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September 2016

From the Dean

As the beginning of the new academic year draws closer, the College of Engineering is preparing to welcome students to campus with an increased focus on building community.

We aim to become a recognized model as an inclusive and collaborative community by focusing first on improving our hiring practices, and our efforts are getting noticed. Oregon State's search advocate program and our implementation of it were recently featured in the Chronicle of Higher Education.

Building community is also physically taking place here on campus. The grand opening for Johnson Hall, the College of Engineering's newest building, will be held on Sept. 23 (see details below). If you are in the area, I invite you to join us and see for yourself this state-of-the art facility.

I'm proud of the progress we've made toward creating the community we aspire to be, and look forward to seeing how our culture continues to evolve over the coming year.

Go Beavs!

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


Johnson Hall grand opening
Please join Oregon State University President Ed Ray, OSU Foundation President and CEO Mike Goodwin, and Dean and Kearney Professor of Engineering Scott Ashford '83 for the grand opening and dedication of the College of Engineering's newest facility, Johnson Hall, on Friday, Sept. 23. The ceremony will take place at 3:30 p.m. at SW Park Terrace Place and Monroe Avenue in Corvallis, Oregon. More…


Big data, big innovation
The latest print issue of Momentum! looks at the impact advances in data science and engineering have had on research in the College of Engineering. Read about how Mike Rosulek, Attila Yavuz, Michael Olsen, Geoff Hollinger, Todd Palmer, and others are able to push the limits of innovation using data science and engineering, and how the College of Engineering is integrating computational thinking into the classroom.

Fiscal year 2015-2016 research funding highlights
The College of Engineering received $39.5 million in sponsored research awards for the 2015-2016 fiscal year. Read more about the highlights of notable grants, with substantial funding from federal agencies, including the National Science Foundation, the Department of Energy, and the Department of Defense.

Faculty & Staff

Brandis appointed executive director of strategic partnerships
Julie Brandis has been appointed executive director of strategic partnerships for the College of Engineering by Scott Ashford, Kearney Professor and dean of the college. Brandis will work closely with the college's leadership team to foster strategic, mutually beneficial relationships between the college and industry, government, and non-governmental organizations. More…

Tsunami research earns faculty 2015 Outstanding Paper awards
Three papers led by civil and construction engineering faculty Dan Cox and Solomon Yim were selected as ASCE Journal of Waterway Port Coastal and Ocean Engineering 2015 Outstanding Papers. Proving the college's leadership in tsunami research and education, these papers look at both physical and numerical modeling of tsunami inundation, impact, and interaction with the built environment. Data from the papers are based on experiments conducted at the O.H. Hinsdale Wave Research facility under funding from the National Science Foundation.

Preparing for the Big One
Dan Cox, professor of civil and construction engineering and director of the Cascadia Lifelines Program, held a short course for state officials, engineers, and consultants on emergency preparedness. Cox used a case study of Seaside, Oregon to help policymakers, industry leaders, and government agencies assess the steps needed to properly prepare for a Cascadia subduction zone earthquake and tsunami. More…

Yim to chair Ocean, Offshore, and Arctic Engineering division of ASME
Solomon Yim, professor of structural engineering, became the Chairman of the Ocean, Offshore and Arctic Engineering (OOAE) division of the American Society of Mechanical Engineers for the 2016-2017 fiscal year. Yim, who is also editor-in-chief of the Journal of Offshore Mechanics and Arctic Engineering, previously served as member, secretary, treasurer, and vice chair of the executive committee for the OOAE division.

Hurwitz earns national transportation honor
At the August 2016 Institute of Transportation Engineers (ITE) international annual meeting in Anaheim, California, four members of the ITE University Transportation Curriculum Project, including CCE Associate Professor David Hurwitz, received the Transportation Education Council Innovation in Education award. Hurwitz, along with project members Kristen Sanford Bernhardt, Rod Turochy, and Rhonda Young received the national honor in recognition of their innovative work over the last seven years on challenges related to undergraduate transportation engineering education. More…

Ashford featured on Charter Local Edition Northwest
Scott Ashford, Kearney Professor and dean of the College of Engineering, discussed the college's resiliency efforts in a segment on Charter Local Edition Northwest during the fifth Annual Oregon Coast Economic Summit.


Microsoft intern contributes to cryptography research
In his second internship at Microsoft, Peter Rindal, Ph.D. candidate in computer science, is part of a research project working to maximize the use of encrypted data in the cloud. Typically, encrypted data must be decrypted before it can be used, at which point it becomes vulnerable to attacks. Rindal's research project seeks to perform computations directly on encrypted data, eliminating the need to decrypt it first. More…

Tests allay fear of radioactive albacore tuna
Delvan Neville, a Ph.D. candidate in radiation health physics, tests albacore tuna caught in the Pacific to ease concerns about potential radiation following the Fukushima I Nuclear Power Plant disaster. After testing more than 60 samples, Neville says the highest level of contamination he's found is 1,000 times lower than a level that would raise concerns for the FDA. More…

Inspiring the next generation of engineering students
Eight engineering graduate students volunteered time this summer to work with Girl Scouts at Benton Day Camp. Valerie Byxbe, Anthony Harteloo, Matthew Hoeper, Tara Larson, Taylor Rawlings, Tassilo Selover-Stephan, and Kyle Zada led 160 campers in a water siphoning activity, inspiring an interest in engineering and science. More…


Nvidia's new mobile processor aims to seize share of the self-driving car market
Nvidia, co-founded by electrical engineering alumni Jen-Hsun Huang, has just released its Parker mobile processor. The processor, which is said to be 50 to 100 percent more powerful than competitors, will power the company's self-driving car system, Drive PX 2. More…

Survey boat dedicated in honor of civil engineering alumni
The U.S. Army Corps of Engineers dedicated its newest survey boats, Graham and Hopman, on Aug. 22, at Chinook Landing in Fairview, Oregon. The vessels were named in honor of individuals who played a significant role in the direction and accomplishment of the District's Channels and Harbors mission. The Graham is named in honor of Maj. Gen. Jackson Graham, who graduated with a bachelor of science in civil engineering in 1936. Graham retired from the Corps with 31 years of service and went on to lead the design and construction of the Washington Metro transit system from 1967 to 1976. Watch a video of the dedication.


NSF award will establish Rapid Response Research facility
Michael Olsen, professor of geomatics, is co-principal investigator on a National Science Foundation award to establish a Natural Hazards Engineering Research Infrastructure (NHERI) Rapid Response Research facility. The award, led by the University of Washington, will provide equipment and logistical resources for reconnaissance efforts.

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