February 2007
 VOLUME VI, ISSUE VIII   
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New Biological Fuel Cell Design Boosts Electricity Production
Hong Liu, a professor in the Department of Biological and Ecological Engineering, and colleagues have designed a microbial fuel cell capable of generating about 10 times more electricity than previously possible from an air cathode microbial fuel cell of the same size. Her discovery could lead to wider use of the devices as sources of renewable energy.
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Big Beam Team Wins 2nd at Intíl. Competition
Civil engineering students Brett Karnes, Greg Murphy, Quang Nguyen, Jignesh Vadodaria, and Eric Yost won second place and a $1,750 cash award in the international “2007 Engineering Design Awards - Big Beam Contest.” The student team designed, fabricated, and tested a 16-ft. beam as part of an OSU class taught by Knife River’s chief engineer Keith Kaufman.
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OSU Student Lands Spot at NASA Academy
Out of a pool of 500 applicants, NASA selected OSU computer science student Nate Edwards and some two dozen other university freshmen and sophomores from around the nation to participate in the 2007 NASA Robotics Academy at Goddard Space Flight Center in Maryland.
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Building A Better Japanese Translation System
Words and language have always fascinated Michael Goodman, a senior in the School of Electrical Engineering and Computer Science who is getting a minor in Japanese. Combining his interests in computer programming and linguistics, Goodman has created software that overcomes a barrier to Japanese translation.
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Reaching Out To Students in India
Associate Dean Chris Bell will represent OSU during a recruiting trip to India between September 25 and October 5, making stops at Linden University Fairs in Bangalore, Hyderabad, Chennai, Lucknow, Kanpur, and New Delhi. He will also visit several top colleges in each city to talk with faculty and students. For more information:
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Congress Looks at $250 Million for Wave Energy
Oregon Rep. Darlene Hooley is moving legislation through Congress that would authorize $250 million to research and develop wave energy. Hooley's proposal would represent the first major investment in wave energy in the U.S. Research by OSU professors Annette von Jouanne and Ted Brekken has helped Oregon become a national leader in the field.
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Equity Deal Nets Cash for OSU
When Cadence Systems acquired Clear Shape Technologies, OSU liquidated its interest in Clear Shape, which was based on algorithms developed by OSU electrical engineering professor Karti Mayaram and others. The move generated $100,000 in license income for the university. OSU researchers are increasingly working with private industry to help develop new products, companies, and jobs.
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Ambassadors Bring Engineering to Life in K-12 Classrooms
The College of Engineering Ambassadors, a group of OSU engineering students, travel to local high schools throughout Oregon demonstrating how engineering helps people and benefits society, and why it’s a great career choice for youth--particularly women and underrepresented minorities. Invite an Ambassador to visit your classroom!
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Margaret Burnett Earns IBM Faculty Award
OSU computer science professor Margaret Burnett has received a 2007 IBM Faculty Award, part of a competitive worldwide program that fosters collaboration between leading university researchers and IBM. The award recognizes curriculum innovation that stimulates growth in disciplines that are strategic to IBM. Recipients receive up to $40,000 per year.
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OSU Undergrad Team Designs Wireless Sensor System
An interdisciplinary team of OSU students spent 10 weeks this summer scaling the slopes of H.J. Andrews Experimental Forest to enable researchers to unplug their high-tech gear, replacing miles of wires and monster batteries with a new generation of ultra-low-power sensing devices and novel methods of “harvesting” power.
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Two Civil Alumni Named Young Engineers of the Year
The Institution of Structural Engineers has named Brenda Shonkwiler (‘01) the 2007 Young Structural Engineer of the Year. She graduated first in her class at OSU and works for UK engineering firm Gifford. Darren Hippenstiel (‘03), a transportation engineer with CH2M HILL, was named the 2007 Young Engineer of the Year by the Oregon Section of the ASCE.
Popovich Given Lifetime Trustee Award
The OSU Foundation presented its Lifetime Trustee Award to Milosh “Poppy” Popovich, who earned his bachelor’s and master’s degrees in chemical engineering from OSU and had a 33-year career at the university. The award is given to individuals who have demonstrated exemplary leadership at OSU and the OSU Foundation. Watch a retrospective video about this amazing man’s life, or read the press release.
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Wicks-Street Fund Gives Students Bright Future
What if glowing algae could help light computer monitors, light bulbs, and your cell phone? Debra Gale, the first recipient of the Wicks-Street Fellowship, is conducting research with chemical engineering professor Greg Rorrer that might lead to such illuminating innovations. Find out how Jim and Judy Wicks-Street are providing Gale this glowing opportunity.
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"Having an office in close proximity to the principal investigators and to the university lab, makes it possible to meet conveniently and to respond quickly to new developments. We are hiring graduate students from the program, with tremendous talent, energy and commitment."

Bradford Lamb, President of Columbia Power Technologies, LLC, which recently opened an office in the Kelley Engineering Center on campus

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.
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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.

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