November 2002 -- VOLUME I, ISSUE X

R E S E A R C H @ OSU Engineering

OSU WINS $1.6M TO RESEARCH OREGON'S CRACKED BRIDGES--
The Oregon Department of Transportation has awarded OSU civil engineering professors Christopher Higgins, Tom Miller, and Solomon Yim nearly $1.6 million to help the state analyze the severity of cracks in more than 500 of its bridges, and to develop modeling tools and data banks that can be used to forecast how the cracked bridges will perform over time. The shear cracks, first detected just two years ago during routine ODOT inspections, affect bridges on Oregon's interstate and state highways.
http://osu.orst.edu/dept/ncs/newsarch/2002/Oct02/bridge.htm


S T U D E N T S @ OSU Engineering

NEW BREED OF ENGINEERING STUDENTS DRIVEN TO HELP THE WORLD--
As the College of Engineering continues to grow and gain a reputation as one of the nation's top engineering programs, it's attracting star students like Meghaan Smith and Kira Ellsaesser, women who want to become engineers because they're driven to help the world. Smith, who lost both her grandmothers to breast cancer, plans to use chemical engineering to help find a cure for cancer. Kira, whose 14-year-old sister has a disability that confines her to a wheelchair, says she plans to "build a spectacular future that will make the world a better place to live." Read their remarkable stories at: http://engr.oregonstate.edu/momentum/stories/newbreed.html


I N D U S T R Y  C O L L A B O R A T I O N @ OSU Engineering

OSU SPONSORS INDUSTRY CONFERENCE, ALUM GIVES KEYNOTE--
As the primary education sponsor of this year's ITEC Conference on December 11 and 12 at the Portland Convention Center, OSU will highlight the College of Engineering's growing partnerships with Intel, Hewlett-Packard, PSC Inc., and other companies that are helping build a wireless learning environment on campus, and will tout its Mobile Technology Solutions Laboratory, a powerful campus research facility available to industry. The conference brings industry leaders together to demonstrate the latest technologies and offers OSU the opportunity to build bridges to industry by showcasing its research capabilities. Jim A. Johnson, an OSU Industrial & Manufacturing Engineering alum (1984) and a vice president at Intel will give the keynote address at the conference. http://events.goitec.com/overview/default.asp?ec=PDX02


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LINKS TO THE NEW KELLEY ENGINEERING CENTER--
Take a breathtaking flight through this new "green" building on a 3D animated flythrough: http://engr.oregonstate.edu/top25/building/flythrough/index.html Watch the streaming video of the groundbreaking ceremony, including speeches by Gov. John Kitzhaber, Intel CEO Craig Barrett, Hewlett-Packard CTO Stan Robison, and others: http://engr.oregonstate.edu/top25/building/webcast.html View architectural renderings: http://engr.oregonstate.edu/gallery/architecture


F U N D R A I S I N G @ OSU Engineering

UNIQUE "CHAIRS OF INNOVATION" PROVIDE POWERFUL PULL--
At $3 million a pop, endowed chairs are not easy to fund. But they are crucial to building a top-25 engineering program because they bring star faculty to OSU (see story under "Faculty @ OSU Engineering" in this issue). It is vital that the College endow a number of new chairs as part of its Top-25 Drive, and a newly created Chairs of Innovation Fund allows flexibility for those interested in making a gift to support outstanding faculty. Multiple donors can contribute a portion of the total cost of the chair, making these powerful recruiting tools easier to fund. Unlike traditional chairs that are tied to a specific department and filled by one professor for many years, the highly flexible chairs supported by this new Chairs of Innovation Fund will be deployed where the teaching and research need is greatest. For more about how you can help bring outstanding faculty to the College, contact Melanie Marshall, Director of Development, at 800-354-7281 or melanie.marshall@oregonstate.edu.


F A C U L T Y & S T A F F @ OSU Engineering

TSUNAMI EXPERT, NEW WAVE LAB DIRECTOR HIRED--
Using a new endowed chair, the College has recruited one of the world's leading tsunami experts to help develop at OSU the largest and most technologically advanced tsunami research center in the world. Harry Yeh, a professor of environmental and civil engineering at the University of Washington for nearly 20 years, starts at OSU Jan. 1. Also, Daniel Cox, an associate professor from Texas A & M University, has been hired as the new director of the O. H. Hinsdale Wave Research Lab, replacing retiring director Charles Sollitt. http://engr.oregonstate.edu/news/ccee/54

NUCLEAR ENGINEERING PROF. TO HEAD OSU RADIATION CENTER--
Andrew C. Klein, professor and head of the OSU Department of Nuclear Engineering & Radiation Health Physics, has also assumed the position of director of the OSU Radiation Center. Under Klein's direction, the Department of Nuclear Engineering has gained a ranking of No. 13 nationally. http://osu.orst.edu/dept/ncs/newsarch/2002/Oct02/klein.htm


I N N O V A T I O N S @ OSU Engineering

BUILDING A VERY LONG BRIDGE TO A KOREAN UNIVERSITY--
During a campus ceremony on October 25th, a delegation from Yeungnam University in South Korea, signed a Memorandum of Understanding to cooperate with OSU in teaching and research. All three members of the Korean delegation, including the president of the university, Sang Chun Lee, are mechanical engineers with doctorates from top tier engineering programs in the U.S. Yeungnam University is located on the outskirts of Daegu, South Korea's third largest city, and has approx. 20,000 students, a significant engineering program, and a "Technopark" adjacent to the university campus. Visit the university's English website at: http://www.yu.ac.kr/english/index-eng.html

OSU HOSTS CONFERENCE ON SUSTAINABLE CONSTRUCTION --
Demand for green, sustainable construction practices is taking off, and OSU Engineering is a leading player in this green building revolution. The Department of Civil, Construction, and Environmental Engineering is teaming with the Center for Water and Environmental Sustainability (CWESt) at OSU to host a Sustainable Construction Practices conference on December 3-4 at the Downtown Embassy Suites Hotel in Portland. For more information, contact Stephanie Sanford at 541-737-5861 or stephanie.sanford@orst.edu or visit http://www.cwest.orst.edu/news/construction/index.htm.


A L U M N I @ OSU Engineering

TRIP OF A LIFETIME: ALUM TO SPEND FOUR MONTHS IN SPACE--
By the time you read this, the space shuttle Endeavor should be ferrying OSU alum Donald Pettit (Chemical Engineering, 1973) toward the International Space Station where he will spend four months orbiting Earth. Pettit, the second flight scientist in a crew of three people that will replace the current space station crew, studied with OSU professors, Goran Jovanovic and Octave Levenspiel. Pettit is scheduled to return to Earth in March. Read more at: http://news.statesmanjournal.com/article.cfm?i=50773


H E A R D  O N  C A M P U S @ OSU Engineering

"We've located some of our most important facilities adjacent to Oregon State University to take advantage of everything the University has to offer. We depend more and more every day on the university to deliver the talent, the technology, and the thought leadership that allows us to maintain a leadership position as a company, as an industry, and as a nation. So these kinds of facilities (like the Kelley Engineering Center) are critically important."

--Shane Robison
Chief Technology Officer, Hewlett-Packard Co.

U P C O M I N G   E V E N T S @ OSU Engineering

NOVEMBER 15, Campus: "2nd Generation Technology Transfer" How to turn university research into economic development and entrepreneurial success. FMI: http://oregonstate.edu/research/TechTran/2ndGenTT.html
NOVEMBER 22, 3:30 pm, Gleeson 200, OSU:
UC, San Diego Professor Jan Talbot, "Processing of High-Resolution Information Displays"
DECEMBER 3-4, Downtown Embassy Suites Hotel, Portland: Sustainable Construction Practices: Concrete and Asphalt
DECEMBER 11-12, Portland Convention Center: ITEC 2002 Conference
FEBRUARY 21: OSU Engineering's Oregon Stater Awards, http://engr.oregonstate.edu/oregonstater/

I M P O R T A N T  L I N K S @ OSU Engineering