MIME student awarded Fulbright Scholarship

Caitlyn ClarkAt the end of August, Caitlyn Clark, graduate student in mechanical engineering, will travel to Aalborg University in Denmark for ten months to conduct research and represent the United States through the Fulbright Program. 

“I’ll be researching risk and reliability in co-located wind-wave energy systems,” Clark says. “That is, I will explore how risk and failure can propagate through a system that involves both offshore wind turbines and wave energy converters in the same leased ocean space, and potentially how to mitigate those failures.” 

“Caity is a brilliant and dedicated researcher and I’ve been so impressed by her drive,” says Bryony DuPont, assistant professor of mechanical engineering and Clark’s advisor. “This award is truly a testament to her motivation to solve marine energy problems, and I’m very proud of what’s she accomplished so far.”

By quantifying and communicating the risk and uncertainty inherent in these novel offshore energy systems, Clark hopes to provide information that can help stakeholders make informed decisions about design of and investment in these systems. 

“The researchers I will be working with are trailblazers in risk and reliability in offshore renewable energy systems, so I’m ecstatic to have the chance to learn from them, and to start to develop a relationship between them and the Northwest National Renewable Energy Center at Oregon State,” she says. “This is a fabulous opportunity for growth not only for me, but also for MIME and Oregon State University.”


More early-career standouts for School of MIME

Three School of MIME faculty have achieved early-career benchmarks by earning prestigious and competitive research awards from the National Science Foundation (NSF) and the Office of Naval Research (ONR). This is the second year in a row that the school can boast three winners in a single year, and it now lists 14 of its 50 research faculty as past winners. Altogether, research funding for this year’s awards totals more than $1.5 million.

“We’ve seen such impressive growth in recent years, and the recognition of our newer faculty members shows that MIME is poised to remain in a strong position on the national and international stage for years to come,” says School Head Harriet Nembhard.

Two professors, Ross Hatton, assistant professor of robotics and mechanical engineering, and Julie Tucker, assistant professor of mechanical engineering, received the CAREER award, NSF's most prestigious honor in support of early-career faculty who exemplify the role of teacher-scholars through research, education and the integration of research and education to forward the mission of their organization. 

The third professor, Geoff Hollinger, assistant professor of mechanical engineering, won an ONR Young Investigators Award, which supports candidates from a pool of college and university faculty who have obtained tenure-track positions within the past five years. This year’s 33 winners were selected from over 360 highly qualified applicants. Read more...


Brian Fronk Receives SHRAE New Investigator Award

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Assistant professor Brian Fronk has been selected as the recipient of the ASHRAE New Investigator Award for 2017-2018. The award is given to promising researchers who will contribute to ASHRAE's mission to "advance the arts and sciences of heating, ventilation, air conditioning and refrigeration to serve humanity and promote a sustainable world."

Fronk will use the award to support a student to investigate heat and mass transfer during condensation of new, low global warming potential (GWP) refrigerant blends that will be used in next generation HVAC&R equipment.

Fronk's research intersts include microscale heat and mass transfer, two-phase flow, natural refrigerants, advanced thermal energy systems, and sustainable energy portfolios.

Chris Hagen Receives SAE Educational Award

PhD student Shane Daly conducting an internal combustion engine demonstration PhD student Shane Daly conducts an internal combustion engine demonstration for an ME 312 class.

Chris Hagen, assistant professor of energy systems engineering at OSU-Cascades, has been named a recipient of the 2017 Society of Automotive Engineers (SAE) Ralph R. Teetor Educational Award. The award recognizes Hagen as one of the top young engineering educators in the nation.

Hagen is the only the second recipient of this award who is from Oregon State University, since it was established in 1963. He has been actively involved in SAE nationally, having organized seven conference sessions, and published and reviewed numerous SAE papers. His research focuses on unconventional fuels in advanced internal combustion engines.

"Dr. Hagen takes great pride not only in teaching us the fundamentals of engineering but also in advising us how to develop our careers as professional engineers and researchers," said mechanical engineering graduate student Zac Taie. "To me, his eagerness to teach and advise us in both our academic and professional pursuits embodies the spirit of Teetor award."

As part of the award, Hagen will attend the SAE World Congress in April in Detroit, Michigan to meet and exchange views with practicing engineers.


The Energy Systems Engineering Class of 2016 at their commencement in Bend, Oregon.

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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

  • Energy Systems Engineering’s fourth graduating class added 24 more alumni in 2016, the largest class to date. (The first three classes had 11, 12, and 14 graduates.)
  • More than 90 percent of ESE grads find jobs in their field.
  • Members of the ESE Class of 2016 are working for Pacific Power, Eaton, Aramco, EarthCruiser, AltaRock Energy, Inc., Siemens, BasX Solutions, ColeBreit Engineering, BasX Solutions, Tobolski Watkins Engineering, Northwest Engineering Services, Con-Vey Keystone, CLS Fabrication, PCC Schlosser, Autonomy Technology Inc., and H.A. McCoy Engineering & Surveying.
  • The School of MIME has the nation’s fourth ABET-accredited energy engineering B.S. program.

The AIAA 2016 ESRA Rocketry Launch - Benny Beaver Breathes Fire for a Winning Performance

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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.

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USAID Supports Research Partnership with U.S., Pakistani Universities

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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).