November 2007
Getting Green Fuel from Algae
OSU biological and ecological engineering professor Ganti Murthy is developing ways to use one of earth’s most plentiful organisms – algae – to produce biofuels. Found in both fresh and saltwater the world over (including the Arctic), algae can produce 20 times more biodiesel than soybeans. And the green stuff can be grown using wastewater!
Read more in The Oregonian
or Watch the KVAL TV video
Civil and CEM Student Teams Score High
The OSU Seismic Design Team (Duncan Stark, Joe Henry, Bryan Costa, Nick Peek, and Matt Gordanier-not pictured, with Professor Scott Ashford) placed 7th at the national competition in New Orleans, where it subjected its balsa wood model of a high-rise building to earthquake motions. Meanwhile, at the Associated Schools of Construction Competition in Reno, four of OSU’s seven teams placed in the top three, including 1st place for Marine Construction and 2nd for Heavy/Civil Construction..
Industry Collaboration
OSU Spinout Company Hopes to Help Spreadsheet Users
A start-up software company based on technology developed by OSU computer scientists and incubated in the Kelley Engineering Center for a year has launched its first product. RedRover Software, Inc., officially founded in 2006 by OSU professors Margaret Burnett, Martin Erwig, and Gregg Rothermel, announced a product that reduces spreadsheets errors, which cost businesses and individuals millions of dollars annually.
Faculty and Staff
Two Professors Win $400,000 CAREER Awards
The National Science Foundation has recognized two OSU engineering professors with prestigious CAREER Awards, each carrying grant support of $400,000. Vinod Narayanan in the School of Mechanical, Industrial, and Manufacturing Engineering and Alex Yokochi in the School of Chemical, Biological, and Environmental Engineering were recognized for research proposals that could lead to more efficient computer chip cooling and hydrogen production for fuel cells.
OSU’s Bella Bose Receives Award from SMU
Southern Methodist University recently awarded OSU computer science professor Bella Bose (pictured, center) its Academic Accomplishment Award. An alumnus of SMU, Bose designed the error control codes used in the Intel Paragon and other parallel machines. Some codes, such as Bose-Lin, carry his name. He is a Fellow of both IEEE and ACM.
Congratulations on this significant recognition from your alma mater Bella!
Helping Inspectors Peek Inside Nuclear Reactors
OSU professor of nuclear engineering and radiation health physics Todd Palmer and grad student Alex Misner are part of a team helping ensure that nuclear reactors are being operated for power production and not production of nuclear weapons materials. By detecting antineutrinos, a type of sub-atomic particle, inspectors can determine if a reactor is on or off, its power level, and even the amount of fuel inside.
Recent Grad Named "New Faces of Engineering"
As part of National Engineers Week, OSU alum Javier Moncada was named one of 14 “New Faces of Engineering” in the U.S. He was nominated by the American Society of Civil Engineers. After the 2004 Indian Ocean tsunami, Moncada, 27, a civil engineer at Berger/ABAM Engineers, Inc., in Portland, Oregon, worked on an international research vessel to collect evidence from the ocean floor near the epicenter of the quake.
Recognizing Our Most Outstanding Alumni
The College of Engineering honored 37 of its most distinguished alumni last month during the ninth annual Oregon Stater Awards, an event that recognizes OSU engineers and their career contributions to society. If you know of a standout OSU engineer who should be nominated for a future Oregon Stater Award, contact Chris Bell at 541-737-1598 or Read about this year’s event here, see the photos here, and view the citations of this years inductees here.
Apperson Hall Renovation Receives Kresge Funding
OSU has officially received the $850,000 challenge grant from the Kresge Foundation for the Apperson-to-Kearney Renovation. Awarded in 2006, the grant leveraged support from many donors to complete the original $10M campaign. In 2007, the budget increased to $12M. The grant brings the current total of gifts and pledges to $10.4M from 775 donors as the campaign continues through completion of Kearney Hall in December 2008. See the construction progress on the Kearney Hall Web Cam.
Students Students

"All I have done I owe to OSU, and I plan to pay back OSU someday."

Javier Moncada (BSCE ‘04; MEng ‘07), named 1 of 14 “New Faces of Engineering” in the U.S. during National Engineers Week

May 9 – OSU Engineering Expo!
Mark your calendars to attend this exciting annual engineering event where you’ll see dozens of Senior Design Projects, complete with prototypes, demonstrations, and more. This college-wide exhibit is free and open to the public. Held in the Kelley Engineering Center, OSU campus. For more information, call 541-737-3617, or email