The College of Engineering's electronic newsletter.

Sent monthly (except for August & December), MOMENTUM! brings you timely, succinct stories about the successes taking place at OSU Engineering, keeping you informed of the latest news as the College builds one of the nation's top engineering programs here at Oregon State University.

July 2006 -- Volume V, Issue VI

R E S E A R C H @ OSU Engineering

FROM PRINTABLE ELECTRONICS TO NANOSTRUCTURE-PRODUCING ORGANISMS, ONAMI HELPS OSU RESEARCHERS--
 OSU chemical engineering professor Chih-hung (Alex) Chang says the depth and breadth of collaboration opportunities at the Oregon Nanoscience and Microtechnologies Institute (ONAMI) is helping him and other researchers in Oregon achieve impressive results faster. From tiny chemical microreactors to printed and flexible electronics to the use of microscopic marine organisms for the production of nanostructures, Chang and colleagues are working through ONAMI on cutting edge micro- and nanotechnology research that is helping create prosperity for Oregon through innovation. Read the story:
http://onami.us/newsletters/Onami_enewsletter-April06.pdf (scroll down)

S T U D E N T S @ OSU Engineering

BUILDING A CHAMPION: STUDENT-BUILT CAR RACES TO INTERNATIONAL ACCLAIM--
 Perseverance, teamwork, and lots of late nights toiling at computer terminals and in a university machine shop paid off for Oregon State University engineering students who designed and built an off-road vehicle that has proven it's the best in the world-winning two back-to-back international racing competitions. Read the full story: http://oregonstate.edu/dept/ncs/newsarch/2006/Jun06/racecar.html
NEW ORLEANS SAINTS DRAFT BEAVER FOOTBALL STAND-OUT--
 Mike Hass, a senior in civil engineering, will be applying his engineering skills to the gridiron of the National Football League after he graduates. "It's very exciting now that I get to start my NFL career," Hass said. "This is a dream come true." He was elected in the sixth round by the New Orleans Saints. Read the Gazette-Times story: http://www.gtconnect.com/articles/2006/05/01/sports/osu_beavers/osu1.txt

I N T E R N A T I O N A L   E X P E R I E N C E S @ OSU Engineering

GOT XTRA BOOKS? HELP ENGINEERS BRING 'EM TO ZIMBABWE--
Engineers Without Borders, an OSU student group that organizes projects to improve the quality of life in developing countries, is leading an end-of-term book drive to provide the University of Zimbabwe with much-needed resources. The group is asking people to donate used textbooks to support this effort and impact literacy efforts worldwide. Collection bins can be found at the Valley Library and Milam Hall 306. Find out more about Engineers Without Borders at: http://groups.engr.oregonstate.edu/ewb

I N D U S T R Y   C O L L A B O R A T I O N @ OSU Engineering

HP GRANT WILL ENHANCE WIRELESS CLASSROOM LEARNING--
OSU is one of 40 universities nationwide to receive the 2006 HP Technology for Teaching grant, designed to transform classroom learning through innovative uses of technology. OSU industrial and manufacturing engineering professor Shiwoo Lee will spearhead implementation of the award package, which includes 20 wireless HP Tablet PCs and other technology to equip a classroom, to inspire and retain engineering students.
Read more about Lee's research: http://oregonstate.edu/ifusion/?page_id=3

F A C U L T Y & S T A F F @ OSU Engineering

ALAN WALLACE, PIONEER OF HYBRID VEHICLES AND WAVE ENERGY, DIES--
Alan K. Wallace, a professor of electrical engineering and one of the world's leading researchers in the evolving field of wave energy, died Wednesday, June 7, following a long illness. An expert in electrical machine design, motor and generator efficiency, and power systems analysis, Wallace was director of the OSU Motor Systems Resource Facility, one of the largest and most sophisticated testing labs of its type in the U.S. In recent years, Wallace had focused his research on developing technology to produce energy from ocean waves, work that had brought him international acclaim. He will be dearly missed. http://oregonstate.edu/dept/ncs/newsarch/2006/Jun06/alanwallace.html
THREE PROFS SHARE $1.3 MILLION IN PRESTIGIOUS NSF "CAREER" AWARDS--
The National Science Foundation has recognized three OSU engineering faculty with prestigious CAREER Awards, each carrying grant support of more than $400,000 for future research by the faculty members. Alan Fern and Eugene Zhang, professors in the OSU School of Electrical Engineering and Computer Science, and mechanical engineering professor Jay Kruzic were recognized for their outstanding work. Read more: http://engr.oregonstate.edu/news/story/1810
CHERRI PANCAKE NAMED TO NATIONAL RESEARCH COUNCIL--
Cherri Pancake, a professor in the School of Electrical Engineering and Computer Science, has been named to the Geophysical and Environmental Data committee for the National Research Council (NRC), part of the National Academies. Also named was OSU geosciences professor Dawn Wright, making OSU's presence on the seven-member committee impressive. The committee identifies topics the NRC should support via studies and workshops and formulates recommendations for the NRC and the Office of Science & Technology Policy. http://www.nationalacademies.org/nrc/

I N N O V A T I O N S @ OSU Engineering

OSU SHARES $1.5 MILLION GRANT FOR TRANSPORTATION RESEARCH CENTER--
Funded by a $1.56 million grant from the U.S. Department of Transportation, OSU civil engineering faculty and students will collaborate with colleagues at other Oregon universities as part of an innovative University Transportation Center. The new Center will support transportation research and technology innovation to help address transportation issues in Oregons, including bridge evaluation and repair, intelligent transportation systems, fuel efficient vehicle deployment, and other topics. http://www.house.gov/defazio/042506TNRelease.shtml

A L U M N I @ OSU Engineering

R. C. WILSON HONORED BY OSU FOUNDATION FOR LIFETIME SUPPORT--
The OSU Foundation has given OSU Engineering alumnus Robert C. Wilson (1950) the Lifetime Trustee Award in recognition of his three decades on the OSU Foundation Board of Trustees. The OSU Foundation's highest honor, the Lifetime Trustee Award is presented to an individual who has demonstrated outstanding service to the OSU Foundation and to Oregon State University. Wilson is the founder of the Corvallis construction company, Robert C. Wilson General Contractor, and he helped establish the R.C. Wilson Graduate Program in Construction Engineering Management, which allows graduate students to combine their engineering education with business coursework.
http://oregonstate.edu/dept/ncs/newsarch/2006/May06/trustee.html

H E A R D  O N  C A M P U S @ OSU Engineering

"This remarkable technology is part of my vision for energy independence and renewable energy in Oregon."
-Governor Ted Kulongoski, during a visit to OSU's wave energy lab last month

U P C O M I N G  E V E N T S @ OSU Engineering

July 14-16: Da Vinci Days, Corvallis, Oregon
The College of Engineering will be sponsoring the festival's "Wireless Village," where many exciting aspects of our educational and research programs will be on display. Come visit! http://www.davinci-days.org/

July 24: Micro Nano Breakthrough Conference, Portland, Oregon
Brings together leaders in research, education, technology development, industry, government, business, and venture capital investments to focus on development of micro- and nanotechnology for new products. Attendees will share ideas and findings, build collaborative networks, participate in working groups, exhibit commercial technologies and services, and help set agendas for developing new microproducts. http://oregonstate.edu/conferences/MNBC

I M P O R T A N T  L I N K S @ OSU Engineering

Heard on Campus:
"This remarkable technology is part of my vision for energy independence and renewable energy in Oregon."

Governor Ted Kulongoski, during a visit to OSU's wave energy lab last month

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