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February 2017

From the Dean

Winter term is now in full swing, and the College of Engineering continues to be fueled by impactful achievements among our diverse and collaborative community.

In this issue of Momentum! you will read about the role our robotics program will play as a founding partner in a nationwide robotics initative, and about NuScale Power's path to building the first small modular nuclear reactor in America using technology developed and tested here at Oregon State. You'll also read about the latest honors accorded to our award-winning faculty, and much more.

If you'd like to see firsthand some of the groundbreaking engineering research taking place on campus, I would like to invite you to join us on Friday, Feb. 17, for the Graduate Research Showcase. Master's and Ph.D. students from all five engineering schools will present posters and discuss their work that will fuel the economy, drive change, and create a better future for people all over the world.

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, sponsored by ESCO, 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 our 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. More…

Preparing for the Big One
Earthquakes are common occurrences in Southern California, yet it is the inevitable Big One and its aftermath that worry all households and businesses. Scott Ashford, Kearney Professor and Dean of the College of Engineering, and Mitzi Montoya, Sara Hart Kimball Dean of the College of Business, will share insights on how to build community and business resilience from engineering, business, and innovation angles, at a joint presentation in Seal Beach, California. More…


Robotics initiative selects Oregon State as partner
The College of Engineering's robotics department could become a regional hub to push advanced robotics to the next level — and into American factories. "I'm really excited about how this will affect the economy locally and in Oregon," said Bill Smart, assistant professor of robotics and co-director of the Robotics group. Oregon State will be awarded part of a $253 million grant as one of the founding academic partners in the Manufacturing USA Institute, a $3 billion public-private initiative. More…

Faculty & Staff

Burnett recognized for undergraduate research mentoring
Margaret Burnett, professor of computer science, was chosen to receive the 2017 Undergraduate Research Faculty Mentoring Award from the Education Committee of the Computing Research Association. This follows a string of awards from national organizations. More…

Hutchinson featured in series on teaching success
Rebecca Hutchinson, assistant professor of computer science, was the featured faculty member Jan. 31 in a new semimonthly series highlighting stories of successful teaching on campus, from LIFE@OSU and the Center for Teaching and Learning. More…


NuScale files NRC application
Nearly a decade after setting up shop to commercialize technology developed at Oregon State University, NuScale Power has become the first company to submit a design certification application for a small modular reactor to the U.S. Nuclear Regulatory Commission. More… (see also Forbes)


Balasubramanian secures Defense grant to design surgical implants
Ravi Balasubramanian, assistant professor of robotics, has received a $1.5 million grant through the Department of Defense's congressionally directed medical research program. The work, with collaborators at the University of Washington and University of Southern California, involves designing implantable passive mechanisms for orthopedic surgery to correct high median-ulnar nerve palsy. More…

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