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August 2013

From the Dean

Dean Woods Last month, we lost two wonderful College of Engineering alumni: Doug Engelbart ('48, electrical engineering) and William Tebeau ('48, chemical engineering). Both were pioneers in their own right—Engelbart for his forward-thinking inventions such as the computer mouse, and Tebeau for becoming the first black male to graduate from Oregon State University. You can read more about Doug and William in this issue of Momentum.

You can also read about some of our incredible successes, including the Solar Vehicle Team's first place win at the Formula Sun Grand Prix. We reported the win last issue, but several impressive media pickups have come in since. We are also excited about a collaborative effort to create a business accelerator that will help turn our research into viable startups and improve our economic impact.

As always, thank you for reading and continuing to be a part of the College of Engineering.

Best wishes,

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

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A new process to make low-cost solar energy
Ordinary antifreeze and other cheap materials may be the key to developing thin-film solar cells, according to Greg Herman, associate professor of chemical engineering. Read stories in Phys.org, R&D, Science Blog, and Silo Breaker. (See also a story on Herman facilitating research to improve LED lights.)

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The drive to win
The Oregon State Solar Vehicle Team won the 2013 Formula Sun Grand Prix with their car, The Phoenix, in Austin, Texas. Watch a video and read stories in our blog, OPB, Sustainable Business Oregon, KVAL, Gazette-Times, KMTR, Earth Techling, NPR, Electronic Products, and OregonLive.

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Student awarded grant to study abroad
Engineering student Leilani Anne Penner was one of 50 students from across the country to receive a Phi Kappa Phi Study Abroad Grant, which supports undergraduates as they seek knowledge and experience in their academic fields. More...

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Student receives award at research conference
Master's student Chris Durgan received the first place award from among 27 poster presentations at the Zing Microwave & Flow Chemistry Conference in Napa, Calif.

Making a Difference
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Business accelerator to support research startups
Oregon lawmakers have approved $3.75 million for a new business accelerator that will serve Oregon State University and the University of Oregon. Read stories in Portland Business Journal, Geek Wire, Gazette-Times, KVAL, and OPB.

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ASME profile: Ruander Cardenas
Ruander Cardenas graduated with a PhD degree from Oregon State University and will intern for the Volunteer Orientation and Leadership Training Academy — part of ASME's Early Career Leadership Intern Program to Serve Engineering. More…

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Alexandria Moseley: SME 30 Under 30 List
Congratulations to Alexandria Moseley, a recent graduate who made the Society of Manufacturing Engineers' 30 Under 30 list! More...

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Engineering staff and students featured at da Vinci Days
At the 2013 da Vinci Days festival in Corvallis, Oregon State University scientists, engineers, and mathematicians shared their journeys under Antarctic sea ice, to an African village, to Mars and through a mathematical landscape. More...

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Engineering youth program attracts high school students
A crowd of 65 high school students gathered at Oregon State University to participate in the Summer Experience in Science and Engineering for Youth (SESEY) program. More…

In Memory
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Inventor of the computer mouse passes away
Oregon State alumnus Doug Engelbart will be remembered for his enormous contribution to the information age, particularly for inventing the computer mouse. He died at age 88 in California. Read stories in the NY Times, The Economist, Design & Trend, OregonLive, and the Washington Post.

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William Tebeau dies at 87
William "Bill" Tebeau, a Baker City native who made history in Oregon both as a student and as a professional, died July 5 in Salem. He was the first black male to graduate from Oregon State College in 1948, with a degree in engineering. Read stories in the Baker City Herald and Statesman Journal.

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