Oregon State School of Mechanical, Industrial, and Manufacturing Engineering

Greetings, School of MIME Alumni & Friends!

We have had an incredible Spring term here at the School of MIME, and perhaps the best part is taking a moment to share with all of you the news of our accomplishments – leading student research, national honors for our student chapter groups, and notable faculty milestones.  I could not be prouder of the “season” we’ve had in 2014, and we expect more great things to come.

It is hard to believe that we now say goodbye to another outstanding graduating class of MIME engineers ... but, of course, we also get to welcome them to the MIME alumni community. Keep a lookout over the summer months for how you may contribute to our 125-year school commemorative efforts. We welcome your insights at any time.

Yours Sincerely,

Rob Stone
Professor and Head of School

See below some highlights from the School of MIME Spring MIMEntum newsletter
or download the PDF.


Charting Wind Energy’s Impact on Birds and Bats

While there are terrific measurable benefits reaped by the use of wind energy, the simple fact remains: all energy sources, alternative and renewable among them, have some impact on the environment.

In the case of wind power, the turbines put flying animals at risk. The creatures are killed in two ways, bird fatalities are caused by impact with the blades. With bats the pressure wave from the turning blades hits the bats, and damages their internal organs. An Oregon State research team led by associate professor of mechanical engineering, Dr. Roberto Albertani aims to see what can be done to prevent this.


  SAE: Sweet Season for Baja and GFR Racers

Oregon State School of Mechanical, Industrial and Manufacturing Engineering Baja off-road racingBaja Racing Reclaims Top Spot
Oregon State Beaver Racing Baja Team kicked off their race season with a victory in Texas. The team finished first overall against 100 other teams at the race hosted by University of Texas El Paso on April 24-27. Here are their standings from the competition’s multiple events that brought a victory home, their first overall win since 2009:
•  2nd place maneuverability
•  2nd place endurance race
•  3rd place business presentation
•  3rd place in overall dynamics
•  4th place design

Oregon State School of Mechanical, Industrila, and Manufacturing Engineering SAE GFR racing 2014GFR Takes 4th National Title
The Global Formula Racing Team won the 2014 Formula SAE at the Michigan International Speedway,  in Brooklyn, Mich., placing first overall – supported by top finishes in Skid Pad, Autocross, and Endurance categories. The Oregon State-Duale Hochschule Baden-Württemberg-Ravensburg team competes against more than 100 teams and has won this important national race – generally considered to be the US championships – four times in the past five years. Congratulations on keeping GFR on top!
•  1st in Skid Pad
•  1st in Autocross
•  1st in Endurance
•  1st Overall

"A Story All About Industrial Engineering"

Oregon State's IIE Student Chapter, advised by Dr. Hector Vergara, has won the 2014 IIE national video competition with their submission “A Story All About Industrial Engineering” aimed to answer the question “what is industrial engineering?” as well as attract high school students to the major.

Well done, and no small task!

Their video is set to the theme song of 90s sit-com “The Fresh Prince of Bel-Air.” Watch the video on YouTube (search on youtube for “Oregon State Industrial Engineering” and it pops right up.) The video include a fabulous cameo from industrial engineering associate professor, Dr. Ken Funk. Brandon Booth is the IIE Student Chapter President. Watch the video.



Oregon Staters 2014: Honoring the Career Achievements of our MIME Alumni

The College of Engineering annual Oregon Stater awards to honor outstanding alumni and friends for their contributions to the engineering profession and to Oregon State University.

Oregon State University School of Mechanical, Industrial & Manufacturing Engineering Oregon Stater 2014Oregon State School of Mechanical, Industrial and Manufacturing Engineering Oregon Stater 2014 Benjamin Rivera







 Oregon State’s First FIRST Robotics Aims to Become an Annual Event

oregon state school of mechanical, industrial, and manufacturing engineering FIRST Robotics competitionSchool of MIME and the Oregon State Robotics Club helped to organize a district level FIRST Robotics competition at the Oregon State campus.  FIRST — (For Inspiration and Recognition of Science and Technology) — is a national non-profit group that strives to inspire and challenge student in math and science at a young age.

The FIRST Robotics Competition is the highest age bracket within the FIRST Progression of Programs. View an amazing online collection of photos from the competition. At the April 4-5, 2014, on-campus event 30 high-school and middle-school robotics teams in the Pacific Northwest district competed, scoring points to advance to national level competitions. OSU hopes to continue its partnership with FIRST in future years.

National Science Foundation Funds Robotics for Summer Research

Oregon State Robotics REU, at School of Mechanical, Industrial and Manufacturing EngineeringThe Oregon State Robotics program will have an eventful summer kicking off their inaugural year of a National Science Foundation-funded Research Experience for Undergraduates, “Robots in the Real World.” The REU program is a national model for offering summer research opportunities for undergraduates, and the OSU grant has the funds to run for three years.

The brainchild of Drs Cindy Grimm and Bill Smart, the REU covers numerous areas of robotics that deal with the real world; from remote marine sensing, to building and controlling legged robots, to picking up and manipulating objects, to how robots can incorporated into our daily lives. It was a lightning-fast turnaround from final NSF funding approval to the step of selecting from the pool of enthusiastic applicants – altogether three weeks.

The 10-week summer school runs from June 15 to August 23, houses 10 students at the Corvallis campus, and also provides workshop opportunities at  the nationally-recognized O. H. Hinsdale Wave Research Laboratory in Newport, Ore.
The program provides a novel opportunity for students to design follow-on robotics research at their home institution, and to return to Oregon State during the academic year in order to use the robotics facilities here to conduct that research.

Grimm and Smart aim to inspire students to leave the program excited about continuing to do research in robotics, and, inevitably, this will be an excellent recruitment channel for the Oregon State Robotics graduate program.

Looking Ahead

  • Spring term GRADUATION
    We welcome and congratulate our newest graduates at the School of MIME spring term commencement ceremony on June 13 at the La Sells Stewart Center this month. Oregon State’s graduation ceremony on June 14 features keynote speaker Dr. Ann A. Keissling, Ph.D., ‘71 biochemistry, biophysics.


  • 125 years celebration
    The School of MIME will mark an incredible milestone this coming fall, marking 125 years of incoming students. We will keep you posted on the celebration, and how we hope to include MIME alumni in the the event. Please continue to send your comments and suggestions.


  • ENgr Mgmt goes virtual
    School of MIME industrial engineering will expand to include an online masters degree with an engineering management option. Expected to fully launch in Fall 2014, the 45-credit degree will take three years to complete in the ramp-up phase. Faculty have taught several courses online, administered through e-campus, ahead of this rollout.

Opportunities for Giving Back to School of MIME

School of MIME will welcome four additional faculty for the 2014-15 academic year. We continue to rely on your support for this track of growth and ongoing success.
Please consider making a donation to support our student-centered priorities, which include:

1.) Student activities such as SAE/GFR, DARPA FANG, etc.
2.) Graduate student fellowships to attract the best students from Oregon and across the nation.
3.) Research lab start-up funds that attract the best faculty talent ready to engage in both research and teaching.

To help out in any of these areas, please contact Rob.Stone@oregonstate.edu, or make an Online Donation to the MIME Excellence Fund.