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November 2012

From the Dean

To our alumni and friends:

They say your first 100 days in a new leadership role are critical to developing strong relationships. Since becoming dean of the Oregon State College of Engineering on July 30, I have spent my first 100 days getting to know our college better — including our faculty, staff, students, and many extraordinary alumni.

Just a few days ago, I met with the College Advisory Board for the first time. This is a group of committed alumni and friends who care about Oregon State University, our students and our programs. We focused our conversation on building capacity and excellence within the College of Engineering. During the one year period between last fall and this fall, for example, the number of undergraduate engineering students with high school GPAs greater than 3.75 increased by almost 25%. As a result, we will add faculty in almost every academic discipline; we will focus efforts on expanding our facilities; and we will work with our partners (alumni, industry, and collaborators) to continue to build programs and opportunities for our students.

If I haven't met you in these first 100 days, I hope to have the opportunity to do so very soon. In the meantime, enjoy this issue of Momentum, where you can read about our outstanding students, faculty, and staff.

Best wishes,

Sandra L. Woods
Dean, College of Engineering
Oregon State University

Research
changing tides

College of Engineering wins research grant from NASA
Vinod Narayanan, associate professor of mechanical engineering, is taking on some major heat. Thanks to a research grant from NASA, he will be working towards a passive method to efficiently remove heat from spacecraft generated by people, electronics, computers, or other systems.

See stories in the Oregonian and KVAL.
inkjet solar panels

Minute traces of radiation found in West Coast albacore tuna
West Coast residents are still dealing with the aftershocks of last year's Japanese earthquake and tsunami. A team of scientists including researchers from Oregon State's Nuclear Engineering and Radiation Health Physics program found minute radionuclide traces in West Coast albacore tuna — far below anything that would pose a risk to humans — that can be tied to the tuna's migration patterns through the Fukushima reactors' release.

See stories in Seattle Times, Register Guard, and KPTV.

Faculty

Doolen wins ASEM Award
Toni Doolen, engineering professor and dean of the University Honors College, received the Bernard R. Sarchet Award for the advancement and support of engineering management from the American Society for Engineering Management. The award is considered the highest honor given by the society.

Nuclear engineering faculty snag competitive grants and contracts
Qiao Wu and Wade Marcum in Nuclear Engineering and Radiation Health Physics both received sizable and competitive financial support for their research — Wu received a grant for his work in developing Small Modular Reactors, and Marcum received a contract for testing low-enrichment fuel prototypes to be used in the nation's nuclear research reactors.

Students

AIAA student club launches
We have lift off! Oregon State recently launched a chapter of the American Institute for Aeronautics and Astronautics, the world's largest technical society dedicated to the global aerospace profession. More…

PGE supports engineering scholarships
The PGE Foundation awarded $25,000 to Oregon State University to fund 10 engineering scholarships for the 2012-2013 year. More…

Student wins prestigious fellowship
Jaynie Whinnery, a graduate student in the School of Chemical, Biological, and Environmental Engineering, was recently awarded a Boren Fellowship to travel to Cambodia and evaluate the sustainability and impact of biosand in filtering drinking water. She will also be studying Khmer, the official language of Cambodia. More…

Chemical engineering students win at poster session
Three students in chemical engineering walked away with honors at the 2012 AIChE Undergraduate Student Poster Session. It was the largest undergraduate poster session in the history of the event, and winning projects ranged from the materials engineering to biotechnology fields.

Solar Vehicle Team's Phoenix rises from the ashes
When the Solar Vehicle Team's car burned to ashes after a battery explosion last year, students immediately began designing a better, safer vehicle. Now, the Phoenix solar car is making its debut with an improved battery and solar panel type. More…

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