Among the most productive colleges at Oregon State University, the College of Engineering has built a reputation for research and innovation with broad global impact. The college is positioned as a leader in the signature research areas of precision health, clean energy, resilient infrastructure, and advanced manufacturing. Targeted strategic areas include robotics, materials research, and clean water.
In the 2017-2018 fiscal year, the College of Engineering received more than $50.27 million in research funding. The following is an overview of notable grants received during that time:
• Bahman Abbasi, assistant professor of energy systems engineering at OSU-Cascades, received a $2 million grant from the U.S. Department of Energy to develop solar-thermal desalination technology.
• Three faculty members received nearly $2 million in prestigous early career awards, including nearly $1 million in National Science Foundation CAREER awards for research and outreach that holds promise for making fundamental improvements in deep learning. Lizhong Chen, assistant professor of electrical and computer engineering, received $450,000; and Fuxin Li, assistant professor of computer science, received $513,726. Haori Yang, associate professor of nuclear science and engineering, received a Defense Advanced Research Projects Agency Young Faculty Award for $983,567 to support a project titled "Nanocrystalline Semiconductors for Radiation Detection."
• The Defense Advanced Research Project Agency has granted a team including Julie Adams, professor of computer science and associate director of the Collaborative Robotics and Intelligent Systems Institute, a $7.1 million grant to develop drone swarm infrastructure to help the U.S. military in urban combat.
• Researchers led by Brian Paul, Tom and Carmen West Faculty Scholar and professor of manufacturing engineering, received $1 million in funding from Business Oregon to expand Metal Additive Manufacturing.
• Solomon Yim and Daniel Cox, both professors of civil and construction engineering, are leading Oregon State University's role in a $2 million study headed by the Pacific Northwest National Laboratory to develop technologies that could enable cars and trucks to run on biofuel made from seaweed.
• Stephen Ramsey, assistant professor of computer science, received $788,443 in funding from the National Institutes of Health to collaborate on building a tool that consolidates medical data from various sources in an effort to more quickly diagnose and treat patients.
Furthermore, two companies created based on the research of College of Engineering faculty members have received substantial funding. Agility Robotics, co-founded by Jonathan Hurst, College of Engineering Dean’s Professor and associate professor of mechanical engineering, received $8 million in funding for commercial production of its bipedal robot Cassie. NuScale Power, co-founded by José Reyes, professor emeritus and the Henry W. and Janice J. Schuette Endowed Chair in Nuclear Engineering and Radiation Health Physics, received a $40 million grant from the Department of Energy to support advanced nuclear research and development.