Greetings from Corvallis to all MIME Alumni and Friends!

For those of you I've not yet had the pleasure of meeting in person, my name is Rob Stone, and I'm the Interim Head of the School of Mechanical, Industrial and Manufacturing Engineering. In an effort to communicate more regularly with all of you about what's going on in MIME, we've decided to institute quarterly e-updates from the School. The first of these appears below for your reading pleasure. In it, we've summarized some of our Fall 2012 highlights and provided links to more detailed stories that you can follow at your leisure.
You'll see that this newsletter has tentatively (and playfully) been titled MIMEntum, as a take-off on the College of Engineering's Momentum publication, but we are in the market for a permanent name and would welcome your input. Please email your brainstorms to For added incentive, whoever submits the winning name will receive a MIME polo shirt just like the one I'm wearing!

As another part of our "alumni communications upgrade" effort, we also want to hear more from you. The new MIME website, which went online this fall, includes an easy-to-use form for updating us on your lives and careers. This form is available at:

Staying Connected with the School of MIME

We look forward to receiving your news. And now, enjoy the first MIME quarterly update!

Click here for the web version of MIMEntum

MIME Professional Programs at Record Size

In September 2012, the School of MIME welcomed its largest new pro-school class ever. This year's Corvallis-based junior class includes 195 students: 130 MEs, 39 IEs, and 26 MfgEs. In addition, 16 OSU juniors headed over to central Oregon this fall to join our professional program in energy systems engineering (ESE), which is administered and accredited through the School of MIME in Corvallis but delivered at OSU-Cascades in Bend.

Total School Enrollment Also on the Up and Up

In fall 2012, MIME's total student enrollment also reached new heights. We now have 1650 undergraduate students in our mechanical, industrial, manufacturing, and energy systems engineering programs…and just a hair under 200 IE, ME, and Materials Science graduate students. For graphical representations of the growth in our undergraduate and graduate populations since Fall 2000, click here.

Pardon Our Dust!

In September 2012, we completed the first significant renovation in Rogers Hall since…well…the building's construction in 1967. The southeast portion of the second (main) floor has been renovated to house our new undergraduate student advising center (known as The Fulcrum), a new state-of-the-art boardroom, a floor-to-ceiling display case to show off MIME student and faculty project work, and a small kitchen/staff room. Read (and see) more about the renovation here.

New Faculty Faces

In September, we welcomed seven new MIME faculty members: three in industrial engineering and four in mechanical engineering. Fun facts about each:
Chris Hagen - Assistant professor, ESE. PhD from University of Wisconsin. Research expertise in energy conversion and novel transportation fuels. Interestingly, Chris, who came to OSU from Colorado State University, still reports to the same dean he reported to in his previous job, as Sandra Woods, new Dean of the College of Engineering as of July 2012, was previously dean of engineering at Colorado State!
Javier Calvo - Assistant professor, IME. PhD from Texas Tech. Research expertise in engineering management and lean systems. Celebrated his PhD completion by getting married to long-time fiancée.
Chin Eseonu - Assistant professor, IME. PhD from Texas Tech. Research expertise in engineering management and engineering policy modeling. A new uncle as of late November!
Hector Vergara - Assistant professor, IME. PhD from University of Arkansas. Research expertise in operations-related transportation logistics. This is a return trip to Corvallis for Hector, who completed his MS in IE at OSU.
Cindy Grimm - Associate research professor, ME. PhD from Brown University. Research in computational visualization of engineering and physical processes. Cindy is a Midwest refugee; she joined us from Washington University in St. Louis.
Ross Hatton - Assistant professor, ME. PhD from Carnegie Mellon University. Research expertise in robotics as it intersects with mechanics and biology. A cycling fanatic, Ross has a super-cool longboard-styled commuter bike that he rides to campus every day.
Bill Smart - Associate professor, ME. PhD from Brown University. Research expertise in robotics and machine learning as it relates to interactions between people and robots. Bill has a super-cool PR2 robot and is another Midwest refugee from Washington University in St. Louis.

Other Landmark News from MIME

ME assistant professor Jonathan Hurst was named by Popular Mechanics as one of the Top Ten "World-Changing Innovators for 2012" for his work on legged robots. More…
IME professor Toni Doolen was appointed Dean of the University Honors College (UHC) in July 2012, having previously served as associate head for MIME undergraduate programs and associate dean of the UHC. More...
ME associate professor Brady Gibbons received a prestigious NSF CAREER award to support his early career research in thin film materials. This brings to seven the number of current MIME faculty who have received NSF CAREER or Young Investigator awards. Dr. Gibbons was also appointed associate head for MIME undergraduate programs in September 2012.
By winning the 2012 Michigan Formula SAE competition, Global Formula Racing (GFR) – a collaboration between OSU and Duale Hochschule Baden-Württemberg-Ravensburg in Germany – became the first team in Formula SAE history to win three consecutive national titles. Read more about GFR here and if you haven't yet seen Relentless, the compelling documentary about GFR that premiered last spring, be sure to check that out, too.
OSU's Baja SAE team won the prestigious Iron Team award by placing second at each of the three 2012 North American BSAE competitions. (The Iron Team award goes to the team that completes all three competitions with the highest cumulative point total.)
At the annual College of Engineering fall awards breakfast in September, the CoE honored four members of the School of MIME:
  • ME associate professor Irem Tumer received the 2012 CoE Research Collaboration Award for sustained, unusually significant and meritorious achievement in collaborative research and scholarship.
  • ME professor and associate head for MIME graduate programs David Cann received the 2012 CoE Research Award for sustained, unusually significant and meritorious achievement in research and scholarship.
  • 2012 materials science graduate Dr. Eric Patterson (PhD Materials Science, will take a position as a Post Doctoral Scholar at the Technical University at Darmstadt in Germany) won the COE Graduate Student Research Award for his exceptional quality of research and his quality and quantity of research reports, technical articles, and/or products.
  • 2012 graduate Andrew Bluett (BS IE; now an Intel Scholar in the IE graduate program) won the 2012 Burgess/Tektronix Award for outstanding CoE senior, as judged by a variety of achievements including industry and project experience, leadership activities, academic performance, and potential for contribution to the electronics industry.
Click here to see more feature stories about MIME faculty and students.

'Tis the season…

The MIME student body has nearly doubled over the past five years, but unfortunately, state funding has not kept pace with this tremendous rate of growth. As proud alumni of the programs that comprise our School, I hope you will consider making a donation to support our student-centered priorities, which include:
  • Building renovation
    • Renovation and expansion of the MIME Machining and Product Realization Lab on the first floor of Rogers Hall to support 1850 students
    • Creation of a project and computational collaboration space on the third floor of Rogers Hall (where the existing computer labs are)
    • A wholesale renovation of Dearborn Hall to support the MIME robotics and material science programs
  • Graduate student fellowships to attract the best students from Oregon and across the nation
  • Research lab start-up funds that attract the best faculty talent to OSU by enabling them to hit the ground running on both research and teaching.
If you'd like to support these priorities, please contact me at, or make an Online Donation to the MIME Excellence Fund Once again, thank you for reading this update, and I hope you'll keep in touch with us back at the farm. Happy holidays from all of us in MIME!
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