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October 2013

From the Dean

Dean Woods

Fall term has officially started, and the College of Engineering is full of energy. I love this time of year. It's a chance to look ahead with renewed focus and enthusiasm. And it's a reminder of why we are here — to provide excellent academic and research programs that benefit our students, our communities, and the economy.

Whether you are a student or faculty, an alum or friend, we are proud to have you a part of the College of Engineering and even more proud of your successes. This issue of Momentum showcases a few of those successes. You can read about a former student who designed a computer program to help blind people learn yoga, or about new advances in electronics that could make silicon obsolete. We are also excited to host two new lectures that celebrate the arts and engineering. I invite you to read on and learn more about your College of Engineering.

Here's to a good year!

Best wishes,

Sandra L. Woods
Dean, College of Engineering
Oregon State University

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Electronics move closer to a world beyond silicon
Silicon's days may be numbered. Researchers have made a significant advance in the function of metal-insulator-metal diodes that could achieve the extraordinary speed envisioned in some future electronics applications. Read more in Phys.org, Engadget, Electronics Weekly, the Verge, and Science Blog.

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Tracking honeybees with wireless sensors
Arun Natarajan, an assistant professor in the computer science department, is using miniature wireless sensors to track bumblebees and understand why they are disappearing. Read more in the Portland Tribune, KEZI, KGW, NBC Seattle, KEXPrecision Ag, and AgProfessional.

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Getting robots to walk
Jonathan Hurst in the School of Mechanical, Industrial, and Manufacturing Engineering is heading up a team of researchers to try and make robots walk like humans. More…

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Nuclear engineering photo makes National Geographic
A photo of the Laser Imaging of Fluids and Thermal Lab in the Department of Nuclear Engineering and Radiation Health Physics made National Geographic's Your Shot. The unedited photo was taken by Casey Mills, public information specialist for the department.

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How personal is personalization?
Emeritus computer science faculty Bruce D'Ambrosio discusses the evolution and finer points of personalization within the retail and e-commerce sectors.

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Fun run benefits OSU's Multiple Sclerosis Exercise Program
Rachel Robertson
, the strategic communications coordinator in the School of Electrical Engineering and Computer Science, organized a charity run on behalf of her sister, who was diagnosed with multiple sclerosis two years ago. More…

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Bioreactor research earns award, nod from Senator Wyden
U.S. Senator Ron Wyden congratulated Oregon State University on receiving $630,867 from the Department of Energy's Advanced Research Projects Agency — Energy to conduct research on a bioreactor that could provide a low cost and faster way to fuel our nation's transportation system. More…

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A plan to build better machines
Engineering graduate student Tim Foglesong is undertaking a two-year sponsored research project to improve the machinery at A&K Development, a company that designs and manufactures equipment for the food processing and agricultural industries. His project is part of a bigger emphasis on cooperative research with industry, said John Parmigiani, an assistant professor and director of industry research and outreach at the School of Mechanical, Industrial, and Manufacturing Engineering. Read more in the Register-Guard and Fresh Plaza.

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Incoming freshman arrives with prestigious Buick Achievers Scholarship
First-year engineering student Ryan Rogers received the prestigious Buick Achievers National Scholarship. Awarded to only 100 students across the country, the $25,000 annual scholarship is aimed at promising engineering students. More...

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Chemical engineering student chapter earns award
Oregon State's chapter of AIChE has been selected as one of only 16 Outstanding Student Chapters in the country. This is the ninth consecutive year that OSU has been selected for the award. AIChE is a professional association that provides leadership in advancing the chemical engineering profession.

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Oregon State students move in
First-year students swarmed the Oregon State campus last week during moving day 2013. Steven Ruzicka, a freshman in the College of Engineering, was one of those students.  See photos of Steven's experience here. Read more about move-in day in the Gazette Times, KVAL and KEZI

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Energy Efficiency Center receives grant
The student-operated Energy Efficiency Center received a collective grant to test and improve energy efficiency practices at server farms and data centers. More…

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Student inspires with passion for STEM education
Savannah Loberger may be new to the College of Engineering, but she comes with an impressive list of accomplishments, including a former intern at Intel and founder of Girls Get IT!, a STEM (Science, Technology, Engineering, and Math) summer camp for girls. More...

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Alumnus develops program to help the blind
Kyle Rector ('10 B.S. Electrical and Computer Engineering, B.S. Computer Science) developed a love of computer science while working with Professor Margaret Burnett at Oregon State and has since written a computer program that enables blind people to learn yoga from a computer. More…

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Making computer science more appealing
The School of Electrical Engineering and Computer Science together with the Women & Minorities in Engineering Program have partnered with the National Center for Women & Information Technology. The partnership aims to recruit and retain women in computer science while providing diversity mentoring for faculty, among other goals. In a related effort, Margaret Burnett in the School of Electrical Engineering and Computer Science is helping to make computer programing more accessible among young women through game-based computing education. More…

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Oregon State boosts Open Source Lab by bringing it into academic fold
Open Source Lab is getting a major promotion by moving from a services role within the university into an academic department as part of the School of Electrical Engineering and Computer Science. Read more in Businessweek and Oregonlive.com.

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Arts and engineering lecture series
As part of a new partnership between arts and engineering on the Oregon State campus, the college will be hosting two visiting artist lectures:

  • Shona Kitchen, acclaimed multidisciplinary artist and designer, will give a public lecture on technology and the artistic process in Owen Hall, Room 102, October 10, from 6-7 p.m.
  • Ruth West, an interdisciplinary artist-researcher will discuss art, science, and data-driven experiences on October 24 in Owen Hall, Room 102 from 6-7 p.m.

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