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May 2012

From the Dean

Dear Readers,

The spring sunshine can be distracting to our students, and we all feel the end-of-the-year excitement. But the College of Engineering continues to stay focused on educating exceptional engineers through relevant teaching and research—which you can read about in this edition of Momentum. Faculty are tackling our energy crisis, and students are winning awards for their hands-on work in student clubs.

Stay tuned for our special June issue, where you can read about a few of the incredible senior capstone projects featured at the 2012 Engineering Expo. Until then, stay busy…stay focused…and summer will be here before you know it.

Go Beavs!

Scott A. Ashford (CE '83)
Interim Dean
College of Engineering

changing tides

Grant boosts ethanol research
Christine Kelly and Curtis Lajoie, researchers in the School of Chemical, Biological and Environmental Engineering, have partnered with Trillium FiberFuels to develop a novel method of ethanol production. Now, a grant from the U.S. Department of Energy will accelerate their research and subsequent biofuel production. More…

Solar collectors

Offshore platform is next step in wave energy effort
An offshore platform developed by Annette von Jouanne in Electrical Engineering and Computer Science will debut in the open ocean this summer to help turn wave energy into usable electricity. More…

Faculty & Staff
inkjet solar panels

Engineering sustainable energy solutions for global development
Mechanical engineering researcher Kendra Sharp is taking hydroelectric power to the micro scale. With support from the National Science Foundation, she is collaborating with Pakistan to implement small-scale, sustainable hydropower technology that will provide access to cleaner and more stable forms of energy. More…

inkjet solar panels

From escapee to professor
Against all odds, Thinh Nguyen escaped Vietnam's communist regime and eventually made his way to the United States. Today, he is a professor in the School of Electrical Engineering and Computer Science. More…


Student wins Google Anita Borg Award
Computer science junior Hannah Adams was recently awarded the Google Anita Borg Award, a prestigious scholarship that supports women in technology. An active member in the College of Engineering as an ambassador, peer adviser, and mentor to 14 women in engineering, Adams is the fourth OSU woman in computer science to win the award. More…

Relentless online release
With successful premier showings in Corvallis and Portland, RELENTLESS, a documentary chronicling a year in the life of the Global Formula Racing Team, is now available online. More…

OSU students earn Hydro Research Fellowships
College of Engineering masters candidates Sean Brosig (ECE) and Marc Whitehead (ME) are among only ten students nationwide to be awarded prestigious, DoE-funded Hydro Research Foundation fellowships in 2012. The HRF promotes education and research on the value and viability of hydropower as a clean, renewable and reliable energy source. More…


College of Engineering alumni honored
OSU honored nine alumni and friends, including two College of Engineering graduates: Darry Callahan ('64, chemical engineering) received the Dan Poling Service Award, and Ken Austin ('54, industrial & manufacturing engineering) received the OSU Athletics Martin Chaves Lifetime Achievement Award. More…


Microtechnology firm launches line of industrial micromixers
Microflow CVO, a spinoff from OSU's Microproducts Breakthrough Institute, aims to carve a $2 billion market in the life-sciences industry with a new product line of stainless-steel micromixers. See stories in Terra and Nanotechnology Now.

Homegrown Internet service provider stays focused on the customer
In 1986, the Public Electronic Access to Knowledge project started in the College of Engineering's computer science department. Twenty-six years later, PEAK provides access to more than 10,000 customers, but the company retains its homegrown feel with solid customer service. More…

Making a Difference

Alumnus supports Provost's Faculty Match Program
Professor Emeritus Jim Welty, '54, kicked off phase two of the Provost's Faculty Match Program with a $250,000 commitment, extending his OSU legacy by creating the endowed Welty Faculty Scholar Fund in the School of Mechanical, Industrial and Manufacturing Engineering. More…

Clarification: A story in the April issue of Momentum did not mention that Ph.D. students in all schools (NERHP, EECS, MIME, CCE, CBEE) are now eligible for ARCS scholarships. We regret this error.

More information here: https://www.arcsfoundation.org/portland/oregon-state-university

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