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February 2013

From the Dean

I am very happy to announce that the College of Engineering received a $7 million pledge from Peter ('55) and Rosalie Johnson. Pete, who earned his undergraduate degree in chemical engineering, founded battery manufacturer Texmax, Inc. The Johnson’s gift will be combined with an extraordinary $10 million anonymous gift, additional private support, and, if approved, State of Oregon bonds. This will allow us to construct an approximately 60,000-square-foot interdisciplinary educational and research facility.

Gov. John Kitzhaber has included $20 million of state bond money for the building among his list of university and community college construction projects in his proposed budget. We are deeply grateful for the Governor’s support of this project.

Given the nearly 34 percent increase in enrollment and almost 30 percent increase in private and public funding for research over the past three years, this facility cannot be built quickly enough. It will serve as a home for the School of Chemical, Biological and Environmental Engineering, and allow interdisciplinary groups of students and faculty to work together to address important global problems that affect human health, energy, and the environment. It will house a dedicated center focused on the recruitment and retention of engineering students and will provide much-needed classroom, laboratory, and office space.

The Johnsons are longtime supporters of the university, and we offer our heartfelt thanks for their most recent, generous gift.

Read more about this project in OSU News, and The Oregonian.

Please read on to see more of the latest news from the College of Engineering!

Best wishes,

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

changing tides

Tiny electronic monitoring device ready for clinical trials
Electrical engineers at Oregon State developed a tiny, inexpensive, yet powerful electronic device with diverse potential uses, including vital-sign monitoring, and are seeking pathways to commercialization. Lead scientist Patrick Chiang says the battery-less device runs on radio-frequency energy from nearby cell phones. More…


Collaborative research for energy efficiency
The OSU Microproducts Breakthrough Institute has received funding to develop an energy-efficient air chilling system that should make refueling less dangerous for soldiers on the battlefield and offer sustainable air conditioning for residential markets. More…

Ashford elected to EERI Board of Directors
Earthquake Engineering Research Institute members elected Scott Ashford to their board of directors for the 2013–2016 term. EERI seeks to reduce earthquake risk by advancing the science and practice of earthquake engineering; understanding the impact of earthquakes on the physical, social, economic, political, and cultural environment; and advocating comprehensive and realistic measures for reducing the harmful effects of earthquakes.


Student receives $180,000 ROTC scholarship
Kendi Quidachay, a high school senior from San Antonio, Texas, was recently offered a $180,000 ROTC scholarship to Oregon State University. More…

Freshman engineering student makes football team
Punting for the Oregon State Beavers wasn’t Keith Kostol’s original goal when he applied to the College of Engineering, but recruiters recognized his talent. More…

Students win design awards for wireless "mouse" glove
Mushfiqur Sarker, Jason Muhlestein, and Anton Bilbaeno took second place in a national design contest sponsored by Texas Instruments for their innovative wireless glove — a replacement for the traditional mouse. More…


Online degree program attracts career changers
The first conference for Oregon State’s new online computer science degree program underlined the need to retrain professionals from a variety of backgrounds for the rapidly growing technology job market. More…


Alum is bringing the stars closer
Michael Thorburn (’83 B.S. Mathematics, ’92 Ph.D. Electrical & Computer Engineering) is leading the engineering team on ALMA (Atacama Large Millimeter/submillimeter Array), the world’s largest astronomical project. The massive array of radio telescopes in the Chilean desert is scheduled for completion in March. More…

Need a bit of sun?
Join alumni and friends in celebrating some of the university’s most treasured volunteers during a weekend respite in Greater Phoenix — America’s sunniest metropolis and home to more than 2,000 Beaver alumni. More…

Lifelong career development support
Through Alumni Career Resources, the OSU Alumni Association is now offering lifelong career development, including career resources, job postings, and networking opportunities, and Webinars by the nation’s top career authors and experts. Also join the Beavers Career Group on LinkedIn to post or search jobs, offer career advice, or to network with fellow Beavers.

Making a difference

OSU receives gifts totaling $25 million
Oregon State University President Edward J. Ray provided a compelling update on the university's significant worldwide accomplishments in the past year in a "State of the University" address. He also highlighted how the university's mission of excellence, innovation and impact will serve Oregon, the nation and the world in 2013. OPB, Portland Business Journal, Statesman Journal, Oregonian, LIFE@OSU

DWFritz Automation sponsors OSU Robotics Club
In a burgeoning new partnership, Tualatin, Ore.-based DWFritz Automation is providing sponsorship to the OSU Robotics Club. In addition to funding projects, DWFritz will mentor students in various engineering disciplines. More…

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