MIME E-Bulletin

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

November 19, 2012

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This Week's Features


What started last year as a small club for OSU students excited about aerospace engineering has now become the official OSU branch of the American Institute for Aeronautics and Astronautics (AIAA). Similar to OSU's successful Society of Automotive Engineers club, which competes internationally in collegiate formula and off-road racing competitions, members of OSU's AIAA branch seek to compete with other universities in rocket building and remote controlled aircraft competitions. OSU AIAA is having a monthly meeting Nov 19, 6 pm in Kearney 112. Regular meeting times will be the second Wednesday of each month. To learn more about joining, you can email the club secretary Anna Royce. Remember to always aim for the skies!

Attention MIME Graduate Students: Schedule Your Photo Shoot for the Grad Student Directory Update

The MIME Graduate Student directory located at http://mime.oregonstate.edu/mime-graduate-directory is being updated. This directory includes only those students who have granted permission to post their information and photographs.

MIME grad students not currently listed in the directory:

  • If you would like to be added, schedule a photo appointment at http://web.engr.oregonstate.edu/~mcconnej/photosignup/menu.php. (Photo sessions are available this week and next.)
  • At the time of your photo session you will be asked to sign a photo release and directory information form that specifies your degree program (IE, ME, Mat sci) and type (MEng, MS, PhD), specialty area (e.g., HSE, NMM, Design, TFS), and faculty advisor.

MIME grad students who are currently listed in the directory but would like to make a change:

  • If you would like to update your photo, schedule an appointment at the link above.
  • If you need to correct your current directory information, send your updated information to jean.robinson@oregonstate.edu

Gaze into My Crystal Ball...

Congratulations to the winners of the ME 101 Crystal Ball Tossing competition held on Saturday, Nov 10, in the Kelley Atrium! Participants constructed machines that launched and caught a crystal ball. It wasn't all business though, as teams were judged as much on aesthetics and entertainment as on their machine's performance. The winning teams—"Medieval Madness", "Duck Hunters", and "Angry Birds Showdown"—were awarded a special pocket protector engraved with a quote from the late Neil Armstrong:

"I am, and ever will be, a white-socks, pocket-protector, nerdy engineer."

Mark Your Calendar

Below is a partial listing of School and College-related events. It is NOT a comprehensive listing of everything that is happening on campus. If you would like to include an event in this listing, please email the MIME E-Bulletin box with the details. Requests must be received by noon on Friday for inclusion in the following Monday's e-bulletin.

This Week

Mon, Nov 19

Productivity with Mac and iPad. 4–5 pm, Batcheller 144. Discover the capabilities of Mac and iPad in education. Explore navigation, productivity, educational apps, and digital textbooks. Session will have interaction elements, come with questions and time will be available for one-on-one help.

Tues, Nov 20

MIME Graduate Defense: Sensitivity of Hashin damage parameters for notched composite panels in tension and out-of-plane bending presented by Thomas Wright, candidate for MS in Mechanical Engineering. 8:30 am, Covell 117 (MIME Library).

Thurs-Fri, Nov 22–23

Thanksgiving Break. No classes; MIME offices closed. Enjoy the holiday!

Plan Ahead

Tues, Nov 27

MIME Graduate Defense: The use of Support Vector Machine Learning for the Early Detection of Kickback in Chainsaws presented by Drew Arnold, candidate for MS in Mechanical Engineering. 9 am, Covell 117 (MIME Library).

Fri, Nov 30

MIME Graduate Defense: Investigation into the Role of Strength and Toughness in Brittle Composite Materials with Angled Incident Crack presented by Brian Grimm, candidate for MS in Mechanical Engineering. 1 pm, Covell 117 (MIME Library).

Research to Commercialization, The Entrepreneur's Role. 12–1 pm, HP Campus, Building 11. Co-sponsored by the Microproducts Breakthrough Institute (MBI) and Office of Commercialization and Corporate Development (OCCD).


CHECK OUT THE TRAILER FOR THE NEW OSU-ENGINEERS WITHOUT BORDERS (EWB) DOCUMENTARY. Since 2009, OSU EWB has been working on the Kenya Project to bring potable water to Lela, an agrarian community of 2,000 people in southwest Kenya. Their efforts were chronicled this past July and will debut in a feature-length documentary in spring 2013. Click here to view the trailer for the upcoming documentary.

DEADLINE APPROACHING FOR FUNDAMENTALS OF ENGINEERING EXAM. If you are planning on sitting for the Fundamentals of Engineering (FE) Exam this spring (April 13–14), please note that December 1 is the deadline to submit your application for this exam. Click here to access the FE application materials, and note that your application will require a stamp and letter from the College of Engineering (available in Batcheller 151). Note also that the OSU chapter of the Institute of Industrial Engineers will be offering an FE review course during winter term; learn more about it here.

THE ELIE WIESEL FOUNDATION FOR HUMANITY is awarding up to $5,000 to winners of their Ethics Essay Contest. Full-time junior and seniors are eligible to enter essays that raise questions, single out issues and develop rational arguments for ethical action.  Deadline for submissions is 5 pm PST on December 3, 2012. Click here for more information.

Scholarships, Fellowships and Research Internships

UNIVERSITY GRADUATE LAURELS BLOCK GRANT PROGRAM (UGLBG). The UGLBG is accepting proposals to fund graduate programs and provide graduate student tuition remission. The UGLBG is administered annually by the OSU Graduate School and seeks to recruit and retain graduate students of the highest quality, in addition to advancing OSU's diversity goals in broadening participation by educationally underrepresented segments of society. Deadline for proposals is December 17, 2012. For more information, please visit the Graduate School website.

Job and Internship Opportunities

Here is a sampling of current MIME-related postings on the Beaver JobNet:

And Some Additional Employment Opportunities...

CAMPUSPOINT specializes in placing new college graduates in job openings with contracted employers at no cost to the graduate! Here are some of their open ME positions:

For help with polishing your resume or cover letter...

...Or for services such as mock interviews, workshops and career counseling, visit OSU Career Services in Kerr Administration Building B008 or online.

Faculty and Post-Doc Positions

UNIVERSITY OF OKLAHOMA (Norman, OK) - Tenure-track Associate Professor or Professor in Aerospace and Mechanical Engineering, screening of candidates began Nov 1.

WORCESTER POLYTECHNIC INSTITUTE (Worcester, MA) - Multiple positions at the Assistant, Associate, and Full Professor levels

OHIO UNIVERSITY (Athens, OH) - Tenure-track Assistant Professor in Mechanical Engineering, apply by Jan 11, 2013 for full consideration

CORNELL UNIVERSITY (Ithaca, NY) - Applications received by December 31 will receive full consideration

KANSAS STATE UNIVERSITY (Manhattan, KS) - Review of applications will begin January 7, 2013

  • Assistant Professor in Solid Mechanics
  • Assistant Professor in Thermal Science
  • Assistant Professor with nuclear emphasis

FLORIDA ATLANTIC UNIVERSITY (Boca Raton, FL) - Screening of applications will begin in 2013

  • Director of Engineering for Renewable Energy Center
  • Eminent Scholar for Ocean and Mechanical Engineering Department
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