Metamorphosing Metals

Somayeh Pasebani grew up in a family of eight children in Tehran, Iran, where her father owned a small auto mechanic shop. As a young girl, Pasebani took things apart, trying to understand how they worked, but she often couldn’t figure out how to put them back together again.

The Adrenaline Rush of Bridge Inspecting

When Nick Clark earned his bachelor’s degree in civil engineering from Oregon State University in 1997, he never imagined he’d be rappelling from the top of the Golden Gate Bridge, or into a newly formed crater in the spillway of the country’s tallest dam, Oroville Dam. Since completing his training in industrial rope access in 2008, his unique skill set has taken him to 30 different states to perform bridge inspections. Some of the work was fear-inducing at first, he said, but as he gradually expanded his comfort zone, it has become exciting.

Beyond 40 Hours – Janet Knudson

Janet Knudson has volunteered at the Center Against Rape and Domestic Violence in Corvallis since early 2006. Sometimes Knudson wonders if her sister Jill would still be alive today had she known about CARDV or a similar sanctuary. Jill, one of Knudson’s three older sisters, was 46 when her husband killed her in September 2005.

“You never think something like this will happen to you or anyone you know,” Knudson said. “Maybe if she’d asked for help or known that there was a safe place to go rather than staying in her house, events would have been different.”


Cole Freniere of Microway installing the NVIDIA DGX-2 system.

Oregon State University’s College of Engineering is now home to some of the most powerful university computing resources worldwide, with the acquisition of an advanced supercomputer cluster built with NVIDIA systems.

Born to Explore

Like to take pictures when you travel? So does Donald R. Pettit, a 23-year veteran of the space program. But the scenic views he captures aren’t the same as the typical tourist’s.

Pettit’s passion for photography began in the sixth grade. Growing up in Silverton, Oregon, he developed and printed his pictures in a small darkroom that doubled as the family’s laundry room. His interest — most likely sparked by his mother, herself a photographer — has grown throughout his life, from amateur astronomer to NASA astronaut.