Student Stories


Equally important to your academic and research work at Oregon State, you will find many opportunities to engage with your fellow students from all engineering majors.

Once you're here, you will find a resource-rich environment that encourages you to combine your studies in engineering with opportunities like the Honors College or study abroad programs.

From your first moments as an undergraduate, you’ll enter orientation and the START program where you will learn about campus and college resources.

If you are interested in speaking with an engineering undergraduate student before you apply, there are many student ambassadors who will speak with you about the Oregon State experience.

Build Community

There are over 400 student clubs and organizations at Oregon State where students connect through shared interests.

Portrait of Subisha Sundaram

Subisha Sundaram, Radiation Health Physics

Subisha Sundaram fosters a sense of community to support women and people of color in STEM through a variety of clubs and organizations.

Brittany Blanksma-Stark posing in front of Oregon State University sign.

Brittany Blanksma-Stark, Mechanical Engineering, Aerospace Engineering minor

Brittany Blanksma-Stark discovered a passion for space flight through the rocketry clubs at Oregon State.

Portrait of Quentin Onyemordi

Quentin Onyemordi, Electrical and Computer Engineering

Quentin Onyemordi mentored and uplifted young students in his community and designed microcontrollers to support public health.


Oregon State has earned a worldwide reputation for excellence in teaching and research. This includes the Carnegie Foundation’s highest designation — the classification reserved for universities with “very high research activity.”

Even as an undergraduate, you’ll have opportunities to make contributions to faculty and graduate students’ research projects. You may also develop and pursue your own research, get funding and even publish before you graduate.

As one of our undergraduate students, you will have the opportunity to present your research in the annual Undergraduate Engineering Expo. There are also numerous presentations and symposiums within each college throughout the academic year.

Research Opportunities

Elsa Moreno Rangel learned of transportation engineering as a student of construction engineering management. She had the opportunity do research in the Driving and Bicycling Simulator Lab, working under the guidance of Professor David Hurwitz. Elsa did data reduction for simulation and real-world data.

Paris Myers in graduate attire.

Paris Myers, Bioengineering

Paris Myers engaged in numerous experiences and internships at Oregon State before becoming a researcher on MIT Media Lab’s biomechatronics team.

Oskar Zehren in snowboarding gear on a mountain.

Oskar Zehren, Outdoor Products

Oskar Zehren is excited to apply his technical design knowledge and outdoor product industry experience to make recreation more sustainable.

Portrait of Tausha Smith

Tausha Smith, Construction Engineering Management

Tausha Smith didn’t let the pandemic stop her from securing an internship with Gerding Builders, who hired her as a project engineer as soon as she graduated.

Teresa Bailey
(B.S. nuclear engineering '02)

"I have the best job in the world. I work in a national lab which allows me to work with a wide range of people with lots of different skill sets."

Nick Clark
(B.S. civil engineering '97)

Over 30,000 engineering alumni have gone on to serve as leaders in government, industry, and academia. Of all the things he learned at Oregon State, Clark said learning how to work as part of a team was one of the most important.

Jeanette Ourada
(B.S. computer science '87)

"I was incredibly lucky to be on a foreign assignment based in Thailand. I loved getting to know the local people, and what Chevron's investment was doing for them personally."

Patricia Walsh
(B.S. computer science '06)

“I had a lot of support here and there’s no way I would’ve made it through this program had I not had support from faculty and their belief that I could make it through.”

Bill Nicholson
(B.S. nuclear engineering '80)

"When you are producing and delivering a product that travels at the speed of light, it's like magic."