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.
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How do you help reduce risk in the nation's most dangerous occupation? Researchers at Oregon State University are partnering with Blount International to help make timber harvesting equipment safer. To understand a specific type of accident that occurs in the field, they’ve designed and built a machine to recreate it in the safety of a shipping container.
John Parmigiani (right), associate professor of mechanical engineering, and graduate student Alex Orawiec inspect chainsaw bars.
How do you harness the energy of the ocean? Oregon State alumni Alex Hagmuller and Max Ginsburg cofounded Aquaharmonics to try and figure it out: starting with a wave energy device prototype they tested in a bathtub. Today, they're backed by millions of dollars from the U.S. Department of Energy, partnering with Sandia National Laboratories, and are on course for ocean testing with a full-size wave energy converting buoy.
Max Ginsburg works on the Aquaharmonics wave-energy device prototype.
Can you build skyscrapers or other massive structures with wood? Mass timber buildings are changing skylines and changing the way engineers and architects think about building big with wood. They go up faster than steel and concrete. They cost less. They’re made from sustainable resources, and they’re getting taller and taller.
Iain Macdonald (left), director of the Tallwood Design Institute, and Andre Barbosa, assistant professor of structural engineering at Oregon State University, at the construction site for the Oregon Forest Science Complex, a mass timber building.
How do you talk to a robot? How about 250 robots? Julie A. Adams, professor of computer science, describes her research on human-robot interaction and the benefits and challenges of drone swarms.
"Engineering Out Loud" is produced and hosted by Jens Odegaard, Rachel Robertson, Steve Frandzel, Keith Hautala, Owen Perry, and Krista Klinkhammer. Visuals and marketing by Gale Sumida and Johanna Carson. Audio editing is provided by Brian Blythe. Artwork and graphic design by Jack Forkey. Additional support is provided by Megan Kilgore.