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May 2013

From the Dean

Last week I had the pleasure of meeting with 21 retired engineering faculty members. The meeting was a wonderful opportunity to thank our former faculty for their service to OSU and the impact they have had on our students, to share our enrollment growth and program achievements, and to seek their input.

Retired Faculty
L-R: Jim Welty, David Bella, Hal Pritchett, Dick Bell, Stel Walker, Tom Plant, Peter Klingeman, Jim Herzog, John Ringle, Tim Kennedy, Murty Kanury, Milt Larson, Tom West, Ken Williamson, Marty Hellickson, Chuck Sollitt, Bob Wilson, Gordon Reistad, Bob Hudspeth, Bill Reiter, Wayne Huber

If they were teaching today, I think these faculty would be proud of our current students. I know I am. You only have to look at the upcoming Engineering Expo on Friday, May 17 to feel that pride. The Expo will showcase outstanding engineering talent and diverse student projects — from robots to systems that address our energy challenges.

This issue of Momentum also highlights the fine work of our engineering students, many of whom have received awards for their efforts. I hope you take time to read this issue and learn more about our future engineers.

Best wishes,

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

changing tides

Oregon BEST funds clean energy efforts
Oregon BEST (Built Environment & Sustainable Technologies Center), a state-affiliated clean-technology economic development group, has funded university-industry collaborations in photovoltaic cell development and new window coatings that could cut indoor lighting costs.

Read stories in ASME and Glass on Web

changing tides

The left turn dilemma
A new study spearheaded by David Hurwitz, assistant professor in transportation, demonstrates that pedestrians are at serious risk when drivers make a permissive left turn at a traffic light.

Read stories in Phys.org, Examiner, and Truthdive

changing tides

Reusing spent nuclear fuel
Russell Goff, a researcher in the department of Nuclear Engineering and Radiation Health Physics, has invented a way to irradiate medical supplies, food, and other products using spent nuclear fuel, an advancement that could create a revenue stream of $10 million a year while providing thousands of new jobs.

Read stories in KVAL, Nuclear Street, and News-Medical

OSU-EWB garners prestigious award
Oregon State's chapter of Engineers Without Borders received the inaugural American Academy of Environmental Engineers and Scientists (AAEES) student team project award for their clean water efforts in Lela, Kenya. Team representatives traveled to Washington DC in late April to receive the award.

To learn more about EWB, and their efforts in Kenya read their feature story in the Oregon Stater magazine and view the documentary Kel Wer.

AIAA student club participates in Design/Build/Fly Competition
The Oregon State American Institute of Aeronautics and Astronautics (AIAA) club competed at the Design/Build/Fly (DBF) Competition in Tucson Arizona for the first time. DBF is an annual AIAA event that challenges students to develop an electric RC aircraft capable of completing three missions. Oregon State finished 14th out of 90 teams while earning the 5th best flight performance score and being only one of 12 teams that completed all three missions. They were also the highest placing newcomer and the top team from the Pacific Northwest.

Aspiring app developers compete in Hackathon
Having trouble managing your time? Need to know if a pineapple is ripe? There’s an app for that. These useful apps were developed by Oregon State University students participating in a mobile application competition called the App Hackathon. More…

Oregon State hosts ASCE student conference
More than 300 students from around the Pacific Northwest gathered at the Oregon State campus for the ASCE student conference, a three-day event with a host of activities including a steel bridge competition and concrete canoe race. More…

ChickTech start-up sparks young girls' interest in technology
Jen Davidson, a doctorate student in computer science, is the program manager of ChickTech, a start-up dedicated to retaining women in the technology workforce by facilitating hands-on, technology-centric events. More…

Students attend National Society of Black Engineers convention
Over spring break, six students from the Oregon State chapter of the National Society of Black Engineers (NSBE) swapped rest and relaxation for networking and professional development at the 39th annual NSBE convention in Indianapolis. Under the leadership of OSU NSBE President and Industrial Engineering senior, Nathan Okorley, the chapter set out to increase Oregon State’s profile at NSBE through service on regional executive board and professional development. More…

Student wins IIE Dwight D. Gardner Scholarship
Engineering student and Society of Manufacturing Engineers (SME) Chair Olivia Girod has been awarded the prestigious Institute of Industrial Engineers (IIE) Dwight D. Gardner Scholarship for the 2013-2014 academic year. Girod is a senior currently completing her second MECOP internship at PCC Structurals in Clackamas, Ore. In addition to being the SME Chair, Girod is also the treasurer for Alpha Pi Mu, the industrial engineering honors society.

World champion Global Formula Racing team unveils 2013 car
Oregon State’s Global Formula Racing (GFR) team, which won three world championships, showcased its newest race car to kick off the 2013 season. Attendees had the opportunity to meet members of the GFR team, learn more about the design and manufacturing process, and get an up-close view of the 2013 car.

See stories in The Barometer and Ingenium

OSU Sweeps Recent ASM Student Competition
Graduate students Nitish Kumar, Laura Oliveira, and Austin Fox took the top three places at this year's Student Night. More…


Inspiring interest in artificial intelligence
Oregon State University and the National Science Foundation have teamed up for two years to hold an all-expense-paid workshop on artificial intelligence for undergraduate students from around the country. More…

Making a difference

Johnsons support Oregon State by giving back
Peter Johnson ('55, chemical engineering) and his wife, Rosalie, have made substantial contributions to Oregon State, including a $7 million commitment to help the College of Engineering build a new educational and research facility. More…

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