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August 2016

From the Dean

The College of Engineering faculty and students don't miss a beat, even through the dog days of summer. While the new academic year doesn't begin until Sept. 21, research hasn't slowed down. Between helping developing nations find ways to harness hydropower and creating a better way to boil water, our faculty churn out impressive research year-round.

The ingenuity and drive of our students haven't slowed down either, and they continue to chalk up impressive feats. The OSU American Institute of Aeronautics and Astronautics club started out with 40 students a few years ago and has grown to 120 members. This summer, the team took first place at the world's largest college rocket competition. Their success made a resounding statement: We have incredibly talented students with a passion for aerospace engineering. In an effort to meet the overwhelming student interest, the aerospace engineering minor will begin this fall. Read about these exciting happenings and more in this issue.

Enjoy the rest of summer, and stay tuned for more good things to come from the College of Engineering this fall.

Go Beavs!

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


New technology could improve use of hydropower by developing nations
Engineers at Oregon State University have developed a computer modeling package that can assess the potential of a stream for small-scale hydropower. "These types of run-of-river hydropower developments have a special value in some remote, mountainous regions where electricity is often scarce or unavailable," said Kendra Sharp, the Richard and Gretchen Evans Professor in Humanitarian Engineering. Read more at ScienceBlog, and listen to an interview on OPB…

Breakthroughs in boiling
College of Engineering researchers have developed a new technology to generate the formation of bubbles and control boiling, a discovery that could improve the function of advanced electronics and industrial boilers. More…

Faculty & Staff

Advancing gender-inclusive computer studies
Watch a video of Margaret Burnett, distinguished professor of computer science, discussing her work to improve gender diversity and inclusiveness in software development.

Mechanical, Industrial, and Manufacturing Engineering hires new leader
Harriet Nembhard, an expert in operations research, process improvement, and quality control, has been hired to lead the School of Mechanical, Industrial, and Manufacturing Engineering. Nembhard, who will be the Eric R. Smith Professor of Engineering, co-founded and directed Penn State's Center for Integrated Healthcare Delivery Systems and was interim head of the university's department of industrial and manufacturing engineering. More…

Nuclear Science and Engineering professors elected to ANS leadership
Two professors in the School of Nuclear Science and Engineering have taken leadership positions with the American Nuclear Society. Professor Andy Klein begins a one-year term as American Nuclear Society president, while Professor Todd Palmer joins the board of directors. More…


Cody Hugie spends SEA Semester on research voyage to the Phoenix Islands
Cody Hugie '19, a chemical engineering student, is currently sailing aboard a rare scientific research tall ship to the Phoenix Islands as one of 23 undergraduates participating in the SEA Semester program. During the eight-week program, called Protecting the Phoenix Islands, students gather data on the health of the island's coral reef ecosystem and recommend policy implementations. The voyage, ending Aug. 12, can be tracked through daily blog posts on the SEA Semester blog.

Aerospace minor at OSU ready for take off
The rocketry club's first place win at the 10th annual ESRA Intercollegiate Rocket Engineering Competition has spurred increased student enthusiasm in aerospace engineering. As a result of the club's success and growing student interest, a new aerospace engineering minor will be introduced this fall. More…

How will climate change impact Oregon estuaries?
Graduate student Kai Parker, Oregon Sea Grant's 2015-2016 Robert E. Malouf Fellow, wants to understand how climate change will affect estuaries in Tillamook and Coos Bay. He's helping to develop computer models to predict the impact rising sea levels have on the estuaries. "Since small estuaries are strongly coupled with watersheds, signs of climate change show up most quickly in these systems," said Parker. More


Cierra Atkinson chosen as Knowles Science Teaching Foundation fellow
Alumna Cierra Atkinson '11 received a Teaching Fellowship by the Knowles Science Teaching Foundation. The fellowships were awarded to 34 early-career, high school mathematics and science teachers. Atkinson worked as a staff geotechnical engineer at ENGEO prior to transitioning to teaching.

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