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November 2016

From the Dean

We are halfway through fall term of the 2016-2017 academic year, and we continue to make strides through impactful research and education. Our vision to Create a Better Future isn't something we simply say — it's something we act on, and this newsletter is filled with examples of our vision in action.

In this issue of Momentum!, you'll read about research to help people with type 1 diabetes monitor glucose levels automatically and continuously through a transparent sensor in a contact lens. You'll also read about entrepreneurial students starting their own business and students traveling abroad on humanitarian missions.

I hope you share with me a strong sense of pride in our College of Engineering when you learn about the far-reaching impact of our efforts — from Oregon to Uganda and many places in between.

Go Beavs!

Scott A. Ashford, Ph.D.
('83 Oregon State, Civil Engineering)
Kearney Professor and Dean
College of Engineering
Oregon State University


Graduate Research Showcase
The 2017 Graduate Research Showcase will take place on Friday, Feb. 17 from 1-4 p.m. at the CH2M HILL Alumni Center on the Oregon State University campus. Join nearly 300 graduate students as they present their research, and learn how the College of Engineering is working to find innovative solutions to problems facing the world and to create a better future. More…


A new, needle-less way to measure glucose
Monitoring glucose could become painless as a result of research led by Greg Herman, professor of chemical engineering. Herman has fabricated a sensor embedded in a contact lens that can check glucose levels in the eye’s tear fluid. The system will even be able to trigger a wearable pump to deliver the appropriate dose of insulin. Watch more here and here. Read more here, here, and here.

Beyond Encryption
Cybersecurity researchers, Mike Rosulek and Attila Yavuz, both assistant professors of computer science, have invented new techniques to keep data secure. Unencrypted data is vulnerable to attack, so their methods allow data owners to perform operations on encrypted data without leaking critical information. More…

Faculty & Staff

College of Engineering honors excellence at annual breakfast
The College of Engineering honored outstanding achievement by its faculty and staff at the September 20 Celebrate Excellence breakfast. The 2016 award recipients are: Adam Higgins, Austin Paul Engineering Faculty Award; Jens Odegaard, Classified Employee Award; Elisha Brackett, Professional Faculty Award; Kagan Tumer, Research Award; Sinisa Todorovic, Research Collaboration Award; Arun Natarajan, Engelbrecht Young Faculty Award, Skip Rochefort, Alumni Professor Award; Benjamin Brewster, Loyd Carter Award; Katarina Morowsky, Graduate Teaching Assistant Award; and Yang Xu and Nitish Kumar, Graduate Research Assistant Award. More…

Cascadia fault
Dan Cox, professor of coastal and ocean engineering, talks about the impact a Cascadia Subduction Zone earthquake and tsunami could have on coastal towns in an episode of TECHKNOW. Watch…

The future of Open Source at OSU
Lance Albertson, director of the Open Source Lab (OSL), talks about the future of OSL and the mentoring and experience students get from their involvement with OSL during an interview on DellEMC Live. Watch…


Bartmess honored by the Alumni Association
College of Engineering alumnus Andy Bartmess ’82 was honored by the Alumni Association during the Oct. 29 Homecoming football game. Bartmess, president and co-owner of Dawson Forte Cashmere, was named the alumni fellow of the University Honors College. More…


Aerial photography business takes flight
Oregon State Computer science student Quinn Poland and Willamette University student Mike Rhine have recently been cleared by the Federal Aviation Administration to proceed with Exos Aerial Imaging, an aerial photography company the two students co-founded. More…

Better soap for better lives
Humanitarian engineering students Briannna Goodwin, Grace Burleson, and Brian Butcher embarked on a soap-making project in partnership with nonprofit TERREWODE to improve the lives of women in Uganda. More…

Engineers Without Borders build biosand water filters
The Engineers Without Borders student club built and tested biosand water filters during a recent workshop. The filters have the potential to reduce dangerous bacteria in water, and supports much of the work the club does in providing overseas communities with safe water. More…


Coming soon — Engineering Out Loud
The College of Engineering’s brand new podcast, Engineering Out Loud, will be launching soon. The first season takes a deep look into research that relies on data science and engineering, including bird song identification, underwater robots, drone-mounted radiation detectors, tsunami evacuation routes, and much more. Stay tuned for ways to listen and subscribe.

Federal government urged to use Oregon for wave test center
Four U.S. Senators in the Pacific Northwest are vying for up to $40 million of federal funds to build the nation’s first grid-connected wave energy test center in Oregon, fronted by the Northwest National Marine Renewable Energy Center (NNMREC). Oregon State University, a NNMREC partner, could contribute substantial wave energy expertise to such a test center. More…

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