Four faculty win early-career investigator 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 Office of Naval Research. Erica Fischer, Kelsey Stoerzinger, and Rebecca Hutchinson are recipients of the Faculty Early Career Development, or CAREER, award from the NSF. Meagan Wengrove is the recipient of a Young Investigator Program award from the ONR.

Endowments: Funding Faculty Excellence

Our faculty are the heart of the College of Engineering’s pursuit of excellence. These are the people in whom our research and education missions live and breathe. Not only are the college’s faculty shaping the future by driving discovery and innovation — in the areas of artificial intelligence, robotics, advanced manufacturing, clean water, materials science, renewable energy, and many others — they are teaching and mentoring tomorrow’s leaders. Above all, faculty excellence fosters student success.

Staying Flexible

Crystal structure stretches wearable electronics’ possibilities

If you’ve ever changed clothes to feel warmer or cooler — and, of course, who hasn’t? — rest assured that researchers in the College of Engineering are working on solving that small problem for you, and in the process many other, much larger ones too.

Beyond 40 Hours: Bryony DuPont

For much of her childhood, Bryony DuPont thought she would grow up to be a performer. She acted in her first musical at age 5. By 13, she was taking professional voice lessons and singing in multiple choirs.

However, in high school, she developed another passion.

“I was always good at math, and I was really drawn toward engineering, especially aerospace,” DuPont said.

Engineering won out, at least professionally. DuPont earned her doctorate from Carnegie Mellon in 2013 and joined the faculty of the Oregon State University College of Engineering.

A Scintillating Discovery

Small, efficient radiation detector could find its way into mammogram machines 

In 2015, a team of Oregon State University researchers devised a new solid-state, scintillator-type radiation detector that offers several key advantages over existing designs: It’s more compact, less expensive to produce, and, critically, does not require lots of high-voltage current to operate.  

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.