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January 2017

From the Dean

Happy New Year! We've barely entered 2017, and we are already off to a tremendous start. In this issue you'll read about two game-changing grants that highlight the impact of our research expertise and partnerships at the national level.

First, to help make the U.S. chemical industry more efficient, Oregon State has been selected to co-direct the Rapid Advancement in Process Intensification Deployment Institute through a National Network for Manufacturing Innovation grant worth $70 million.

Second, we have received a grant that will further establish us as a leader in wave energy research. The $40 million award through the U.S. Department of Energy will create a grid-connected wave energy test center off the coast of Newport.

If this is any indication of what's to come, 2017 is sure to be another exceptional year for the College of Engineering. Be sure to also check out the Winter 2017 print publication of Momentum!, now available to view online.

I'm excited for what the new year has in store for our students, faculty, and staff, as well as the alumni, industry partners, and friends who make up our College of Engineering community.

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…


Advance in intense pulsed light sintering opens door to improved electronics manufacturing
Rajiv Malhotra, assistant professor of mechanical engineering, has recently made a discovery in intense pulsed light sintering that may lead to faster production of advanced, flexible electronics. More…

Faculty & Staff

Tucker receives National Science Foundation CAREER award
Julie Tucker, assistant professor of mechanical engineering, has been awarded a prestigious National Science Foundation CAREER award of $521,879 for a project titled, "CAREER: Assessing Low Temperature Phase Stability through Irradiation." More…

Detonations studied through intentional explosions
Researchers at Oregon State are studying detonations by setting off a series of controlled explosions. David Blunck, assistant professor of engineering; Kyle Niemeyer, assistant professor of mechanical engineering; Sourabh Apte, professor of mechanical engineering; and three graduate students are part of a team gathering data to characterize the properties of explosions using a device called a pulse detonation engine. More…

Assessing the impact of digital-voice driving assistants
Ford Motors. Co is teaming up with Amazon to integrate digital-voice assistant Alexa to Ford's models with the SYNC feature. This will enable drivers to more conveniently place phone calls or dictate text messages hands-free, but transportation safety experts warn this technology still poses a mental distraction to drivers. "If you start composing tweets while you're driving, that's a cognitive distraction. It's not going to help you control, guide, or navigate the vehicle," said David Hurwitz, associate professor of transportation engineering. More…

Jensen named associate dean of undergraduate programs
Carlos Jensen has been appointed associate dean of undergraduate programs for the College of Engineering by Scott Ashford, Kearney Professor and dean of the college. More…

Wildenschild named associate dean of graduate programs
Dorthe Wildenschild has been appointed associate dean of graduate programs for the College of Engineering by Scott Ashford, Kearney Professor and dean of the college. The appointment is effective Feb. 15, 2017. More…


Master of Engineering online program ranked No. 28 nationally
U.S. News & World Report recognized Oregon State's Master of Engineering in Industrial Engineering program as being among the best of its kind in the nation. The fully online program, which has a focus on engineering management, is ranked No. 28 nationally. More…

Community first
Community-minded engineering students enrolled in Humanitarian Engineering 310 worked on class projects to help local nonprofit organizations. Part of the Humanitarian Engineering minor, the class allows students to apply their problem-solving skills and engineering knowledge to help community organizations. More…


Oregon State and PNNL to lead part of a major national program in 'chemical process intensification'
Oregon State University, in partnership with the Pacific Northwest National Laboratory, has been awarded $70 million through the Rapid Advancement of Process Intensification Deployment institute to help improve efficiency in U.S. chemical industries. "In the module manufacturing focus area, we'll work to create chemical equipment that is lighter, smaller and less expensive than existing equipment," said Brian Paul, professor of manufacturing engineering. More…

$40 million grant establishes premier wave energy test center
Oregon State University was awarded $40 million from the U.S. Department of Energy to fund a grid-connected wave energy test center off the coast of Newport. The project, led by the Northwest National Marine Renewable Energy Center at Oregon State, will allow researchers to build open-water test berths and undersea cables that can be used to test and develop new wave energy technologies. More… (see also OPB, Portland Tribune, Hydroworld, Marine Technology, Portland Business Journal)

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