November 2007
OSU Student Joins International Research Team
On the invitation of BIOPROTA ( an international forum for the assessment of radioactive contaminants), radiation health physics PhD candidate David Bytwerk traveled to Paris last month to discuss long-term impacts of Chlorine-36 releases from radioactive waste with a group of scientists from European government agencies and private firms. The only student invited to attend this meeting, Bytwerk was also asked to join the BIOPROTA group in a collaborative research project comparing different bio-uptake models for predicting how radioactive contaminants move from groundwater to grain and, ultimately, into humans.
Collaborative Project Assesses Human–Natural System Interactions
BEE department head John Bolte is the OSU lead on a four-year, $1.4-million research collaboration with the University of Oregon aimed at reducing wildfire hazard and the loss of imperiled ecosystems by exploring the joint effects of climate and land use changes in the Willamette Valley. One goal of this NSF-funded project is to explore whether restoring historic oak savanna and prairie can be used as a successful defense against catastrophic wildfires. Read more...
Six Nominations Yield Six Awards for OSU AIChE
Six OSU nominations were submitted this year for American Institute of Chemical Engineering student awards—and all six nominees were selected! Congratulations to Anna Putnam (2008 Donald Othmer Senior Scholarship Award), Kari Varin (John J. McKetta Undergraduate Scholarship), Staci Van Norman (Minority Affairs Scholarship), Paul Dornath (Donald Othmer Sophomore Award), Bader Absoulad (Freshman Award), and the OSU CBEE Student Chapter for winning the Outstanding Student Chapter Award for the 4th year in a row! The awards were presented at the November 2008 AIChE annual meeting and centennial celebration in Philadelphia.
Documentary Featuring CCE Prof Premieres in Portland
The Politics of Sand, a film about House Bill 1601 (now known as The Beach Bill), which secured permanent public access to Oregon’s ocean shoreline, opened in Portland on Nov. 14 as part of the 2008 NW Film & Video Festival. The film includes an interview with CCE professor Robert Schultz, a member of the OSU research team whose scientific work supported the bill. The film will become a permanent display at the Cannon Beach History Center and Museum in February, coinciding with Oregon’s sesquicentennial celebration. Read more…
CoE Hires Sustainability Programs Director
The College of Engineering has named Catherine Mater (MSCE 1984)—president of Mater Engineering in Corvallis and a prominent expert in sustainable forestry and conservation issues—as the new director of sustainability programs. This initiative is designed to coordinate and expand sustainable construction and engineering concepts throughout the college’s curriculum, collaborative research, and outreach efforts. More...
Lecture series examines CO2 sequestration options
OSU’s Subsurface Biosphere Strategic (SBI) Initiative sponsored a Fall 2008 lecture series on the geologic sequestration of carbon dioxide. Permanent storage of CO2 captured from power plants and other sources in deep underground geologic formations provides one of the most promising, immediate solutions for slowing down atmospheric buildup of greenhouse gases. Organized by CBEE assistant professor Dorthe Wildenschild, the SBI lectures were presented by world-renowned leaders in their respective fields. View a full list of speakers and topics here…
OSU delegation makes October visit to South Korea
OSU Provost Sabah Randhawa and CoE Associate Dean Chris Bell traveled to Seoul last month for meetings with several South Korean university leaders, including Korean Aerospace University President Dr. Junku Yuh (PhD ME, OSU), Information and Communications University Interim President Dr. Hyuck Jae Lee (PhD EE, OSU), and Dankook University President Dr. Hosung Chang (PhD EE, OSU). The OSU delegation (which also included Alumni Association Director Jeff Todd and International Admissions Director Julie Walkin) hosted a reception for parents of current OSU students and attended the Korean OSU Alumni Association annual dinner.
New scholarship honors NERHP alum
The Department of Nuclear Engineering and Radiation Health Physics has endowed a scholarship in honor of OSU alumnus Lieutenant Jeffrey Ammon (BSNE 2001), who on May 20, 2008 was killed by a roadside bomb while on tour in Afghanistan. The need-based Lieutenant Jeffrey Ammon Scholarship will be awarded each year to one NE or RHP student for academic achievement and service to our country. Read more…
College of Engineering fundraising passes $100 million!
Last month, the College of Engineering became the first OSU unit to reach the $100 million mark in The Campaign for OSU. This milestone was achieved through the generosity of more than 7,400 donors and puts the College well on its way to achieving its final campaign goal of $138 million–the largest for any OSU fundraising unit.
Invest in OSU Engineering with Your IRA
Thanks to recent legislation extending the IRA Charitable Rollover, donors 70 ½ years of age or older can move up to $100,000 per year per person from their IRA directly to a charity without paying income tax on the money. Learn more about making an investment in OSU through your IRA here.
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"We are very fortunate to have so many alumni and friends who believe in our vision and have such passion for the opportunities we are creating."

Dean Ron Adams, expressing thanks on behalf of the CoE and College Advisory Board to all who have helped the College reach its $100 million mark in the Campaign for OSU.

December 4: ME 382 Design Contest—“Mars Rocks!” 6 pm, Milam Auditorium. This year’s ASME Student Design Competition Challenge is to design and build the prototype for a vehicle that might be used by NASA to retrieve rock samples from the Martian landscape. Come see how OSU ME juniors have solved this problem. Free and open to the public with a special invitation extended to students in grades K-12 and their families.