November 2007
Annual Report Features Faculty Impact
Intent on finding solutions to society's most pressing technological and environmental problems, engineering faculty at Oregon State have assumed leading roles in multiple interdisciplinary and cross-institutional research collaborations—efforts that are also opening doors and creating opportunities for our students. Five of these projects, focusing on ocean energy, wave modeling for infrastructure protection, nanomanufacturing for efficiency and waste reduction, nuclear reactor safety testing, and computational modeling for ecosystem preservation, are highlighted in the 2009 CoE Annual Report.
Beaver Racing Goes Global
Followers of the Formula SAE and Formula Student series will witness a groundbreaking event in the 2010 racing season. OSU's Formula SAE team and the BA racing team from Duale Hochschule Baden-Württemberg-Ravensburg (DHBW-R), Germany, have combined forces compete as Global Formula Racing team in 2010. More…
OSU Profs Appointed to Nuclear Energy Institute
The Institute for Nuclear Energy Science and Technology (I-NEST) is an Idaho National Laboratory-led partnership with five universities (OSU, MIT, NC State, Ohio State, and U New Mexico) whose goal is to define INL's long-term nuclear energy research and development strategy. Three of I-NEST's four centers include NERHP appointees: Alena Paulenova (Fuel Cycle Research), Qiao Wu (Safety and Licensing), and Andrew Klein (university lead on Center for Space Research). More…
Former CoE Prof Honored as Wind Energy Innovator
Earlier this month, Windpower Engineering named NREL research fellow and former OSU professor Robert Thresher as one of its 2010 "Innovators in Wind Power" honorees. Often referred to as the "grandfather of wind energy," Thresher earned a tenured professorship in mechanical engineering at Oregon State University where he taught courses in applied mechanics and initiated pioneering researcher in the mechanics of wind energy systems during the 1970s and early 80s. More…
2009 CoE Alum Promotes Hospital Efficiency and Cost-Savings
When Good Samaritan Regional Medical Center wanted to increase efficiency and lower its operating costs, the Corvallis hospital tried a novel approach. It hired an industrial engineer. But not just any industrial engineer: 2009 OSU IE graduate Brenda Buckman. Her contributions were featured in the winter 2010 edition of GSRMC's quarterly publication Heart to Heart and more recently the Corvallis Gazette-Times. Read more here and here…
The Inside Scoop on OSU's "Hurricane Wavemaker"
Researchers at Oregon State University's O.H. Hinsdale Wave Research Laboratory believe that engineering solutions could prevent the loss of life and property along America's seaboards in the wake of storms and tsunamis—and they're using their million-dollar, NSF-funded wavemaker to prove it. To learn how the OSU wavemaker works – and even better, to see it in action – check out Popular Science's recent article and video here.
One Scholarship, 37 New "Grandkids"
When 37 electrical and computer engineering students received word last summer that they had received the Hal and Bev Brown Scholarship, they didn't only gain financial assistance. They got a new grandma. More…
Students Take Construction Skills to Thailand
Over spring break, 15 members of the OSU Team of Construction Volunteers – most of them engineering students – embraced education's philanthropic roots by traveling to Thailand, where they built a dam to supply water to a struggling village. More…
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"In this economy, there may be many grandparents who aren't able to help their grandchildren as much as they would like. I thought, maybe I can step in"

Bev Brown, discussing her reasons for establishing the Hal and Bev Brown Scholarship for electrical engineering and computer science majors

May 6: Oregon CEO Summit: Winning Strategies and Leadership in Difficult Times. 11 am – 4 pm, The Governors Hotel, Portland.

May 14: 11th Annual OSU Engineering Expo. 11 am – 4 pm, in and around OSU's Kelley Engineering Center. Free and open to the public.

May 22: Alumni Day of Service. Join fellow alumni, students and friends of OSU in taking the community service spirit of Beaver Nation to the streets! Service projects happening in more than a dozen cities around the country.

May 28: Roboshock, hosted by the Oregon State University Robotics Club. 8 am – 6 pm, CH2M-HILL Alumni Center, Oregon State University.