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July 2013

From the Dean

Dean Woods It's hard to believe that I began my appointment as dean of the College of Engineering a year ago. It is an exciting time to be dean at Oregon State University!
  • We have made strategic investments in every one of our departments or schools by hiring 21 new faculty members over the last few months. These faculty come to us from other excellent institutions and will bring even more energy and strength to our academic and research programs.
  • Last month, we graduated hundreds of engineering students and we are now entering our summer advising program to welcome next year's record-breaking freshman class. We have a great problem. Because we are recruiting so many excellent students, we are continually adding new scholarships. This year, we allocated $1.7 million in scholarships for our students. Our alumni, friends, and industry partners have made extraordinary investments in these students, for which we are deeply grateful!
  • Our research and graduate programs are growing rapidly, and we are working toward launching new programs!
  • We are developing a master plan to build new facilities and remodel existing buildings to meet needs within our growing college. We will begin the design of a new building in just a few months!

I look forward to working with everyone in the coming months as we move ahead.

Best wishes,

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

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Making semis sustainable
A partnership between John Parmigiani and Daimler Trucks North America resulted in lighter and more sustainable 18-wheel trucks. More...

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Solar nano lily pads may help solve water pollution
Researchers at Oregon State are working with Puralytics to test high-tech lily pads that use sunlight to break down water contaminants. More...

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Preparing for the next 9.0 earthquake
Scott Ashford, the Oregon State Kearney professor of engineering, is researching ways to mitigate earthquake damage in the Pacific Northwest after the next big one hits. More...

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Feodor Lynen Fellow joins college
The College of Engineering welcomed Steffen Schlüter for a 12-month appointment as a Feodor Lynen Research Fellow, sponsored by the Alexander von Humboldt Foundation. He will work with Dorthe Wildenschild in the School of Chemical, Biological, and Environmental Engineering on using dynamic tomography imaging to study the evolution of area and curvature of fluid interfaces in porous media.

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Study helps threatened wheat crops in Asia, Africa
Oregon State Professor and computer scientist Bechir Hamdaoui helped develop environmental monitoring technology that will allow farmers in west and central Asia to better combat a pest that is threatening wheat crops. More...

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New navigation system for airplanes modernizes old technology
A student project out of the School of Electrical Engineering and Computer Science that improves upon 1940s-era navigation technology has caught the eye of the homebuilt airplane market. More...

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Improving the trucking industry
Research by Hector Vergara, an assistant professor in the School of Mechanical, Industrial, and Manufacturing Engineering, will help the trucking industry save millions of dollars and improve the efficiency of freight transportation. See articles in ECN, The Trucker, and Trucking Info

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Wildenschild featured speaker for ground water organization
Dorthe Wildenschild, an associate professor in the School of Chemical, Biological, and Environmental Engineering, will offer two lectures in the National Ground Water Research and Educational Foundation's 2014 Henry Darcy Distinguished Lecture Series, both of which focus on x-ray tomography. More...

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Professor honored for mentorship
The Office of Undergraduate Research is pleased to announce that Skip Rochefort, associate professor in the School of Chemical, Biological, and Environmental Engineering, has been chosen as OSU's 2013 Undergraduate Research Mentor of the Year. The award, which was created to recognize outstanding, sustained faculty mentorship of undergraduate research and scholarship, was announced at the Celebrating Undergraduate Excellence Symposium on the Memorial Union Quad in late May.

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Students earn scholastic honors
Congratulations to the students who received university awards, accolades, and scholarships for their academic achievements:

  • Boren Fellowship for International Scholarship: Jaynie Whinnery
  • Clara L. Simerville Award: Jordan Machtelinckx
  • Critical Language Scholarship: Nicholas Kusanto
  • Drucilla Shepard Smith Award: Nicklaus Abdou, Abdulrahman Almanei, Mohammed Almazrouei, Jonathan Avery, Kevin Barnett, Jordan Belisle, Daniel Blanc-Gonnet, Benedikt Bochtler, Cameron Bowie, Kamal Chaya, Jordan Crane, Jennifer Devin, Christopher Eastwood, Zachary Evans, Ian Finn, Kayla Fleskes, Nicole Gearhart, Hannah Gibson, Bryant Hayes, Jena Hoffman, Mohamed Jarbooa, Aaron Johnson, Ryan Jones, Zachary Jones, Spencer Kresge, Kumaran Krishna, Austin Lee, Alexandria Moseley, Matthew Olson, Davis Raye, Morgan Shirley, Ian Walters, Danielle Whitehurst, Jeremy Willcock, and Amy Wyman
  • Fulbright Scholarship: Toan Ngo (finalist)
  • Honors Promise Finishing Scholarship 2013-2014: Paul Ferrigno and Alexandra McConnell
  • National Merit Scholar: Christopher Sundahl
  • Presidential Scholar: Delancy Albers, Joe Anderson, Lauren Cummings, Jordan Henderson, Andrew Henry, Blaine Kuehnert, Michelle Lepschat, Brynn Livesay, Molly McCulloch, Thomas O'Dell, Austin Sharp, Sohaila Starks, and Mitchell Truong
  • Udall Scholarship: Nathan Hinkle (honorable mention)
  • Undergraduate Researcher of the Year: Jade Montgomery; Nathan Hinkle - honorable mention; Nathan and Jade also tied for first place while Colin Dickens received an honorable mention in the poster competition in Celebrating Undergraduate Excellence.
  • Waldo — Cummings: Nicklaus Abdou, Victor Dang, Levi Hayden, Miriam Goldade-Holbrook, Joshua Hunsaker, Anna Koch, Brady McBride, Richard Meier, Robert Mize IV, Kasey Munetake, Julian Preciado, Daniel Reid, Logan Smesrud, Brandon Thoennes, and Tracie Tran.
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Doctoral student receives award at research conference
PhD student Mohammad Yazdani received the first place award from among 43 doctoral dissertation poster presentations at the Industrial and Systems Engineering Research Conference (ISERC 2013) in San Juan, Puerto Rico.

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Global Formula Racing takes home honors
After waiting and preparing for nearly nine months, Global Formula Racing (GFR) traveled to the 2013 Michigan FSAE event and took home some impressive results:

  • 1st Autocross
  • 1st Design Presentation
  • 2nd Business Presentation
  • 2nd Skid Pad
  • 13th Acceleration
  • 25th Overall Finish

To learn more about GFR, read a story on team member Trevor Takaro.

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OSU students make an impression at Portland Startup Weekend
Three Oregon State computer science students sacrificed sleep to test their entrepreneurial skills at the Portland Startup Weekend. One student had her idea selected for further development, and two students were part of the overall winning team. More...

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Stephanie McGregor: gymnast and engineer
Stephanie McGregor earned a degree in bioengineering while participating in the Honors College, and finished her academic career at Oregon State by earning the Pac-12 Scholar Athlete of the Year award. More...

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LSAMP recognizes outstanding students
The Louis Stokes Alliance for Minority Participation (LSAMP) program held an end-of-the-year celebration and honored several high-achieving students:

  • Student Researcher of the Year - Joseph Long, Sophomore, bioengineering, Johnson Scholar, Hillsboro, Ore.
  • Outstanding Mentor - Justin Conner, Sophomore, zoology, Miami, Fla.
  • Peer Recognition Award - Andy Duvall, Senior, mechanical engineering, MECOP Intern, Academic Coach, Salem, Ore. - now working for LAM Research in Portland
  • Rising Star Award - Randi Mendes, Sophomore, pre-ecological engineering, Riverside, Calif.
  • Rising Star Award - Liam Wong, Freshman, pre-chemical engineering, Johnson Scholar, Eugene, Ore.
  • Campus Involvement Award - Rozalyn Patrick, Sophomore, environmental economics, policy & management, Sutherlin, Ore.
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Students' robots race in mock Mars rover challenge
Oregon State's Mars Rover team placed third at the University Rover Challenge after venturing to a remote desert in southern Utah and competing amongst 10 teams from around the world. More...

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Graduate student presents as finalist at research competition
Oregon State graduate student Hariprasath Venkatram was among 12 student finalists from around the globe to present at the Broadcom Foundation University Research Competition. Venkatram's project — Energy and Area Efficient Analog to Digital Converters Architectures and Circuit Techniques — studied how data convertors that enable energy, area, and power efficient techniques are crucial for monitoring hazardous environments in earth and in space. More...

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Competing at the Cornell Cup
Two Oregon State student teams were invited to compete at the Cornell Cup, presented by Intel. Only 30 teams were selected for the national engineering competition that features Intel hardware. More...

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Solar Vehicle Team wins big in international track race
The Oregon State Solar Vehicle Team (OSUSVT) placed first in the 2013 Formula Sun Grand Prix in Austin, Texas.

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Rising to the top
Doug Fisher graduated with his degree in electrical and computer engineering and has since made a steady career climb. Read about his success in school, the military, and Intel here, and his promotion to software chief here.

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Young alum balances work and family
For Drew Arnold ('10, mechanical engineering), personal and professional life overlapped during his time as a father and graduate student researching how to reduce injury risk for chainsaw users. More...

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University-industry collaborations on the rise
Student engineering talent is giving rise to an increasing number of collaborations with industry, ranging from applied research to product development.
Read more in the Albany Tribune, and watch a video here.

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OSU startup wants a piece of LCD TV market
Tucked away in a corner of Owen Hall at Oregon State is headquarters for Amorphyx, a company focused on backplanes. An outgrowth of university research, backplanes are similar to dimmer switches controlling the light that goes through pixels on your screen. More...

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Engineering spinoff launches nuclear research initiative
NuScale Power, LLC, announced the launching of the Western Initiative for Nuclear (WIN) to study the demonstration and deployment of a multi-module NuScale Small Modular Reactor (SMR) plant. More...

Making a Difference
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Tektronix Foundation supports College of Engineering
The Tektronix Foundation has donated $75,000 to fund three advanced laboratory and engineering programs at Oregon State. More...

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Grant supports geotechnical research
The Geotechnical Engineering Group in the School of Civil and Construction Engineering celebrates another win, with the recent grant award from the Terracon Foundation, an arm of Terracon Consultants, Inc. Eric Lim, Brice Plouse (OSU '12), and Joanna Wagner travelled to Kearney Hall to present the $2,500 Terracon Foundation Graduate Fellowship to CCE faculty Armin Stuedlein and Scott Ashford. The scholarship will be used to help recruit top graduate students to the OSU Geotechnical Group.

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New computer science program graduates first students
Just a year after inception, Oregon State's online computer science professional degree program graduated 23 students. More...

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College of Engineering featured at da Vinci Days
Professor Skip Rochefort and student Zachary Dunn will be featured speakers on July 21 at Da Vinci Days, a celebration of innovation and creativity. Rochefort's presentation explores the diverse and fun applications of engineering, while Dunn's will feature a film about his journey to bring clean water to a rural community in Kenya. More...

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