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September 2012

From the Dean

To our alumni and friends:

I have been back at Oregon State for about a month. During that time, I have enjoyed meeting many new people and renewing acquaintances with old friends and colleagues. I have met excellent young faculty members who are starting their programs and others who have long, established careers at Oregon State. And I have had the pleasure of connecting with our alumni — individuals who have made a lasting impact through their careers. This is simply a great college with excellent people!

My responsibility as dean is to help our faculty and staff succeed — to make it easier for them to develop programs for our students or expand their research efforts. I will measure my performance as dean by the achievements of our faculty, staff, and students. Many new faculty will join us this fall, and searches for additional positions will begin soon. We will add staff to help coordinate and build academic and research programs while continuing to invest in excellence. Throughout the process of strengthening and growing our college, I will keep you posted on our progress!

This is one of my favorite times of year. We are preparing to welcome new and returning students to campus. I hope to have an opportunity to welcome our alumni to campus as well — please visit!

Best wishes,

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

changing tides

Researchers land $2 million NSF grant for diatom-based photosynthetic biorefinery
The School of Chemical, Biological, and Environmental Engineering (CBEE) at Oregon State University has received a $2 million National Science Foundation Emerging Frontiers in Research and Innovation grant to develop new concepts for the photosynthetic biorefinery. The lead principal investigator on the four-year project is Greg Rorrer, professor of chemical engineering and head of the School of CBEE. Co-investigators include Christine Kelly, associate professor in the School of CBEE; Antonio Torres, associate professor in the Department of Food Science and Technology; and Bettye Maddux, adjunct professor in the Department of Chemistry. More…

inkjet solar panels

Wave energy test facility begins operation in Oregon
The deployment of the Ocean Sentinel made national headlines in CNBC, Businessweek, the New York Times, and other media outlets as a major advancement in wave energy. The $1.5 million device, developed by the Northwest National Marine Renewable Energy Center at Oregon State University, is one of the first public wave energy testing systems in the United States.

inkjet solar panels

Microwave energy holds promise in solar cell development
Greg Herman, associate professor in the School of Chemical, Biological, and Environmental Engineering, has developed a new way to use microwave heating to synthesize copper zinc tin sulfide nanoparticle inks. These nanoparticle inks could significantly reduce solar cell manufacturing expenses through low-cost materials and printing technologies. More…


Engineers Without Borders returns from Kenya
The Oregon State chapter of Engineers Without Borders wrapped up a successful implementation trip for a water project in Lela, Kenya, where a team of five students and one technical mentor oversaw the construction of a much-needed well and rainwater catchment system. More…

Student wins first place in national lab poster competition
Brendan Flynn, a chemical engineering graduate student, won first place in the EMSL Integration 2012 student poster competition held at Pacific Northwest National Laboratory. More…


Wave test facility is topic of forums
Community forums were held in Newport, Reedsport, and Coos Bay, Ore. in August to discuss possible locations for a wave energy testing facility. More…


Alumnus launched successful venture for cyclists
Cullen King ('10 Computer Science) and his partner Zack Ham, a University of Oregon graduate, have peddled the hard climb to launch their venture — Ride With GPS — and are now successfully cruising as word gets out about their online tool that allows cyclists to plan routes, keep a training log, and share with friends, among other features. More…

OSU Alumni Association Los Angeles and Seattle Showcases
Come see how Oregon State has grown in recent years as president Ed Ray shares a new video tour and stay on the next day for the
OSU vs. UCLA tailgater:
Friday, September 21 | 5:30-8:30 p.m. | Los Angeles Showcase
Saturday, September 22 | 10 a.m.-12:30 p.m.| UCLA Tailgater

OSU's impact will be showcased at Seattle's Space Needle followed by the OSU vs.Washington tailgater:
Friday, October 26 | 5:30-8:30 p.m. | Seattle Showcase
Saturday, October 27| TBD based on game time| Washington Tailgater

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