OCTOBER 2002 -- Volume I, Issue IX

JUST PUBLISHED! READ OUR 2002 ANNUAL REPORT--
Look around . . . an engineer had a hand in almost everything you see. OSU Engineers are women and men who are building a better world. Our 2002 Annual Report brings you their compelling stories and how these people are touching the world in big ways, from Boeing's 747 airliner and WIRED Magazine, to Microsoft Excel, Shakespeare, and the Walla Walla River. http://engr.oregonstate.edu/pubs/ann_report.html


R E S E A R C H @ OSU Engineering

OSU WINS $1.3M TO USE BACTERIA TO HALT NUCLEAR WASTE--
Sometimes the earth's smallest organisms can be called upon to carry out some of the world's largest and most ominous tasks, like stopping the spread of radioactive nuclear waste in groundwater. The U.S. Dept. of Energy just awarded OSU environmental engineering professor Jack Istok $1.3 million for his groundbreaking research into using naturally occurring bacteria in the soil to halt the spread of nuclear waste at some of the nation's worst toxic waste sites.
http://osu.orst.edu/dept/ncs/newsarch/2002/Oct02/cleanup.htm

MECHANICAL ENGINEERING RESEARCHERS DEVELOP SMART PARACHUTES--
ME Assistant Professor Mark Costello and OSU graduate students are developing controllable parafoils, small parachute-like devices equipped with global positioning system (GPS) technology that can steer food or supply packages dropped from aircraft to precise locations. Read the full story: http://oregonengineer.org/research.htm


S T U D E N T S @ OSU Engineering

CIVIL ENGINEERING STUDENT MAKES WORLD'S PORTS SAFER--
When Nason McCullough was in high school, his father, a union carpenter, helped replace the Alsea Bay Bridge. Nason walked to the construction site after school and "hung out" in the job shacks on the bay waiting for his dad to finish and drive him home. This was where Nason first met engineers, and why he decided to become one. "I wanted to help society build structures that are as efficient, safe, and aesthetic as possible," he says. This year he graduates with a BS, MS, and PhD in civil engineering, then starts a job with CH2M HILL as a geotechnical earthquake engineer. McCullough's OSU research with professor Stephen Dickenson has focused on how port structures like pile-supported wharves can better withstand earthquakes. By analyzing the soil structure below where buildings, bridges, and wharves are sited, McCullough and other OSU students and faculty are making the earth safer for all of us who live on its surface.

DINNER CONNECTS COMPANIES WITH POTENTIAL FUTURE EMPLOYEES--
An October 22nd dinner that is part of the upcoming OSU Engineering Career Fair (http://oregonstate.edu/career/Connections/Engr%20Fall02.htm) and is sponsored by the Institute of Electrical & Electronic Engineers (IEEE) offers companies the opportunity to meet top OSU Electrical and Computer Engineering students. To attend, visit: http://www.engr.orst.edu/news/ece/178


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

OSU DEDICATES MECHANICAL ENGINEERING LAB TO TEKTRONIX--
At a campus ceremony on October 5th, OSU Engineering honored long-term industry partner Tektronix, Inc. by dedicating a mechanical engineering lab to the Beaverton-based maker of test, measurement, and monitoring equipment. The event, attended by Tektronix CEO Rick Wills and other high-ranking Tektronix engineers who are OSU alumni, celebrated the company's long-standing contributions to the OSU College of Engineering. Read the full story:
http://www.tek.com/Measurement/cgi-bin/framed.pl?Document=/Measurement/Products/press/osu/index.html&FrameSet=newsroom

GET ON THE BUS, COME CELEBRATE NEW LEAN AUTOMATION LAB--
On Wednesday, October 16, a chartered bus will bring dozens of industry partners from Portland-area high technology firms to an open house celebrating the grand opening of the Industrial and Manufacturing Engineering's new Lean Automation Laboratory. To get on the bus and attend the 6 pm event, contact Dr. Toni Doolen, 541-737-5641, toni.doolen@orst.edu.
Read more at: http://www.engr.orst.edu/news/ime/9


B U I L D I N G @ OSU Engineering

GROUNDBREAKING CEREMONY A HUGE SUCCESS--
The groundbreaking ceremony for OSU's new Kelley Engineering Center on September 21 brought more than 500 people to the OSU quad to celebrate this major milestone in the College's ascent to Top-25. If you missed the festivities, which included speeches by Gov. John Kitzhaber, Intel CEO Craig Barrett and others, you can see it all in streaming video at: http://engr.oregonstate.edu/top25/building/webcast.html And be sure to read the Oregonian's report of the event at: http://www.oregonlive.com/business/oregonian/index.ssf?/xml/story.ssf/html_standard.xsl?/base/business/103269572387560.xml Also, view NEW architectural images of the Kelley Engineering Center: http://engr.oregonstate.edu/top25/building/

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

INTEL TO FUND WIRELESS NETWORK AT OSU--
At the groundbreaking ceremony for the new Kelley Engineering Center, executives of Intel Corp. announced that the company will make a major donation of enough wireless equipment to develop a comprehensive wireless network throughout the College of Engineering (including the new building), three College of Science buildings, and the Memorial Union. http://osu.orst.edu/dept/ncs/newsarch/2002/Sep02/break2.htm


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

PORTLAND LUNCHEON FEATURES MINIATURE RESEARCH THAT PACKS BIG PUNCH--
Learn about OSU's breakthrough miniaturization technology from associate professor Kevin Drost when he discusses OSU's rapidly growing MECS (Microtechnology-based Energy, Chemical, and Biological Systems) research program in Portland on October 15th. For more information: http://alumni.oregonstate.edu/events/over_mecs.html

FREE ENGINEERING LECTURES ADDRESS DIVERSE TOPICS--
The College kicks off fall term with a series of free seminars that address a wide range of topics, including: "green" construction in Oregon, the flow of biological fluids in micro-fluidic devices, OSU's role in the design of Intel's newest building, and the processing of high-resolution information displays. For the full schedule, see: http://osu.orst.edu/dept/ncs/newsarch/2002/Oct02/seminar.htm


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

SNEAK PEEK! TAKE A VIRTUAL TOUR OF THE NEW BUILDING--
What will the Kelley Engineering Center look like, inside and out? Now you can see it from every angle, and soar through the 4-story atrium! Catch the animated flythrough video that was unveiled at the groundbreaking ceremony: http://engr.oregonstate.edu/top25/building/flythrough/index.html

TECH TRANSFER: TURNING UNIVERSITY RESEARCH INTO ECONOMIC OPPORTUNITY--
On November 15th, OSU hosts a unique conference focused on how academic researchers, industry leaders, entrepreneurs, and investors can create economic opportunities in Oregon and beyond. More info: 541-737-9058 or brian.wall@orst.edu or visit http://oregonstate.edu/research/TechTran/2ndGenTT.html


A L U M N I @ OSU Engineering

BUSINESSWEEK FEATURES ALUM'S CHIP DESIGN FIRM IN CHINA--
Howard Yang, who earned an MS and PhD in electrical engineering from OSU then worked for National Semiconductor and Intel in Silicon Valley, is general manager of Newave Technology, a company helping jump start China's semiconductor industry. http://www.businessweek.com/technology/content/sep2002/tc20020930_4794.htm


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

"There is immense value in...raising Oregon State University's College of Engineering to a Tier One level. (It) will have immense benefits, not only to the university but to the local community...and on future generations."

--Craig Barrett
CEO, Intel Corp.

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

NOTE: The Oregon Stater Awards, previously scheduled for October 25, have been rescheduled for Friday, February 21st to coincide with National Engineer's Week.

OCTOBER 10, 4pm, Gilbert 124, OSU: Darren Seaman, Kiewit Pacific Company, "Wonders of Large-scale Civil Engineering in the Pacific Northwest"
OCTOBER 17, 4pm, Gilbert 124, OSU: Ralph DiNola, Sr. Design Consultant, Portland General Electric "Revolution of 'Green' Construction in Oregon: What is Being Build and What Does It Look Like"
OCTOBER 15, Lloyd Center DoubleTree Inn, Portland: OSU Over Lunch with mechanical engineering professor Kevin Drost discussing OSU's miniaturization research http://alumni.oregonstate.edu/events/over_mecs.html
OCTOBER 16, OSU, 6-8 pm, OSU: "Lean Automation Lab" Open House (see story above)
OCTOBER 22, Corvallis: IEEE Dinner http://www.engr.orst.edu/news/ece/178
OCTOBER 23, OSU: Fall Engineering Career Fair http://oregonstate.edu/career/Connections/Engr%20Fall02.htm
OCTOBER 25, 3:30 pm, Gleeson 200, OSU: UC, Berkeley Professor Susan Muller, "Flow of Biological Fluids in Micro-Fluidic Devices"
NOVEMBER 1: "Classes Without Quizzes" OSU Engineering's Zero-Gravity Research with NASA, http://www.orst.edu/dept/alumni/events/2002cwq.html
NOVEMBER 2: Homecoming vs. Arizona. Visit the OSU Engineering tent to meet alumni and friends and see displays of latest research projects.
NOVEMBER 15, Campus: "2nd Generation Technology Transfer" How to turn university research into economic development and entrepreneurial success (see story above)
NOVEMBER 22, 3:30 pm, Gleeson 200, OSU: UC, San Diego Professor Jan Talbot, "Processing of High-Resolution Information Displays"
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