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more than 230 professional researchers

leading more than 1,275 graduate students

each with a story to tell 

From the College of Engineering at Oregon State University, this is Engineering Out Loud—a podcast telling the stories of how our research and innovation here are helping change the world out there

Season Two: Engineering for Inclusivity

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Season 2, Episode 6: Change & ChickTech

It’s no secret that women and minorities have historically been underrepresented in science and engineering and have faced a lot of bias upon entering those fields. But what is Oregon State University doing to change that? To find out, we talk to Joe McGuire, one of the College of Engineering’s associate deans, and Anne Gillies, the search advocate program director at Oregon State about how they are building an inclusive environment.

To learn about the efforts to recruit and retain more students of underrepresented groups we talk to Ellen Momsen, director of the Women and Minorities in Engineering program and Kameron Kadooka, the coordinator of the Louis Stokes Alliance for Minority Participation program. We also hear from alumni, Patricia Walsh, Janice Levenhagen-Seeley and Justin Conner about their experiences at Oregon State. Janice describes ChickTech, the non-profit she founded to recruit and retain more girls and women in technology fields.

Season 2, Episode 5: Inside & Outside

In this week's episode, we feature two stories from the Oregon State Robotics Group.

Ravi Balasubramanian, mechanical engineering assistant professor, is designing robo-inspired implantable mechanisms to improve orthopedic surgeries of all types--with a specific focus on tendon transfer surgery related to restoring function of the hand. We talk with him in part 1. 

In part 2, we explore Project Chiron, a kit that turns a mechanized wheelchair into a self-driving wheelchair to help those with ALS. It's being developed by Bill Smart, mechanical engineering associate professor, and his graduate student Benjamin Narin.

Season 2, Episode 4: Lenses & Limbs

In this week’s episode, we bring you two stories from the bionic frontier. In part one, Greg Herman, professor of chemical engineering, talks about his work to develop a glucose-sensing contact lens to help patients with type 1 diabetes keep an eye on their blood sugar.

In Part 2, we explore the research of John Mathews, professor and head of the School of Electrical Engineering and Computer science, whose goal is to enable people with serious spinal cord injuries to regain the use of paralyzed limbs.

Season 2, Episode 3: Stoves & Sopes

In part one, Nordica MacCarty, a faculty member in the Humanitarian Engineering Program at Oregon State, talks about improving the lives of women and children in the developing world through cleaner-burning cookstove technology. Traditional open-fire methods use fuel inefficiently, increasing the physical burden of household work and creating deadly indoor air pollution. 

In part two, we’ll follow an unlikely journey taken by Chinweike Eseonu, an Oregon State engineering assistant professor from Nigeria, along with three women from the tiny town of Monroe, Oregon, Spanish instructor Loren Chavarria, and three determined engineering students, and all made possible by some tasty Mexican food. 

Season 2, Episode 2: By Air & By Land 

In part one, we’ll uncover the extreme challenges of air travel for people with disabilities, the risky measures they take in order to fly, and the serious harm they face every time they board an aircraft. And we’ll meet Associate Professor Katharine Hunter-Zaworski who, for more than three decades, has been is fighting to remove barriers and improve access to transportation for people with disabilities.  

By observing crashes, researchers can make recommendations on how to prevent them and ultimately make roads safer for more users. Crashes, however, are difficult to predict and to observe. In part two, we tour the Driving and Bicycling Simulator where Associate Professor David Hurwitz conducts experiments on right-hook crashes in a virtual environment. 

Season 2, Episode 1: Polyphony of Inclusivity 

Inclusivity means listening to all voices — creating a beautiful polyphonic sound. Learn about Distinguished Professor Margaret Burnett’s mission to change the way software is designed to be more inclusive of both females and males. Also, meet her former student Kyle Rector now at University of Iowa, who designed software to help people with vision impairments learn yoga.

Season One: Data Science and Engineering

The Team

Engineering Out Loud is produced by: Jens Odegaard, Krista Klinkhammer, Rachel Robertson, Steve Frandzel, Keith Hautala, and Johanna Carson. Audio editing is provided by Miriah Reddington. Artwork and graphic design by Jack Forkey. Additional support is provided by Megan Kilgore. 


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Intro music is "The Ether Bunny" by Eyes Closed Audio. It is used with permission via a Creative Commons Attribution license