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April 2017

From the Dean

We're kicking off spring term with an action-packed issue of Momentum! As you'll read below, the College of Engineering is garnering international attention for our accomplishments.

Robotic technology developed at Oregon State was featured at Amazon's MARS conference, while cutting-edge sensor technology we've fabricated is being recognized for the significant impact it could have on the lives of people with type 1 diabetes. Our faculty are being called upon for their expertise and have been recognized for their efforts, including four faculty members who have received prestigious early career awards. Our alumni are leading and influencing global companies, and our students are showing great promise for the future of engineering. The College of Engineering is on the move, and I hope you share my excitement and enthusiasm for our community, what we represent, and what we are working toward.

Go Beavs!

Scott A. Ashford, Ph.D.
('83 Oregon State, Civil Engineering)
Kearney Professor and Dean
College of Engineering
Oregon State University


Cassie makes appearance at Amazon's MARS conference, TechfestNW
Cassie, the latest in bipedal robotics to come out of research at Oregon State University, accompanied Jonathan Hurst, associate professor of robotics, to Amazon's MARS conference and TechfestNW. Cassie shows promise in being able to go anywhere humans can go, as well as transforming home deliveries. (see also Willamette Week and NPR Marketplace)

Contact lens sensor could change how people with type 1 diabetes test glucose
Greg Herman, professor of chemical engineering, discusses his research to fabricate a sensor that can be embedded in a contact lens to continuously monitor glucose levels in people with type 1 diabetes at the American Chemical Society press conference. (see also Futurism, Counsel & Heal, Wareable, Medical Expo, Gizmodo, EurekAlert!, and Diabetes.co.uk)

Four faculty earn top early career awards
Four College of Engineering faculty members have received more than $2 million in prestigious early career awards. Julie Tucker, assistant professor of mechanical engineering, Ross Hatton, assistant professor of robotics and mechanical engineering, and Attila Yavuz, assistant professor of computer science, received National Science Foundation CAREER awards. Geoffrey Hollinger, assistant professor of robotics and mechanical engineering, received an Office of Naval Research Young Investigator Award. More…

Faculty & Staff

Barbosa and Cox address Corvallis seismic safety issues
Andre Barbosa, assistant professor of civil and construction engineering, and Dan Cox, professor of civil and construction engineering, participated in a panel discussion on seismic safety, discussing what Corvallis must do to prepare for a Cascadia subduction zone earthquake. More…

Helping surgeons fight bad posture in the OR
In collaboration with other researchers at the University of Buffalo, Xinhui Zhu, now an assistant professor of industrial engineering at Oregon State University, developed a tool to help surgeons correct poor posture in the operating room. More… (see also University of Buffalo)

Jensen honored as champion for open source education
Red Hat, Inc., the world's leading provider of open source solutions, recognized Carlos Jensen, associate dean of undergraduate programs and associate professor of electrical engineering and computer science, as one of 21 higher education instructors for his continuing efforts to incorporate open source philosophies and methods into academic work. More…

Logendran receives Award for Technical Innovation in Industrial Engineering
R. Logen Logendran, professor of industrial and manufacturing engineering, will receive the Award for Technical Innovation in Industrial Engineering from the Institute of Industrial and Systems Engineers (IISE) at the IISE Honors and Awards Banquet on May 22 in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania. This award recognizes those who have distinguished themselves through contributions to the welfare of mankind in the field of industrial engineering.

Mengüç featured at Science Pub Corvallis
Yiğit Mengüç, assistant professor of mechanical engineering and robotics, was featured in a Science Pub Corvallis discussion on soft robotics. Listen to the live recording of the talk online or download on iTunes.


NuScale leads the small modular reactor field in the United States
NuScale, a company spun out of nuclear research conducted at Oregon State University's College of Engineering, is leading the United States' development of small modular reactors, while Rolls-Royce leads the field in the United Kingdom. Read more in The Engineer and Forbes.


Clark named Fulbright Scholar
After being named a semifinalist alongside six other Oregon State University students, Caitlyn Clark, a Ph.D. student studying mechanical engineering, was awarded a Fulbright scholarship to Denmark, where she will work on the reliability of co-located marine renewable energy systems.

Van Borstel Scholarships transform students' lives
MaKenzie Ellet, an Honors College graduate who is completing a Masters of Engineering, was awarded a von Borstel Scholarship. The scholarship provided her with opportunities to conduct undergraduate research while studying civil engineering and studying at the Honors College. More…

Students take first place at international geotechnical competition
Nathan Jones and Alessandra Hossley took first place, earning the Mohr-Circle Award in the 2017 GeoPrediction competition at the annual meeting of the ASCE Geo-Institute. More…

Students create plan to remake Second Street
A group of students in the College of Engineering's Transportation Facilities Design class are looking at ways to make Second Street in downtown Corvallis safer for bikers and pedestrians and more compliant with the Americans with Disability Act. More…

Stone inspires interest in engineering studies
Cody Stone, a civil engineering student, spoke at the 10th Annual Explore Engineering, Surveying, Forestry, Computing and Computer Science Night at Umpqua Community College. "I came to this event in high school and for sure it cemented my interest in civil engineering. I graduated from UCC last year, and now I'm at Oregon State getting ready to go out on my first civil engineering internship with ODOT in Salem," said Stone. More…


Nielsen named Daimler Trucks North America CEO
Roger Nielsen '83 has been named the new chief executive officer of Daimler Trucks North America. Nielsen had been chief operating officer of the company's manufacturing network. More…

Walsh inspires students with success
Patricia Walsh '06 graduated with a degree in computer science before going on to become one of the first blind engineers to work at Microsoft. She returned to campus after receiving the College of Engineering's Council of Outstanding Early Career Engineer award to talk about other pursuits, including writing a book and participating in the Paralympics. More…


Second season of engineering podcast ready for download
The second season of Engineering Out Loud, the College of Engineering's new podcast, is now available to listen to online, or via iTunes and Stitcher. This season, called Engineering for Inclusivity, explores how the college is working toward a culture of inclusivity by making gender inclusive software, using robotics to improve mobility, restoring motor function with implantable mechanisms, designing accessible transportation systems, and diversifying the workforce.


Mark your calendar: 2017 OSBEELS Energy & Sustainability Symposium
The Oregon State Board of Examiners for Engineering and Land Surveying (OSBEELS) is looking forward to hosting the seventh annual OSBEELS Symposium this fall on Friday, September 22, 2017 at the Salem Convention Center. This year’s Symposium will feature industry innovators and the projects that are shaping the future of clean energy and sustainability in Oregon. Students and faculty from the College of Engineering will be participating at this year’s event. More…

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