May 2003 -- VOLUME II, ISSUE V

R E S E A R C H @ OSU Engineering

The recent Food and Drug Administration proposal requiring hospitals to attach bar codes to all medications has the potential to dramatically reduce the estimated 7,000 deaths of hospitalized patients caused each year by incorrect or incorrectly administered drugs. But the FDA proposal also means that hospitals, drug makers, pharmacies, and other organizations must scramble to select and install wireless bar code systems within a three-year timeline and quickly train staff to use the new scanning technology. This is good news for Industrial & Manufacturing Engineering professor David Porter and fellow researchers at OSU's Mobile Technologies Solutions Laboratory (MTSL) who have suddenly found themselves in the unique position of being able to offer consultation and training about a bar coding technology (Reduced Space Symbology, or RSS) that few other researchers are familiar with. Read more:
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S T U D E N T S @ OSU Engineering

OSU Environmental Engineering student teams won 1st and 4th place at this year's Environmental Engineering Competition at California Polytechnic State University in San Luis Obispo. The competition, called "Water Treatment from Your Kitchen...and Beyond," required teams to build a portable water treatment plant and purify 10 gallons of water in a limited time. Team members are Karen Hopfer, Doug Brannan, Joel Hearn, Wendy Schmidt, Joelle Bennett, Alison Burcham, Clint Montague, Adam Boyd, Ryan Makie, and Matt Olsen. Team advisor is professor Peter Nelson.

asmeAt the regional ASME (American Society of Mechanical Engineers) Student Design Contest, the OSU team of Steve Shuyler and Bryan Yoder won 1st place and will head to nationals next fall in Washington, DC. This year's competition was based on a mining operation, requiring students to utilize potential energy from falling water to lift as much simulated ore as possible up a segmented ramp. Assisting the team prepare for nationals will by Matt Beck, Eli Jeon, Ken Tse, and Richie Clausen. Faculty advisors are Bob Paasch and Christine Ge.

asceASCE (American Society of Civil Engineers) Student Chapter member Katie Walker tied for 1st place in Zone IV (West Coast of US) in the Daniel W. Mead National ASCE Student Paper Contest. Katie also placed first in the student paper presentation at the Pacific Northwest Regional Conference at Boise State University in April 2003 with her presentation "Ethics in Disaster Recovery." In addition, the OSU Surveying Team won 2nd place, and the Steel Bridge team placed 7th. Team members include: Jon Holladay, Darren Hippenstiel, Ben Haines, Javier Moncada, Ryan Plank, Mike Wold, Matt Baldwin, Russell Dotson, Joe Backmeier, Adrian Kidarsa, Richard Louie, Travis Sanders, Nate Reff, Travis Howard, John Bushard, David Schweitzer, Lauren Hunt, Katie Walker, Christina Pierce, Angela Goddard, Danielle Stephens, Amanda Stanko, Katie Goodwin, Samantha Corbin, and Leslie Boak. Faculty advisors are Todd Whitaker and Tom Miller.

baja carThe OSU SAE Mini-Baja team won 2nd place at the Society of Automotive Engineers (SAE) West competition in Provo, UT on May 8-10. The 26-student team, which included seven women, entered two cars and competed against 110 other college teams from as far away as Korea and Poland. OSU team drivers were Wendy Keevy (CS), Darren Johnson (ME), Thomas Vaeretti (ME), Joe Brokowski (ME), Dave Elia (ME), Chris Schafer (ME), Andrew Skinner (IME), and Dustin Parks (ME). Faculty advisor is Bob Paasch. Next, the team will compete at the Midwest Mini-Baja Competition in Troy, Ohio in early June. &

I N D U S T R Y  C O L L A B O R A T I O N @ OSU Engineering

A team of researchers led by Bioengineering professor John Bolte has designed a new computer modeling tool to help watershed councils determine which projects are most effective for their specific watershed. This tool, a decision-guiding computer model called RESTORE, is deceptively easy to use. But beyond the simple user interface is a powerful program that sorts through layers of complex data to give pinpoint detail across the entire watershed on soil type, water quality, vegetation, land use, and even economics. The program can indicate areas in a watershed where restoration dollars and labor will reap the most reward, making the council's work much more effective.

B U I L D I N G @ OSU Engineering

The state Land-use Board of Appeals (LUBA) last month upheld the Corvallis City Council's decision to approve construction of the Kelley Engineering Center (KEC) on campus. The ruling ended a six-month delay caused by an appeal process that challenged relocating parking spaces on the building's site and cleared the way for construction of the $45-million "green" building to begin. When complete, the KEC will house the School of Electrical Engineering & Computer Science. Read about the ruling: View an animated fly-through of the Kelley Engineering Center and more at:

F A C U L T Y & S T A F F @ OSU Engineering

David Sillars has joined the College to direct the Robert C. Wilson Graduate Program in Construction Engineering Management (CEM), a program designed to increase students' knowledge of engineering and business in preparation for advanced positions in the construction industry. Sillars holds an MS in management and a PhD in civil engineering from the Georgia Institute of Technology. Previously, he held various positions in industry, including senior vice president of Hardin Construction Group, Inc. in Atlanta, GA, regional manager of operations for CRSS Constructors, Inc. in Washington, DC and Atlanta, and vice president of Construction Computer Engineering Systems in Denver, CO.

OSU Engineering's assistant for academic affairs Darlene Perkins will be given the Tau Beta Pi Award for Outstanding Support of Undergraduates during a banquet on May 28th. The OSU award is given by the Tau Beta Pi engineering honor society to an individual or group in recognition of outstanding support to a student group that was key to the group's success.

Milosh PopovichMechanical Engineering professor emeritus Milosh Popovich has been awarded the OSU Alumni Association's Dan Poling Service Award. Popovich received his BS in Chemical Engineering and his MS in Mechanical Engineering from OSU. He then served as an assistant professor in the Dept. of Mechanical Engineering and as chairman of the department until 1954, when he was appointed assistant dean of engineering. In 1959, he was appointed the university's dean of administration (title later changed to vice president), a position he held until his retirement in 1979. He was elected a Fellow of ASME in 1968.

I N N O V A T I O N S @ OSU Engineering

 Scott Nettleton, a 1990 Civil Engineering alum, has just completed the design for a new bridge that will replace the exiting 434-foot-long steel truss bridge that crosses the scenic and environmentally sensitive Rogue River near I-5 in southern Oregon. The new Rogue River (Depot Street) Bridge will be a concrete tied arch structure and will serve as a landmark for the surrounding area. Nettleton currently works for the Salem office of David Evans & Associates and is grateful to Civil Engineering professor emeritus John Peterson, who taught Nettleton bridge design while he was a student at OSU. For a description of the project go to: Computer generated images of what the new bridge will look like when completed can be viewed at:

A L U M N I @ OSU Engineering

OSU Engineering alum William A. Mittelstat has received the Federal Engineer of the Year Award. Sponsored by the NSPE (National Society of Professional Engineers) and Northrop Grumman, the award recognizes outstanding engineers employed in the federal government. Mittelstat received his BS and MS degrees in electrical engineering from OSU in 1966 and 1968, respectively. A summer internship for the Bonneville Power Administration led to a lifelong career with the Administration and international recognition of the projects that he promoted and supervised. These projects include: the Chief Joseph Dynamic Braking Resistor; the Pacific High-Voltage DC Link; the California-Oregon AC Intertie; and the Thyristor Controlled Series Compensator.

H E A R D  O N  C A M P U S @ OSU Engineering

"This is an inspiring event, and not just because of the achievements of the award winners. I particularly enjoyed talking with the students and seeing all the innovative and hands-on projects they do. They are definitely work-ready!"

--COE alumnus Ken Austin, at the 2003 Oregon Stater Awards ceremony

U P C O M I N G   E V E N T S @ OSU Engineering

MAY 18-21, Institute of Industrial Engineers (IIE) Annual Conference 2003, Portland Hilton, Portland, Oregon. Three days of industrial engineering research and practical, real-world applications that are revolutionizing the world of IE. Hosted by the OSU College of Engineering. &
JUNE 6-8, Golden Jubilee 2003, CH2M HILL Alumni Center, OSU Campus. Join other OSU Engineering alumni who graduated 50, 55, 60 or 65 years ago (class years '53, '48, '43, and '38) for an engineering reception from 3 to 4:30 p.m. on Friday, June 6th, and a reception with Dean Ron Adams the morning of the 7th. Visit all departments of the College of Engineering in one location, or sign up for a tour of the College hosted by associate dean Chris Bell (call toll-free 1-877-257-5182, then press 5, or email Gail Mathieson at to reserve a spot). Faculty and students will be on hand to talk about how your college has changed over the last 50 years, and plans for the new building will be on display. For more information about the event, go to
JUNE 15, Commencement
, Reser Stadium. A record number of new OSU engineers will graduate this year, and alumnus James Poirot, former chairman of the board of CH2M HILL will receive an honorary doctorate.

I M P O R T A N T  L I N K S @ OSU Engineering