February 2007
Nanomanufacturing: Working Smarter to Get Smaller
Industrial and manufacturing engineering professor Brian Paul is part of an OSU team leading the nation in development of tiny “nanofactories,” where microchannels no larger than a human hair enable production of nanomaterials to exact specifications in a highly controlled environment. This technology could revolutionize the way nanomaterials are produced and distributed.
High-Flying Entrepreneurs Track Balloon
Five teams of nuclear engineering students who launched a weather balloon outfitted with instruments they designed in Jack Higginbotham’s introduction to design class scoured Oregon’s soggy Coast Range to retrieve the balloon, assisted from above by fellow professor David Hamby’s 1946 Cessna. Each team had to also base a company on the technology.
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Whole Lotta Shakin’ Going On: Students Win First Place for Seismic Design
A team of civil engineering students won first place overall at the 4th Annual Undergraduate Seismic Design Competition held in Los Angeles this month. Team members Jeremy Mikkelsen, Beth McNair, Josh Leher, Sarah Martin, and Joe Henry built a 29-story scale model skyscraper out of balsa wood that survived simulated earthquakes on a shake table.
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Globetrotting Student Has International Impact
Kelsey Edwardsen, a rock climber and Honors student in civil engineering and Spanish, is using her engineering education and background in Latin American culture to improve life in Central America—from cleaner water to stronger buildings. “One of the reasons I chose OSU is because there is such a great opportunity for international outreach."
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National Science Board Visits Tsunami Basin
The National Science Board, the 24-member governing body for the National Science Foundation, recently held its quarterly meetings at OSU. Included was a tour of the College of Engineering’s tsunami wave basin, which is funded by the NSF and undertakes research that involves multiple disciplines: civil engineering, computer science, electrical engineering, geosciences, and oceanography.
Notes from an OSU Astronaut in Antarctica
OSU Engineering alumnus and NASA astronaut, Don Pettit, is participating in a research expedition to Antarctica. While on the ice, he’s posting exploration and engineering logs so anyone interested can follow the expedition. Check it out:
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Wager Named Researcher of the Year
John Wager, OSU professor of electrical engineering, has been named Researcher of the Year by the OSU chapter of Sigma Xi, a research and scientific honor society. The honor recognizes Wager's development of transparent electronics. He will deliver the Sigma Xi lecture on February 21, at 3:00 p.m. in the Kelley Engineering Center, room 1001.
New Transportation Center Founded
OSU is one of four Oregon universities sharing a $1.56 million grant to create a National University Transportation Center in Oregon, a major step in addressing transportation issues across the state. The partnership will coordinate research on bridge evaluation and repair, intelligent transportation systems, fuel efficient vehicle deployment, and more.
Tram Named After OSU’s First Female Civil Engineering Grad
One of Portland’s two new aerial tram cars has been named after Jean Richardson, the first female civil engineering graduate from OSU. In 2000, OSU inducted Richardson (BSCE, ’49) into the Oregon Stater Hall of Fame, the College of Engineering’s most prestigious honor.
Five OSU Engineering Siblings…Can You Top That?
Recently Calvin Brown (BSEE, 1960) contacted the College to say that he and four brothers all graduated with engineering degrees from OSU. They’d like to know if any families can rival this record. We'd like to know, too. If your family has three or more sibling graduates of OSU Engineering, please let us know via email at chris.a.bell@oregonstate.edu.
Internship Time Qualifies Toward PE License
Now internships through the Multiple Engineering Cooperative Program (MECOP/CECOP) will satisfy one year of the 4-year industry experience requirement before new engineers can sit for the Professional Engineer exam. The two 6-month internships pay students an average of $35-40K for both.
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“It's quite clear that my time…at OSU both enabled my entry to MIT and prepared me well to succeed there. And of course my time at MIT was both valuable in itself and continues to cause doors to open for me that might otherwise be closed. It may have all started on that autumn day in Corvallis in 1993.”

Paul Carson, master’s student in Computer Science (1995), studying under OSU professor Margaret Burnett and now with United Airlines.

Tues, Feb 20: 2nd Annual EECS–MIME Industry–Student Reception, hosted by the OSU School of Electrical Engineering & Computer Science (EECS) and Mechanical, Industrial, & Manufacturing Engineering (MIME) Programs. Kelley Atrium 6 p.m. Sign up at: http://eecs.oregonstate.edu/undergraduate/febReception/index.htm

Wed, Feb 21: Winter Engineering Career Fair. 11 a.m.–4 p.m., CH2M HILL Alumni Center. For a list of companies attending, and more information, go to: http://oregonstate.edu/career/fair/engineering.php.

Sat, Feb 24: Dust off your dancing shoes! The OSU Chapter of the Society of Women Engineers is hosting the 2nd annual 2007 Engineering Ball to celebrate National Engineers Week. Appetizers! Desserts! Music! The Kelley Engineering Center Atrium, 7-11 p.m. Get your tickets now: http://calendar.oregonstate.edu/event/10600

Mon, Feb 26: Society Of Women Engineers (SWE) Banquet. CH2M Hill Alumni Center, 6 p.m. All OSU College of Engineering students are invited to attend. Keynote speaker: Carolyn Duran of Intel Corp. Sponsored student tickets available on a first-come, first-served basis in the undergraduate engineering office (151 Batcheller Hall). Ticket info: denise.emery@oregonstate.edu or (541) 737-4645.

Mon, March 5: ETIC Day, State Capital Rotunda in Salem. The Engineering & Technology Council will showcase how a decade of ETIC funding from the Legislature and Oregon companies is helping build a stronger Oregon by improving engineering education at OSU and beyond. http://www.oregonetic.org