November 2007
Controlled Bridge-Breaking: All in the Cause of Public Safety
On the O.H. Hinsdale Wave Research Lab's Strong Floor earlier this month, CCE professor Chris Higgins and his research group set about breaking a pair of massive steel connecting plates used in bridge construction. Their purpose? To demonstrate the viability of a new method for evaluating highway bridge safety. The approach they're developing, says Higgins, can be used to avert another tragedy like the 2007 Minneapolis bridge collapse. More…
ME Student Team Gets Gold at Int'l Design Contest
Earlier this month, four members of the OSU-ASME student chapter - Brandon Conroy, Sebastian Immel, Raschelle Barkume and Shaylynn Allen - beat out the competition from around the globe to win this year's international ASME student design contest. The 2010 challenge was to design and build an autonomous system for sorting commingled recyclable materials. More…
CCE Prof Honored for "Superstar Role" in State Seismic Risk Project
CCE professor and seismic safety expert Tom Miller has been named 2010 Government Engineer of the Year by the Oregon section of the American Society of Civil Engineers. Miller’s 2006 seismic vulnerability survey of 1,075 public buildings in Western Oregon - and identification of those most likely to collapse - led to Oregon's 2009 investment in public building upgrades. More…
State Board OKs Engineering Degree at OSU-Cascades.
A new OSU energy engineering management degree program that has been two years in the making was recently approved by the State Board of Higher Education. Designed by faculty from both the Corvallis and Bend campuses, and with input from Central Oregon engineering companies and economic development interests, the program is part of the School of MIME but will be delivered entirely at OSU-Cascades. More…
CoE Graduate Named ASCE Engineer of the Year
For his substantial contributions to the field of water resources engineering, the Oregon section of the American Society of Civil Engineers has named OSU alumnus Jeffrey B. Bradley, P.E., the 2010 Engineer of the Year. Bradley, founder and president of water resources engineering firm WEST Consultants, Inc., earned both his BS and MS degrees at Oregon State ('75, '77) and holds a PhD from Colorado State University. More…
Making a Difference
New Video Blog Offers Inside Scoop on CoE
To help dispel stereotypes about engineering students while also getting the word out about CoE resources and programs, the OSU Women and Minorities in Engineering program has initiated a video blog series called iCassie. These fast-paced, high-energy video shorts - being posted on the CoE Facebook page - feature Cassie Loren, a BioE sophomore, pre-med student, COE Ambassador, and member of the University Honors College. Justin Chi, a sophomore in ChE, is the series videographer. Check out the results here.
Is it a Bird? A Plane? No, It's a Flying Pumpkin!
A post-Halloween “Pumpkin Chunkin’” gala staged by the OSU student chapter of the American Society of Mechanical Engineers drew an all-ages community cheering squad, generous in its applause even when the orange missiles faltered at the starting block. Pumpkin chunkin’ has become a worldwide pursuit, and OSU students are in their second year of holding their own miniature version of the competition. More…
Making a Difference
OSU Signs On to Promote Sustainable Engineering in Iraq
The state of Oregon and Oregon State University have signed a five-year agreement with Iraq to help its universities develop sustainable engineering and design programs. The agreement doesn’t benefit just Iraq; exchange opportunities for OSU faculty and students are also part of the deal. Read more here; listen to an OPB “Think Out Loud” segment on the agreement here.
CoE Student Club Honored for International Service
For their ingenuity and contribution to local water catchment systems in rural El Salvador and Kenya, the OSU student chapter of Engineers Without Borders was awarded a $2000 "Outstanding Chapter Award" at the EWB West Coast Regional Workshop in October. A global service organization, EWB supports the use of sustainable engineering and appropriate technology to promote community ownership and development in rural areas worldwide. More…
Making a Difference
$250K Gift Supports CoE Program Launch in Central Oregon
Oregon State University-Cascades recently received a $250,000 gift to establish the first endowed faculty position at the Bend campus. A charitable trust operated by the owners of BendBroadband made the donation with the goal of launching the College of Engineering’s new Energy Engineering Management degree program (see “Programs” section above). More…
Making a Difference
Innovative Lab Consortium Shows Off BEST Work
What happens when you mix university researchers with industry partners to develop their best ideas around sustainability and bring them to market? A faster way to manufacture solar cells and a way to transform low-grade timber into a strong building material are just two of the accomplishments that the Oregon Built Environment & Sustainable Technologies (BEST) laboratories have pulled off in the last few years. More…
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"The nation of Iraq can begin to train their own engineers in sustainable growth and development...and Oregon students and faculty get on-the-ground training, strengthening their base of knowledge, planning and implementation."

—Oregon governor Ted Kulongoski, commenting on new partnership between Oregon, OSU, and Iraq (see "International" section of this issue). This pact marks the first time a U.S. state or university has entered an agreement with the government of Iraq

Tues, Nov. 30. American Landscapes: OSU Band Concert. 7:30 pm, LaSells Stewart Center, OSU Campus. Concert features premier performance of “…as an Autumn Mosaic,” composed by OSU Director of Bands and Wind Ensemble conductor Christopher Chapman as a musical tribute to the life of Karena Dokken, an ME-music double major at OSU (and clarinetist in the Wind Ensemble) who died earlier this year following a difficult and courageous struggle with cancer (see Feb. 2010 Momentum).