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.

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.

Learner to Leader

Izabela Gutowska holds a mock fuel sphere used in simulated testing to support validation of Kairos Power’s pebblebed fluoride-salt-cooled high-temperature reactor design.

Izabela Gutowska swirls the tea in her cup as she discusses computational fluid dynamics. The movement of the tea cools the liquid by transferring heat to the cup, she explains.

From University to UNESCO

Ambassador Adam Al-Mulla (’95 B.S., Chemical Engineering), now serving as Kuwait’s permanent delegate to UNESCO, credits Oregon State University with opening his eyes to the passion that has driven his career.

That passion would eventually lead him to work with people from various cultures and backgrounds to promote education, science, and cultural preservation and appreciation throughout the world.

Engineering a More Sustainable Environment


A lover of outdoor activities from the time she was a child, Mary Beth Berkes (’10 M.S., Coastal and Ocean Engineering) was drawn to an environmental and conservation-focused career. More than nine years into her role as an assistant civil technical leader specializing in stream restoration at GAI Consultants, Berkes finds her job continuously rewarding and challenging.

Strengthening our bonds with industry

The School of Mechanical, Industrial, and Manufacturing Engineering has deep connections to industry, throughout Oregon and beyond.

One of the ways we develop those connections is through our industry advisory board.

“The IAB provides industry a voice to give advice, insight and support to the school regarding the changing needs of industry and the engineering profession,” said Lynn Ekstedt, MIME’s industry outreach coordinator. “It brings the university into direct contact and active communication with industry to bring new ideas and fresh viewpoints to the school.”

Campbell named ASME Fellow

Matt Campbell, professor of mechanical engineering

For his outstanding accomplishments in engineering Matt Campbell, professor of mechanical engineering, has been elected a Fellow of the American Society of Mechanical Engineers.

“I am honored to reach the level of Fellow within the ASME,” said Campbell. “ASME has been my main professional society for the last twenty years, and I am happy to receive recognition for all the teaching and research that I have done in that time.”

Ng named ASEM Fellow


Ean Ng, assistant professor of industrial engineering In November, Ean Ng, assistant professor of industrial engineering, was a named a Fellow of the American Society of Engineering Management, the organization’s highest level of membership.

Recipients of this honor must have eight years of continuous membership in ASEM with significant service to the engineering management profession, demonstrated engineering management accomplishments, and continuing distinguished service and contributions to the Society.


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.”