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October 2017

From the Dean

Transformative research doesn’t happen in isolation at the College of Engineering. Developing meaningful and mutually beneficial partnerships with academia, industry, national labs, and governmental agencies allows our research to reach further and have broader impact.

In this issue of Momentum, you'll read about our researchers partnering with the Oregon Department of Transportation to make highways safer and to create tools for better transit planning. You'll learn how a partnership with Southern California Gas Co. could help improve the efficiency of hybrid engines for drones. You'll see how we are informing legislators, as with the passing of Senate Bill 90. And you'll get a glimpse of our partnership with Pacific Northwest National Lab to determine if seaweed could someday fuel cars. Together, we're going places!

Go Beavs!

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


Limited, safe truck parking comes at a high cost
An Oregon State University pilot study demonstrates the high cost of not having enough safe places for commercial truck drivers to park and rest. "Around the country, commercial drivers are often unable to find safe and adequate parking to meet hours-of-service regulations," said Salvador Hernandez, assistant professor of civil and construction engineering, and lead author on the study.  More… (see also The TruckerKTVZ, Science Daily, Go By Truck News, Bend Bulletin)

Hagen leads effort to advance drone engine technology
A team led by Chris Hagen, associate professor of energy systems engineering, has developed a hybrid engine prototype that could be an important development in drone technology. More…  (see also US News)

Partnership develops system for better transit planning
A partnership between the College of Engineering and Oregon Department of Transportation will release open-source tools for public transit planners to access ridership information and to determine how well transit networks are functioning. "The main motivation for the project was ODOT and in particular their Rail and Public Transit Division didn't feel they had enough access to ridership data to be able to make informed decisions about funding and improvement projects," said David Porter, professor of industrial and manufacturing engineering. More…

Faculty & Staff

When the Big One hits
In the wake of devastation from the earthquake in Mexico City, Scott Ashford, dean of the College of Engineering, talks about the need to prepare for a Cascadia Subduction Zone earthquake, which could cause even greater damage in the United States. "It will probably be the greatest natural disaster to hit the United States when we get the Big One on Cascadia," said Ashford. More…

Mitigating coastal landslide damage
In an article published in ScienceBen Leshchinsky, assistant professor of civil and construction engineering, and Michael Olsen, associate professor of geomatics, discuss the importance of mitigating coastal landslide damage as landslide activity becomes more frequent and disruptive with severe weather events. More…

Erwig publishes new book
Martin Erwig, professor of computer science, gave a talk at the prestigious Chatham House in London to discuss his new book Once Upon an Algorithm: How Stories Explain Computing. More…

Senate Bill 90 signed with the help of Oregon State University
Senate Bill 90, ceremonially signed by Governor Kate Brown on Sept. 19, transfers information technology security functions of certain state agencies in the executive branch to the state chief information officer, and also calls for the creation of an Oregon Cybersecurity Center of Excellence (CCoE) as a partnership between the state, industry, academia, and other stakeholders. Rakesh Bobba, assistant professor of electrical and computer engineering, and Dave Nevin, chief information security officer, attended the signing, representing a larger group from Oregon State University leading the effort to create and execute the vision for CCoE.

Powering the world with open-ocean wind turbines
Bryony DuPont, assistant professor of mechanical engineering, talks to Newsweek about how wind turbines placed over the open ocean could generate three times as much power as placing them on land. More…

What impact would a North Korea nuclear test have?
Kathryn Higley, head of the School of Nuclear Science and Engineering, discusses the potential radiation threat from a North Korea nuclear test in an interview with KATU News. More…

A bipedal robot for a human environment
Cassie, the bipedal robot designed by Oregon State University spin-off Agility Robotics, was recently featured in a Wired article as part of a series called "HardWIRED: Welcome to the Robotics of the Future." Jonathan Hurst, associate professor of robotics, chief technology officer of Agility Robotics, and core faculty member of Collaborative Robotics and Intelligent Systems (CoRIS) Institute, discusses how Cassie was designed to function in a human environment. More…


Student wins Adobe Research Women-in-Technology Scholarship
Alannah Oleson, an undergraduate student in computer science, was one of a handful of students worldwide to win the Adobe Research Women-in-Technology scholarship. The scholarship acknowledges women who are improving technology and have demonstrated outreach for their community. More…

University Student Launch Initiative team selected for NASA competition
The Oregon State University Student Launch Initiative team has been selected as one of two teams to represent the Northwest in NASA's largest educational outreach competition in Huntsville, Alabama in April. More…


Merrill recognized as Future Leader of Manufacturing
Industrial engineering alumna Kathryn Merrill '15 was selected as one of Manufacturing Engineering's 30 Under 30, recognizing her potential as a future leader in manufacturing. More…


Turkan receives NSF award
Yelda Turkan, assistant professor of civil and construction engineering, received an award from the National Science Foundation for "Collaborative Research: Transforming Teaching Of Structural Analysis through Mobile Augmented Reality." More…

Seaweed-fueled cars may be possible
Solomon Yim and Daniel Cox, both professors of civil and construction engineering, are leading Oregon State University's role in a new $2 million study led by the Pacific Northwest National Laboratory looking to develop technology that could fuel cars. Oregon State will test the survivability of macro-algae systems subjected to extreme ocean climates using the O.H. Hinsdale Wave Research Laboratory.  More…


Engineering faculty contribute to ATAMI success
The Advanced Technology and Manufacturing Institute located on the HP campus is a hub of innovation featuring new start-ups and established companies. Several professors from the College of Engineering will join Brian Paul, professor of advanced manufacturing, in moving to the ATAMI building. More…

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