Students at Graduate Research Expo

Graduate Research Showcase
Friday, Feb. 8, 2019
8:15 a.m. - 4:30 p.m.
CH2M Hill Alumni Center and LaSells Stewart Center

The 2019 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.

REGISTRATION IS REQUIRED for graduate students to participate in all aspects of the showcase.

Regisration is now closed.

Questions? Contact Brad Canfield, COE Outreach Programs and Events Manager, at 541-737-7151 or


Thank you to our 2019 Industry Exhibitors:


Pacific Northwest National Labratory




8:15 a.m. Check-in opens CH2M Hill Alumni Center
9:00 - 10:15 a.m.        Workshop Session 1 (registration required) CH2M Hill Alumni Center
10:15 - 10:30 a.m. Break CH2M Hill Alumni Center
10:30 - 11:45 a.m. Workshop Session 2 (registration required) CH2M Hill Alumni Center
Noon - 1 p.m. Keynote Speaker and lunch (registration required)

LaSells Stewart Center, Construction

and Engineering Hall

1 - 1:30 p.m. Break CH2M Hill Alumni Center
1:30 - 4:30 p.m.

Poster presentations

Awards announced at 4:00 p.m.      

CH2M Hill Alumni Center, Cascade Ballroom
All Day Industry Exhibitors tabling CH2M Hill Alumni Center

Workshop Session Information

Session 1, 9:00 - 10:15 a.m.

Option A: Resilience in Graduate Studies Panel, Room 111 CH2MHill Alumni Center

Option B: Industry Hiring Manager Panel, Willamette Room CH2M Hill Alumni Center


Session 2, 10:30 - 11:45 a.m.

Option A: Resilience in Graduate Studies Panel, Room 111 CH2MHill Alumni Center

Option B: Industry Hiring Manager Panel, Willamette Room CH2M Hill Alumni Center


Panel Details

Resilience in Graduate Studies Panel

Hear from graduate degree holders, now successfully working in industry and academics, about how they overcame obstacles and challenges in their graduate studies. Come prepared to ask questions!

Moderator: Jim Gouveia, MS, MSW, LCSW; Staff Counselor, OSU CAPS


•             Kirsten Gore, PhD.; Statistician, HP

•             Eric Hill, PhD.; Computer Architect, Intel

•             H. Tuba Özkan-Haller, PhD.; Professor and Associate Dean for Research and Faculty Advancement, OSU College of Earth, Ocean, and Atmospheric Sciences


Industry Hiring Manager Panel

Hear from hiring managers at industry partners that regularly hire OSU Engineering graduate degree holders about what they are looking for during the recruiting and hiring process. Come prepared to ask questions!

Moderator: Amanda Cordes, Assistant Director of Career Development, OSU College of Engineering


•             Scott Bates; Recruitment Lead & Contract Staffing Manager; NuScale

•             Robert T. Brigantic, PhD.; Operations Research Scientist; Pacific Northwest National Laboratory

•             Matthew Smith, PE; Structural Engineer; Jacobs

•             Rachelle Hutchens; Director of Human Resources, SIGMADESIGN


Keynote Speaker Information

The 2019 Graduate Research Showcase lunchtime keynote address will be “Effectively Managing Your Personal and Professional Time” presented by Toni L. Doolen, PhD. Dr. Doolen is OSU’s Dean of the College of Education; Dean of the University Honors College; and Professor of Industrial and Manufacturing Engineering. Her research focuses on applying process improvement methodologies and innovation to improve both the social (work group performance, individual and team affect, skill development, etc.) and technical (productivity, quality, and cost) aspects of organizational performance using both qualitative and quantitative methodologies.


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 in the "2019 Graduate Research Showcase poster templates" section under "Sub-brand Tools." (DO NOT use templates from the regular "Research poster" or "Undergraduate Expo poster" sections). 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. 25, 2019. 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 2019

  • 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 commercial potential? If so, or even if you're unsure and curious, please contact 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 the Commercialization and Corporate Development office 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 2019 Oregon Stater Awards reception in Portland on Feb. 21. 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.