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College of Engineering

Published: Sat, 24 Mar 2018 05:58:13 PDT

Last Build Date: Mon, 17 May 2010 17:05:06 PDT


OSU team wins national championship in Formula SAE racing

Mon, 17 May 2010 00:00:00 PDT

The Global Formula Racing team from Oregon State University last week went to Michigan, the ancestral home of the automotive industry, and won the 2010 Formula SAE national championship in collegiate car racing.(image)

Advance made in "thin film" solar cell technology

Mon, 17 May 2010 00:00:00 PDT

Researchers have made an important breakthrough in the use of continuous flow microreactors to produce thin film absorbers for solar cells - an innovative technology that could significantly reduce the cost of solar energy devices and reduce material waste.

Engineering alumni honored

Mon, 19 Apr 2010 00:00:00 PDT

The College of Engineering at Oregon State University recently honored 28 of its most distinguished alumni at the Oregon Stater Awards, an event that recognizes exceptional OSU engineers and their career accomplishments.

Air traffic control improvements offer enormous potential savings

Fri, 19 Mar 2010 00:00:00 PDT

Engineers at Oregon State University and NASA have created a new system for air traffic control that could significantly improve congestion in the airways - a problem recently determined to be costing the United States economy up to $41 billion a year.

Beyond computerized chess - teaching computers more complex strategies

Fri, 19 Mar 2010 00:00:00 PDT

Someday when military leaders are planning a battle or air traffic controllers are trying to land a dozen aircraft at once, they may benefit from studies now being done at Oregon State University - experts explaining how they play a cool video combat game in order to help artificial intelligence researchers build better virtual combatants.

OSU researcher receives prestigious "early career research" award

Thu, 18 Feb 2010 00:00:00 PST

Patrick Chiang, an assistant professor in the School of Electrical Engineering and Computer Science at Oregon State University, has received an Early Career Research Award from the U.S. Department of Energy, one of 69 awards of its type in the nation.

Cockroaches offer inspiration for running robots

Sun, 17 Jan 2010 00:00:00 PST

The sight of a cockroach scurrying for cover may be nauseating, but the insect is also a biological and engineering marvel, and is providing researchers at Oregon State University with what they call "bioinspiration" in a quest to build the world's first legged robot that is capable of running effortlessly over rough terrain.

The Innovators

Sat, 19 Dec 2009 00:00:00 PST

Fledgling companies depend on research, the right personnel and access to capital. Since 2004, at least 22 startup and spinoff companies have leveraged OSU research, much of which came from the College of Engineering. At every stage, it comes down to risk. (image)

LIDAR mapping after Samoan tsunami could boost research efforts

Thu, 19 Nov 2009 00:00:00 PST

The use of sophisticated LIDAR imaging following the recent earthquake and tsunami in Samoa should give scientists some of the most accurate and detailed maps ever made of the forces of these powerful events, helping them to improve building design and other mitigation efforts. (image)

Hard lessons from oil industry may help address burgeoning groundwater crisis

Thu, 19 Nov 2009 00:00:00 PST

Although declining streamflows and half-full reservoirs have gotten most of the attention in water conflicts around the United States, some of the worst battles of the next century may be over groundwater, experts say - a critical resource often taken for granted until it begins to run out.

Record number of engineering faculty receive NSF CAREER Awards

Mon, 19 Oct 2009 12:26:57 PDT

Five researchers in the College of Engineering at Oregon State University have been recognized this year with National Science Foundation CAREER Awards, which is 11th in the nation for the number of awards presented to engineering and computer science faculty.

Kearney Hall renovation achieves LEED gold certification

Mon, 19 Oct 2009 00:00:00 PDT

Kearney Hall at Oregon State University has received gold certification from the Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design (LEED) program of the U.S. Green Building Council, the second major facility at the university to achieve this recognition for environmentally-sensitive design and construction.

Nanotechnology provides advances in eyeglasses, solar energy

Sat, 19 Sep 2009 00:00:00 PDT

Chemical engineers at Oregon State University have invented a new technology to deposit "nanostructure films" on various surfaces, which may first find use as coatings for eyeglasses that cost less and work better. (image)

OSU Formula SAE racing team has banner year

Sat, 19 Sep 2009 00:00:00 PDT

The Formula SAE racing team in the College of Engineering at Oregon State University has completed the most successful series of competitions in its history, winning an event in Austria against some of the most accomplished teams in the world and turning heads all over Europe.

From printed electronics to chlorophyll from Oregon spinach: OSU Venture Fund powers startups

Sat, 15 Aug 2009 00:00:00 PDT

An innovative tax credit program aimed at fast-tracking commercialization of university research stands as a bright spot in Oregon's sputtering economy. It is enabling two Oregon startup companies to receive funding that will help them grow faster and employ Oregonians sooner.

OSU receives computer system for coal energy research

Thu, 16 Jul 2009 00:00:00 PDT

he School of Mechanical, Industrial and Manufacturing Engineering at Oregon State University has received a $260,000 parallel computer system from the National Energy Technology Laboratory to conduct research on power generation and new coal energy technology.

New materials use being handicapped by outdated failure prediction methods

Thu, 16 Jul 2009 00:00:00 PDT

The optimal use of new, strong, lightweight materials that resist cracking is being held back by inadequate methods to accurately predict fatigue failures, researchers say in a new report in the journal Science.

OSU Baja SAE Team Wins International Racing Competition

Wed, 17 Jun 2009 00:00:00 PDT

Oregon State University students in the Baja SAE off-road racing competition roared back in the final event - a four-hour endurance race - to move from fourth place to first, lapped the field and won the national championship for the second time in four years. (image)

OSU To Tackle Solar Future in New "Energy Frontier Research Center"

Tue, 19 May 2009 18:16:44 PDT

Oregon State University experts hope to develop some of the solar energy technology of the future in a new Energy Frontier Research Center announced today by the U.S. Department of Energy and the White House - a $777 million initiative to create breakthrough technology for a 21st-century energy economy.

New "Hurricane" Wavemaker Installed at OSU

Tue, 19 May 2009 17:32:02 PDT

The Hinsdale Wave Research Laboratory at Oregon State University has completed installation of a new $1.1 million "hurricane" wavemaker that's the largest of its type in the nation, able to more accurately simulate the types of waves and flooding that can cause billions of dollars in damage.

Breakthrough Made in Energy Efficiency, Use of Waste Heat

Sun, 19 Apr 2009 22:10:58 PDT

Engineers at Oregon State University have made a major new advance in taking waste heat and using it to run a cooling system - a technology that can improve the energy efficiency of diesel engines, and perhaps some day will appear in automobiles, homes and industry.

Inventive Education

Thu, 19 Mar 2009 00:00:00 PDT

For Carlos Jensen, teaching and innovation go hand-in-hand. The assistant professor of electrical engineering and computer science is passionate about guiding students to answer questions that have inspired his own research.(image)

Advance Made in Turning Water, Sunlight Into Fue

Thu, 19 Mar 2009 00:00:00 PDT

According to engineers at Oregon State University, it should be possible to meet much of the world's energy needs with nothing more than the combination of water, sunlight and cyanobacteria. And an important advance has just been made toward that goal.

OSU Alum, NASA Astronaut to Speak at Engineers Week Banquet

Wed, 18 Feb 2009 00:00:00 PST

NASA astronaut and OSU alumnus Donald Pettit, a veteran of almost six months in space, will be the featured speaker on Monday, Feb. 23, at the 10th annual Engineers Week Banquet at OSU.

Two OSU Faculty Named IEEE Fellows

Sun, 18 Jan 2009 00:00:00 PST

Two professors in Oregon State University's School of Electrical Engineering and Computer Science have been named fellows by one of the most prestigious professional organizations in their field.

Cockroaches offer inspiration for running robots

Sat, 17 Jan 2009 00:00:00 PST

The sight of a cockroach scurrying for cover may be nauseating, but the insect is also a biological and engineering marvel, and is providing researchers at Oregon State University with what they call "bioinspiration" in a quest to build the world's first legged robot that is capable of running effortlessly over rough terrain.

Harvest of Rain

Mon, 15 Dec 2008 00:00:00 PST

Engineering water systems for Salvadoran coffee farmers reaps unexpected rewards.(image)

What If Your Energy Supply is Gone with the Wind?

Wed, 19 Nov 2008 00:00:00 PST

A new research program at Oregon State University proposes to tackle one of the major remaining problems with wind energy - how do you provide a steady, or at least predictable flow of electricity when the wind itself is never steady and often unpredictable? (image)

Mater to Direct OSU Engineering Sustainability Programs

Wed, 19 Nov 2008 00:00:00 PST

The College of Engineering at OSU has named a prominent expert in sustainable forestry and conservation issues as its new director of sustainability programs, an initiative designed to coordinate and expand sustainable construction and engineering concepts throughout the college's curriculum, collaborative research and outreach programs. (image)

Football: Computers Learning to Watch, Evaluate, Maybe Even Coach

Wed, 19 Nov 2008 00:00:00 PST

Bill Belichick's job as head coach of the New England Patriots is probably safe for now, but check back in 15 or 20 years - some of the newest research on machine learning, artificial intelligence and computer vision is using football as a guinea pig, and who knows what new pass formation it might come up with?

Hydrogen Fuel From Sewage Demonstrated in OSU Lab

Thu, 16 Oct 2008 00:00:00 PDT

Newly-published research from Oregon State University suggests a way to cost effectively make hydrogen to fuel the cars of the future. The fuel could be affordable because plain old sewage water is your raw material.

Mobile Texting Tech May Save Lives

Mon, 15 Sep 2008 15:02:20 PDT

(image) A senior design project took OSU computer science student Brad Heller thousands of miles from home - and may impact many more thousands of lives. Last year while working with team members Tom Sears and Chris Angus on a Microsoft-sponsored project, Heller helped develop a system for gathering field data via cell phone text messaging.

Unique NASA Internship for CBEE Student

Mon, 15 Sep 2008 15:01:21 PDT

(image) OSU Chemical Engineering major Ryan Stillwell spent most of his summer as a NASA summer intern at Goddard Space Flight Center in Greenbelt, Md., focusing on development of components for X-ray detector arrays.

Nuclear Renaissance Having Impact on Higher Education

Mon, 18 Aug 2008 00:00:00 PDT

In higher education, one of the side effects of the rebirth of the nuclear power industry is an exploding student interest in nuclear engineering and radiation health physics.

Mission to Mars

Mon, 18 Aug 2008 00:00:00 PDT

The College of Engineering collaborated with others throughout OSU to help 48 middle school students from underrepresented and underserved populations to attend the Exxon Mobile Bernard Harris Summer Science Camp. (image)

Transparent Semiconductors May Be Future of Flat Panel Display Industry

Wed, 16 Jul 2008 00:00:00 PDT

(image) Some types of "amorphous oxide" transparent semiconductors originally developed at OSU may form the basis for the next generation of flat panel displays, providing better performance at a lower cost.

New Company, Reactor Design May Boost Nuclear Energy

Wed, 16 Jul 2008 00:00:00 PDT

The future of safe, environmentally benign nuclear power will be able to fit on top of a railroad car, be hauled to wherever it is needed and be cost-effectively manufactured in a factory setting, according to the vision of a new spinout company that has evolved from research in the College of Engineering at OSU.

Helping Design Super-Efficient Solar Systems

Wed, 18 Jun 2008 14:54:34 PDT

(image) Groundbreaking research by OSU electrical engineering professor John Wager has led to a new licensing agreement between HP, OSU and Xtreme Energetics, a company that will develop a solar energy system designed to generate electricity at twice the efficiency and half the cost of traditional solar panels.

Using Fiber Optics to Measure Air Flow, Water Temperature

Fri, 13 Jun 2008 10:05:40 PDT

(image) John Selker, a professor in the Department of Biological and Ecological Engineering, has found an innovative new way to use fiber optic cables to record water temperatures along miles of stream beds, or track air flow patterns in deep valleys.

Solomon Yim Named ASME Fellow

Mon, 19 May 2008 12:27:23 PDT

(image) Solomon Yim, OSU professor of structural and ocean engineering, has been elected Fellow of the American Society of Mechanical Engineering (ASME). Yim was recognized for his significant research contributions in analytical, computational and experimental coupled fluid-structure interaction systems.

Building Better Tools for End Users

Wed, 14 May 2008 14:26:49 PDT

(image) OSU computer science professor Margaret Burnett's research helps end users do their jobs better. End users are people not trained as computer programmers but who do some programming, such as with spreadsheet software like Excel.

Student Entrepreneurs: Hot Clothing Helps Teams Win

Wed, 14 May 2008 14:25:10 PDT

(image) Mike Thomas and Drake Miller didn't enroll at OSU thinking they would ever play a role in winning back-to-back college baseball national championships or protecting soldiers on the battlefield. But all that changed when the students joined an Oregon startup company and began designing and fabricating heated clothing.

Company Helps Students Aim for Mars

Wed, 14 May 2008 14:23:51 PDT

(image) A group of OSU engineering students are entering the NASA University Mars Rover Challenge, thanks to support, encouragement and a donated QuadRover from Parallax, Inc. The company is cataloguing the students' work on their Web site.

OSU Nuclear Engineering Ranked No. 8 in U.S.

Fri, 18 Apr 2008 16:24:08 PDT

(image) U.S. News and World Report just ranked OSU's Nuclear Engineering program No. 8 in the nation, up one slot from a No. 9 ranking last year. Renewed interest in nuclear energy is helping the OSU program experience rapid growth. See:

OSU Engineering Alumus and Inventor of Leatherman Tool Visits Town

Fri, 18 Apr 2008 14:47:02 PDT

(image) Tim Leatherman, OSU Engineering alumus and inventor of the world-famous Leatherman Tool, recently stopped in Corvallis to talk with local entrepreneurs. The company Leatherman founded in 1983 is now a $90 million operation selling products in 70 countries.

Engineering Professors Win $400,000 CAREER Awards

Thu, 13 Mar 2008 17:14:57 PDT

(image) The National Science Foundation has recognized two OSU engineering professors, Vinod Narayanan and Alex Yokochi, with prestigious $400,000 CAREER Awards. Both were recognized for research proposals that could lead to more efficient computer chip cooling and hydrogen production for fuel cells.

Alumna Thriving as Washington State's First Female Transportation Secretary

Thu, 13 Mar 2008 17:08:40 PDT

(image) OSU civil engineering alumna Paula Hammond has faced some tough challenges since becoming Washington's transportation secretary: I-5 was closed due to severe flooding, and part of the state's ferry system was shut down. Despite tough times, Hammond is proving to be very popular in her new position.

OSU Deploys First Functional Wave Energy Buoy

Tue, 19 Feb 2008 15:01:02 PST

(image) OSU engineering professors Annette von Jouanne, Ted Brekken and Bob Paasch, assisted by their graduate students, successfully deployed a prototype wave energy buoy off the Oregon Coast. The New York Times published a print story and a video about this emerging technology and OSU's contributions to the field.

Tsunami Simulations Featured During National Engineers Week

Mon, 18 Feb 2008 00:00:00 PST

Starting Feb. 21, students from Sweet Home, Ore., to Washington, D.C., not to mention program managers from the National Science Foundation, will all be building small, tsunami-resistance structures - only to knock them over with waves and see which ones survive.

OSU Engineering, ONAMI Team Up to Hire New Professor

Thu, 14 Feb 2008 10:14:40 PST

(image) John Conley, Jr., one of the nation's leading electrical engineers and materials scientists, joined the College of Engineering as the third Signature Faculty Fellow at the Oregon Nanoscience and Microtechnologies Institute (ONAMI). Conley is helping speed development and commercialization of new materials and devices.

Cuenca to Chair American Geophysical Union Committee

Mon, 10 Dec 2007 15:19:36 PST

(image) Richard Cuenca, professor in the Dept. of Biological and Ecological Engineering, has been appointed chair of the Large-Scale Field Experimentation Technical Committee of the American Geophysical Union (AGU). This committee is one of eleven technical committees of the Hydrology section of AGU, and is one of the two largest sections with more than 6,000 members.

Higginbotham appointed to health physics board

Mon, 10 Dec 2007 15:10:09 PST

(image) Jack Higginbotham, OSU professor of Nuclear Engineering, has been appointed to the Board of Directors of the American Board of Health Physics (ABHP). Established in 1959, the ABHP is tasked with developing standards and procedures, examining candidates, and issuing the certification required to become a Certified Health Physicist.

Hot Off The Press: The 2007 Engineering Annual Report

Mon, 10 Dec 2007 13:20:05 PST

(image) The College of Engineering's 2007 Annual Report is hot off the press! Download your copy today and find out how our achievements in the past year continue to build Prosperity Through Innovation for Oregon and beyond.

OSU Engineers Collect Perishable Earthquake Data in Japan

Fri, 07 Dec 2007 15:33:38 PST

(image) A few days after Scott Ashford arrived at OSU as the new director of the School of Civil and Construction Engineering, Japan experienced a 6.6 magnitude earthquake. Ashford, professor Steve Dickenson, and Ph.D. student Yohsuke Kawamata, joined an NSF-sponsored reconnaissance team to Japan to survey damage and collect perishable information.

Alumna Named Washington Secretary of Transportation

Fri, 16 Nov 2007 13:17:54 PST

(image) Civil engineering alumna Paula Hammond (1979) has been named the first female Secretary of Transportation in Washington and will manage the agency of more than 7,000 employees. The agency maintains 7,000 miles of highways, 3,300 bridges and tunnels, and operates the Washington State Ferries that carry 26 million passengers per year.

OSU Launches Nation's First Ecological Engineering Degree

Wed, 14 Nov 2007 11:05:20 PST

(image) The Department of Biological and Ecological Engineering has launched the nation's first undergraduate degree program in ecological engineering. The new degree is expected to attract top students from around the world and is the result of a two-year collaborative planning process involving faculty and staff in the OSU colleges of engineering and agricultural sciences.

Computer Science Professor Named AAAS Fellow

Wed, 14 Nov 2007 10:46:01 PST

(image) In recognition of his "distinguished contributions to the field of machine learning," OSU Computer Science professor Tom Dietterich has been elected a Fellow of the AAAS (American Association for the Advancement of Science). AAAS publishes the journal Science and is dedicated to advancing science around the world.

OSU Receives $1.1 Million to Install Nation's Largest "Hurricane" Wavemaker

Tue, 16 Oct 2007 15:57:56 PDT

(image) Thanks to a $1.1 million grant from the National Science Foundation the College of Engineering will install a "hurricane" wavemaker at its O. H. Hinsdale Wave Research Laboratory to better understand the impacts of hurricanes and other coastal hazards.

Getting the Gender Gap Out of Software Design

Fri, 12 Oct 2007 16:12:50 PDT

(image) Research by recent PhD graduate Laura Beckwith, who worked closely with OSU computer science professor Margaret Burnett before landing a job at Microsoft, shows there are differences between the way men and women use software. This is a significant finding for the software design industry, where the vast majority of programmers are male.

New microbial fuel cell boosts electricity production

Thu, 20 Sep 2007 09:00:04 PDT

Biological and ecological engineering professor Hong Liu has designed a microbial fuel cell capable of generating 10 times as much electricity as previously possible from an air cathode microbial fuel cell of the same size. Her discovery could lead to widespread use of the devices as sources of renewable energy.

Tired of delayed flights? New system could help

Wed, 19 Sep 2007 10:34:43 PDT

(image) OSU engineers and NASA have developed a new approach to air traffic control that might reduce congestion in crowded airways by 50-60 percent. The technology could help save billions of dollars each year in lost revenue caused by hundreds of thousands of delayed flights.

Student team takes 2nd at "big beam" competition

Wed, 19 Sep 2007 10:32:37 PDT

(image) Civil engineering students Brett Karnes, Greg Murphy, Quang Nguyen, Jignesh Vadodaria, and Eric Yost won second place and a $1,750 cash award in the international "2007 Engineering Design Awards - Big Beam Contest." The student team designed, fabricated, and tested a 16-foot beam as part of an OSU class taught by Knife River's chief engineer Keith Kaufman.

Reaching out to students in India

Wed, 19 Sep 2007 10:30:28 PDT

(image) Associate Dean of Engineering Chris Bell will represent OSU during a recruiting trip to India from Sept. 25 to Oct. 5, stopping at Linden University fairs in Bangalore, Hyderabad, Chennai, Lucknow, Kanpur and New Delhi. He will also visit several top colleges in each city to talk with faculty and students.

Alum named interim transportation secretary for Washington state

Fri, 17 Aug 2007 13:20:38 PDT

(image) Paula Hammond, former chief of staff at the Washington State Department of Transportation, has been named interim transportation secretary of the department. Hammond is a 1979 OSU civil engineering graduate. While at OSU, her last name was Cavanaugh.

Kazakhstan student a "freshman phenom" in nuclear engineering

Thu, 16 Aug 2007 08:42:47 PDT

(image) Nineteen-year-old Olzhas Batyrbekov, an OSU freshman studying nuclear engineering, already has more than 20 academic publications to his name, a record many doctoral candidates would envy. As a high school student in his hometown of Almaty, Kazakhstan, he worked in an academic chemistry lab and published his first journal article at the age of 16.

Professor helps ease air traffic congestion

Thu, 16 Aug 2007 08:40:58 PDT

(image) Kagan Tumer, OSU professor of dynamics and control, received the Best Paper award at the 2007 Conference on Autonomous Agents and Multiagent Systems for a paper he coauthored. The paper details how a multi-agent algorithm for traffic flow management could reduce congestion by as much as 67 percent.

New civil engineering leader brings research dollars, mobile lab to OSU

Thu, 19 Jul 2007 15:01:37 PDT

(image) A leader from one of the nation's top engineering schools has been named director of the OSU School of Civil and Construction Engineering. Scott Ashford, an OSU alumnus, returns to the university from UC San Diego, where he helped the Jacobs School of Engineering climb the national rankings from No. 43 to No. 11.

New C-section system developed for rural hospitals

Thu, 19 Jul 2007 10:09:54 PDT

(image) A team of engineering graduate students and faculty at OSU is collaborating with medical doctors to create a mobile, wireless system for facilitating safer emergency C-sections at rural hospitals. The "C-Section Facilitator" is a communication and information system designed to quickly assemble the C-section surgical team and prepare the patient and operating room.

At age 87, alum receives diploma

Thu, 19 Jul 2007 10:05:32 PDT

(image) On the day after his 87th birthday, Ross Patterson finally received the bachelor's degree in engineering that he'd all but completed while attending OSU between 1937 and 1942. Before he could complete his studies, however, WWII called and Patterson left OSU to serve in the U.S. Navy.

OSU engineers study bat flight to improve autonomous flying vehicles

Thu, 14 Jun 2007 13:30:14 PDT

(image) A mechanical engineering professor and graduate students will play a key role in a $6-million joint research project aimed at better understanding how bats maneuver so effectively during flight. It's research that could lead to micro flying machines capable of navigating urban landscapes or dense forests.

Engineers test tsunamis on scale model of Oregon town

Thu, 14 Jun 2007 13:28:34 PDT

(image) In the tsunami wave basin on campus, OSU engineers are building a scale model of the Oregon coastal town of Seaside that they will inundate with miniature tsunamis in an effort to improve evacuation planning.

Student blends engineering, writing, and international business

Fri, 18 May 2007 10:38:54 PDT

(image) Douglas Van Bossuyt, a senior in mechanical engineering with a minor in business administration, is taking his love of writing and travel into the engineering and business world. A participant in the University Honors College and the International Degree program, Van Bossuyt has studied in Germany and Tunisia, where he also completed an internship.

Professor receives $400,000 CAREER Award from NSF

Wed, 16 May 2007 14:47:49 PDT

(image) The National Science Foundation has recognized Pallavi Dhagat, a new professor in the School of Electrical Engineering and Computer Science, with a prestigious CAREER Award, which carries grant support of $400,000. Dhagat says she will use the funding to develop new magnetic devices for information storage and sensor applications.

Helping rural school kids design model tsunami shelters

Wed, 16 May 2007 14:46:37 PDT

(image) OSU Engineering faculty are pioneering a project that enables middle school children in rural and coastal Oregon to design, build and test tsunami shelters. Rozeanne Steckler, Mike Bailey and Harry Yeh created the "Tsunami Shelter Challenge" to increase the technology skills of students in the classroom by enhancing those of their teachers.

Students help develop $100 laptop for world's poorest children

Wed, 18 Apr 2007 14:07:24 PDT

(image) Oregon State computer science sophomores Michael Burns and Justin Gallardo are helping design a laptop computer that can be built for less than $100 and distributed to children in developing nations. Affiliated with the OSU Open Source Lab, OSU students are the only undergraduates in the nation getting paid to work on the One Laptop Per Child project.

Boeing's new 'Dreamliner' features accessible restrooms designed at OSU

Tue, 17 Apr 2007 13:47:36 PDT

(image) When Boeing's new 787 Dreamliner takes to the skies next year, Kate Hunter-Zaworski, professor of civil engineering and director of OSU's National Center for Accessible Transportation, will watch her design work begin helping people with disabilities have a better flying experience. Hunter-Zaworksi worked with Boeing engineers to make the Dreamliner lavatory more accessible. Watch the video.

OSU student, grad team up to take toy from classroom to business

Tue, 17 Apr 2007 13:45:26 PDT

(image) An OSU engineering alum and a doctoral student have taken their classroom collaboration to the next level, creating a high-tech toy called the WavyWand and launching a new company to market and distribute it worldwide. Adriaan Smit and Robert Batten have seen their Oregon business, Alight Technologies, take off since they started it in 2005.

Tapping seaweed to clean up toxins

Fri, 16 Mar 2007 11:51:55 PDT

(image) Chemical engineering professor Greg Rorrer is studying whether the metabolic processes of certain marine seaweeds can be harnessed to break down a class of pollutants known as polycyclic aromatic hydrocarbons (PHAs) into less toxic components. PHAs are formed by incomplete combustion of petroleum fuels and are toxic to invertebrates, especially clams and oysters.

Engineering methods could aid dentistry, medicine

Fri, 16 Mar 2007 11:50:12 PDT

(image) The same engineering methods used to build sturdy jet engines might one day help your dentist or doctor determine how soon that cracked tooth or stress fracture will need attention. Jamie Kruzic, professor of mechanical engineering, is studying how these engineering concepts might be relevant to human anatomy.

New professor helps machines learn

Fri, 16 Mar 2007 11:48:49 PDT

(image) In a world awash in data, Xiaoli Fern, an assistant professor in the School of Electrical Engineering and Computer Science, is helping improve machine learning and data mining. Her research helps researchers in the H.J. Andrews Experimental Forest analyze data collected by wireless sensors placed in the forest canopy.

Construction engineering management team wins first place

Fri, 16 Mar 2007 11:47:40 PDT

(image) Eight teams totaling 44 students represented OSU at the Associated Schools of Construction (ASC) construction management competition in Reno, where they competed against stiff competition to bring home trophies, including a first place for the heavy civil team.

Working smarter to get smaller: Nanomanufacturing

Thu, 15 Feb 2007 13:29:37 PST

(image) OSU industrial and manufacturing engineering professor Brian Paul is part of an OSU team that could revolutionize the way nanomaterials are produced and distributed. The team leads the nation in development of tiny "nanofactories," where microchannels no larger than a human hair enable production of nanomaterials to exact specifications in a highly controlled environment.

Shake it up! Student team wins first place for seismic design

Thu, 15 Feb 2007 13:28:04 PST

(image) A team of civil engineering students built a 29-story scale model skyscraper of balsa wood that survived simulated earthquakes on a shake table to win first place overall at the fourth annual Undergraduate Seismic Design Competition in Los Angeles. Team members were Jeremy Mikkelsen, Beth McNair, Josh Leher, Sarah Martin, and Joe Henry.

Globetrotting student has international impact

Thu, 15 Feb 2007 13:23:40 PST

(image) Kelsey Edwardsen, a rock climber and Honors College student in civil engineering and Spanish, is using her engineering education and background in Latin American culture to improve life in Central America, from cleaner water to stronger buildings.

Gates Millennium Scholar wants to improve women's healthcare in Latin America

Thu, 18 Jan 2007 10:59:15 PST

(image) Freshman Laura Magana, one of the first in her family to go straight through high school into higher education, has experienced firsthand how language barriers can disrupt medical care. So she plans to use her bioengineering degree to improve healthcare for women in Latin America.

OSU engineer develops new rooftop "micro" wind turbine

Thu, 18 Jan 2007 10:56:39 PST

(image) In a move that could revolutionize the wind power industry, OSU mechanical engineering professor Stel Walker has helped design a new "micro" wind turbine that can be mounted atop building rooftops to generate "green" electricity in urban and suburban settings.

Making artificial intelligence more intelligent

Fri, 15 Dec 2006 10:38:48 PST

(image) Tom Dietterich, OSU professor of computer science, leads three research projects that support 16 graduate students and several undergraduates. His work advancing artificial intelligence, or developing machines that are capable of learning, is no small feat. But the potential benefits are far-reaching.

Students build human-powered water purifiers

Fri, 15 Dec 2006 10:37:57 PST

(image) OSU mechanical engineering students have designed, built and demonstrated stills to purify water using only human mechanical power. Part of a hands-on class, the challenge was inspired by the lack of potable water in New Orleans following Hurricane Katrina.

Ugandan student aims to power her nation

Fri, 17 Nov 2006 10:45:18 PST

(image) Unlike some international students who want to stay in the U.S. after finishing their education, Eunice Naswali intends to return to her native Uganda and use her OSU electrical engineering education to help expand the power grid in her homeland.

Bridge research helps state stretch $500 million

Fri, 17 Nov 2006 10:44:03 PST

(image) An innovative research project led by OSU civil engineering professor Chris Higgins has helped the state of Oregon stretch its bridge funding dollars by approximately $500 million by more accurately evaluating which aging bridges need replacement or repair.

OSU spin-off company acquired by Seattle firm

Tue, 24 Oct 2006 15:23:58 PDT

Smart Desktop, Inc., a software company launched by OSU computer science professors Jon Herlocker and Tom Dietterich was recently acquired by Pi Corporation of Seattle. The OSU-developed technology will make computer desktops "smarter" for users working on multiple projects.

Bioengineering student seeks new cancer treatment

Tue, 24 Oct 2006 11:04:09 PDT

(image) Working alongside OSU chemical engineering professor Christine Kelly, undergraduate bioengineering student and OSU Presidential Scholar Erin Rieke is seeking ways to treat cancer with microscopic nanoparticles that would keep healthy tissues from being exposed to the harmful effects of chemotherapy or radiation.

"Green" Kelley Engineering Center gets gold!

Mon, 16 Oct 2006 14:52:47 PDT

(image) The four-story, 153,000-square-foot Kelley Engineering Center has been awarded a Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design "Gold" certification by the U.S. Green Building Council, making it the first new LEED Gold academic engineering building in the country!

OSU research leading to safer, next-generation nuclear reactors

Fri, 15 Sep 2006 11:32:29 PDT

(image) OSU professor of nuclear engineering José Reyes is gaining international attention for his innovative changes in nuclear reactor design. Research by Reyes and colleagues is spawning development of safer, more efficient reactors that virtually eliminate the threat of meltdowns.

Students build wind-powered water heater

Thu, 14 Sep 2006 14:27:58 PDT

(image) A team of OSU engineering students inspired by a late professor's rudimentary sketches has designed a working prototype of a wind-powered hot water heating system they believe has the potential to spawn a new company and ultimately impact the way water is heated, especially in developing countries.

Apperson Hall renovation ready to break ground

Thu, 14 Sep 2006 14:18:25 PDT

(image) The $10-million renovation of historic Apperson Hall is poised to begin in early October, thanks to an additional $1 million gift from alumni Lee and Connie Kearney, who previously contributed the $3 million lead gift for the project.

OSU engineers help companies conserve energy, save millions

Tue, 15 Aug 2006 15:44:59 PDT

(image) As energy demands surge in response to sweltering temperatures across the nation, a small army of OSU engineering students continues to help Northwest businesses save millions of dollars in energy costs by offering free onsite audits that identify opportunities for increasing energy efficiency, productivity, sustainability and competitiveness.

OSU-developed transparent circuit named one of "10 coolest" technologies

Tue, 15 Aug 2006 15:43:25 PDT

(image) A transparent integrated circuit developed by electrical engineering professor John Wager and OSU colleagues is featured in the cover story of PC Magazine under the title, "The 10 Coolest Technologies You've Never Heard Of."

Engineering advances made in "regenerative medicine"

Wed, 19 Jul 2006 13:09:56 PDT

(image) An OSU chemical engineering professor has made important fundamental advances toward getting tiny blood vessels to grow, opening the door wider to survival of implanted tissues, a discovery that could have applications ranging from burn victims to nerve damage and heart disease.

OSU professor takes biodiesel-powered cross-country trip

Wed, 19 Jul 2006 13:07:55 PDT

(image) OSU chemical engineering professor David Hackleman is so committed to touting the benefits of biodiesel that he's embarked on a solo, month-long cross-country crusade that will take him more than 6,000 miles in his 3/4-ton pickup truck, powered all the way by biodiesel.