November 2007
Want a Nimble Robot? Imitate a Cockroach
For many of us, the sight (or even just the thought) of cockroaches scuttling for cover is a stomach-turner, but MIME assistant professor John Schmitt takes a different view of these disreputable critters. He and a Florida State-based colleague are studying locomotive behaviors in cockroaches, guinea hens and other adept runners, in search of new ways to build robots that can more quickly, efficiently, and "instinctively" traverse broken and obstacle-strewn terrain. Their work, reported in the December issue of Bioinspiration and Biomimetics, also made the national news scene last month with coverage from both ABC News and MSNBC.
OSU & Oregon: Recovery, Powered by Orange
In a 2009 white paper on OSU’s current contributions both to the state and to higher education, a number of CoE-based projects, centers, and spinoffs are cited as examples of university research and commercialization efforts that have "substantial and increasing potential for scientific understanding and economic impact" in Oregon and beyond. More…
Oregon State's  ARCS Scholar Ranks Double in 2009
Two years ago, the ARCS (Achievement Rewards for College Scientists) Foundation’s Portland chapter awarded their first round of scholarships at OSU (see Oct. ‘08 Momentum!). In 2009, the chapter named four additional CoE ARCS Scholars: Chris HolmesParker (ME), Sean Smith (Mat Sci), David Vasquez (RHP), and Eric Walkingshaw (CS). More…
CCE Authorial Trio Twice-Feted
For their 2009 article on "Balancing Urban Driveway Design Demands Based on Stopping Sight Distance," the Transportation Research Board (TRB) honored CCE faculty Karen Dixon, Ida van Schalkwyk, and Bob Layton with the K.B. Woods Award for the "outstanding paper published in the field of design and construction of transportation facilities." Moreover, the TRB also rated this article as the "Best Practice-Ready Paper" for design and construction. The authors accepted these awards at the TRB annual meeting in Washington, DC, in mid-January.
Mat Sci Prof Named Hitsman Faculty Scholar
MIME faculty member Jamie (Jay) Kruzic, an associate professor of materials science, has been named the Arthur Hitsman Faculty Scholar. Established in 2009 by Art Hitsman’s (BSME 1949, MSME 1950) wife Ellie, who also attended OSU, this three-year faculty scholar appointment recognizes the notable achievements of a junior faculty within the School of MIME. More...
EE Alum, Mouse Inventor Honored for Innovation, Impact, Service
Doug Engelbart (BSEE 1948), Internet pioneer and inventor of the computer mouse, is a 2010 recipient of the OSU Weatherford Awards, which celebrate Oregon’s most entrepreneurial and innovative business owners and visionaries. The 2010 honorees will be recognized at the OSU Austin Entrepreneurship Program’s annual award ceremony, Feb. 17 at the Portland Hilton. More…
Orange Thunder Rules at Bonneville
2009 Beaver Racing World Champs, make room at the victors’ table for some of your Rogers Hall predecessors. Last September at Utah’s Bonneville Salt Flats, Team BeaverGeezers—including 1960 ME grads Dan Durie and Glenn Patterson and COB crony Allen Leggett— set a new world record in the Landspeed Challenge for stone stock 36 hp class pre-1960 Volkswagen beetles, reaching the stunning speed of 73.492 mph in their 1958, street-legal "Orange Thunder." More…
CoE Spinoff Designs Featured in NYT
Last month, the New York Times shared diagrams of NuScale Power’s reactor modules and plant layout with its readers, by way of illustrating next-generation nuclear power plant design concepts. The Corvallis start-up’s safe, small and scalable reactors feature passive cooling systems and advanced safety systems, and they can be built more quickly and economically than existing reactors. More…
Engineers Week Banquet: Sponsor a Student; Spring for a Table
This year’s Engineers Week Banquet at OSU, sponsored by the Willamette Valley Section of the Society of Women Engineers, happens on Tuesday, Feb. 23 in the CH2M Hill Alumni Center. The keynote speaker for this year’s banquet is OSU’s own Tim Leatherman (BSME 1970), founder and former chairman/CEO of Leatherman Tool Group, Inc. The event is open to the public (preregistration required). Attendees are encouraged to sponsor student participation and/or purchase an entire table. For banquet registration and sponsorship information, click here.
April Bioscience Conference Seeks Company Participation
The 2010 Oregon Bio Careers Expo, scheduled for Tuesday, April 6 at the OSU CH2M-Hill Alumni Center, is designed to give Oregon employers "first dibs" on hiring science and engineering graduates and interns from OSU and other schools. The event also provides an important networking opportunity for students in these fields. Biosciences employers throughout the Pacific Northwest (and beyond) are encouraged to participate. Conference information and company registration materials are available here.
Couple’s Gift Convinces Prof to Stay Put
Last year, thanks to a fund established by Todd (CE 1986) and Cindy Woodley to support faculty excellence, the CoE was able to offer CCE professor Chris Higgins the chance to become the Slayden Construction Group Faculty Scholar. The opportunities associated with this offer convinced Higgins, who was being wooed by another university at the time, to remain at OSU. "Private support to recruit and retain top faculty like Chris is critical to our success," said CCE head Scott Ashford. " I’m deeply grateful to the Woodleys for their gift." Noting that "a good university researcher will ultimately save the taxpayers money," Woodley described the couple’s gift as "a personal commitment to OSU as well as a prudent business practice." More… (See p.27 in linked PDF.)
SRC Grant Powers OSU Undergraduate Research
Opportunities for authentic and meaningful research experiences are a critical factor in retaining engineering students from traditionally underrepresented populations. A $31,000 Semiconductor Research Corporation Education Alliance (SRCEA) grant is allowing the CoE Women and Minorities in Engineering Program to expand these opportunities at Oregon State. The SRCEA funding will support 19 undergraduate researchers, partnering them with faculty and graduate mentors on advanced research projects across the College. More...
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"Oregon is currently the leader in wave energy development. It is a new frontier. … Corvallis and Oregon are at the center."

U.S. Sen. Jeff Merkley, D-Oregon, during visit to O.H. Hinsdale Wave Research Laboratory, 1/19/2010

February 16: 2010 EECS & MIME Industry Reception 5:30 PM - 7:45 PM, Kelley Engineering Center. More info...

February 17: Winter Engineering Career Fair 11:00 AM - 4:00 PM, CH2M HILL Alumni Center. More info...

February 17: Austin Entrepreneurship Program Annual Award Ceremony. 5:30 PM, Portland Hilton, 921 SW Sixth Ave. Tickets are $75 and available until Feb. 12. Contact Mary McKillop, 541-713-8044 or

February 23: 11th Annual Willamette Valley Engineers Week Banquet. 5:00 PM, CH2M Hill Alumni Center. Keynote speaker: Tim Leatherman. Open to the public; pre-registration required. Student and table sponsorship also available. More info …

February 26: Oregon Stater Awards Banquet 5:00 PM, CH2M HILL Alumni Center. More info...

April 6: Bio Career Fair. 11:00 AM - 2:00 PM, CH2M Hill Alumni Center. (See "Events in the Works" section above.) Company registration now open. More info …