The College of Engineering is leading research and innovation to drive breakthroughs that change the world.
We invest in, build out, promote, and advance signature research areas to address key global challenges — precision health, clean energy, resilient infrastructure, and advanced manufacturing and targeted strategic areas with existing competitive advantages — robotics, materials research, and clean water.
Water is the foundation of life. But across the globe, water quality is being compromised as communities struggle with population growth, climate change, industrial and agricultural pollution, and other pressures. Ensuring a safe supply of this precious resource is a growing need worldwide, a need that could become the source of increasing geopolitical conflict.
Assoc. Prof. Meghna Babbar-Sebens
The robotics graduate program at Oregon State spans departments in the College of Engineering, with core faculty from mechanical engineering, computer science, and electrical and computer engineering. Affiliations and collaborations across the university include oceanography, biomechanics, art, forestry, agriculture, and other programs.
Assoc. Prof. Jonathan Hurst
Oregon State University is launching new Ph.D. and MS degree programs in Artificial Intelligence (AI) starting with the 2021 academic year. Oregon State has a long history of excellence in AI since the early days of computer science.
Award-winning Research and Partnerships
In the 2020-2021 fiscal year, the College of Engineering received more than $64.6 million in sponsored research awards, its highest total ever, with funding from agencies such as the National Science Foundation, the Office of Naval Research, the U.S. Department of Energy, the Oregon Department of Transportation and Oregon Health Authority.
Advanced Manufacturing research in the School of MIME is highly interdisciplinary in nature spanning the fields of mechanical design, engineering mechanics, fluid dynamics, heat and mass transfer, thermodynamics, and materials science and involving both experimental and computational efforts. Depending on the nature of the research, graduate students pursue degrees in Industrial Engineering, Mechanical Engineering or Materials Science.
Resilient Steel Structures
Prof. Judy Liu
The Materials Science Program at Oregon State University is an interdisciplinary program that spans the Colleges of Engineering, Science and Forestry with faculty from Mechanical, Civil, Nuclear and Chemical Engineering, Physics, Chemistry, Wood Science and more.
Asst. Prof. Joe Baio
The source of OSU's renewable energy is wind power. All OSU RECs are Green-e certified. For 2012, OSU made a smaller purchase offsetting about 10% of total electricity use.
Assoc. Prof. Wade Marcum
Land, Sea, Space and Sun
OSU’s 150th anniversary presents a perfect opportunity to celebrate the University’s mission as a comprehensive, research-intensive public land-grant university, one of only two universities in the country with Land-, Sea-, Space- and Sun-Grant designations.
Computer science is the study of algorithms and problem solving. Computer scientists play a role in every professional field, and the need for new computer software developers, computer scientists, and computer systems analysts is projected to grow 11 percent from 2019 to 2029, much faster than the average for all occupations. These occupations are projected to add about 531,200 new jobs. A computer science degree at Oregon State can give you the skills to analyze medical data, create robots, craft artificial intelligences, mine web traffic, combat cybercrime, and much more.
All three signature areas the OSU Research Agenda are aligned with a sustainable future: Advancing the Science of Sustainable Earth Ecosystems, Improving Human Health and Wellness, and Promoting Economic Growth and Social Progress.
Asst. Prof. Somayeh Pasebani
The health engineering group conducts research on systems, devices, and data analysis for a variety of health related applications. The group develops new bio-sensors, imaging techniques, wireless medical devices, and bio-materials via state-of-the-art research in advanced fabrication, nanomaterials, electronics, and magnetics.
Prof. Greg Herman