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Energy Systems Engineering graduates celebrate ahead of their commencement at OSU-Cascades in Bend, Oregon, on Sun., June 12, 2016. Left to right: Michael Leavitt, Dick Veldsma, Justin Conklin, Landon Moore, Ray Kuhn, Jade Hoagland, Gavin Roderick, Elena Blackman, John Knox, Galen Reid, Bryndon Light, Matthew Fisher, Chad Knight, Paul Norman, Austin Sandford, Nicholas Evano, Joe Buck. Photo credit: Adam Foster
The Oregon State AIAA student chapter has won first place in the 2016 Experimental Sounding Rocket Association (ESRA) Intercollegiate Rocket Engineering advanced category competition in Green River, Utah. This is AIAA's third trip to the annnual competition and its second year in the advanced category. The rocket, which was completely built by the AIAA students, reached an altitude of 21,200 feet, with a max speed Mach 1.5 and 11Gs'. The team had a great rocket recovery and collected critical data from the onboard avionics. At the competition, students collaborated with teams from all over the world and shared knowledge about high-power rocketry. MIME students really stood out for technical talent and professionalism, and, as is typical with School of MIME student competitive groups, for constructing the entire 65-lb rocket, including the airframe and motor. Pictured above: the group added a flame trench to the launch rail, so Benny breathes fire at liftoff, that is style! Pictured below: The AIAA group at the 2016 ESRA competition.
A group of delegates from the National University of Science and Technology (NUST) in Islamabad, Pakistan, the University of Engineering and Technology (UET) – Peshawar, and Arizona State University visited Oregon State University, in Corvallis, Ore., to kick off a new partnership. This partnership, the US-Pakistan Center for Advanced Studies in Energy, is aimed at building capacity and long-term cooperation to advance graduate student programs, applied research, and academic-industry partnerships. It has been funded for five years by the U.S. Agency for International Development. Access to energy is a key issue for both quality-of-life and economic development in a country where power outages or complete lack of access is far too common and cited at above 40%. A total of approximately 200 Pakistani graduate students will be visiting the U.S. for short-term research experience; 40 of these will be in the College of Engineering at OSU. Lead Oregon State faculty on the project include Kendra Sharp (School of Mechanical, Industrial and Manufacturing Engineering), David Hill (School of Civil and Construction Engineering) and Brian Fronk (School of MIME).