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April 2014

From the Dean

As I begin my second month as dean of the College of Engineering, I am impressed with how our faculty have stepped up and taken an active role in managing recent organizational changes.

Thanks to the work of the search committee chaired by Christine Kelly, I am happy to appoint Michael Scott as the interim head of the School of Civil and Construction Engineering.

In the School of Chemical, Biological, and Environmental Engineering, Joe McGuire has appointed Phil Harding as the associate head for undergraduate programs and Jeff Nason as the associate head for research and graduate training. These appointments will further align the structure of the school with the goals and strategies of the college.

Our faculty take on additional service responsibilities while continuing to excel in their teaching and research endeavors. Many are sponsoring senior capstone projects that will be featured in the 2014 Engineering Expo on May 16. I highly recommend this lively and information-packed event. On the research front, our faculty, for example Chris Higgins and Kathryn Higley, are earning recognition for their contributions to their respective engineering disciplines.

I’m excited about the work and opportunities ahead for the College of Engineering.

Go Beavs!

Scott A. Ashford, Ph.D.
Kearney Professor and Dean
College of Engineering
Oregon State University

changing tides

Tokyo's radiation at trace levels three years after Fukushima
Tokyo’s Fukushima-linked radiation levels now barely register over readings from background sources such as terrestrial and cosmic radiation, says Kathryn Higley, head of the Department of Nuclear Engineering and Radiation Health Physics. Read more in Bloomberg and related articles in Yahoo, National Geographic and The Voice of Russia.

changing tides

Feds clearing path for Pacific wave energy test
The federal government has launched the initial leasing process for the Northwest National Marine Renewable Energy Center’s proposed wave power test site off Oregon. Read more in Fuel Fix and Renews.


Solar Vehicle Team preps for new challenge
After placing first in the Formula Sun Grand Prix last year, the Solar Vehicle Team is revving up for the American Solar Challenge in July. More…


Engineer inducted into Hall of Fame
William “Bill” Turner (’63 B.S. Electrical Engineering) was recently inducted into the College of Engineering Hall of Fame for his illustrious career as an electrical engineer and contributions toward advancing digital document technologies. More…

Read about all 2014 College of Engineering Oregon Stater honorees in The Oregonian.

Alumnus featured panelist at STEM event
Janice Levenhagen-Seeley, a 2006 computer engineering graduate and founder of ChickTech, was a featured panelist at a STEM conference focused on female stereotypes within the fields of science, technology, engineering, and math. Read more in Oregonlive.com and a related article in Forbes.

Fosbury takes track and field to new heights
More than 40 years ago, Dick Fosbury (’72 B.S. Civil Engineering) showcased his unique, backward style high jump at the Olympics and changed his sport forever. More…


Higgins receives Special Achievement Award
Chris Higgins, a professor and Slayden Construction Faculty Fellow in civil engineering, received a Special Achievement Award from the American Institute of Steel Construction for his work on developing software imaging tools used to inspect steel bridge gusset plates. More…

Scott appointed interim head of the School of Civil and Construction Engineering
The School of Civil and Construction Engineering welcomes Associate Professor Michael Scott as its interim head. In his new appointment, Scott will manage the school’s academic programs, which serve 850 undergraduate and 170 graduate students, and oversee a unit with 31 faculty and 22 staff. More…


Advancing nanotechnology
College of Engineering researchers, including Brian Paul and Greg Herman, teamed up with Beaverton-based nanotechnology company Voxtel to advance a technology that promises to revolutionize televisions, smartphones, and other devices. Shoei Electronic Materials Inc. recently acquired the technology and bought property in west Eugene to expand operations. More…

NuScale adds engineering partner
Oregon State University spinoff NuScale has partnered with Georgia-based engineering firm Enercon to advance their small modular reactor design. More…


Women and Minorities in Engineering collaborates with Latino educators
The Women and Minorities in Engineering program recently hosted the 2014 Oregon Association of Latino Administrators conference, a gathering of more than 200 Latino high school principals and education leaders from across the state. More…

Making a Difference

Associated General Contractors funds position
The Associated General Contractors Oregon-Columbia Chapter recently committed to fully support an "AGC Industry Liaison" position in the School of Civil and Construction Engineering (CCE), held by Lauren Farmen. Farmen joined the school in 2013 and coordinates all of the unit's industry and outreach engagement activities. A long-time supporter of CCE, the AGC Oregon-Columbia Chapter provides its members with a forum for exchange of ideas and services designed to enhance the professionalism of the construction industry.

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