November 2007
 VOLUME VI, ISSUE X   
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Water Wizards: Helping Understand Groundwater
Environmental Engineering professors Dorthe Wildenschild and Brian Wood, want to better understand how water moves through the Earth. Wildenschild is discovering how it behaves in the spaces between sand grains. Wood works with engineered porous systems such as bioreactors in wastewater plants and sand filters used to clean drinking water.
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Engineering Students Shine On Stage
Seven engineering students are helping OSU shatter the stereotype that engineers are socially awkward, somewhat shy, and interested mainly in mathematical calculations. Derron Coles, Nathan White, Kevin McIntosh, Josh Short and Ryan Hodges star in the University Theater’s production of Angels in America, while Ryan Alward and Daniel Heinlein star in on the tech crew.
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Chemical Engineering Student Chapter Wins National Award
From a field of 165 student chapters of the American Institute of Chemical Engineers, OSU’s chapter was one of only 16 to receive the 2006-07 Outstanding Student Chapter Award from AIChE. The Award was presented at the 2007 National Meeting in Salt Lake City in early November.
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OSU Engineers Collect Perishable Earthquake Data in Japan
A few days after Scott Ashford arrived at OSU as the new director of the School of Civil and Construction Engineering, Japan experienced a 6.6 magnitude earthquake. Ashford, professor Steve Dickenson, and PhD student Yohsuke Kawamata, joined an NSF-sponsored reconnaissance team to Japan to survey damage and collect perishable information.
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Helping Businesses Save Power, Dollars
Student workers at OSU’s Industrial Assessment Center help companies cut power costs while gaining valuable experiences that lead to rewarding careers. Marcus Wilcox, the first student to join the program at OSU, is now a partner of Cascade Energy Engineering, and credits much of his success to being involved with the IAC at OSU.
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Dietterich Elected Fellow of AAAS
In recognition for his contributions to advance science and its applications, OSU Computer Science professor Tom Dietterich has been elected a Fellow of the AAAS (American Association for the Advancement of Science). AAAS publishes the journal Science and is dedicated to advancing science around the world.
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Cuenca to Chair American Geophysical Union Committee
Richard Cuenca, professor in the Dept. of Biological and Ecological Engineering, has been appointed chair of the Large-Scale Field Experimentation Technical Committee of the American Geophysical Union (AGU). This committee is one of eleven technical committees of the Hydrology section of AGU, and is one of the two largest sections with more than 6,000 members. 
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Higginbotham Appointed to Health Physics Board
Jack Higginbotham, OSU professor of Nuclear Engineering, has been appointed to the Board of Directors of the American Board of Health Physics (ABHP). The ABHP is tasked with developing standards and procedures, examining candidates, and issuing the certification required to become a Certified Health Physicist.
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OSU Offers Nationís First Ecological Engineering Degree
The Department of Biological and Ecological Engineering has launched the nation’s first undergraduate degree program in ecological engineering. The new degree is expected to attract top students from around the nation and is the result of a two-year collaborative planning process involving faculty and staff in the OSU colleges of engineering and agricultural sciences.
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Jennifer Rosales wins National Award, is Elected District President
Jennifer Rosales (civil engineering, 1995), lead transportation engineer at PB in Portland, received the Past Presidents’ Award for Merit in Transportation Engineering at the Institute of Transportation Engineers (ITE) 2007 Annual Meeting. Rosales was also recently elected President of Western District of ITE.
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Alum Named Washington Secretary of Transportation
Paula Hammond (civil engineering, 1979) has become the first female Secretary of Transportation in Washington and will manage the agency of more than 7,000 employees. The agency maintains 7,000 miles of highways, 3,300 bridges and tunnels, and operates the Washington State Ferries that carry 26 million passengers per year.
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Building a Wind Tunnel from Cardboard and Duct Tape
Intel selected OSU mechanical engineering student David Lane for a MECOP internship where he would develop shock failures in developing a wind tunnel for thermal testing. “It’s a win-win because the intern gets a better understanding of what to expect after college and the company gets an educated, highly motivated intern,” says Intel’s Dave Capwell.
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Campaign
$625 Million Campaign for OSU Launched
OSU launched the University’s first-ever capitol fundraising campaign on October 26th. The “Campaign for OSU” aims to raise $625 million. Of that amount, the College of Engineering intends to raise $138 million. Learn about how we plan to do that:
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"From her first day as Interim Secretary until now, Paula Hammond has risen to every challenge. We consulted with the top transportation and public officials in this state and around the country and found that the best candidate for the job was here in our state. Paula is a leader with the vision to tackle Washington’s transportation challenges."

Washington Gov. Christine Gregoire

Saturday, November 17, Beaver Open House. Come take a closer look at our engineering community, where new ideas from students are helping make the world a better, safer, more sustainable place. Register now.

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