Oregon State professor Julie Tucker and student working in a lab

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 artificial intelligence, robotics, advanced manufacturing, clean water, materials science, clean energy, computing, resilient infrastructure, and health-related engineering.

In the 2018-2019 fiscal year, the College of Engineering received more than $56.8 million in research funding. The following is an overview of notable grants received during that time:

  • The Defense Advanced Research Project Agency awarded a team led by Alan Fern, professor of computer science, an $8.9 million cooperative research agreement to conduct research for a “machine common sense” service for artificial intelligence and robotic systems.
  • The U.S. Department of Energy awarded a $2.97 million grant to Bahman Abbasi, assistant professor of energy systems engineering at OSU-Cascades, to develop a new technology to treat hydraulic fracturing wastewater and minimize the public health and environmental impact concerns associated with untreated wastewater.
  • Idaho National Laboratory awarded a $1.23 million grant to Julie Tucker, associate professor of mechanical engineering, to develop a procedure for testing the degradation of structural alloys used in nuclear power systems.
  • Jason Weiss, professor and head of the school of civil and construction engineering and the Miles Lowell and Margaret Watt Edwards Distinguished Chair in Engineering and the Director of the Kiewit Center for Infrastructure and Transportation Research, is leading a $1.63 million Department of Energy funded study to develop tools and testing procedures for enhancing the durability of concrete containing industrial byproducts.
  • The National Institutes of Health awarded Matthew Johnston, assistant professor of electrical and computer engineering, a $1 million grant to develop a wireless, battery-less sensor to be integrated into bandages and clothing for the continuous monitoring of wounds for early signs of infection and disease.
  • Two faculty won National Science Foundation CAREER awards. Tyler Radniecki, associate professor of environmental engineering, received $500,000 to apply theoretical ecology principles to quantify the fundamental processes that drive microbial community architecture and function. Geoff Hollinger, associate professor of mechanical engineering, also received $500,000 to develop methods for enabling teams of autonomous vehicles collecting scientific information to make mission-critical decisions in response to changing environmental conditions.
  • Milo Koretsky, professor of chemical engineering, was awarded a $2 million grant from the National Science Foundation to create new teaching materials for concept-based mechanical engineering courses in Statics and Dynamics.
  • The Department of Energy awarded Haori Yang, associate professor of nuclear science and engineering, a $640,000 grant to develop safeguards to protect against the diversion and misuse of separated plutonium.

Furthermore, Agility Robotics, co-founded by Jonathan Hurst, College of Engineering Dean’s Professor and associate professor of mechanical engineering, received $1 million in funding for commercial production of its bipedal robot Cassie.