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March 2014

From the Dean

Last month, Oregon State University Provost Sabah Randhawa asked me to step in as dean of the College of Engineering. I want to thank Sandy Woods for her service and contributions to the college.

I have been working closely with faculty, staff, students, industry partners, and alumni to continue our vision of educating engineering leaders and delivering exceptional research programs.

We are well positioned for the future. We have excellent faculty who are making innovative contributions in robotics, computing, infrastructure, materials, engineering education, and more. Our students are increasingly developing well-rounded skills to tackle the tough problems. And our alumni, such as the 13 we recently honored at the 2014 Oregon Stater Awards, are committed to making people's lives better.

I am honored to have accepted the position and look forward to the work and opportunities ahead for the College of Engineering.

The 2014 Oregon Stater Awards Publication

Go Beavs!

Scott A. Ashford, Ph.D.
Kearney Professor and Dean
College of Engineering
Oregon State University

changing tides

Manufacturing goods sustainably
A team of engineers including Karl Haapala, assistant professor of industrial and manufacturing engineering, has developed a holistic approach to manufacturing that addresses economic, environmental, and social impacts. Read more in Science Daily, Sustainable Business Oregon, and Manufacturers’ Monthly.

changing tides

How Obama's manufacturing push reaches into Oregon
Oregon State University and the College of Engineering’s Design Engineering Laboratory will play a key role in a new Digital Manufacturing and Design Innovation Institute recently announced by President Barack Obama. Read more in the Portland Business Journal and the Gazette-Times.

Advancing wave power in Oregon
The Northwest National Marine Renewable Energy Center received a major vote of confidence after a bill to support a wave energy testing site moved forward in the Senate Energy and Natural Resources Committee. More…


Getting the job
How an experience with the Energy Efficiency Center prepared Mike Knapp for the world of manufacturing. More…


Olsen receives NSF CAREER Award
Congratulations to Michael Olsen, an assistant professor of geomatics in the School of Civil and Construction Engineering, for earning an NSF Early CAREER Development Award. Olsen received $400,000 over a five-year period to study how to efficiently identify and extract meaningful information from three-dimensional, geospatial models of transportation infrastructure. More…


Corvallis startup raises $7.3 million
Oregon State University spinout Inpria Corp. received significant funding from Intel, Samsung, and Applied Materials to advance metal oxide-based materials for smaller, faster chips. Read more in Oregonlive.com, Portland Business Journal, and TechEYE.net

Making a Difference

Engineers Without Borders film wins award
Kel Wer, an Oregon State-produced film documenting the efforts of Engineers Without Borders to bring clean water to Kenya, received a Grand Gold Award at the 2014 Council for Advancement and Support of Education VIII Conference. Several individuals made the document possible, most notably filmmaker Justin Smith. More…


Tango Caliente at the Oregon Symphony
Join fellow alumni for OSU Night at the Symphony and enjoy an evening of pulsing tango beats. Event will take place March 15, 7:30 p.m. at the Arlene Schnitzer Concert Hall in Portland. Oregon State alumni receive a 20 percent discount. More…

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