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Advancements in semiconductors through surface chemistry: an interview with Professor Gregory Herman

Gregory Herman, professor of chemical engineering at Oregon State University, is a leading researcher in next-generation oxide semiconductor materials. Herman made the jump to Oregon State after collaborating with the university for many years, first at HP and later at Sharp Laboratories of America.

April Whitney

Whitney earned her bachelor and master’s degrees at Oregon State University. During this time, she studied in Mexico during the summer for 2012 and 2014 and fell in love with learning about culture and language. She is fluent in Spanish and enjoys learning Arabic in her free time. Following graduation in 2016, Whitney worked as an admissions advisor for the International Admissions Office with INTO OSU. While in this role, April’s passion for international and higher education deepened, which led her to apply as an academic advisor with the College of Engineering.

Four faculty win early-career awards

Four faculty in the Oregon State University College of Engineering have received prestigious early-career investigator awards from the National Science Foundation and the Department of Energy. Houssam Abbas, Yue Cao, and Xiao Fu are the recipients of the Faculty Early Career Development, or CAREER, awards from the NSF. Kelsey Stoerzinger is the recipient of an award from DOE’s Early Career Research Program.

Student envisions AI for safer skies, takes home prize

Air travel can be made safer with artificial intelligence guarding against human error. That’s the vision of Andrew Dassonville, an engineering senior at Oregon State University, who recently took second place in a national airport design competition.  

Human error is the leading cause of commercial airline crashes and general aviation accidents, according to the Federal Aviation Administration. Dassonville, who studies computer science and robotics, zeroed in on radio communications as one source of human error where AI can provide a critical safety check.

Breaking free, with a CS degree

Jeffrey Chu, a postbaccalaureate computer science student at Oregon State University, had a perfectly fine career as an attorney. After earning a law degree in 2016 from the University of Texas at Austin, Chu worked first as a felony prosecutor, then as a civil litigator.

He liked his job but came to realize that it wasn’t his passion.

Outside the courtroom, Chu’s time was occupied not only with preparing his cases, but also with a ton of monotonous data entry tasks.