November 2007
Energy Alchemy, Powered by Orange (and a Nano-touch of Gold)
A team of OSU engineers led by BEE associate professor Frank Chaplen have discovered a more efficient electrochemical process for turning raw sewage into electricity – a promising step in the direction of self-sufficient waste treatment plants, and a technique that could also be adapted for hydrogen production. The innovative technology involves coating the anodes in microbial cells with a nanoparticle layer of gold, which increases the cells' rate of electricity production about twenty-fold. More…
Bird by Bird, by Ear, Online
EECS faculty research assistant Jed Irvine and a team of engineering students are building a website where experienced birders can help identify avian voices contained within a terabyte of digital sound from OSU's H.J. Andrews Experimental Forest. This input will then be used to "teach" computers to make the same IDs as part of a biodiversity study being led by OSU forest ecologist Matt Betts. More…
CE Grad Student Wins Distinguished Thesis Award
Kenneth G. Martin, who last winter completed a dual masters degree in Civil Engineering and Wood Science under the guidance of Wood Science and Engineering professor and CE graduate faculty Rakesh Gupta, is the 2010 recipient of OSU's Distinguished Master's Thesis Award for a study titled "Evaluation of system effects and structural load paths in a wood-framed structure." Martin is now working as an engineer for Walpole, N.H.-based Bensonwood Homes.
Bioengineering Undergrad Garners Prestigious Research Internship
Oregon State University athlete, Honors College student, and bioengineering major Marsha Lampi is one of only two dozen students from around the world who were accepted into an eight-week internship at the Swiss Federal Institute of Technology in Lausanne, Switzerland this summer. More…
Bridge-Building in St. Petersburg
In May 2010, NERHP faculty Camille Lodwick, Todd Palmer, Alexey Soldatov, and Kathyrn Higley (L-R in photo) met in St. Petersburg with representatives from Russian universities and nuclear power organizations to discuss possibilities for future collaboration in education and research. Their visit culminated in the signing of a memorandum of understanding outlining future areas of cooperation between OSU, Moscow Engineering Physics Institute, and Atomprof Institute. More…
KEC Atrium Featured in National Magazine
In an article espousing the importance of energy performance modeling early in the architectural design process, an architect who worked on the OSU Kelley Engineering Center building project notes that strategies used in designing the KEC atrium have helped lower the entire building's energy usage to 40 percent of the state energy requirements. More…
OSU Spinoffs Land VC Windfall
In the fiscal year ended June 30, OSU spinoffs created 90 jobs in the state, generated $2.67 million in revenue for the university and captured a windfall of private capital. Of the $107 million in venture capital and private equity investments reported by Oregon companies for the first half of 2010, two OSU spinoffs – Home Dialysis Plus Ltd and Azuray Technologies – accounted for more than half of this total. More…
New CoE Alum Reflects on Power of Internships
Several years ago, the applied magnetics research being done at OSU by electrical engineering master's student Matt Chin caught the eye of U.S. Army personnel, who subsequently offered Chin a 15-month internship at the Army Research Lab in Adelphi, Maryland. This internship led to Chin's full-time job with the same research team after graduation. More…
Making a Difference
Remembering Doc Wicks
Charles Edward "Doc" Wicks, professor emeritus, beloved teacher, and former department head of Chemical Engineering at OSU, died on July 29 at the age of 85, following a brief illness. Read the obituary here. A celebration of Doc Wicks's remarkable life – which touched and enriched so many others – will take place Friday Sept. 17, 7 pm, at the LaSells Stewart Center on the OSU campus.

To post remembrances of Doc Wicks that can be shared with his family, click here. To make a memorial contribution to the OSU Foundation, as suggested by the Wicks family, click here and designate your gift "in memory of Charles Wicks."
Making a Difference
CoE Shares Engineering Perspectives at International Baccalaureate Conference
Earlier this month, 280 international baccalaureate students converged on OSU for the first IB World Student Conference ever to be held on the U.S. mainland. The conference theme was "Creating a Better and More Peaceful World." OSU Precollege Programs director and CBEE associate professor Skip Rochefort led one of the activities: identifying oil-absorbent materials that could potentially be used in the Gulf of Mexico oil spill clean-up effort. During their visit attendees also visited the O.H. Hinsdale Wave Lab, met with Engineers without Borders and other global service groups, and much more…
Students Students

"We are playing on a worldwide stage. Our students need to understand global issues with regard to nuclear commerce because companies are multi-national. These contacts open doors to more foreign internships for our students and research opportunities for faculty."

Kathryn Higley, professor and head, Department of Nuclear Engineering and Radiation Health Physics, commenting on a recent NERHP faculty visit to St. Petersburg that resulted in an MOU between OSU and two Russian institutes.

Friday, Aug 27: MBI Build-out Grand Opening Celebration. Building 11, Hewlett Packard Campus, Corvallis. Building tours 12 – 1 pm; presentation 1 pm.

Friday, Sept 17: Celebration of the Life of Charles Edward "Doc" Wicks. 7 pm, LaSells Stewart Center, OSU.

Sept 19 – 26: CONNECT Week: A time for new students to become part of OSU's Community of Scholars.

Monday, Sept 27: Fall term classes begin