in March. The event brought 250 nuclear engineering students and 100 industry sponsors and recruiters from across the country to Corvallis. The conference was featured on NPR’s Marketplace Radio.
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Student Blends Engineering, Writing, and International Business
Douglas Van Bossuyt, a senior in mechanical engineering with a minor in business administration, is taking his love of writing and travel into the engineering and business worlds. A member of both the Honors College and the International Degree program Van Bossuyt has studied in Germany and Tunisia, where he also completed an internship.
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RealNetworks Gives $500,000 Gift Based on Student Programmers
Cutting-edge computer work by OSU students Michael Burns, Justin Gallardo, Sarah Cooley, Josh Schonstal, and Brad Morgan inspired digital media giant RealNetworks to donate $500,000 to the OSU Open Source Lab, where the students are working on the One Laptop Per Child project, an international effort to design a laptop computer that will sell for less than $100.
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Pallavi Dhagat Receives $400,000 CAREER Award From NSF
The National Science Foundation has recognized Pallavi Dhagat, a professor in the School of Electrical Engineering & Computer Science, with a prestigious CAREER Award, which carries grant support of $400,000. Dhagat will use the funding to develop new magnetic devices for information storage and sensor applications.
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Liburdy Named 2007 ASME Fellow
Jim Liburdy, the James R. Welty Professor of Mechanical Engineering at OSU, has been elected a 2007 ASME Fellow by the American Society of Mechanical Engineers. The grade of Fellow is the highest elected grade of membership within ASME, and recognizes exceptional engineering achievements and contributions to the engineering profession by the honoree.
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Rural and Coastal School Kids To Design Tsunami Shelters
Funded in part by a $75,000 grant from Symantec, OSU Engineering faculty are pioneering a project that enables middle school children in rural and coastal Oregon to design, build, and test tsunami shelters. Rozeanne Steckler, Mike Bailey, and Harry Yeh created the “Tsunami Shelter Challenge” in order to increase the technology skills of students in the classroom by enhancing those of their teachers.
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Listening to Customers Helps Abhi Talwalker Turn LSI Around
Most companies say they focus on customers. Abhi Talwalkar (1986 electrical engineering grad and Oregon Stater Awardee) took customer input very seriously when he took the reins as CEO of LSI two years ago. One of the first things he did was talk directly with LSI's customers. So far, that’s paid off in spades.
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Robert Lundeen
$1 Million to Improve Communication Skills
Raymond Pederson, a 1941 OSU mechanical engineering alumnus who is unafraid to speak his mind, has pledged $1 million to help OSU student engineers learn how to speak theirs. Engineers are often stereotyped as poor communicators, but in reality they work in groups and teams and must know how to communicate well with a range of people.
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"We’ve had such good luck with students from OSU in the past and find they graduate with an excellent skill set that allows them to jump right in and contribute."

Ron Bryant, Senior Electrical Engineer, Xerox Inc.

June 1 – Innovations in Engineering and Science Education Conference
Learn how a $1.1 million grant from the Flora and William Hewlett Foundation is helping OSU innovate teaching, learning, and retention. Keynote speaker Richard Anderson will discuss how a device-enabled classroom enhances the traditional lecture. Attendees at this FREE event are eligible for 25 mini-grants of $2,000 each to incorporate curriculum modifications in OSU engineering classes. Breakfast and lunch included! CH2M HILL alumni Center, 8:30 a.m. – 3 p.m. Registration required. More details here or contact Toni Doolen at doolen@engr.orst.edu or 541-737-5641.

June 8-10 – Golden Jubilee 2007!
If you graduated in 1942, 1947, 1952, or 1957, come home, visit campus, and join your classmates to celebrate your reunion!
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June 16 – Order of the Engineer Ceremony
Graduating engineering students take a pledge to uphold the standards and dignity of the engineering profession and to serve humanity. Each new engineer receives a steel ring to wear to remind them of their obligation to society. More info...

June 17 – Commencement! Reser Stadium, 2 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 2007 will join more than 28,000 OSU Engineering graduates worldwide.
http://oregonstate.edu/commencement

June 19-21 – International Conference on Inductive Logic Programming
The 17th Annual International Conference on Inductive Logic Programming will be held in conjunction with the 2007 International Conference on Machine Learning at OSU. More info...

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...

 

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