October 2011

From the Editor

Dear Readers,

Amidst the bustling activities typical of back-to-school time, one event stood out for me—Rally in the Square, a celebration of the new academic year that drew hundreds of beaver fans to downtown Portland. Like many events, the Rally showed the energy and enthusiasm of our engineering students. They were the first to arrive and last to leave. And, throughout the event, they proudly demonstrated the Mars Rover, SAE Formula and Baja cars, the Hinsdale Lab model wave flume, and the work of Engineers Without Borders. Enjoy these images from the day’s event.

The vitality of our students is a direct result of our world-class faculty and the many intellectual stimulations they bring, both as educators and researchers. The fact that our faculty engage in leading-edge research enables them to spark the minds of students with new possibilities. This issue of Momentum! focuses on faculty achievement. Oregon State's College of Engineering is a place of transformation, of innovation, and of impact—and our faculty are the people who make it happen.

Thuy T. Tran
Director of Marketing Communications
Oregon State University, College of Engineering

changing tides

OSU posts record $4M in tech transfer income
When it comes to commercialization, Oregon State shines in its ability to come up with the next big idea. Technology transfer royalties grew a soaring 63 percent in the fiscal year to $4 million, roughly a third of which came from licensing transparent transistors that originated in the College of Engineering. More…

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Von Jouanne's research in wave energy featured in Portland Monthly
An innate skill for tinkering and a passion for swimming came together in perfect formation for Annette Von Jouanne. The electrical engineer and professor is a pioneer in developing devices to harness wave energy. Portland Monthly recently featured her as one of its “12 Oregonians changing our world,” and will host her during an onstage conversation on Oct. 10, 7pm at Portland’s Bagdad Theater. More…

Faculty & Staff
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Award will allow expansion of nanotech safety research programs
Nanotechnology has become a hot topic in medicine, industry, chemical engineering and other fields—and it's Stacey Harper's job to ensure that these extraordinary small particles are also safe. As a result of her work, the assistant professor with a joint appointment in the College of Agricultural Sciences and the College of Engineering has received a five-year, $1.9 million award from the National Institute of Environmental Health Sciences. More…

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University Day honors faculty, staff
Faculty and staff from across OSU received honors at the annual University Day, including Milo Koretsky in the School of Chemical, Biological and Environmental Engineering; Alan Fern in the School of Electrical Engineering and Computer Science; and William Warnes in the School of Mechanical, Industrial and Manufacturing Engineering. More…

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Engineering students, faculty, and staff honored at annual awards ceremony
The College of Engineering honored 12 outstanding individuals at the annual awards breakfast held on Monday, September 19, 2011 at the OSU Memorial Union. View event images here. More…

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Rorrer to lead School of Chemical, Biological and Environmental Engineering
Gregory Rorrer, a professor of the College of Engineering, will lead the School of Chemical, Biological and Environmental Engineering after returning from a two-year appointment with the National Science Foundation in Washington, DC. More…

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Professor appointed to chair National University Consortium
Andrew Klein, professor of nuclear engineering and radiation health physics, has been elected to chair the Idaho National Laboratory's (INL) National University Consortium (NUC). Klein's duties during his two-year term will be to maintain the connection between the NUC schools and INL and to help the laboratory build the research and educational bridges for enhanced participation by NUC faculty, researchers, and students.

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Rochefort wins prestigious AIChE award
Willie E. (Skip) Rochefort, associate professor in the School of Chemical, Biological and Environmental Engineering, has been elected as a Fellow of the American Institute of Chemical Engineers (AIChE), the highest grade of membership. He will receive the award at the 2011 AIChE National Meeting in Minneapolis this month.

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Herman earns Invention of the Year award
Associate Professor Gregory S. Herman from the School of Chemical, Biological and Environmental Engineering has been awarded the 2010 Sharp Laboratories of America, Inc. Invention of the Year. This award was based on research, development and technology transfer related to “Amorphous Oxide Semiconductor Process and Device." This technology will be commercialized by Sharp Corporation at their state-of-the-art liquid crystal display (LCD) panel plant for cutting-edge small and medium size LCD panels. More…

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IT team uses creative programing to save electricity
It can take a lot of will power to save electrical power, and the College of Engineering IT team knows this well. With efforts led by Keith Price and Steve Cleveland, the college has made substantial progress toward reducing electricity use from computer lab workstations. The team has implemented a way to almost completely power off computers while keeping them responsive to student needs, and they have developed special scripts that briefly power-up the workstations during off hours for security patch updates before putting the machines back to sleep.


OSU receives efficiency grant to train students in energy efficiency
The next generation of energy efficiency professionals will have new opportunities to gain hands-on experience and develop industry expertise, thanks to a $1.5 million grant from the U.S. Department of Energy. The grant will fund the Energy Efficiency Center, a 24-year-old program based in the School of Mechanical, Industrial and Manufacturing Engineering that fosters development of new and common efficiency opportunities in industrial, commercial, residential, and other sectors. (See stories in Democrat Herald, Sustainable Business Oregon, and KVAL)

Engineering students honored at college's award ceremony
Three engineering students earned well-deserved recognition at the college's annual awards ceremony. Benjamin Weiss, a 2011 graduate of the School of Mechanical, Industrial and Manufacturing Engineering; Allyson Kitto, a graduate student in the Department of Nuclear Engineering and Radiation Health Physics; and Julie Barlow in the School of Civil and Construction Engineering were honored for their academic, research, or teaching excellence. More…

Club wins Outstanding Student Chapter award
The OSU Chemical, Biological and Environmental Engineering Student Club has received the 2010-2011 Outstanding Student Chapter Award from AIChE. The award is given to only 10 percent of the AIChE Student Chapters in the U.S. (16 out of 165 schools this year). This is the seventh consecutive year that OSU has been honored with the award.


It's a Bright Idea: Seattle Showcase
Come see how OSU is making an impact at an Alumni Association event in Seattle on October 21. The event will feature a presentation titled "Access for All—The Culture of Potties" by Kate Hunter-Zaworski, associate professor in the School of Civil and Construction Engineering and director of the National Center for Accessible Transportation. More…

Stay on the next day for the OSU vs. Washington State pre-game tailgater at Safeco Field. More…


Engineering a better world
The Corvallis Science Pub will feature Jordan Machtelinckx, a civil engineering junior, and Taylor Kavanaugh, a construction engineering management alumnus, who will describe their groups' efforts to bring shelter and clean water to developing countries. The event will be held on Oct. 10 at the Old World Deli. More…

Summer Bridge Program a success
Enroll. Succeed. Graduate. For two years, the Summer Bridge Program has been helping underrepresented students do just that. As part of the Louis Stokes Alliance for Minority Participation, the program's goal is to keep students on track to earn degrees in engineering and science. This year, program coordinator Marleigh Perez was instrumental in assisting the 40 participating students as they learned about academic and career opportunities. (See story in the Oregonian and video on Youtube)

College's Flickr account goes live
It's official. The College of Engineering has opened a Flickr account and ventured into the realm of digital photo sharing. Check out the latest happenings of our students, staff, supporters, and friends here.

Portland event for tech entrepreneurs
Portland Startup Weekend, a 54-hour event aimed at creating an environment where developers, designers and business developers can come together and build a product that can launch a startup, will be held on October 14-16 in the Pearl District. More…

In Memory

Former ASCE president and OSU alumnus James Poirot passes away
One of the country's most respected engineers—James W. Poirot—has passed away. As former president of the American Society of Civil Engineers, an OSU alumnus, and a College of Engineering Hall of Fame honoree, Poirot is recognized worldwide for his leadership in environmental engineering and an early advocacy of sustainable practices. More…

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