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April 2013

From the Dean

Spring is an especially fitting time to celebrate growth. Here at the College of Engineering, we are experiencing tremendous growth in enrollment, particularly over the past three years — 36 and 34 percent at the undergraduate and graduate levels, respectively.

enrollmentTo continue providing our students with an excellent education, we have added 36 tenured and tenure-track faculty since 2009 and we are currently conducting faculty searches in every academic unit in the college. It is clear that we are recruiting an extraordinary group of young faculty. These new faculty care about teaching, have research interests that build on our strengths, and are from strong peer institutions.

We are grateful to Oregon State’s leadership for providing several new faculty lines to help us expand our faculty to meet student demand. We also are deeply grateful to our many alumni and friends who have provided gifts to support faculty chairs or professorships. These new resources and faculty positions have a direct impact on our students’ education and are critical as we continue to build excellent programs. Thank you.

Best wishes,

Sandra L. Woods
Dean, College of Engineering
Oregon State University

changing tides

Have natural gas cars finally arrived?
The same fuel that heats your home may one day power your car, says Chris Hagen, associate professor at OSU-Cascades in Bend, Ore. More…

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Mobile LIDAR technology expanding rapidly
According to Michael Olsen, an assistant professor of civil engineering, mobile, on-the-ground LIDAR systems will one day change the way we map and understand landscapes. More…

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Simulating safety
A driving and bicycling simulator lab aims to improve transportation safety and minimize roadway fatalities. More…

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New system to restore wetlands could reduce massive floods, aid crops
Meghna Babbar-Sebens, an assistant professor in the School of Civil and Construction Engineering, and colleagues have designed an interactive system to create networks of small wetlands in Midwest farmlands, which could help prevent floods and mitigate droughts. More…


Computer science professor named Distinguished Professor
Thomas Dietterich has been selected as one of Oregon State University's 2013 Distinguished Professors for his pioneering work in the field of machine learning. More…

Representing Oregon in aeronautics institute
Roberto Albertani, associate professor of mechanical engineering, has been appointed as the American Institute for Aeronautics and Astronautics representative for the state of Oregon. More…


New film documents award-winning student water project in Kenya
The Oregon State chapter of Engineers Without Borders received a 2013 EWB-USA Premier Project award for their efforts to bring clean water to Lela, Kenya. Their work has been captured in a 35-minute documentary, KEL WER, which will debut on April 9 at OMSI in Portland. More…

Houser honored by MIT
Elizabeth Houser, a Ph.D. candidate in the Department of Nuclear Engineering and Radiation Health Physics at Oregon State, was named a Rising Star in Nuclear Science & Engineering by the Massachusetts Institute of Technology. More…

App-titude: Students innovate with mobile apps
Electrical and computer engineering student Chris Vanderschuere developed an app that teaches facts about the moon. More than a million downloads later in 150 countries, the app is being used by teachers and kayakers alike. Vanderschuere is part of a cadre of engineering students who are showing an aptitude for innovative mobile programming. Read stories in the Portland Tribune, KVAL, and Albany Democrat Herald.

ARCS scholar couple explores all things radioactive — voxel crabs, vegetation, Mars
Emily and Jarvis Caffrey are partners in more ways than one. Both are graduate students and research colleagues in the Department of Nuclear Engineering and Radiation Health Physics and recognized as 2013 ARCS scholars. More…


Bentz honored and selected as commencement speaker
Brigadier Gen. Julie A. Bentz ('86, Radiological Health) was recognized by the Oregon House of Representatives as the first female general in the Oregon Army National Guard. Bentz will also deliver the Oregon State commencement address in June. More…

Alumnus honored by the Portland Business Journal
Eric Hulbert ('99, Computer Science) CEO and co-founder of Opus Interactive received one of the Portland Business Journal's 40 Under 40 awards. More…

Alumna wrote about passion and determination
Staci Van Norman ('09 Chemical Engineering) wrote about her graduate research in microstructured reactor fabrication which was awarded a Department of Energy Advanced Research Projects Agency – Energy (ARPA-E) grant. More…

Alumna featured on Robot Combat League
Robot Combat League — the popular T.V. show that pits fighting robots against one another in a gladiator-style arena — recently showcased the robo-jockeying skills of software engineer Amber Shinsel ('11, Computer Science). More…

(photo courtesy of Syfy)

Oregon State 2013 Community Day of Services
Oregon State alumni are invited to participate in the 2013 Community Day of Service on May 18, 9:00 a.m. to noon. Hosted by the OSU Alumni Association, the event will take place at various locations throughout the Pacific Northwest. More…

OSU alumni and friends save at the Oregon Symphony
Join fellow Beavs for OSU Night at the Symphony with the LA Guitar Quartet and enjoy a 25 percent discount on most seats in Schnitzer Hall. Use promo code “beavers” to receive the discount. More…

Division Lecture

First Division of Business and Engineering Lecture set
Lee McIntire, chairman and COE of CH2M HILL, will deliver a lecture titled Working on the Frontier — The Changing Nature of Global Business on April 15, 5:30 pm at LaSells Stewart Center. More…

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