November 2007
VOLUME VIII, ISSUE VI 
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OSU-Based Wave Energy Research Featured in Print and on Air
The July 2009 issue of Smithsonian Magazine showcases electrical engineering professor Annette von Jouanne and the team of OSU researchers and scientists who are developing ways to generate clean, renewable electricity from the sea. Read article… Von Jouanne and Hatfield Marine Science Center director George Boehlert also discussed the merits and challenges of harnessing ocean renewable energy on OPB’s Think Out Loud in a special broadcast aired in mid-June. Listen to broadcast…
Ocean Engineers Explore Life-Saving Strategies for Tsunami Events
As part of a project spearheaded by Oregon Sea Grant, CCE coastal and ocean engineering faculty Dan Cox and Harry Yeh and other researchers at the OSU Hinsdale Wave Research Lab are investigating new approaches to saving lives and reducing devastation in the event of a catastrophic, earthquake-generated tsunami off the Oregon coast. Specifically, the researchers are exploring the potential for vertical evacuation in coastal communities—that is, for moving people up above water’s reach within the inundation zone, as opposed to removing them from the zone. This research is featured in an Oregon Sea Grant video, “Reaching Higher Ground.” View video…
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Beaver Racing Revels in a Record-Breaking Season…Which Isn’t Over Yet!
Less than a month after taking 1st and 3rd places at the 2009 Baja SAE Oregon competition (see May M! story), the OSU team pulled off another gold-medal performance at the Baja SAE Wisconsin event. As the top finisher in two of this year’s three US-based international competitions, OSU Beaver Racing once again ranks as Baja SAE world champion, a title first claimed in 2005. More on Baja…

Next up on Beaver Racing’s 2009 circuit was the June SAE Formula competition in Los Angeles, where the team finished 1st in both the endurance and dynamic events and 2nd overall. This was OSU’s best Formula performance ever—and all the more spectacular following a major structural failure less than 24 hours earlier, which necessitated a massive, on-the-spot rebuild of the car’s front end. And the season’s not over yet. In August, the OSU car and team members head across the Atlantic to participate in the Formula Student Germany competition at Hockenheim Ring. More on Formula…
New CoE Graduate Top-Ranked by U.S. Navy
Of the 248 Naval Reserve Officer Training Corps (NROTC) Surface Warfare selectees nationwide, 2009 nuclear engineering graduate and NROTC Beaver Battalion member April J. Robertson earned “Top Midshipman” ranking based on grade point average, aptitude for service, and degree completed. With this honor came first choice of ship assignments and personal phone calls of congratulations from Navy senior leadership. Upon commissioning as an Ensign in the U.S. Navy, Robertson will be assigned to the future USS WAYNE E. MEYER (DDG 108), homeported in San Diego. More…
Doctoral Student Wins Prestigious Fellowship
Skyler Weaver, a PhD candidate in electrical and computer engineering, has been awarded a Texas Instruments/Global Research Collaboration (GRC) Fellowship. Weaver is one of only 40 GRC fellows in the nation and the only one in the Pacific Northwest. Working with ECE professor Un-Ku Moon in the analog/mixed signal research group, Weaver’s efforts are aimed at developing scalable analog-to-digital converters and techniques to help computers design and build digital circuits. More…
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BEE Faculty Leads Groundbreaking Work in Dam Impact Assessment Modeling
BEE assistant professor Desiree Tullos was the principal investigator on an NSF-funded research collaboration that developed an “integrative dam assessment modeling” tool for assessing the costs and benefits of constructing new dams in any area. The first of its kind, this holistic decision-making approach simultaneously evaluates the biophysical, socio-economic, and geopolitical impacts of dam building on local ecosystems and communities, Tullos also co-edited the Journal of Environmental Management’s special issue on dams (summer 2009), in which her team’s research is featured. More…
ASCE Award Goes to OSU Irrigation Engineer
In recognition of his outstanding work in advancing the field of irrigation and drainage engineering, the American Society of Civil Engineering bestowed the 2009 Royce J. Tipton Award on BEE professor Marshall English. Specifically, this award honors English for his “valuable contributions to the science, understanding, and application of irrigation engineering, including optimization of irrigation system design and management, surface irrigation hydraulic modeling, crop evapotranspiration, crop-water-soil modeling, and irrigation scheduling with full and limited water supplies.”
Pioneering Researcher and Educator Feted at International IEEE Symposium
ECE professor Gabor Temes is the 2009 recipient of the IEEE Mac Van Valkenburg Award in recognition of his pioneering research in analog filters, switched-capacitor circuits and delta-sigma data converters; his contributions to engineering education through his widely used textbooks; and his mentorship of hundreds of successful electronic engineers. More…
MIME Professor Steps Up as Journal Editor
The American Society for Engineering Management has named IME associate professor Toni Doolen as the new editor of the Engineering Management Journal (EMJ). A quarterly publication, EMJ offers “practical, pertinent knowledge on the management of technology, technical professionals, and technical organizations.” More…
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Entrepreneurship Awards Go to CoE Alums and Associates
Recipients of the 1st annual OSU Austin Entrepreneurship Program Entrepreneurs and Innovators Awards include three CoE alumni: Dick Fosbury (BSCE ’72), Kyle Doyel (BSChE & Bus Admin ’80) and Ken Austin (BSME ’53). The other three awardees also have strong connections with the CoE: Joan Austin, honorary OSU alumna; John Gardner, OSU physics professor emeritus, founder/president of ViewPlus Technologies, and EECS advisory board member; and Kaichang Li, associate professor, Wood Science and Engineering (College of Forestry), and OSU Materials Science Program faculty. View videos…
CoE Alum Honored for Outstanding Leadership
In 2009, recognizing the global impact of business leadership, the OSU College of Business added an “Innovative Business Leader” category to its annual Alumni and Business Partner Awards. Awards in the category were conferred on 12 alumni, one from each of the university's colleges. The CoE Innovative Business Leader awardee was Abhi Talwalkar (BSEE ’86), president and CEO of LSI Logic and member of the CoE Academy of Distinguished Engineers. More…
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MBI Build-Out Breaks Ground
Rumors of the Microproducts Breakthrough Institute (MBI) building expansion no longer are greatly exaggerated. Work on this year-long construction project began in May. At the end of this "build-out," the MBI will include 14 new state-of-the-art labs as well as new offices and enhanced classroom and conferencing space. More…
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Microsoft Taps EECS Prof to Study Gender-Linked Approaches to Software Use
OSU computer science professor Margaret Burnett recently spent three months at Microsoft Research, investigating gender differences in human–software interactions and problem-solving approaches. She discusses her findings as part of Microsoft’s “Women and Technology” video series. View video…
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Gift-Matching Challenge Speeds Growth of New IME Endowment
CoE alumnus Jay Wilt (IE ’75) attributes his career success, strong work ethic, and sense of social responsibility to the solid preparation he received at OSU. By making the lead gift to create an IME endowment, Wilt is helping to ensure that future generations of IME students will have the same experience at OSU. Now, former IME department head Tom West (PhD IE ’76) and his wife Carmen West have pledged $25,000 in matching funds to double new endowment contributions. More…
Electrical Engineering Grad Gives Back Generously
Viewing his OSU education as the foundation for a long and successful career in reconnaissance technology development, CoE alumnus Jim de Broekert (BSEE ’52 and 2008 inductee into the CoE Engineering Hall of Fame) recently gave back to his alma mater with a $100,000 gift to the School of EECS. More…
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CoE Collaborates on Engineering and Science Outreach
Housed in the CoE’s Batcheller Hall, the Center for Outreach in Science and Engineering for Youth (COSEY)—a collaboration of OSU Precollege Programs and the Colleges of Engineering and Science—supports a variety of K–12 summer camps and programs with a science and engineering focus. For example, COSEY supports Spirited Kids in Engineering and Science for K–5 students, Saturday Academy E-Camp for middle school students, and Outside the Box for TAG/high-ability 7th and 8th graders. Several other COSEY-supported summer camps—and stories of students whose lives they impacted—are featured in the current issue of Terra, OSU’s research magazine. More…
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OSU Represented at Women’s International Research Summit
CBEE associate professor Christine Kelly is one of almost 140 women from 23 countries who participated in the first annual Women’s International Research in Engineering (WIRES) summit, held in Barcelona in early June. Co-sponsored by NSF, the European Science Foundation, Hewlett-Packard, and nine other corporate and academic partners, the summit’s main objective was to enable meaningful and sustainable research exchanges between female engineers while also providing a forum to discuss common issues faced by women pursuing engineering careers. More…
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"The education was great, and "Doc" Wicks [Dr. Chuck Wicks, OSU ChE professor emeritus] still means everything to me, as he taught me love of the program and the industry. I'm finally starting to pay the bill I owe him by mentoring interns and the other young people I know majoring in ChE, trying to pass on my love of the discipline and the industry as he did to all of us 30 years ago. It has been a great gig so far..."

Lucinda K. Weaver, PE, OSU BS’80 chemical engineering, Principal Instrument and Controls Engineer, Engineering Division, Covidien

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