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November 2013

From the Dean

Collaboration is a key component to the work we do at the College of Engineering. Across disciplines, colleges, and industries, we partner with researchers and practitioners alike to strengthen our impact and relevance. Take, for example, the work of Nuclear Engineering Professor José Reyes, who is collaborating with NuScale Power to advance next-generation reactors that could significantly improve the safety and performance over conventional reactors.

Or read about the new graduate program in the School of Mechanical, Industrial, and Manufacturing Engineering that bridges the gap between higher education and the private sector. Or take note of the Collaboratory project in the School of Electrical Engineering and Computer Science. One recent effort of the project brought together the science of programming and the art of dance and music.

Collaboration generates more — more ideas and opportunities. By connecting with our stakeholders and supporters, we achieve more than we could alone. Thank you for being a part of the College of Engineering.

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

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An innovative way to treat ovarian cancer
Scientists at Oregon State University are turning to nanotechnology to more effectively treat ovarian cancer. Read more in Phys.org, Portland Business Journal, KGW, and Fierce Drug Delivery.

changing tides

Cascadia Lifelines Program to aid earthquake preparation
The School of Civil and Construction Engineering entered into a partnership with government entities and private industry to improve critical infrastructure performance in preparation for a major earthquake on the Cascadia subduction zone. Read more in KVAL and KMTR.


Endowed researcher earns Deep Foundations Institute award
Armin Stuedlein, the Loosley Faculty Scholar and assistant professor of geotechnical engineering, received the 2013 Young Professor Paper Competition from the DPI Educational Trust. More…

The evolution of the Supercomputing Conference
Cherri Pancake in the School of Electrical Engineering and Computer Science reflects on the 25th anniversary of the Supercomputing Conference. More…

Staben receives 'Our Hero' award
Mark Staben, the web and multimedia coordinator for the College of Engineering, was recognized with the 'Our Hero' award by the Professional Faculty Leadership Association. His nominees cited his superb technical expertise and customer service. More…


Oregon State grad helps fuel PDX tech boom
Brad Heller ('09 Computer Science) is on the cutting edge of Portland's burgeoning tech sector as the director of engineering for Cloudability, a start-up that lets companies monitor, manage, and communicate cloud costs with one easy tool. More…


NuScale thinks small to improve reactor safety
Nuclear Engineering Professor José Reyes was featured in the New York Times for his work with NuScale Power, a venture created through an OSU technology transfer agreement that is developing smaller, safer reactors.


Getting oriented
The College of Engineering's Information Technology team helped hundreds of first-year and transfer students get their computers ready for the new school year. More…

Dancing to a different beat
A team of three Oregon State students in the School of Electrical Engineering and Computer Science partnered with the Utah Ballroom Dance Company to develop a light-up dance suit that can be controlled wirelessly by a computer — the latest effort of the school's Collaboratory program. Read more here and watch a video of the dance suit here.

Engineering students take honors at AIChE
The College of Engineering was well represented at the 2013 AIChE Annual Student Conference, with Colin Dickens taking first place in the paper competition and five students earning awards in the poster competition.


From the classroom to the boardroom
The School of Mechanical, Industrial, and Manufacturing Engineering has launched a new collaborative graduate program that brings together classroom and industry experience. More…


Arts and engineering lecture series
As part of a new interdisciplinary initiative between arts and engineering on the Oregon State campus, the college will be hosting a visiting artist lecture in November:

  • Joel Slayton, artist, writer, educator, and executive director of the Zero 1 art and technology network, will give a public lecture on Thursday, November 21, 6-7 p.m. Location: LaSells Stewart Center. Contact 541-737-6535 for additional details.

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