November 2007
VOLUME IX, ISSUE IX  
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Transforming Pipe Ramming "Art" into Science
The Oregon Department of Transportation has teamed up with OSU and the National Utility Contractor Association’s Oregon & SW Washington chapter for a study of pipe ramming, a cost–saving technique for driving pipe through earth structures such as highway embankments. Although this technique has been used successfully in the past, the science behind it is not well understood, says CCE assistant professor Armin Stuedlein, the study's principal investigator. More…
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OSU Beam Team Does It Again
The OSU/Knife River student team has once again prevailed at the national Big Beam Competition, an annual event sponsored by the Precast/Prestressed Concrete Institute. This year, CE undergrads Jill Folkestad, Gabriel Hoxmeier, Jared Trowbridge, Kenichi Nagao, and Benjamin Maue earned second place for their concrete beam – the sixth time in seven years that the OSU/Knife River team has taken either first or second place at national competition.
OSU Boasts Yet Another AIChE National Scholarship Winner
ChE senior Ryan Stillwell is one of only 15 students nationwide to win a 2010 Donald F. & Mildred Topp Othmer National Scholarship. Selected for his outstanding academic performance, leadership, and service as member and officer of the CBEE Student Club (which, incidentally, has this year once again been named an AIChE Outstanding Student Chapter), Stillwell is the thirteenth OSU student to win an Othmer scholarship in 15 years.
RHP Senior Project Paper to Appear in Prestigious Journal
A paper written last year by radiation health physics senior Jarvis Caffrey (now a grad student in NE), titled "A review of instruments and methods for dosimetry in space," has been accepted for publication in Advances in Space Research, a journal of the International Council for Space Research. In his paper, Caffrey highlights the successes and failures of current devices for monitoring radiation in space and encourages development of small, hand-held detectors that can provide real-time feedback on radiation profiles.
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2010 University Day Honorees Include Four from CoE
OSU's annual University Day celebration, held at the start of the school year, features an awards ceremony to honor faculty and staff who have made outstanding contributions to the OSU community. This year, four of these honorees were from the College of Engineering: CBEE associate professor Skip Rochefort; EECS professors Margaret Burnett and Annette von Jouanne; and MIME associate professor (and recently appointed University Honors College associate dean) Toni Doolen. More…
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State-of-the-art Sensor Revolutionizes Environmental Monitoring at OSU
A new fiber-optic instrument for remote temperature sensing – one of only five such devices in the world – is now in use at Oregon State, and researchers say it will revolutionize the way they monitor environmental changes. “We just got the best tool ever made to better understand our environment,” said BEE professor John Selker, a leading developer of this emerging science. “I have never seen a technology that has generated more deep insight and excitement in such a short time.” More…
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CEM Grad Takes Command of Navy's First Amphibious Assault Ship
On Oct. 8, Capt. Brenda M. Holdener (BSCEM '85) relieved Capt. Lowell D. Crow as commanding officer of the Norfolk, Va.-based multi-purpose amphibious assault ship USS Wasp (LHD 1). Holdener is the Wasp's 17th commanding officer and the first female to assume ship command. More…
Beaver Team Protects Community, Environment, One Storm Drain At A Time!
The American Public Works Association’s Sacramento chapter recently bestowed  a 2010 Project of the Year award on the Yreka, Calif. Public Works Dept., for a four-year, multi-million stormwater attenuation and floodplain restoration project. The three OSU alums who constitute the city’s engineering division – Steven Neill (BSCE ’77), Jeanette Hook (College of Forestry ‘86) and Darrell Hook (College of Business  ’85) – implemented and oversaw this award-winning project from start to finish. More…
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High Schoolers' Interest in STEM Programs Piqued by…Disposable Diaper Dissection?
Earlier this month, twenty students from Benson Polytechnic High School spent their Saturday morning dissecting disposable diapers in an OSU lab, as part of a lesson on the chemical engineering of superabsorbent polymers.  Thanks to a collaboration between the Portland high school and OSU's Colleges of Engineering and Science, and to generous funding from the Howard Hughes Medical Institute, Benson students have been visiting OSU twice a year since 1997 for similar science & engineering adventures – and many of them have subsequently ended up at OSU, majoring in a STEM field. More…
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Qatar Looks to Oregon for Food Security, Sustainability Expertise
A recent series of visits and conversations between delegates from Qatar and Oregon – the latter including, among others, CoE dean Ron Adams, CH2M HILL vice president Joseph Danko (MSChE '85), and Oregon BEST president & executive director David Kenney – has resulted in a memorandum of understanding that solidifies Qatar's intent to work with Oregon and its universities to tap the state's expertise in sustainability, agriculture and renewable energy as part of addressing these same issues at home. More…
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Key Partnerships Support Diversity in OSU Engineering
With the support of many corporate and foundation partners, OSU's Women and Minorities in Engineering Program reaches out to populations traditionally underrepresented in engineering, and supports and encourages their participation in this critical field. For a great example of program success, consider Alexandria Moseley, now an OSU junior working toward a double degree in IE and MfgE. More…
Alumni Gift to Endow Faculty Positions Builds Stronger Future
This summer, Lee '63 and Connie Howard Kearney '65, two of OSU's most dedicated volunteer leaders and philanthropists, decided to create two faculty endowments in the College of Engineering. Their $2.5 million commitment is the first gift that qualifies for a new matching program designed to increase private investment in OSU faculty. Funded by the OSU Provost's Office at $1 million per year for five years, the program has the potential to leverage more than $20 million in private support. More…
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"The Provost's Match was an attractive encouragement for us to make a gift for a faculty endowment, because it immediately provides the college with funds that are almost equal to what will be generated by the gift itself. People often think of providing for an endowment in a bequest. The Provost's Match makes it a lot more interesting to do right now."

Lee Kearney (CE '63), on giving to the Provost's Faculty Match Program for faculty endowments

November 6:  Beaver Open House, OSU Campus

November 11: Willamette Innovators Night (WiN2010). 1 pm–9:30 pm, LaSells Stewart Center and CH2MHill Alumni Center, OSU Campus





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