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December 2016

From the Dean

Finals week is coming to a close, fall term is wrapping up, and the end of the calendar year is near. As I reflect back on 2016, I am inspired and humbled by the collective accomplishments of our College of Engineering community.

In this issue of Momentum! you will read about faculty conducting groundbreaking research that offers hope to those with spinal cord paralysis, alumni who recently won the Department of Energy's Wave Energy Prize, a student project that is making a real-world impact on the efficiency of a hospital emergency room, and much more.

If you want to take a deeper dive into the College of Engineering's research and innovation, I invite you to tune into our new podcast, "Engineering Out Loud." The first season of the podcast is focused on data science and engineering. Listen to episodes online, or subscribe to Engineering Out Loud on iTunes.

Go Beavs!

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


Graduate Research Showcase
The 2017 Graduate Research Showcase will take place on Friday, Feb. 17 from 1-4 p.m. at the CH2M HILL Alumni Center on the Oregon State University campus. Join nearly 300 graduate students as they present their research, and learn how the College of Engineering is working to find innovative solutions to problems facing the world and to create a better future. More…


Monitoring glucose through a contact lens
Those with type 1 diabetes may have a new way to monitor glucose levels, thanks to research conducted by Greg Herman, professor of chemical engineering. Herman has fabricated a transparent sensor that can be embedded in a contact lens to monitor glucose levels in tears. The system could potentially trigger a wearable pump to deliver the appropriate dose of insulin. Listen to a live interview with Herman discussing this technology. (see also Diabetes Daily)

Bringing movement to those with spinal cord paralysis
V John Mathews, professor of electrical engineering and computer science, and a team of researchers completed a study using implanted electrodes to stimulate nerves that control limb movement, a development that offers hope to those suffering from spinal cord paralysis. More… (see also The Engineer)

New network-on-chip technology enhances computer performance
A new technology developed by a team of College of Engineering researchers improves communication between cores of a computer chip, boosting performance and energy efficiency. The new network-on-chip technology was developed by Lizhong Chen, assistant professor of electrical and computer engineering, Bella Bose, professor of electrical and computer engineering, and Fawaz Alazemi, Ph.D. student in computer science. More…

Faculty & Staff

Thought Leader Forum features Hurwitz
David Hurwitz, associate professor of transportation engineering and director of the Driving and Bicycling Simulator Laboratory, shares his expertise in a discussion of Portland's biggest challenges. More…

Will Tesla's solar tiles transform the roof industry?
Greg Herman, professor of chemical engineering, weighs in on the potential impact of Tesla's solar roofs in an article from Rewire.

Oregon State University shines at software engineering conference
The College of Engineering was well represented at the premiere software engineering conference, ACM SIGSOFT International Symposium on the Foundations of Software Engineering, Nov. 13-18 in Seattle. Distinguished Professor Margaret Burnett gave a keynote address titled "Womenomics and Gender-Inclusive Software: What Software Engineers Need to Know." Two papers aiming to improve the efficiency of software development received Distinguished Paper Awards: "API Code Recommendation Using Statistical Learning from Fine-grained Changes," authored by a team including Danny Dig, associate professor of computer science, Michael Hilton, Ph.D. student in computer science, and Mihai Codoban, software engineer at Microsoft and Oregon State University alum; and "Foraging and Navigations, Fundamentally: Developers' Predictions of Value and Cost," authored by a team including Margaret Burnett, distinguished professor of computer science, Christopher Scaffidi, associate professor of computer science, and David Piorkowski, research staff member at IBM and Oregon State University alum. More…


Nvidia teams up with IBM for deep learning tool
Nvidia, founded by electrical engineering alumni Jen-Hsun Huang, in collaboration with IBM, recently announced a deep learning hardware-software tool with an enhanced ability to learn in more human-like ways, and at a faster pace. (see also Forbes and VentureBeat)

Two engineering alumni win Wave Energy Prize
Aquaharmonics, a wave energy converter company run by College of Engineering alumni Alex Hagmuller (’09 B.S. Mechanical Engineering) and Max Ginsburg (’10 B.S. Electrical Computer Engineering) won the U.S. Department of Energy’s Wave Energy Prize, taking home a $1.5 million award. More…


Graduate student wins computer security competition
Peter Rindal, a Ph.D. student in computer science, was part of the winning team at an international computer security competition hosted by iDASH, a National Center for Biomedical Computing. The team members were interns and postdocs at Microsoft Research competing against groups from around the world to win the "Secure Outsourcing" challenge. More…

Honors student spends summer studying in London
Cory Brown, an honors college student studying electrical and computer engineering, spent the summer on a faculty-led study abroad trip to London, England. "I really liked that we were able to learn things in a classroom and then actually go see the places or objects that we were talking about in class," says Brown. More…

Student designs simulation for hospital emergency room
Scottie Duclos, a senior studying energy systems engineering at the OSU-Cascades campus, designed a simulation of the St. Charles Hospital emergency room to help identify areas where efficiencies could be gained. More…


PacTrans receives $14 million grant to create center for transportation mobility
The Pacific Northwest Transportation Consortium (PacTrans), of which Oregon State University is a member, was awarded $14 million over 5 years from the U.S. Department of Transportation. The grant will expand PacTrans as the Region 10 University Transportation Center, led by the University of Washington, and will fund research to address mobility challenges in the Pacific Northwest. David Hurwitz, associate professor of transportation engineering, serves as the associate director at Oregon State for PacTrans. More…

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