Student wins Lucid Programming Competition

Kai Zeng, a computer science graduate student in the College of Engineering at Oregon State University, brought home first place in the Lucid Programming Competition. Zeng competed among 260 participants from across the western United States in the hackathon. The outer space-themed challenge required contestants to solve 12 mathematic and algorithm problems such as Six Degrees of Neil Armstrong and Antimatter Annihilation.

Beck awarded DOE fellowship

Peter Beck, a doctoral student in mechanical engineering, has been awarded a three-year fellowship through the United States Department of Energy’s Nuclear Energy University Program.

Beck received one of just 33 graduate fellowships for students pursuing nuclear energy-related disciplines.

“This funding will allow me to continue my studies and pursue the technology to make nuclear energy safer, more efficient and less environmentally impactful than ever before,” said Beck.

Funny robots lead to best paper award

Naomi Fitter, assistant professor of robotics, won the Best Paper Award at the 2020 Association for Computing Machinery/IEEE International Conference on Human-Robot Interaction.

The paper, co-written with John Vilk, “Comedians in Cafes Getting Data: Evaluating Timing and Adaptivity in Real-World Robot Comedy Performance,” reported findings that may provide key clues for how social robots can best engage people with humor.

Oregon State engineering undergrads earn coveted Goldwater Scholarships 

Juniors Tucker Holstun and Yesh Godse are among 396 college students selected from approximately 5,000 potential candidates across the United States to receive the award for the 2020-2021 academic year.

The scholarships are awarded based on academic merit to college sophomores and juniors who exhibit intellectual intensity and exceptional promise of becoming research leaders and who show potential for significant contributions to research in their chosen fields, according to the scholarship program’s mission statement.

Turning dirty water into clean energy

Doctoral student Ashley Berninghaus (left) and Associate Professor Tyler Radniecki prepare to test a cost-effective process for converting wastewater into renewable energy.

Tyler Radniecki, associate professor of environmental engineering at Oregon State University, is partnering with local water utilities and municipalities on strategies for enhancing wastewater treatment processes that could result in lower costs, cheaper sources of renewable energy, and, ultimately, cleaner water for everyone.

Sencer wins JSPE Best Paper Award

This month, Burak Sencer, assistant professor of mechanical engineering, will be part of a group of researchers who will receive this year’s Best Paper Award from the Japan Society for Precision Engineering.

JSPE is the oldest society in the world focused on precision engineering and manufacturing.

This award is given to the best paper published in the Precision Engineering Journal and showcases highly impactful research in the field.

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