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November 2017

From the Dean

College of Engineering faculty, students, and alumni are being recognized for their work – not only on campus and locally, but around the world.

In this issue of Momentum, you'll read about faculty receiving international research paper awards and memberships to prestigious professional organizations. You'll find stories about alumni being inducted into the Engineering and Science Hall of Fame and awarded the Dalton Medal in Hydrological Sciences. You'll also learn about faculty members receiving grants from Visa and the Department of Energy, and research helping to make our roads safer for drivers.

I am proud of the work we have accomplished and pleased to see our community being honored.

Go Beavs!

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


Traffic signal countdown timers lead to improved driver responses
A study led by David Hurwitz, associate professor of transportation engineering, suggests the presence of green signal countdown timers may contribute to improved intersection safety in the U.S. More… (see also Gazette-Times)

Faculty & Staff

Dig's research group secures fourth research paper award
Danny Dig and Anita Sarma, associate professors of computer science, along with former students Nicholas Nelson and Shane McKee, received the ACM SIGPLAN Outstanding Artifact Award for a research paper at the Object-Oriented Programming, Systems, Languages and Applications conference. This is the fourth international research award Dig's group has received this year.

Gibbons named IEEE senior member
Brady Gibbons, associate professor of materials science, has been elevated to senior member of the Institute of Electrial and Electronics Engineers. Senior membership is bestowed upon those who have made significant contributions to the profession.

Albertson recognized with Cascadia Community Builder Award
Lance Albertson, director of the Open Source Lab, was presented with the Cascadia Community Builder Award. The award recognizes an individual who has made significant contributions to the free software movement in the Cascadia region. More…

OnBoard Dynamics partners with Canadian manufacturer
OnBoard Dynamics, which was founded by Chris Hagen, associate professor of energy systems engineering, to commercialize self-compressing engine technology, has a multimillion-dollar agreement with Canadian manufacturer Linamar, which will produce the mobile compressed natural gas refueling unit that OnBoard developed in Bend. The funding will provide working capital to speed up product testing and set up a large-scale assembly process. More…

Strickland appointed director of strategic engagement
Kirstin Strickland joined the College of Engineering in October as the director of strategic engagement. With nearly 15 years of experience in university relations, fundraising, business development, and marketing communications within higher education, she will work closely with the college leadership to develop a strategy that nurtures relationships with alumni, volunteers, and other external groups. More…

Expanding I-5 to relieve congestion
David Hurwitz, associate professor of transportation engineering, believes a proposed expansion of I-5 to include auxiliary lanes will improve safety and congestion, but may only provide a short-term fix. More…


Decker inducted to Engineering and Science Hall of Fame
Elmond Decker '51, inventor, educator, and a member of Oregon State's Engineering Hall of Fame, will be inducted into the Engineering and Science Hall of Fame for contributions in electrical signal technology. More…

Katul awarded Dalton Medal in Hydrological Sciences
Gabriel Katul '90, Theodore S. Coile Professor of Hydrology and Micrometeorology at Duke University's Nicholas School of the Environment, has been named the recipient of the 2018 Dalton Medal in Hydrological Sciences. The Dalton Medal is awarded annually in recognition to contributions in hydrological research. More…


Rond joins Top 40 Under 40 Military Class of 2017
Jesse Rond
, a robotics graduate student, was honored as part of the Top 40 Under 40 Military Class of 2017, recognized as a top performing service member who serves or has served in the U.S Armed Forces. More…


Rosulek receives Visa research award
Mike Rosulek, assistant professor of computer science, received a Visa Faculty Research Award to advance methods of customer privacy and fraud detection. More…

Fan and Paul receive Department of Energy award
Zhaoyan Fan, assistant professor of mechanical engineering, and Brian Paul, professor of manufacturing engineering, have been awarded $300,000 from the Department of Energy's Nuclear Energy University Programfor a project titled "Advancements towards ASME nuclear code case for compact heat exchangers (CHE)."

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