November 2006
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Oregon Bridges
Saving More Bridges: OSU Research Helps Stretch $500 Million in Bridge Repairs
Research led by civil engineering professor Chris Higgins has helped the state of Oregon stretch its bridge funding by more accurately evaluating which bridges need replacement or repair. Without the research, increasing materials costs could have left ODOT as much as $500 million short of being able to repair or replace failing bridges. Higgins and his graduate students developed an engineering evaluation tool called “direct reliability assessment” that may soon become a standard across the country.
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Melissa Jensen-Morgan
Mechanical Engineering Student Graces “Faces of OSU” Banners
Melissa Jensen-Morgan, a junior in mechanical engineering who spent the summer of 2005 working at the NASA Goddard Space Flight Center on an internship with two other OSU engineering students, is representing the College of Engineering on the university’s “Faces of OSU” banners on Jefferson Way. Fellow OSU engineering students Brandon Phillips and Christopher Edmonds also participated in internships at NASA.
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Hai Chiang
OSU Grad Student Awarded Prestigious Intel Fellowship
Hai Chiang, a Ph.D. candidate in the OSU School of Electrical Engineering and Computer Science, has been awarded a prestigious two-year Intel Fellowship from the Intel Foundation for the 2006-07 academic year. Chiang was selected from more than 200 applicants nationwide and will use the award to continue his research in transparent and printed electronics.
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Eunice Naswali
Ugandan Engineering Student Aims to Help Power Her Nation
Unlike some international students who want to stay in the U.S. after finishing their education, OSU electrical and electronics engineering student Eunice Naswali intends to return to her native Uganda and use her engineering education to help expand the power grid in her homeland and in other east African nations. “I just want to give back a little of what I have received,” Naswali says.
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Landis Kannberg
Microproducts Breakthrough Institute Names New Director from PNNL
The OSU-based Microproducts Breakthrough Institute, a collaboration between OSU and the Pacific Northwest National Laboratory, has named a research veteran from PNNL as its new director. Landis Kannberg, a program manager in PNNL’s Process Science and Engineering Division, assumes the position from retiring OSU professor Kevin Drost and will head the MBI, which accelerates the discovery and commercialization of micro channel chemical, biological, and physical systems.
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Liz Campagna
Liz Campagna: Creating Options With OSU’s Education Double Degree
Mechanical engineering student Liz Campagna wants to be a high school teacher some day, as well as an engineer. In order to do both, she’s working on an Education Double Degree in mechanical engineering and education, which will make her a better engineer as well as a more effective teacher. Campagna’s high school calculus teacher inspired her to explore a career in both engineering and education.
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MyStrands
OSU Spin-off Company Expands, Aims for More Music on Mobile Phones
By combining social networking with a high tech music recommendation system, OSU start-up company MyStrands.com is on the grow, helping listeners discover new songs, artists, and entire genres. The company, which was founded by OSU computer science professors Jon Herlocker and Tom Dietterich, holds 16 patents in Europe and the U.S. on its collaborative filtering technology.
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Ocean Power
Pumping Electricity from Surf to Turf
The promise of generating electricity from the motion of the ocean is moving closer to implementation as Ocean Power Technologies works closely with OSU electrical engineering professor Annette von Jouanne and her colleagues to put the nation’s first wave energy park off the Oregon coast.
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Apperson Hall
$10 Million Apperson Hall Renovation Breaks Ground
On October 7th, OSU broke ground on a $10 million renovation of historic Apperson Hall. The project will retain the structure’s historic stone exterior while completely updating the interior to create a 21st-century learning and research facility.
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William Oefelein
OSU Engineer to Pilot Space Shuttle in December
OSU Engineering alum (1988) William Oefelein will pilot the Space Shuttle Discovery to the International Space Station when it lifts off on December 7th. Oefelein and crew will deliver a third truss segment, a SPACEHAB module, and other key components during the shuttle's 20th mission.
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Bruce Hofer
Audio Expert: Bruce Hofer, Chairman and Co-founder of Audio Precision
Bruce Hofer co-founded Audio Precision in 1984 with a group of audio engineers from the labs of Tektronix. In addition to serving as board chair, Hofer remains technically active as the company's principal analog design engineer. He has received 12 patents and has written many articles and papers, and in 1995 he received the Fellowship Award from the International Audio Engineering Society. Hofer earned his bachelor’s degree in electrical engineering from OSU in 1970.
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Robert Lundeen
Former Dow Chemical Chairman Gives $3 Million Gift to OSU
Robert Lundeen, the retired chairman of Dow Chemical and a 1942 OSU chemical engineering graduate, has pledged $3 million to support an array of programs at OSU, a gift that reflects his lifelong pursuit of learning that included his OSU education. Lundeen’s donation will fund engineering and science scholarships, create faculty development awards for OSU scientists and librarians, and provide additional resources. “I owe a lot to Oregon State, and I now have the opportunity to give back,” Lundeen said.
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“We’re here because we think Oregon, and specifically this part of the coast, wants this type of project.”

Steve Kopf, consultant with Ocean Power Technologies, the company collaborating with OSU Engineering researchers to create a wave energy park on the Oregon coast

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November 14-17, International Education Week at OSU. Learn about studying abroad, participating in overseas internships, what a stint in Peace Corps is like, and much more during this week of activities centered around international education. Study abroad diversifies college careers and helps graduates compete in the global economy. Check it out at: http://oregonstate.edu/international/IEW

Thursday, November 16: Austin Entrepreneurship Program Fireside Chat
Jim Sheldon, president of Automation Tooling Systems (ATS) Oregon, will talk about his entrepreneurial experiences at 7:30 p.m. in Weatherford Hall’s Trysting Tree Conference Room D107. Sign up and get more information at: https://www.bus.oregonstate.edu/aepfellows/ViewFellow.aspx?FellowID=93

Thursday, November 30: Producing Potable Water from a Human Powered Still
Inspired in part by the lack of potable water available in New Orleans following Hurricane Rita, this mechanical engineering design competition challenges student teams to design and build a human powered device that will heat water to boiling, then condense the steam to obtain potable water. Come see the designs! KEC Atrium, 7-9 p.m., free and open to the public. http://www.asme.org/Communities/Students/Student_Design_Competition.cfm

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