OSU ramping up research to better predict wildfire behavior 
On the heels of Oregon’s most expensive wildfire season ever in 2018, researchers at Oregon State University are ramping up efforts to better predict how the blazes behave, including how they generate fire-spreading embers. A team led by David Blunck, assistant professor of mechanical engineering, has been chosen by the U.S. Department of Defense to spearhead a new $2.1 million effort to study the burning of live fuels.

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Academia vs. Industry
Graduate students contemplating career options after graduation are invited to attend an “Academia vs. Industry” panel discussion, sponsored by the Graduate Student Association at the School of Chemical, Biological, and Environmental Engineering. Four guests with academic and industrial experience will be on hand to answer questions. Refreshments provided.
Monday, Feb. 25 | 4 p.m. | Gilbert 224. 

Jane Zelikova, Ph.D. - "Living at the intersection of climate change science, feminism, and activism”
Women in Science invites you to our annual “Outside the Lab” speaker event. Dr. Zelikova conducts research on managed and natural ecosystems response to climate change at the University of Wyoming and with non-profit organization Carbon180. Jane started two science communication production companies (Hey Girl Productions and LUCA Media Collective) as well as the grassroots organization 500 Women Scientists. Reception to follow. 
Tues., Feb. 26 | 5 to 6 p.m.| Linus Pauling Science Center, room 125. 

Industry Tour of International Paper in Springfield, Oregon
International Paper is one of the world’s leading producers of fiber-based packaging, pulp and paper. Meet with the leadership team, get a company overview and take a facility tour.

  • Non-TAPPI members welcome!
  • Registration is on a first come, first served basis with 11 spots available
  • A van will depart OSU at 12 p.m. and take registered students to the location, and it will return by 5 p.m.
  • Hard hats, safety glasses, and hearing protection will be provided. Students need a solid pair of closed-toe shoes; no heels. It will be cold so pants and long sleeve shirt or jacket are recommended.

Questions? Contact Josefine Fleetwood, josefine.fleetwood@oregonstate.edu, CBEE Industry Relations Coordinator.
Thurs., Feb. 28 | 12 to 5 p.m.

Inspired by TED Talks and the Inspiration Dissemination radio show, GRADx talks explores ideas in action. Graduate students will share the questions and motivations framing their research in an engaging 8- to 10-minute format. Presenters are challenged to reach beyond an academic audience and provoke conversations that matter.  
Thurs., February 28 | 4 to 6 p.m. | LaSells Stewart Center

Guy Hoffman, Ph.D. - "Designing Robots for Collaboration and Companionship"
This talk focuses on four recent projects from the Cornell Human-Robot Collaboration and Companionship (HRC^2) group: An emotive robotic skin that can produce goosebumps and spikes, a collaborative wearable robotic "third arm", a social robotics construction kit made from craft materials, and a robot that helps designers make better decisions. These projects illustrate the research agenda of HRC^2, namely that collaborative robots require a  combination of user-centered and engineering design practices with a human-focused approach to embodied AI.
Friday, March 1 | 10 a.m. | Roger 226
Christopher McComb, Ph.D. - "Combining cognition and computation for better engineering design"
This seminar will explore three interrelated areas of research. The first topic will focus on using simulation, specifically agent-based modeling, to better understand design teams and organizations, including recent work on modeling cognitive style. The second topic will explore the use of deep learning to create intelligent computational tools that can support and augment the abilities of designers. Applications areas include design for additive manufacturing,  structural design, and StarCraft. The final portion of the seminar will explore how the first two areas can be leveraged and extended to support the development of advanced, hybrid, human-machine teams.
Friday, March 1 | 2 p.m. | Rogers 226
Annual MIME Awards Banquet 
Pi Tau Sigma (ME Honor Society) and Alpha Pi Mu (IME Honor Society), invite you to the the MIME Awards Banquet, an awards ceremony recognizing outstanding faculty and exceptional seniors within our school. Students, submit your vote for faculty member of the year! Reward our great professors with the recognition they deserve.
Thursday, March 7 | Time TBA
SME tour of Boeing
Come tour the Boeing Portland location with the OSU Society of Manufacturing Engineers. The tour will be Friday, March 8th at 9:30 am. We will be leaving the Rogers parking lot at 7:30 am to make it to Portland in time. All students welcome. 
Fri., March 8 | 7:30 a.m. 
MIME Distinguished Speaker: Matthew Mench, Ph.D - "Engineering High Performance Redox Flow Battery Systems"
The redox flow battery system has the potential to meet a portion of the growing global need for grid-level energy storage.  These systems have decoupled energy storage and electrochemical generation among other advantages, which adds flexibility to the design and can integrate well with the emergent renewable infrastructure.  In this talk, an overview of the potential applications for these systems will be given as well as an update on the speaker’s most recent research into all-vanadium redox flow batteries.  A systematic progression through advanced diagnostics and computational modeling has been applied to these systems to greatly advance the state-of-the-art in terms of fundamental understanding, performance and durability which will be discussed.  In particular, recent advances which greatly enhance the performance at high efficiency and low state of charge will be detailed.  A new experimental test system designed to measure the complex and coupled transport of individual charged species through the ionic membrane will also be discussed.
Friday, March 8 | 1 p.m. | Rogers 226


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  • The College of Engineering is hiring for 2019-2020 Ambassadors! An informational session will be held on Wednesday, March 6th from 4-5pm in Johnson 219 for those who are interested. As an Ambassador, students will have the opportunity to get more involved with the College of Engineering through outreach, recruitment, current student support, and alumni relations. Please note: all applicants MUST be members of the Leadership Academy.


  • Nominations are now being accepted for the Eric & Janice Hoffman Scholarship to support undergraduate COE students who are in financial need as they near degree completion. We are pleased to announce that students may now self-nominate, or be nominated by faculty, advisors, or staff. The nomination form is available online: Hoffman Scholarship Nomination Form.