GREETings alumni & friends!
We are moving through another busy year, with more growth and great things ahead, but we want to take a moment to recap for you the highlights of this fall. The big undertaking of this year is without a doubt the expansion and renovation into Graf Hall. We have some wonderful pictures and discussion of the history of this building and its namesake Samuel H. Graf.
Our "cover" story, and indeed perhaps much of the issue, takes a closer look at some of the research projects with industry and government partners that School of MIME has executed with great success. See below some highlights from the School of MIME Fall-Winter 2013-14 MIMEntum newsletter or download the PDF.
Graf Hall Revamp Brings Together Research Teams
With towering columns of glass and brick, and vast open space, Graf Hall has stood its ground since 1920, the workhorse of engineering research, and not much has changed in nearly 100 years. The building, designed by John Bennes, originally was called the Engineering Laboratory. Today, Graf Hall is a concrete moniker for Dr. Samuel H. Graf, a remarkable graduate of Oregon Agricultural College and long-time faculty member. Graf earned five engineering degrees, and held many faculty posts, including a stint as the head of experimental engineering from 1912-1920. When the vision is complete, School of MIME aims for, "an excellent shared, collaborative space for robotics. It promises to be one of the best spaces in the country for the type of robotics that we do here at OSU: collaborative, multidisciplinary, and targeted at real-world problems." Read more.
A&K Corp. Research Partnership Aims to Shed Light on Machine’s Moving Parts, Longevity, Improvements
For more than three decades, Ron Anderson, owner and founder of A&K Corp. based in Eugene, Ore., has been building and selling food processing machines. “When I am engineering something, my idea is to make it simple. As soon as someone says to me, ‘well, that’s simple, anyone would have done it that way,’ that’s when I know the machine is ready,” Anderson said. Machine design and build, however, is anything but simple, and for that reason, Anderson turned to the School of MIME Complex Engineered System Design Laboratory. Anderson’s multi-year research and development project is focused on model-based design and testing with the end goal to improve the design and durability of his machines. Read more.
School of MIME Capstone Project Team Designs Winning Scheme for Ergonomic Driver Seat
When the Oregon Department of Transportation wanted to make a major investment into highway fleet upgrades, they decided to make some basic improvements to the overall cab design. The ODOT plan was to design a new baseline 10-ton truck that could morph into a vehicle for winter or summer maintenance tasks, and meanwhile also address the comfort and safety of their drivers. When Capstone Design students under the supervision of Dr. Javier Calvo-Amodio responded to the RFP, they decided to create a systematic method to identify the best baseline cab layouts based on safety, performance and comfort of the operator. The end result – an Oregon State licensed product. Read more.
Dr. Nancy Squires Wins Austin-Paul & Loyd Carter Award
Congratulations to Dr. Nancy Squires – the 2013 recipient of the Austin-Paul Engineering Faculty Award for excellence in teaching as well as the “students choice” Loyd Carter Award for Outstanding and Inspirational Teaching in Science.
The Loyd Carter judging criteria is based solely on student voting, making this award especially meaningful to educators. Every year since 1946, the Loyd F. Carter Award is presented to two outstanding College of Science faculty members, one for undergraduate teaching and one for graduate teaching.
The final selection is based solely on student nominations and voting. The purpose of the award is to encourage and recognize effective and inspirational teaching.
Dr Logendran is “Distinguished Alumni” in Thailand
Dr. R. Logen Logendran has received the 2013 Distinguished Alumni Award in the Academic and Research Excellence category from the Asian Institute of Technology (AIT), Thailand. These awards are presented each year to outstanding alumni, who are chosen on the basis of academic and research excellence during their professional careers.
Dr. Logendran earned his master’s degree in industrial engineering and management from the AIT in 1980 on a full scholarship from Carl Duisberg Gesellschaft, Germany. The award was formally conferred by the AIT governing board at a gala dinner event in Yangon, Myanmar, in November.
Qi Gao Wins College’s Best Graduate Teaching Assistant Award
ME PhD student Qi Gao received the Outstanding Graduate Teaching Assistant award at the College of Engineering annual fall breakfas. Gao was noted for her two years of exceptional work while completing her MS in industrial engineering, advised by Dr. Karl Haapala. Perhaps the College-level award was a spoiler alert for the School of MIME’s own graduate teaching awards – days later, Gao also took home the award for 2013 Outstanding Graduate Teaching Assistant, Industrial Engineering. See below for the complete list of graduate teaching and research assistant award winners, which were conferred at the very rained-out MIME graduate welcome barbeque in September.
Student Awards for the 2012-2013 academic year:
Mohammad Yazdani, 2013 Outstanding Graduate Research Assistant, Industrial Engineering
Natthaphon Raengthon, 2013 Outstanding Graduate Research Assistant, Materials Science
Stephen Naleway, 2013 Outstanding Graduate Teaching Assistant, Mechanical Engineering
Qi Gao, 2013 Outstanding Graduate Teaching Assistant, Industrial Engineering
Student News: Mahshid Mohammadi's "Condensation of Droplets Inside Bubbles" Enters Gallery; ASME, IIE, MRS Updates
♦ Mahshid Mohammadi’s “Condensation of Droplets inside Bubbles” was selected for the photography exhibition marking the American Physical Society Division of Fluid Dynamics 66th Annual Meeting. Mohammadi is a student of Dr. Kendra Sharp.
Other student news:
♦ The OSU chapter of the American Society of Mechanical Engineers “relaunched” the School of MIME Pumpkin Chunkin tradition this fall, bringing in teams of high schoolers to compete for the annual most-accurate-pumpkin-tossing-aided-by-a-mechanical-device competition. Participants included 10 teams from four area schools – Nestucca High School of Cloverdale, ACE Academy of Portland, Churchill High School of Eugene and Centennial High School of Gresham. A team of six Centennial High School metal shop class students took home the tourney top honors.
♦ The OSU Institute of Industrial Engineers student chapter has earned a Gold University Chapter certificate in recognition of the group’s overall achievements in 2012-2013. Dr. Hector Vergara advises the IIE chapter, now in its third year on campus.
♦ Dr. Julie Tucker, Dr. Jay Kruzic, and graduate student Michelle Jennings attended the annual Materials Research Society meeting in Boston. The OSU trio were on hand to receive an award for their newly formed MRS Student Chapter here at OSU. Oregon State was among eight universities to receive their charters, including Addis Ababa University, the African University of Science and Technology, Duke University, Khalifa University for Science Research and Technology, the University of Alberta, the University of Cologne, and the University of Texas at Dallas.