Oregon State School of MIME E-Bulletin

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

December 19, 2016

This Week’s Features

OSU, PNNL to lead part of a major national program in ‘chemical process intensification’
Oregon State University and the Pacific Northwest National Laboratories will co-direct a key component of a new five-year, $70 million advanced manufacturing institute, with the goal of greater energy efficiency, increased manufacturing innovation, and more jobs in the nation’s chemical industries. The new institute, Rapid Advancement of Process Intensification Deployment, or RAPID, was announced last week by the U.S. Department of Energy. “The selection of OSU and our colleagues at PNNL to lead this focus area is a tribute to 15 years of commitment by state leaders, Oregon businesses and our research universities,” said Brian Paul, the Tom and Carmen West Faculty Scholar of Manufacturing Engineering in the OSU College of Engineering, and leader of the new focus area.

Community engineering
Giving students a deeper connection to the community is exactly the point of Humanitarian Engineering 310, a new course at Oregon State University that wrapped up last week. According to Kendra Sharp, who taught the class, it is part of the university’s Humanitarian Engineering minor, but it also helps students of all fields meet core requirements. Dan Espinoza, a junior in mechanical engineering, said beyond the class material, he’d gained communications skills from the class.

Garage Project Garners $1.5 Million Energy Award
There have been several popular companies spawning from garages. Engineers Alex Hagmuller ('09 BS ME) and Max Ginsburg hope to join the likes of Apple and Hewlett-Packard in taking their garage company AquaHarmonics to the next level. AquaHarmonics recently won the US Department of Energy’s Wave Energy Prize. To be selected, they were one of nine finalists and had to be among the top three entries for cash earnings. The duo hopes to use the money and scale up their industry.

Bridging class-work and student competitions
Students in the 2016 edition of the Composites Manufacturing lab class manufactured the body of the new car for the 2017 Shell Eco-Marathon student competition. The new design consists of a monocoque carbon fiber honeycomb sandwich shell. It took four shifts for three days with a total of 270 working hours to master the wet lay-up of the carbon fiber plies between cure cycles to obtain an extremely light-weight and high-stiffness structure. Beaver Bolt team and class students involved in the process were Chase Jones, Emily Peter and Austin Sandifer. Class GTAs Gabe Gray and Congcong Hu provided critical support for the effort. Roberto Albertani, the Boeing Professor in Mechanical Engineering at MIME and an industry-trained expert in manufacturing using fiber reinforced polymer materials, is the instructor of the class.

Oregon State University Advantage Accelerator plans ‘Next Great Startup’
Developed in collaboration with several OSU colleges, the event will feature the first student-based, university-wide business competition. It will begin in January, 2017, and the finals will be held on March 9. The Next Great Startup goes beyond ordinary business plan or pitch competitions, organizers say. It’s about real, viable student startup ventures created in Corvallis, and each team will receive direct access to venture capitalist coaches, business mentors, and additional funding as they advance in all three rounds. The winning team will receive more than $10,000 in cash, goods and services.

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.


MIME E-Bulletin on Winter Break
The MIME E-Bulletin will not be published for the next two weeks. To include information in the January 9th edition, send submissions to mime.ebulletin@oregonstate.edu by 5 pm on Friday, January 6th. Happy holidays!

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

Registration is Open: College of Engineering Graduate Research Showcase
Attention graduate students: registration for the 2017 Graduate Research Showcase is now open. This year’s event will be held in Corvallis at the CH2M Hill Alumni Center on Fri., Feb 17, and it will feature a lineup of professional development workshop sessions in the morning, and an afternoon poster session. There are 300 poster presentation spots available, and a limited number of workshop seats available. Entry to both will be on a first-come, first-served basis. One student presenter per project may register to present. Please obtain your advisor’s approval prior to registering. Your advisor will be contacted upon receipt of your registration to verify approval, thus completing your registration. All College of Engineering graduate students are eligible to attend the professional development workshops.

Scholarships, REUs and Fellowships

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. Fellows will receive a $6000 stipend as well as on-campus housing. Apply by January 31, 2017.

NEW! 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.

NEW! 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.

NEW! 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

NEW! 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

NEW! 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

NEW! 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.

NEW! 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.

NEW! 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

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

  • Advance Testing Company, Inc. seeks an Engineering Technician Location: Campbell Hall Job ad expires on: 12/30/2016 Beaver Careers ID: 13037
  • NEW! Bonneville Power Administration seeks a Student Trainee (Mechanical Engineer) Location: Vancouver, WA Job ad expires on: 12/30/2016 Beaver Careers ID: 15807
  • Precision Measurements and Instruments Corporation (PMIC) seeks a Project Engineer Location: Corvallis, OR Job ad expires on: 12/31/2016 Beaver Careers ID: 14242
  • Target Corporation seeks an Executive Intern Location: Various cities in the Northwest Job ad expires on: 12/31/2016 Beaver Careers ID: 14181
  • Target Corporation seeks an Operations Manager Location: Albany, OR Job ad expires on: 12/31/2016 Beaver Careers ID: 14183
  • Advance Testing Company, Inc. seeks an Engineering Technician Location: Campbell Hall Job ad expires on: 12/31/2016 Beaver Careers ID: 15216
  • adidas seeks a Store Operations Manager – Best Practices / Process Improvement Location: Portland Job ad expires on: 1/1/2017 Beaver Careers ID: 15020
  • Adpearance seeks a Communication Analyst Intern Location: Remote Job ad expires on: 1/3/2017 Beaver Careers ID: 13882
  • NEW! Oracle Corporation seeks a Quality Assurance Specialist 1 Location: Hillsboro, OR Job ad expires on: 1/4/2017 Beaver Careers ID: 14739
  • NEW! Oracle Corporation seeks a Manufacturing Process Analyst Location: Hillsboro, OR Job ad expires on: 1/4/2017 Beaver Careers ID: 14748
  • Huber Engineered Woods LLC seeks a Quality Assurance Technician Location: Commerce, GA Job ad expires on: 1/8/2017 Beaver Careers ID: 15335
  • Target Corporation seeks an Executive Team Leader Location: Various Cities in the Pacific Northwest Job ad expires on: 1/9/2017 Beaver Careers ID: 15238
  • 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
  • NEW! 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! Trillium Engineering Services seeks an Entry-level Mechanical Engineering Location: Rochester Hills, Michigan Job ad expires on: 2/10/2017 Beaver Careers ID: 15793
  • NEW! Flonomix seeks a Trainee Location: Hillsboro, Oregon Job ad expires on: 2/11/2017 Beaver Careers ID: 15819
  • NEW! James Hardie Building Products seeks an Engineer Development Program Location: Various Job ad expires on: 2/12/2017 Beaver Careers ID: 15848
  • NEW! Madden Industrial craftsmen, Inc. seeks a Maintenance Equipment Engineer Location: Medford, Oregon Job ad expires on: 2/15/2017 Beaver Careers ID: 15739

Faculty and Postdoc Positions

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