November 2011

From the Editor

Dear Readers,

The College of Engineering is beginning a new era of growth and change. While institutions all over the country struggle under economic pressures, Oregon State University is in the midst of an aggressive hiring phase.

This enviable position is made possible by incredibly strong support from our alumni and industry partners, our record-breaking performance in obtaining research grants and contracts, and the continued earning of licensing fees and royalties on Oregon State-invented technologies.

As a testament to the strength of our engineering programs, a large percentage of the university’s new faculty positions are allocated to the College of Engineering.

Within a year, we're hiring a total of 25 world-class engineering faculty who offer diverse and exciting research credentials and have the ability to significantly enhance our academic programs. This is a remarkable growth rate for any engineering school in the United States.

You can help us achieve our vision of becoming one of the nation’s top-ranked engineering schools by spreading the word among your professional network that we’re seeking innovative researchers and talented educators.

And keep reading to stay up to date on the amazing impact our faculty, students, and alumni are already making around the world.


Thuy T. Tran
Director of Marketing Communications
Oregon State University, College of Engineering

changing tides

New lab focuses on materials constructability and performance
How long will this bridge last? That's just one of the questions that could be answered through research in the newly dedicated Kiewit Materials Performance Lab. The lab, made possible through partnerships with the construction industry, gives researchers the ability to evaluate materials for constructability and performance. More…

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Unifying method explains electronegativity
Ever since Linus Pauling described the concept of electronegativity almost 80 years ago, students and scientists alike have struggled to fully understand it. That will all change now that researchers have developed a unifying method to describe how this fundamental concept in chemistry really works. See the whole story in PhysOrg, EScienceNews, ScienceDaily, or R&D.

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Using LIDAR to improve highways and buildings
On-the-spot landslide diagnosis and 3-dimensional disaster mapping are just two of the ways Assistant Professor Michael Olsen applies LIDAR (light detecting and ranging) technology to provide valuable data that helps engineers improve their construction techniques. (See stories in Our Amazing Planet and Space Daily).

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Making roads safer for bicyclists
It's probably not surprising that in America's No. 1 city for bicycle commuting, scientists would think to include bicycles in their research on transportation design and safety. So far, Oregon State engineers are the only ones to do so. New traffic simulators allow researchers to test their designs before they're built. More…

Faculty & Staff
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Nine faculty join the college
As part of its short-term plans to increase faculty numbers by 25, the college has recently welcomed nine engineers, who are filling positions in each of the five schools and departments. We expect great things from these bright and talented engineers. More…


SpaceX intern goes above and beyond
After graduation, Taj Morton has a job at a space exploration technology corporation called SpaceX waiting for him, if he wants it. He earned it through exceptional performance on the flight software development team for SpaceX's Dragon spacecraft this summer. More…

Oregon State grads enjoy high mid-career salaries
Oregon State graduates top the mid-career median pay scale compared to 12 other Oregon universities, according to a recent report. The university came in second on return on investment over a 30-year career, with engineering and science degrees accounting for the strong showing. More…


DiLoreto installed as ASCE president
Gregory E. DiLoreto ('76, civil engineering), chief executive officer of the Tualatin Valley Water District near Portland, Ore., will assume duties as president of the American Society of Civil Engineers (ASCE) in fall 2012. More…

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Linus Pauling Science Center dedicated
A newly constructed $62.5 million research and educational building that houses Oregon State's Department of Chemistry and the re-energized Linus Pauling Institute was named to honor two-time Nobel Prize winner Linus Pauling ('22, chemical engineering). More…


Forging a sustainable relationship with Iraq
Catherine Mater ('84, MS civil engineering), sustainability programs director for the College of Engineering, discussed how Oregon State can support Iraq's push toward green technology during a recent Portland visit with representatives of the National U.S.-Arab Chamber of Commerce. Mater leads the effort to strengthen ties between the countries and promote innovative, sustainable engineering practices. More…

Promoting strong industry relations
Ron Adams, newly appointed executive associate vice president for research at Oregon State and former College of Engineering dean, talked to the Portland Business Journal about the university's goals for bringing new technologies to market. More…

Navigating the wave energy planning process
Wave energy installations off the Pacific coast could bring thousands of jobs to Oregon, but numerous details must be worked out among planners and concerned community members before they can be built. More…


Partnership with Tau Science supports solar research
Engineering students are benefiting from a partnership with Tau Science of Beaverton, Ore. Students are using the beta version of their new product, Flash QE, to study quantum efficiency in solar cells. More…

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Solar start-up releases first two products
Azuray Technologies, an Oregon-based solar technology company co-founded by Terri Fiez, head of the School of Electrical Engineering and Computer Science, announced two new products this month. The products promise to boost solar cell power. More…

Making a Difference

Intern helping to build libraries in Botswana
Through a nonprofit family foundation, Robert ('65, electrical engineering) and Sara Rothschild are giving engineering students an opportunity to learn while gaining valuable work experience and impacting global culture. Brad Rose, a senior majoring in civil engineering with an option in environmental engineering, was the first student to participate in the Rothchilds' new internship program. More…

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Retired alum makes wooden toys for disadvantaged children
Jack Waterman ('56, industrial engineering) is now spending his retirement years applying his engineering training and experience to producing handcrafted wooden toys for disadvantaged children in the United States and abroad. More…

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