Oregon State School of MIME E-Bulletin

Weekly Newsletter for the School of Mechanical, Industrial & Manufacturing Engineering at Oregon State University

January 9, 2017


This Week’s Features

Engineering Management Program ranked 28th in the nation
Oregon State's Engineering Management Program has been ranked 28th in the nation in U.S. News & World Report’s 2017 list for Best Online Graduate Engineering Programs. These are the best online master's in engineering degree programs, based on factors such as academic reputation among peer institutions, faculty credentials and admissions selectivity.

Advance in intense pulsed light sintering opens door to improved electronics manufacturing
Faster production of advanced, flexible electronics is among the potential benefits of a discovery by researchers at Oregon State University's College of Engineering. Intense pulsed light sintering allows for faster densification — in a matter of seconds — over larger areas compared to conventional sintering processes such as oven-based and laser-based. IPL can potentially be used to sinter nanoparticles for applications in printed electronics, solar cells, gas sensing and photocatalysis. Rajiv Malhotra, assistant professor of mechanical engineering at OSU, and graduate student Shalu Bansal conducted the research.

Oregon State University tapped to help make U.S. chemical industries more efficient
Oregon State University will co-direct the module manufacturing focus area in the Obama administration’s latest advanced manufacturing initiative, the Rapid Advancement in Process Intensification Deployment Institute. Brian Paul, a professor of manufacturing engineering at OSU College of Engineering and leader of the new focus area, said the university’s role grows out of its collaboration with the Pacific Northwest National Laboratories on the Microproducts Breakthrough Institute, dating back to the early 2000s, which has morphed into the Advanced Technology and Manufacturing Institute on the Hewlett Packard campus in Corvallis.

Oregon wins $40M for coveted wave energy test center off Newport
The test center, planned for about half-dozen miles off the coast at Newport, would have four berths for the testing of wave energy converters in big-wave conditions. A subsea cable will carry up to 20 megawatts of power ashore. "We're hoping it's going to stimulate a lot of interest and activity with wave energy in Oregon," said Dan Hellin, assistant director for test operations at the Northwest National Marine Renewable Energy Center, the Oregon State University-based institution that is heading up the test center project.

Making Waves
"This will be the most advanced wave energy test facility in the world," said Belinda Batten, director of the Northwest National Marine Renewable Energy Center and professor of engineering at OSU. Batten says the facility should be operational by 2020. "Developers of wave energy converters should then be able to come in and test their technologies in the facility and really get an understanding of how wave energy converters perform," she says.

Research starts off with a bang
If you hear a series of loud, percussive noises emanating from the Oregon State University campus, don’t worry — it’s just researchers blowing things up for science. “We have a project looking at detonations,” said David Blunck, an assistant professor of mechanical engineering. “A detonation is a flame that goes supersonic — about 1 mile per second is how fast it burns.” To study the detonations, Blunck and his team — which includes fellow faculty members Kyle Niemeyer and Sourabh Apte and three grad students — use a device called a pulse detonation engine.

Ripples upon ripples
Researchers at Oregon State University recently completed a year-long experimental testing project at the O.H. Hinsdale Wave Laboratory to create a simulation software tool to advance wave energy research. Although other simulation tools exist, they are proprietary and not designed specifically for wave energy converters. The open source code that the team developed is called WEC-Sim (for wave energy converter simulator). “Wave energy is a nascent technology — there's a long way to go before we have utility scale deployments of wave farms like you see with wind and solar,” said Kelley Ruehl, co-principal investigator from Sandia National Laboratories and an Oregon State alumnus in mechanical engineering, co-advised by Professor Bob Paasch (mechanical engineering) and Ted Brekken (electrical and computer engineering).


Mark Your Calendar

SWE-WVS January 2017 Professional Development Program
A guided tour of the Evergreen Space Museum in McMinnville, Oregon

On Saturday, January 14th at 1:00 PM the Willamette Valley chapter of the Society of Women Engineers is hosting a guided tour of the Space Museum at the Evergreen Air and Space Center in McMinnville, Oregon. Enjoy learning about lunar rovers, space capsules, rockets, and global space programs with students, faculty, and professionals in your community. The museum is great for all ages so bring your friends and family and make a day of it! All are welcome. The group rate for adult admission for 15+ participants is $10 for the Space Museum only, and you can pay an additional $8 to gain entrance to the Aviation Museum and see a movie in the theater. Transportation is not provided but carpooling is encouraged. The tour will begin at 1:00 PM in the lobby of the Space Museum, followed by networking and exploration on your own. Please RSVP, arrange for carpooling, and direct any questions to Dr. Nordica MacCarty, mailto:nordica.maccarty@oregonstate.edu.
Guided tour of the Evergreen Space Museum  |  DATE: Saturday, January 14  |  TIME: 1:00  |  PLACE: Evergreen Space Museum in McMinnville, Oregon (Transportation not provided but carpooling is encouraged)  |  Cost: Admission to the Space museums is $10 if we have a group of 15 or more, and an additional $8 gains entrance to the air museum and a movie as well. Please bring exact cash to contribute to the group fee. Adult admission is regularly $27 for <15 people.

HWeekend – Winter 2017
HWeekend returns January 21-22! This free hardware development competition brings students of all levels and majors together with industry and faculty mentors to create something new. Students work together in teams to create a marketable project they can demonstrate and pitch to judges at the end of the weekend. The theme for this event is Gadgets and Gizmos. Over $300 in prizes! More info: webpage, video. Deadline to register is January 11.

Willamette Valley SWE Section Banquet 
Due to the generous support of individuals and corporations, we expect to have somewhere between 10 and 30 sponsored tickets available to OSU engineering students to attend the upcoming Willamette Valley Engineers Week Banquet. A networking hour will be from 5-6 pm in the lobby, followed by dinner, awards, and our keynote speaker. We are excited to host Dr. Margaret Burnett, a Distinguished Professor at OSU in Computer Science and Electrical Engineering. To sign up to receive a ticket, please complete this form by January 18th. Tickets will be issued first-come, first-served basis. All students, graduate and undergraduate, are welcome to sign up. If you are interested in volunteering at the event in exchange for free registration, contact Desiree Tullos
Willamette Valley SWE Section Banquet  |  DATE: Wed., Feb. 8  |  TIME: 6 pm  |  PLACE: CH2M HILL Alumni Center


Announcements

Graduate Research Showcase deadline extended
Attention graduate students: Please consider registering to present your research in the poster presentation portion of the Graduate Research Showcase on Feb. 17 at the CH2M HILL Alumni Center. To accommodate more students, we’ve extended the registration deadline to Jan. 20. This is a valuable chance to practice your presentation skills and share your research with the industry partners and companies in attendance. Top poster presentations from each school will receive an award and will be invited to present their research at the 2017 Oregon Stater Awards reception on Feb. 23 in Portland. This is a great opportunity to network and get in front of some of the college’s key industry partners and alumni. Register now!


Scholarships, REUs and Fellowships

NEW! Cultural Heritage Research in the Netherlands
This unique 8-week opportunity will provide selected students with a valuable interdisciplinary experience abroad with cultural heritage scientists who are leaders in their fields. Each participant will have dedicated American and Dutch mentors. While in the Netherlands, the student cohort will address questions related to important works of art using a variety of analytical tools associated with each research streams spanning Chemistry, Materials Science and Engineering, as well as Cultural Heritage Science. Application Deadline: January 22, 2017.

Toshiba-Westinghouse Undergraduate Fellows Program
Penn State’s Department of Mechanical and Nuclear Engineering seeks applicants for an outstanding undergraduate summer research program in the nuclear field at Penn State — the Toshiba-Westinghouse Undergraduate Fellows Program. The Toshiba-Westinghouse Undergraduate Fellows Program is a 10-week paid summer program that provides an opportunity for undergraduates to obtain hands-on research experience and professional development in the nuclear field at Penn State. Students will work closely with a faculty mentor on a state-of-the-art nuclear research project, and will have opportunities to network with industry representatives and participate in site visits to locations such as Three Mile Island. The program runs from May 30 –August 4, 2017. Apply by January 31, 2017.

NEW! Interdisciplinary Research Experiences for Undergraduates (REU) in Consortium for Innovation in Manufacturing and Materials (CIMM)
This REU is a nine or ten-week program where students work collaboratively on topics related to advanced manufacturing and materials research. CIMM research addresses the scientific and technological barriers relevant to two broad classes of manufacturing methods: (1) Multi-scale forming and replication for high-throughput manufacturing and (2) 3-D Laser-based Printing for adaptive manufacturing. Students will be integrated into ongoing research projects in state of the art facilities in an environment of peer and interinstitutional mentoring and collaboration. Students will be selected to join research groups at one of the three Universities: Louisiana State University, Louisiana Tech University, and Southern University at Baton Rouge. Application Deadline: February 1.

NSF REU Site in Composites for Extreme Environments
North Carolina State University hosts a 9-week summer research program for outstanding rising junior and senior undergraduate students. We offer research experiences to work on topics related to composite materials subjected to extreme environments. The work covers topics including: work with carbon nano tubes that includes experimental and computational work, development of sensors for detecting damage in composite materials, and finally, determining the response of composite material subjected to extreme environments, including blast, impact and high temperature. Application deadline: February 3.

REU Site: Offshore Wind Energy Solving the Engineering Environmental and Socio-Economic Challenges
The Colleges of Engineering and Natural Sciences are hosting an NSF-funded Research Experience for Undergraduates (REU) for U.S. citizens or permanent residents interested in exploring research in a wide range of wind energy topics, including engineering, wildlife ecology, and policy. Applications for Summer 2017 program due February 3.

NSF REU - Multiphysics of Active Systems and Structures
The REU program goal is to provide undergraduate students in mechanical engineering and related fields an opportunity to participate in ongoing active research programs, including the development of micro air vehicles, multi-modal robots, active flow control, aeroacoustics, sensors and actuators, smart materials, energy harvesting and storage, etc. The multidisciplinary nature of these projects will engage students in cross-cutting technologies by inspiring the integration and synthesis of ideas and facilitating a better understanding of engineering design at the system level. Apply by February 10, 2017.

Summer Research Experience for Undergraduates at Northwestern University
The Materials Research Science and Engineering Center (MRSEC) at Northwestern University offers a 9-week, paid summer research experience for undergraduates. The students are paired up with some of the leading research professors in science and engineering fields. Research areas include ceramics, polymers, nanocomposites, photonics, nanoparticles, molecular electronics and biomaterials. While there are many REU programs, the NU-MRSEC stands out in offering students an interdisciplinary research experience. Students currently pursuing an undergraduate degree in science or engineering who are US citizens or permanent residents are eligible. Applications are due Feb. 15, 2017.

Columbia University REU 2017
The Columbia University Research Experiences for Undergraduates (REU) Summer 2017 seeks Undergraduates (preference to juniors) majoring in engineering disciplines, materials science, biology, chemistry, physics and related fields. The PAS3 led by Columbia University in partnership with City College of New York, Harvard University, Barnard College, and the University of the Virgin Islands, encompasses two Interdisciplinary Research Groups (IRGs) studying materials composed of atomically precise low-dimensional building blocks: two-dimensional atomic sheets and zero-dimensional molecular clusters. Apply by Feb. 15, 2017.

SWE Scholarship Applications for current Engineering students
The SWE Scholarship Program provides financial assistance to women studying baccalaureate or graduate programs, in preparation for careers in engineering, engineering technology and computer science. The scholarship application for sophomores through Ph.D. candidates is now open. Apply by Feb. 15, 2017.

Oak Ridge Institute for Science and Education Summer Research
The Oak Ridge Institute for Science and Education has opportunities for undergraduate and graduate students, along with recent master’s and doctoral graduates, to participate in energy related research. Apply by Feb. 15, 2017.

Lehigh University Management Science and Engineering
Industrial and Systems Engineering Department at Lehigh University is pleased to announce the availability of a fellowship opportunity for those individuals wishing to advance their knowledge in Management Science and Engineering. The fellowship, provides for full tuition toward 30 credits of master’s degree study (no stipend is provided). Apply by Feb. 15, 2017.

Bioinspired Robotics Research Experiences for Undergraduates
The Maryland Robotics Center, with support from the National Science Foundation, is offering exciting research opportunities for undergraduate students in the area of bioinspired robotics. Bioinspired robots—defined as robots that are inspired by natural systems such as insects, birds, mammals, and reptiles—have the potential to significantly enable or enhance capabilities in manufacturing, health care, reconnaissance, exploration, food safety, and search and rescue. Because of their unique design, bioinspired robotics offer a truly interdisciplinary systems research challenge that encompasses biology, materials, mechanical design, control, sensors and actuators, power, electronics, and computer science among other topics. Application deadline is February 17, 2017.

NEW! Quantum Energy and Sustainable Solar Technologies (QESST) Engineering Research Center - Arizona State University
The QESST Engineering Research Center offers undergraduates the opportunity to participate in solar energy research. Bridge the gap between the typical “research” devices and commercial solar cells, allowing fabrication and analysis of technologies on commercial-size devices and commercial equipment. Must be enrolled in an accredited college or university with at least one year completed by June and at least one more semester before graduation after the summer. (Graduating seniors are not eligible.) Application Deadline: March 1, 2017

Research Experience for Undergraduates in UAV Technologies - California State Polytechnic University, Pomona
This REU program is designed to increase students' interest in UAV technologies by means of first-hand experience on UAV research with direct mentorship by faculty advisors from various departments within the CPP Colleges of Engineering and Science. This REU Site offers undergraduates opportunities to conduct research during a 10-week summer program, on state-of-the-art technologies and advanced research projects in UAV flight dynamic and control, computer vision, artificial intelligence, embedded systems, and robotics. Application Deadline: March 1, 2017

REU Back to the Future
The NSF Research Experience for Undergraduates (REU) Site: Back to the Future offers a unique 10-week summer research program focused on integrated research experiences that involve Metallurgical Engineering, many with prevailing historical, social or artistic themes. Throughout the experience students will participate in a series of seminars and workshops in art, history, and archaeometallurgy that will intersect their prior academic training in Materials and Metallurgical Engineering, and provide a unique historical and cultural framework for current research. Application deadline: March 5, 2017

Entrepreneurial Research Experience for Undergraduates
Have you ever considered starting your own business, seeking a patent for one of your ideas, or are interested in cutting edge research and translating those ideas to the marketplace? If so, UConn’s Entrepreneurial REU is for you! The aim of this E-REU is to provide students with a truly integrated research and entrepreneurship training experience, giving them both depth in fundamental engineering research, as well as breadth in entrepreneurial skills. As part of this REU, you will take part in cutting edge research on commercializable ideas with UConn faculty, as well as participate in an entrepreneurship program developed by co-PI and UConn’s Entrepreneur-in-Residence, Dr. Hadi Bozorgmanesh. Application deadline: March 15, 2017.

Nano-Research Experience for Undergraduates
To realize the scientific advances promised by a new era of atomic-level control over materials and devices , expertise from interdisciplinary teams of scientists and engineers with diverse backgrounds will not only be required, but will remain a significant issue of national importance. This REU site will initiate a school of engineering-wide program at the University of Connecticut to engage talented minority and community college undergraduate participants in cutting edge experimental and computational nanotechnology research. This highly interdisciplinary research is centered at the University of Connecticut’s School of Engineering and Institute of Materials Science. Application deadline: March 15, 2017.

Milwaukee School of Engineering REU Site: Advances in Additive Manufacturing and BIO /Nano Applications
Funded by the National Science Foundation, MSOE’s Rapid Prototyping Consortium and the Center for Compact and Efficient Fluid Power, our REU program focuses on understanding and utilizing additive manufacturing and fluid power technology that cuts across many disciplines while developing skills in research methodology and communication. As part of MSOE’s REU program, you’ll research projects advancing state-of-the-art applications in the biomedical, aerospace, architectural, manufacturing, composite, biomolecular, electro-optical, and fluid power industries. Application deadline: March 17, 2017

Hydro Research Foundation 2017 Awards Program
The Hydro Research Foundation makes one-year awards to students researching conventional or pumped storage hydropower through a grant from the Energy Efficiency and Renewable Energy program of the U.S. Department of Energy. Apply by March 15, 2017.


Job and Internship Opportunities

Electrical / Electronics Engineer - ECOKAP Technologies
The primary purpose of this position is to support the commercial scale-up of a first-of-kind reactor to be deployed at an industrial site. The Electrical / Electronics Engineer position is responsible for the integration and instrumentation of microwave RF power systems and equipment and the data acquisition and controls development/programming. This position requires the ability to quickly and effectively translate product requirements to usable, measurable design solutions. Requirements: Bachelor in Physics, Mathematics, or Electrical / Mechanical / Chemical Engineering or equivalent.

These MIME-related job opportunities are a selection of what is available at the OSU Beaver Careers postings, listed in order of closing date:

  • NEW! Contech Engineered Solutions LLC seeks a Sales Engineer Associate Location: Nationwide Job ad expires on: 1/21/2017 Beaver Careers ID: 10143
  • CH2M HILL seeks a 2017 CAD Technician Intern - VA Location: Virginia Job ad expires on: 1/22/2017 Beaver Careers ID: 15518
  • CH2M HILL seeks a 2017 Instrumentation and Controls Intern - OR Location: Oregon Job ad expires on: 1/22/2017 Beaver Careers ID: 15540
  • CH2M HILL seeks a 2017 Mechanical Engineering Intern - Eastern US Location: Eastern, US Job ad expires on: 1/22/2017 Beaver Careers ID: 15541
  • Linn County General Services seeks a Temporary Drafter/Revit Intern Location: Albany, Oregon Job ad expires on: 1/30/2017 Beaver Careers ID: 14436
  • Near Space Corporation seeks a Soft Goods Engineer Location: Tillamook, OR Job ad expires on: 1/31/2017 Beaver Careers ID: 15624
  • ENERGY NORTHWEST seeks an Engineering Intern Location: Richland, WA Job ad expires on: 1/31/2017 Beaver Careers ID: 13938
  • G. Loomis, Inc. seeks a Product Design & Development Engineer Location: Woodland, WA Job ad expires on: 2/3/2017 Beaver Careers ID: 15308
  • NEW! MWH Global, now part of Stantec seeks a Project Engineer Location: Hillsboro, OR Job ad expires on: 2/10/2017 Beaver Careers ID: 16092
  • Trillium Engineering Services seeks an Entry-level Mechanical Engineering Location: Rochester Hills, Michigan Job ad expires on: 2/10/2017 Beaver Careers ID: 15793
  • Flonomix seeks a Trainee Location: Hillsboro, Oregon Job ad expires on: 2/11/2017 Beaver Careers ID: 15819
  • James Hardie Building Products seeks an Engineer Development Program Location: Various Job ad expires on: 2/12/2017 Beaver Careers ID: 15848
  • Madden Industrial craftsmen, Inc. seeks a Maintenance Equipment Engineer Location: Medford, Oregon Job ad expires on: 2/15/2017 Beaver Careers ID: 15739
  • NEW! Atira GST, Inc. seeks an R&D Engineer Location: Millersburg, Oregon Job ad expires on: 2/19/2017 Beaver Careers ID: 15936
  • NEW! SCHREIBER FOODS, INC. seeks an Operations Intern Location: Multiple Locations Job ad expires on: 3/1/2017 Beaver Careers ID: 15656
  • NEW! Oracle Corporation seeks a Quality Assurance Specialist 1 Location: Hillsboro, OR Job ad expires on: 3/7/2017 Beaver Careers ID: 16128
  • NEW! Oracle Corporation  seeks a Manufacturing Process Analyst Location: Hillsboro, OR Job ad expires on: 3/7/2017 Beaver Careers ID: 16129

Faculty and Postdoc Positions

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