November 2007
VOLUME VIII, ISSUE V 
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OSU Sets Pace with Safe, Sustainable, Small-Scale Nuclear Technology
The spring issue of Terra Magazine, OSU’s showcase for university research and innovation, takes an in-depth look at the university’s leading role in the nuclear power renaissance. With global warming and a looming energy crisis forcing policy makers to revisit nuclear power as an important energy source, NERHP faculty are finding ways to make it safer, cleaner, and more affordable. Read Terra article
Ancient Diatoms Lead to New Technology for Solar Energy
Engineers at Oregon State University have discovered a way to use an ancient life form—tiny, single-celled ocean-dwelling diatoms— to create one of the newest technologies for solar energy. Lead contributors to this NSF- and ONAMI-supported research include CBEE faculty Greg Rorrer and Alex Chang and doctoral student Clayton Jeffryes More…
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Beaver Racing Sweeps Up at Baja
At the 2009 Baja SAE®–Oregon competition earlier this month, OSU upheld its worldwide reputation as The Team That Just Keeps On Winning. Among more than 65 entries from engineering schools around the globe, the two Beaver Racing vehicles placed first and third overall and captured 12 additional top placements—1st in design, 1st and 2nd in dynamic events, 1st and 2nd in endurance, 1st and 2nd in rock crawl, 1st and 3rd in hill climb, 2nd in maneuverability, and 3rd in both acceleration and marketing presentation. In June, the team heads to Burlington, WI, for the next competition in the 2009 Baja SAE® series. More…
Google, Inc., Taps Two EECS Undergrads for Scholarship Awards
For her leadership, service, and passion in computer science, EECS junior Sarah Cooley has won a 2009 Google Memorial Anita Borg Scholarship. Bestowed on only twenty students nationwide, this honor comes with a $10,000 award for the 2009–10 academic year.  In addition, as a finalist for the Anita Borg scholarship, EECS senior Kyle Rector received a $1,000 award. Both Cooley and Rector will also attend the 3-day Annual Google Scholars’ Retreat in June, at the company’s Mountain View, CA, headquarters. More…
NERHP Grooms Award-Winning Presenters
Competing with more than 100 of their peers from engineering institutions nationwide, OSU students brought home 5 of the 15 Best Presentation awards from the American Nuclear Society's 2009 Student Conference, held in Florida last month.  Addressing topics ranging from fuel recycling and advanced reactor design to radiation therapy, the student presentations were judged by industry leaders on originality, coherence, and methodology. OSU winners (left to right in picture) include NE grad student Alexei Soldatov,  NE senior Alexander Mieloszyk, RHP grad students Mike Ryan and Michael (“Alex”) Brown, and NE grad student Robert (“Brian”) Jackson.
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OSU Professor Named IIE Fellow
In honor of his outstanding leadership and significant contributions to the field of industrial engineering, MIME professor and IE graduate program chair R. Logen Logendran has been named a Fellow of the Institute of Industrial Engineers. More…
Faculty Publication Wins National Award
CCE assistant professor Michael Scott is a 2009 recipient of the American Society of Civil Engineers J. James R. Croes Medal, a national award for meritorious papers in civil engineering science. Scott’s paper, published in Journal of Structural Engineering (April 2008), is titled “Software Patterns for Nonlinear Beam-Column Models.” He will receive the medal and award certificate at the 2009 ASCE annual business meeting. Link to paper
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Student Engineering Teams Win Top Honors at Business Plan Competition
Northwest Phytoproducts team members Wesley Miller (BEE), Colin Hildebrandt and Matt Bertram (CBEE), and Sanjai Tripathi (College of Business) are gearing up to produce  a specialty chemical for use in a flu antiviral medication.  Likewise, ME seniors Chris Johnston, Scott Zenier, and Richard Walloch  (collectively, “CSR Robotics”) intend to bring their senior project—a remotely controlled reconnaissance vehicle for use within the law enforcement industry—to market. At the 2009 New Enterprise Competition hosted earlier this month by OSU’s Austin Entrepreneurship Program, Northwest Phytoproducts’ business plan won 1st place and a $10,000 prize, and the CSR Robotics business plan came in 2nd for a $5,000 prize. More…
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OSU Construction Team Volunteers in Guatemala
Last March, the newly formed OSU Team of Construction Volunteers spent 12 days in Guatemala, completing a house building project in a rural mountain village and experiencing the rich culture of this central American nation. Of the nine students who  participated in the Encountour–sponsored service project (which included paying their own way and buying the building materials), seven were from the College of Engineering. More…
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CoE Students Host at Invention Competition
Earlier this month, more than 25 CoE students helped host the OMSI DaVinci Challenge, an “invention competition” at the Oregon Museum of Science and Industry that drew some 4,000 K–12 students and parents. Throughout the day, middle school teams worked on a variety of engineering challenges, including constructing structures to test in OSU’s portable tsunami flume. Alicia Lyman-Holt, Hinsdale Wave Lab outreach coordinator, previewed this event on the morning news.  View news clip (last 3 min.)
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Intel Renews Funding for Undergraduate Research Experience.
The Women and Minority in Engineering Program has received a $20,000 grant from Intel to continue Intel Scholars, a program designed to introduce diverse population engineering students to opportunities in research and graduate school. Central to the program are authentic, hands-on research experiences with faculty mentors. More…
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NE Top-Ranked by US New & World Report… Again…
For the fourth consecutive year, U.S. News and World Report has ranked OSU's Nuclear Engineering graduate program among the national Top Ten, rubbing shoulders with those at Michigan, MIT, Texas A&M, and other high-profile engineering institutions. View 2009 rankings
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"I believe the current generation of students will be the greatest generation because they'll be the ones to solve the world's energy crisis - and maybe even save the planet."

Brian Woods, Assistant Professor, Nuclear Engineering

June 12 2009: Order of the Engineer

June 13 2009: Commencement. Speaker - OSU Engineering alum, Jen-Hsun Huang – Co-founder, President and Chief Executive Officer, nVIDIA

June 24-26: 2009 Annual American Ecological Engineering Society Conference CH2M Hill Alumni Center




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