November 2007
 VOLUME VII, ISSUE V  
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Engineers Innovate Insect ID System for Healthier Streams
OSU mechanical engineering professor Bob Paasch is collaborating with OSU computer scientists Tom Dietterich and Eric Mortensen, and OSU botanist Andrew Moldenke, to develop an insect identification system that quickly counts and catalogues arthropods—critters that can reveal key information about stream and soil health. The long-term goal is a device that can be commercially marketed to companies that do environmental monitoring, agricultural studies, and biodiversity surveys.
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Students Win First Place for E. coli Detection System
Twenty-two OSU students from the School of Chemical, Biological, and Environmental Engineering participated in an international design contest in New Mexico, where Mathew Coblyn, Kaylan Smyth, Faraz Ebrahimi, Jason Munion, Birdie Ciccarelli, and Colin Hildebrandt won first place and $2,500 for their team’s innovative system designed to detect E. coli in harvested spinach before it’s packaged. Professor Christine Kelly was the faculty mentor.
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PhD Student Helps Clean Up Watersheds
When Kelly Kibler, now a PhD candidate working with biological and ecological engineering professor Desiree Tullos, was looking for graduate schools, she chose OSU. Arriving in 2005, she jumped into a research project at the Hinkle Creek watershed east of the Cascades near Sutherlin. “It was exactly the kind of (multidisciplinary) work I wanted to do,” Kibler says.
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Congress Gives ONAMI $7 million
The Oregon Nanoscience and Microtechnologies Institute, which is headquartered at the HP campus in Corvallis and has many OSU engineering faculty among its ranks, received $7.7 million in new federal funding at the beginning of this year. The Microproducts Breakthrough Institute, a partnership between the College of Engineering and the Pacific Northwest National Laboratory, teams with ONAMI to transform OSU research into new companies and products.
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Middle Schools Students Build, Test Tsunami Shelters
About 350 middle school students from rural Oregon recently visited the College of Engineering’s O. H. Hinsdale Wave Research Laboratory to test model tsunami shelters they designed and built using small wooden blocks glued together with toothpaste. The project was facilitated by Roseanne Steckler, Director of Education at the Northwest Alliance for Computational Science and Engineering at OSU. Watch a video and Read More...
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A River Runs Through It: Helping Restore Waterways
In most of her research, biological and ecological engineering professor Desiree Tullos collaborates with people all over the planet – from Klamath Falls, Oregon to Yunnan Province, China. The common thread that runs through her work? Water. She studies how the restoration of waterways such as wetlands and rivers affects sediment flow and erosion, flora and fauna, people and commerce.
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Helping Airlines Help Travelers with Disabilities
OSU transportation engineering professor Kate Hunter-Zaworski heads the National Center for Accessible Transportation located at OSU. Her groundbreaking work is helping airlines better serve people with disabilities in an age when medical technologies enable people with disabilities to travel with relative ease.
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From Gravedigger to Executive VP of Chevron
As a boy, chemical engineering alumnus Darry Callahan (‘64) dug graves for fifty cents an hour and worked as a choker setter – one of logging’s most dangerous jobs. His grandfather logged with horses, his father worked in sawmills, and his mother made ends meet. Those are humble beginnings for an only child who rose to upper management at one of the world’s largest oil companies, ChevronTexaco.
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OSU to Expand Research Operations into HP Building
HP has donated a 20-year lease of an 80,000-sq.-ft. building on its Corvallis campus to OSU. Thanks to the company’s generosity, OSU’s Microproducts Breakthrough Institute, a partnership with OSU Engineering and Pacific Northwest National Laboratory, and the Oregon Nanoscience & Microtechnologies Institute will expand their focus on transforming university research into new products, companies, and jobs for Oregon.
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"Oregon State transformed my life. I didn’t have the slightest ideas as to what was possible for a kid with my background. Without OSU, I don’t think I would’ve had a chance."

Darry Callahan, OSU Chemical engineering alum and retired vice president at ChevronTexaco.

June 5 - 8 – Golden Jubilee & Classes Without Quizzes
If you graduated in 1943, 1948, 1953, or 1958, come home, visit campus, and join your classmates to celebrate your reunion! While you’re here, take a Class Without Quizzes, including one titled, “Why Bridges Fall Down,” taught by OSU civil engineering professor Chris Higgins. More information...

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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