In Memoriam: Shoichi Kimura

Friends, colleagues, and former students mourn the loss of Shoichi “Sho” Kimura, professor emeritus of chemical engineering, who died in June at age 75. His life and legacy are inextricably intertwined with the School of Chemical, Biological, and Environmental Engineering at Oregon State University, where he served on the faculty for more than two decades.

In Memoriam: Nancy Squires

Nancy Squires, senior instructor of mechanical engineering, died June 19, leaving an incredible legacy in the lives and careers of the hundreds of engineering students she influenced.

During her 15 years at Oregon State University, Squires was a devoted instructor, advisor, and mentor. She spearheaded the formation of the aerospace engineering program and was involved in a variety of student clubs, including OSU’s branch of the American Institute of Aeronautics and Astronautics.

In Memoriam: Peter Johnson

It would be a challenge to name anyone who embodied the spirit of the Oregon State Engineer more than Peter E. Johnson, who died in June at age 86.

From his modest beginnings as an Oregon farm boy, the 1955 chemical engineering graduate would go on to achieve success as an inventor and businessman. Yet, he never forgot the soil from which he sprang. Along with his wife, Rosalie, he generously supported the school that enabled him to become an engineer, with philanthropic gifts that continue to have a lasting impact.

In Memoriam: Paul Cull

Paul Cull, emeritus professor of computer science at Oregon State University, died at home at age 76 of pancreatic cancer on Dec. 17, 2019. Cull was one of the first two members of the computer science faculty at Oregon State, where he dedicated himself to excellence in research and teaching for his entire career.

Bracing for the Next Surge

Researchers at Oregon State University, with colleagues at North Carolina
State University, are working to better understand the decision-making processes of hospital systems before, during, and after the COVID-19 pandemic. Their goal is to provide tools to help hospitals better manage medical surge capacity for future pandemics and other mass casualty events.

Great Foundations for Success


Even before he graduated from high school, Bill Nicholson (’80 B.S., Nuclear Engineering) knew he wanted to make a difference for future generations. The Portland native had always been interested in the clean energy field, and, at the time, solar and nuclear power were the two most promising technologies.