February 2007
 VOLUME VI, ISSUE IX   
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Closing the Gender Gap of Software Design
Research by recent PhD graduate Laura Beckwith, who worked closely with OSU computer science professor Margaret Burnett before landing a job at Microsoft, shows there are differences between the way men and women use software. This is a significant finding for the software design industry, where the majority of programmers are male.
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Student One of Only Two in US. To Win Scholarship
OSU computer science student Michael Burns was selected from hundreds of applicants by Sourcefire, Inc. as one of two students in the U.S. to receive a $5,000 scholarship from the company. As part of OSU’s information security team, Burns implements and maintains open source Snort IDS sensors that protect the university network. He is also a volunteer programmer for the One Laptop Per Child Project.
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New Trans-Atlantic Double-Degree Program
The School of Mechanical, Industrial, and Manufacturing Engineering is launching a new international undergraduate program. Teaming with Universitaet des Saarlandes in Germany and Lulea University of Technology (pictured here) in Sweden, OSU is part of an innovative, trans-Atlantic initiative to create engineers with global perspectives and experience. For more info, email: warnesw@engr.oregonstate.edu
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Splash! Simulated Tsunami Slams Coastal City
Working closely with officials from the coastal city of Seaside, Oregon, researchers at the College of Engineering’s O. H. Hinsdale Wave Research Lab are subjecting a 6-square-block scale model of the town to tsunami waves to determine safer evacuation routes and tsunami resistant design improvements so structures can withstand a tsunami’s impact.
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Microsoft Gives $15,000 To Increase Women in Engineering
The College’s Ambassadors in Engineering Program, directed by Ellen Momsen, has been awarded $15,000 from the National Center for Women & Information Technology. The award will help fund ambassador demonstrations and hands-on activities that highlight computer science, including high school classroom presentations, careers fairs, family science nights, and workshops for guidance counselors.
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OSU Engineering Honors Its Own with Annual Awards
At the annual fall breakfast, the College of Engineering recognized and honored its most exemplary faculty, staff, and students for their work during the past year. Awards went to 11 recipients: Monica Kempsell, Matt Knudson, Charles Parker, Lea Clayton, Kathy Westberg, Annette von Jouanne, Un-Ku Moon, Christine Kelly, Thinh Nguyen, John Wager, and Nancy Squires.
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Wave Lab Gets $1.1M for "Hurricane" Wavemaker
Researchers received $1.1 million in NSF funding to install the nation’s largest ‘hurricane’ wavemaker at the College of Engineering’s O. H. Hinsdale Wave Research Laboratory. The device will help faculty, staff, and students at North America’s largest coastal wave flume better simulate waves generated by extreme storms like Hurricane Katrina.
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Civil Alum Gets Green On the Job
Civil engineering alum Jeremy Morgan (2005) is no green horn any more when it comes to green building. The 24-year-old construction manager for Schommer & Sons in Portland just finished overseeing construction of his first sustainable building, the Burnside Rocket, a four-story mixed-use project.
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Six-Month Internship Keeps Intern Hopping, and Learning
Dane Anderson, a Construction Engineering Management student, has just wrapped up a 6-month internship with the Portland Water Bureau, where he performed a wide range of tasks in many different locations, including a roof replacement at the Portland Watershed, waterline work on a light rail transit project, and a stream diversion project.
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Foundation to Support OSU Grad Students
Thanks to the Portland Chapter of the ARCS Foundation (Achievement Rewards for College Scientists), PhD candidates in Electrical Engineering and Computer Science, Mechanical, Industrial and Manufacturing Engineering, and Nuclear Engineering and Radiation Health Physics are now eligible to receive fellowships from ARCS, a national women's organization. Recipients will receive $5,000 per year for up to three years.
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"This new ‘hurricane’ wavemaker will be the largest in the U.S. and will enable us to create the long-period waves and high wave heights associated with hurricane waves and other extreme storms."

Daniel Cox, associate professor of civil engineering and director of the O. H. Hinsdale Wave Research Laboratory

Wednesday, October 24th, Fall Engineering Career Fair, 11 a.m. – 4 p.m., CH2M HILL Alumni Center on campus. A record 154 employers will be on hand to talk careers and peruse resumes. More info...

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.

October 26, Campaign Kickoff Presentation, This Amazing Place, This Historic Moment: A Multimedia Celebration and Reception, LaSells Stewart Center, 4–6 p.m. This celebration publicly launches the Campaign for OSU, highlighting the accomplishments of OSU students, faculty, alumni and community partners. More info...

October 22-27: Homecoming! Come visit campus for everything from tug-o-wars and a big bonfire to Classes Without Quizzes and the football game against Stanford. See what’s new at the College of Engineering, too. More info...

 

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