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September 2013

From the Dean

Dean Woods

In just a few weeks we'll be welcoming new and returning students for another school year. It's already turning out to be a record-breaking fall, with more than 1,000 first-year students joining our program – our largest freshman class to date. We also graduated a record number of students last year, and data over the last five years show that we continue to grant an increasing number of bachelor's, master's, and doctorate degrees.

By the numbers, we are big. Really big. Based on our undergraduate population, we are in the 95th percentile for size among national undergraduate engineering programs. We are fortunate to have 25 new faculty join us to help keep pace. These faculty come from excellent programs and bring incredible expertise to help us solve important societal problems and educate the next generation of engineering leaders. They join our existing faculty, who already make important contributions to our teaching and research mission. Our future 60,000-square-foot building will also help us keep pace with our growth, and we are excited that SRG Partnership has been selected to design this interdisciplinary educational and research facility.

We look forward to a productive school year and will keep you posted on our ongoing successes!

Best wishes,

Sandra L. Woods
Dean, College of Engineering
Oregon State University

Research
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Everyday table salt could transform the high-tech industry
Researchers from the colleges of engineering and science have discovered that simple table salt could be a key ingredient to commercial production of silicon nanostructures, which have huge potential in everything from electronics to biomedicine. Read more in Science World Report, Science Blog, Nanowerk, and Environmental News Network.

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Wave testing facility makes strides towards launch
The Northwest National Marine Renewable Energy Center is one wave closer to seeing its deepwater wave-testing site connected to the grid, with a new fundraising goal and timeline in place. More…

Faculty
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The challenge of containing Japan's nuclear plant
Kathryn Higley
, head of the Department of Nuclear Engineering and Radiation Health Physics, speaks to the Wall Street Journal about the leakage from the Fukushima Daiichi Nuclear Power Plant. Also read stories in The Christian Science Monitor and National Geographic.

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Driving simulator lab featured on Motor Trend's Epic Drive
Epic Drive host Arthur St. Antoine cruised over to the College of Engineering to see how civil engineering researcher David Hurwitz uses a driving simulator to improve motorist awareness and safety. More…

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Faculty selected for "Early Career Development" award
Congratulations to Raviv Raich (electrical and computer engineering), Glencora Borradaile (computer science), and Jeff Nason (environmental engineering) for receiving the Faculty Early Career Development award from the National Science Foundation. More…

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Balasubramanian recognized for outstanding research
Ravi Balasubramanian, assistant professor of mechanical engineering, received the 2013 Outstanding Researcher Award from the NIH National Center for Simulation in Rehabilitation Research for his work in tendon transfer surgeries. More…

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Albertani to be featured panelist at aviation summit
Associate Professor Roberto Albertani will discuss the work force, education, and training issues within the aviation industry as a panelist at the Oregon Aviation Summit 2013. More…

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Retired professor invents new essential oil extraction process
The essential oils industry is getting a serious makeover, thanks to a new and more efficient extraction process invented by David Hackleman, a retired chemical engineering professor and Linus Pauling Chair. More…

Students
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Global Formula Racing wins at Formula Student Germany 2013
Global Formula Racing, the SAE student collaboration between Oregon State University and the DHBW-Ravensburg in Germany, was crowned the combustion champions of Formula Student Germany at the Hockenheimring. Read more on our blog and view the complete results at Formula Student Germany.

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Staying the course: A profile on Rachael Fischer
Rachael Fischer, a former member of the women's golf team, reflects on collegiate sports, engineering, and her upcoming graduate program at Oregon State. More...

Alumni
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Alumnus lives the great Silicon Valley archetype
Alex Polvi ('07, BS Computer Science) is paying homage to the Silicon Valley glory days by building a new kind of operating system in a Palo Alto garage. More…

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Alumnus helps develop space plane Dream Chaser
How far will Jeff Stebel ('06, MS Industrial Engineering) go to chase his dreams? All the way to space. The industrial engineer for the Sierra Nevada Corporation is helping to develop Dream Chaser, a space plane that will provide NASA with a safe, reliable commercially operated transportation service for crew and cargo from Earth to the International Space Station and back. More...

Photo credit: The Dispatch/The Rock Island Argus/Qconline.com

Events
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2013 Homecoming celebrates the Beaver Nation
Students, faculty, and alumni are invited to celebrate the Beaver Nation by participating in Oregon State University's Homecoming celebration, a host of events including a parade and bonfire. More…

Outreach
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Youths tackle science challenge at STEM Academy
A group of 20 eager young minds participated in the Exploring Microtechnology Camp, organized by Oregon State University's STEM Academy, in partnership with the Microproducts Breakthrough Institute at the Oregon Nanoscience and Microtechnologies Institute (ONAMI) on the HP campus. More...

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