Credit: Jorge Cham

Graduate Research Showcase
Thursday, Feb. 8
8:30 a.m. - 4:00 p.m.
LaSells Stewart Center
and CH2M Hill Alumni Center

The 2018 Graduate Research Showcase is a daylong opportunity for College of Engineering graduate students to gain valuable professional development experience, network with industry partners, attend career panels, present research, and learn about the research of others.

Jorge Cham
Career panel discussions
Poster presentation information
Industry exhibitors

Credit: PHD Comics/Jorge Cham


8:30 a.m. Check-in opens LaSells Stewart Center
9:00-10:15 a.m. Public lecture by Jorge Cham: The Science Gap Austin Auditorium, LaSells Stewart Center
9:45-10:00 a.m. Break Ag Production Room, LaSells Stewart Center
10:00-11:15 a.m. Careers in Engineering Panel Ag Leaders Room and Ag Science Room, LaSells Stewart Center
11:15-11:30 a.m. Break
11:30-12:45 p.m. Lunch keynote by Jorge Cham: Academic Stimulus Package/Power of Procrastination CH2M Hill Alumni Center, Cascade Ballroom
12:45-1:00 p.m. Break
1:00-4:00 p.m. Poster Presentations, with awards announced at 3:45 p.m. LaSells Stewart Center, Giustina Gallery
All Day Industry Exhibitors tabling LaSells Stewart Center, Giustina Gallery

Careers in Engineering Panel Discussion

Panel discussions include graduates who have taken their degrees in various directions, whether it be academia, government, private industry, or a national lab. The panel will answer your questions about career possibilities, and you will also have an opportunity to network with panelists in small groups. The panel will include the following, plus more.


Ben Buford (Ph.D. 2016, electrical engineering), Intel

Ben is a Failure Analysis R&D Engineer in CQN Labs at Intel Corportation in Hillsboro, Oregon. He supports Intel's development of 7 nm and 5 nm process nodes by providing material characterization and development of novel metrology techniques. As a student, he had interships at Tektronix and MicroPower Electronics through the MECOP program.

Bradley Eagleson (B.S., chemical engineering; M.S. UC Davis, environmental engineering), CH2M

Brad is a process engineer who helps to design large scale semiconductor facilities, as well as municipal water and wastewater treatment facilities. His multidisciplinary degrees have allowed him to span a wide range of engineering applications, including the design of membrane systems, water, gas, and waste conveyance systems. During his undergraduate studies, he had internships at OSU and Yeungnam University researching solar cells, Intel working with a failure analysis team, and CH2M designing a semiconductor fabrication plant. After completing graduate school, he served as a rural health sanitation volunteer in rural Paraguay for the United States Peace Corps.

Kathryn Higley, Oregon State University

Kathryn holds a Ph.D in radiological health sciences from Colorado State University and is the head of the School of Nuclear Science and Engineering in Oregon State University's College of Engineering. She has been an Oregon State University faculty member since 1994. In conjunction with her academic career, she is vice chair of the International Commission on Radiological Protection Committee 4: Application of the Commission's Recommendations. She is co-chair of the National Council on Radiation Protection and Measurements Committee 2: Meeting the Needs of the Nation for Radiation Protection. She is also chair of the Nuclear Engineering Department Heads Organization and chair of the North Pacific Marine Science Organization Group 30: Assessment of Marine Environmental Quality of Radiation around the North Pacific. Prior to academia she worked at Pacific Northwest National Laboratory and was a radioecologist for the Trojan Nuclear Power Plan. She consults on radiological issues worldwide. 

Renae Lenhof (M.S. 2014 nuclear engineering), NuScale Power

Renae specialized in probabilistic risk assessment and neutronics and is currently a fuels engineer for NuScale Power. Her passion is for core design and reactor physics analyses of small modular reactors (SMRs) with the goal of providing safe and reliable power, clean water, and other process heat applications through the peaceful use nuclear technology. Throughout her student career she had internships at General Atomics and NuScale Power. After graduation, she began working full-time for NuScale Power where she remains today. 

Joshan Rohani (B.S., Civil Engineering; M.S. Planning, Operations, Transportation), Stratovate

Joshan is the principal advisor and vice president strategy and innovation for consultation and strategy development firm STRATOVATE. He’s  passionate about helping others understand and achieve their goals/objectives through strategy, an understanding of diverse perspectives, and a problem-solving approach that blends critical-thinking with innovation and creativity. Prior to STRATOVATE he worked for engineering firm David Evans and Associates in a variety of engineering and project management roles.


Katie Eagleson (B.S., environmental engineering; M.S. UC Davis), Lane Regional Protection Agency

Katie is a permit engineer and source test coordinator for the Lane Regional Air Protection Agency (LRAPA) in Springfield, Oregon. She works with a range of small and large industries to ensure their compliance with local, state, and federal air pollution regulations. Before accepting her position with LRPA, Katie served for two years in the United States Peace Corps as a community health volunteer in Paraguay. As a graduate student at UC Davis, Katie studied the movement of pyrethroid pesticides in urban environments. During her student career at Oregon State, she participated in two MECOP internships, one with the consulting firm MWH and the other in the environmental, health, and safety department of SolarWorld Americas.

Carlos Jensen, Oregon State University

Carlos is an associate professor or computer science and the associate dean of undergraduate programs for the College of Engineering. His research focus is on the human aspects of software engineering, especially on how to support developers and projects in doing a better job testing complex code. He had initially intended to go into industry but was inspired by the opportunities he had in academia including working behind the scenes at the Olympics writing applications to coordinate satellites and communication systems.   

Bryan Pawlowski (M.S. 2015, computer science), Intel

Bryan is a VR software engineer at Intel Corporation. He also received his bachelor’s degree at Oregon State and started the master’s program directly after graduating. His thesis was on realtime graphics and scientific visualization under Professor Mike Bailey. After graduating, he worked for Intel Federal, LLC, an offshoot of Intel that handles all government and research and contracts. There he did research and software development for experimental architecture.

Katrina Sloma (M.S. electrical engineering, University of Colorado at Colorado Springs), HP

Katrina leads an R&D team in Corvallis working to extend HP’s inkjet microfluidics into new applications. She has worked at HP for over 25 years, in 11 different engineering and management roles at sites in Colorado, Oregon and Italy. The majority of her career has been in semiconductor/MEMS development and manufacturing for inkjet printheads, leading engineering teams to deliver on business-critical technology development projects.

Kent Welter (Ph.D 2003, nuclear engineering), NuScale Power

Kent currently leads the safety engineering group at NuScale Power, a small, modular nuclear reactor startup based in Oregon. He is also chairman of the board of directors for the Willamette Innovators Network. His past work experience includes reactor systems engineering and project management for the U.S. Nuclear Regulatory Commission and a research stint at Argonne National Laboratory.


If you would like to attend the Graduate Research Showcase or present your research project, REGISTER HERE. Registration closes Nov. 20.

The Careers in Engineering panel discussion and luncheon with Jorge Cham are open to College of Engineering graduate students only. Graduate students must register to participate. There are 200 poster presentation spots available for graduate students who wish to present, and a limited number of seats are available for the Careers in Engineering panel discussion and the luncheon. Entry to both will be on a first-come, first-served basis. In order to attend the luncheon with Jorge Cham, you must also register for and attend the Careers in Engineering panel discussion, and/or the present your research.

Poster presentation information

One student presenter per research project may register to present (typically the lead author). Please obtain your advisor's approval prior to registering. Your advisor will be contacted upon receipt of your registration to verify approval. You will be emailed approximately one week after you register with your registration approval or denial. If you are approved, this email will contain your presenter number. You will need to include your presenter number on your poster. 

Poster template downloads

Please download and use the applicable poster template based on your school from the College of Engineering's Sub-brand Webpage under the "Graduate Research Showcase poster templates" category. Posters created without using the template will not be accepted.

Poster guidelines

Poster templates are part of the College of Engineering's branded suite of marketing materials. The collection of integrated tools helps communicate a consistent and professional message and visual signature to our stakeholders about the college and its impact. 

The poster templates are designed to give students a consistently formatted starting point for their posters to streamline the design process. Students can adjust the layout of the text and images to fit their needs. The two columns in the middle panel may be merged. To ensure an integrated visual identity at this public event, compliance with the required elements of the poster templates is expected. The following criteria for the poster templates must be met:

  • The top bar containing the names of the college and school, the university logo on the bottom left, and the orange side bar are to be left intact and unobstructed (no stretching, compression, displacement, or altering in any way).
  • After you register and are approved, you will be emailed your poster presenter number. You must put this number in the upper right  corner of the poster in place of the "###"
  • The font and font color must not be changed. They must remain as follows:
    • Headline/Title: Impact
    • First-level subhead: Georgia
    • Second-level subhead: Verdana (all caps)
    • Body text: Verdana

Poster submission guidelines

All conference posters must be submitted to Student Multimedia Services (SMS) located in the Valley Library. Submit posters online by Jan. 8, 2018. You will not be charged for the printing of this poster. The College of Engineering will pick up your poster from SMS and will have it on display when you arrive at the Graduate Research Showcase. If you need to print additional copies for other uses, you must submit, pay for (as applicable), and pick up those copies separately. Common questions when submitting posters to SMS:

  • Do I list the course number? Use the conference title: Engineering Graduate Research Showcase 2018

  • What are the finished poster dimensions? 48" x 36"

  • What are the file dimensions? My file's dimensions exactly match the final printed size

  • Will the poster be laminated? No, it will not be laminated

  • What is the ink type? Standard
  • What is the paper type? Standard
  • How will the poster be mounted? No mounting is required. The poster will be tacked to bulletin board.

Protecting Intellectual Property

Have you considered whether your research innovation is patentable or has commerical potential? If so, or even if you're unsure and curious, please contact David Dickson, Intellectual Property & Licensing Manager in the Office for Commercialization and Corporate Development. The Graduate Research Showcase is an excellent opportunity to present your research, but it is also a public disclosure that may jeopardize patent rights, so if your interested to learn more, please be sure to contact David well before Feb. 8.


First-, second-, and third-place awards will be granted to the top research projects in each school. Awards will be determined by a judging committee made up of faculty members. The award-winning presentations will receive an Amazon gift card and will be invited to attend and present at the 2018 Oregon Stater Awards reception in Portland on Feb. 22. You will be judged on the following:

  • Intellectual merit: Makes compelling intellectual contribution with research; shows novel and significant solution relative to the state of the art; provides strong evidence and identifies appropriate supporting materials; research/work is up-to-date and reflects appropriate knowledge in the field.
  • Potential impact: Places research/work within a meaningful context and explains significance of why the work is important; explains significance not only in terms of field/discipline, but also in larger terms of the industry and society; lets listeners know what they should take away from the presentation/conversation.
  • Oral communication: Gets the audience's attention; previews the main points; clusters information logically; uses the transitions effectively; provides supporting material for main points; clearly articulates significance  of information to listeners; speaks articulately at a comfortable rate, volume, and pitch without "um," "uh," etc.; employs vocal variety (not monotone); uses natural gestures; has practiced delivery without memorizing and without reading constantly from notes; is confident; makes eye contact; presents him/herself in a professional manner.
  • Visual communication: Uses correct poster template. Poster is organized and coherently conveys ideas through the visual display; poster contains a clear thesis statement; main points effectively develop and support the thesis; poster sections are easy to read and space is used well. 

Industry exhibitors

Blount International will be tabling all day in the Giustina Gallery of the LaSells Stewart Center for you to network with. Check back for additional companies.