November 2007
PBO Highlights CoE Energy Work
The Powered by Orange "Food, Energy, and Water" video series addresses a sampling of current CoE energy research. EECS professors Ted Brekken and John Wager discuss their work in wind energy variability management and thin film solar cell development; BEE professors Roger Eli and Hong Liu summarize current research in bio-based hydrogen production and energy extraction from waste water; and NERHP professor Jose Reyes discusses thermal hydraulic testing of nuclear power plant designs. Link to videos…
OSU CCE Researchers Aim for Greener Concrete
While coal plant fly ash offers a "green" alternative to cement in concrete manufacturing, information on how it affects the chemistry and structure of concrete is limited. CCE assistant professor Jason Ideker ( a specialist in innovative, high-performance construction materials) and master's student Kelsea Schwing are working to close this knowledge gap. Specifically, the two have been studying the chemical composition of fly ash in concrete and its implications for durability over time. This research will continue in 2010 in the newly constructed Oregon BEST Green Building Materials Laboratory on the OSU campus.More…
EECS Road Trippers Debut Video
Last summer, courtesy of Road Trip Nation, EECS undergrads Kevin McIntosh, Scott Rosenbalm and Sean Connell headed down the Interstate to interview several prominent Silicon Valley community members: David "pablo" Cohn, senior researcher at Google; Joe Brown, Wired magazine associate editor; and Jen-Hsun Huang (OSU BSEE 1984), Nvidia president and CEO. The trio's road trip video, which includes footage of these interviews, debuted in November as part of a Road Trip Nation visit to the OSU campus. Watch video…
CBEE Students Take Nashville by Storm
Thirty members of OSU's CBEE student chapter descended on Nashville last month for the 2009 AIChE national conference. One of only a few student chapters selected to present at the conference, the OSU group delivered not one but two workshops: "K-12 Outreach Activities Funded Through AIChE Energy Initiative," presented by Mikkel Leslie, Jean Plotkin, and Dr. Skip Rochefort; and "Fundraising Without Big Companies," given by Madeline Midgett and Ryan Stillwell. Ms. Midgett also took 2nd place in the National Student Paper competition — and rumor has it that down the street at the Wild Horse Saloon, Mr. Stillwell and Julie Auxler finished among the top four in an AIChE student dance competition!
OSU Engineering Profs Win International Best Paper Awards
At the 2009 International Conference on Value Chain Sustainability in Louisville last month, MIME professor R. Logen Logendran received the best paper award for a paper titled "A Meta-Heuristic Algorithm for Flexible Flow Shop Sequence-Dependent Group Scheduling Problem." Coauthors on the paper were Logendran's former PhD student Nasser Salmasi — now an assistant professor of industrial engineering at Sharif University of Technology in Tehran — and Nasser's graduate student Omid Shahvari.

Likewise, at the 2009 International Conference on Ultra Modern Telecommunications held in October in St. Petersburg, Russia, EECS professor Mario Magaña's paper on "Partial Network Coding with Cooperation: A Cross-layer Design for Multi-hop Wireless Networks," co-authored with his PhD students Panupat Poocharoen and Eduardo X. Alban, was selected as best paper from among 350 accepted for presentation.
Dundee Vintner and CoE Alum Striking for (Olive) Oil
In 1973, farmers in the area shook their heads and told Ken Durant (BSCE 1961) "You can't grow wine grapes in Oregon." But 36 years later, the Dundee Hills are laced with graceful vines, Yamhill County has emerged as Oregon's premiere wine region and Durant has made a comfortable living producing grapes for fellow vintners and making his own estate wines. Now, this intrepid CoE alum and son Paul are at the forefront of a whole new Oregon enterprise: growing olives for oil. More…
OSU Engineer Keeps Washington Residents Moving
If you haven't yet seen the fall issue of OSU's alumni magazine, Oregon Stater, the cover story on Paula Hammond (BSCE 1979 and 2008 initiate into the OSU Academy of Distinguished Engineers) is not to be missed. Read Stater editor Kevin Miller's compelling account of the current “boss of Washington's complex highway system, de facto admiral of the nation's largest ferry system, and the woman in charge of a 7,100-employee agency aimed at getting Evergreen State residents from here to there and home again” online here.
Industry Partnership Supports LIDAR-based Tsunami Mapping, Geomatics Training
A strategic partnership with David Evans and Associates, Inc. (Portland, Ore.) and Leica Geosystems (San Ramon, Calif.) supported CCE assistant professor Michael Olsen's use of sophisticated LIDAR imaging following the recent earthquake and tsunami in Samoa — work that should give scientists some of the most accurate and detailed maps ever made of the forces of these powerful events. Students are also benefitting from this OSU–industry partnership through new opportunities for advanced training in geomatics. More…
Industry Makes Key Contributions to Wave Energy Research
An OPB Oregon Field Guide episode aired on Oct. 29 included an update on OSU-led wave energy research being conducted both out at sea and in the lab. The report highlights some of the contributions made by Columbia Power Technologies, one of several industrial collaborators on this project. Watch video…
INTO-OSU Connects Saudi Scholar with NERHP-OSU
Abdulsalam Alhawsawi, a master's student in radiation health physics, is one of about 250 international students recruited to OSU this fall through the university's new INTO Program. With a BS in biomedical engineering from King Abdulaziz University, Alhawsawi chose Oregon State University for graduate studies en route to a radiation safety career back in Saudi Arabia. More…
Two OSU Science & Engineering Outreach Programs Garner ETIC Funding
Oregon's Engineering and Technology Industrial Council (ETIC) recently awarded a $99,619 "Bright Futures" grant to the Center for Outreach in Science and Engineering for Youth (COSEY) — a collaboration of OSU Precollege Programs and the Colleges of Engineering and Science — for development of project-based, sustainability-themed activity kits to be used statewide in summer camps for 4th-8th grade students. A second Bright Futures grant — this one to the tune of $216,115 — has gone to OSU's Science & Math Investigative Learning Experience (SMILE) program to support a partnership between SMILE and Oregon 4-H programs. More…
Venture Fund Gifts Support Innovation
The University Venture Development Fund (UVDF) offers Oregon residents a 60 percent state tax credit for gifts to the fund, with the goal of helping move university research to the marketplace. The first six UVDF grants were awarded in 2008. Of these, two went to engineering faculty — one supporting thin-film solar cell research and the other development of a briefcase-size water pasteurization system. More…
EECS Mural Contest: Call for Proposals
To celebrate its new degree tracks in Sustainability and Renewable Energy for Engineering and Software Systems, the School of EECS invites submissions for a 10' x 30' mural to be located just inside the Kelley Engineering Center's main entrance. The mural should represent the spirit of sustainability and renewable energy with an emphasis on OSU's leadership in these areas and on the contributions of electrical engineering and computer science. Mural proposals are due by midnight, Dec. 31, 2009. The winner will receive a $1,000 honorarium and all materials needed to create the mural. More on the contest…
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Herbert Oetken (BSEE 1966), explaining "Why I contributed to The Campaign for OSU"

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