Oregon State School of MIME E-Bulletin

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

February 6, 2017

This Week's Features

Chris Hagen Receives SAE Educational Award
Chris Hagen, assistant professor of energy systems engineering at OSU-Cascades, has been named a recipient of the 2017 Society of Automotive Engineers (SAE) Ralph R. Teetor Educational Award. The award recognizes Hagen as one of the top young engineering educators in the nation. MIME

Closed borders, open campus
For Mohammad Pakravan, America was a shining beacon promising a better life. This was the promise that drew him to the U.S. in 2012. Born in Iran, Pakravan moved to Oregon to get his Master’s degree in renewable and clean energy. Now, he is a Ph.D. student in humanitarian engineering at Oregon State University. As an Iranian, Pakravan was directly affected by President Trump’s recently overturned executive order banning travel from seven Muslim majority countries. The Daily Barometer

OSU continues to set the standard for Robotics
OSU's engineering program is among the nation's largest, and has been called the best in the west when it comes to robotics. Because of this status OSU has been the newest university chosen to become founding members of the Manufacturing USA Institute as part of their national robotics initiative. The faculty is excited to jumpstart projects with the industry to start shaping our future by perfecting practical robotic functions. The Daily Barometer

Learning While You Earn
The promise of career continuity, paired with course work that’s relevant right now, appealed to Ecampus student and Boeing manufacturing engineer Michelle Cramer. Cramer, who holds an OSU bachelor’s degree in industrial engineering, craves a deeper understanding of Boeing’s managerial workings. That’s why she’s pursuing a Master of Engineering in Industrial Engineering for engineering management — an uncommon offering in the online education world — and devoting 10 to 15 hours of her free time for course work each week. Oregon Business Magazine

Mark Your Calendar

NEW! MIME Speaker and Tours Series: Blount
Following a brief introduction and overview of Blount, Todd Gerlach, Director of Engineering, will explain the importance of customer connection in the product development process. Our discussions will focus on the criticality of identifying customer pain points and unmet needs to drive product innovation and demonstrable end-user value. Understanding your customer on a deep level will expand the solution space and create sustained competitive differentiation. Contact: Heather Vermilyea, ASME Secretary
Blount Speaker | DATE: Mon., Feb. 6 | TIME: 6 pm | LOCATION: Rogers 230
Blount Tour | DATE: Fri., Feb. 10 | TIME: 2 pm

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.  
Willamette Valley SWE Section Banquet | DATE: Wed., Feb. 8 | TIME: 6 pm | LOCATION: CH2M HILL Alumni Center

NEW! Leakage current measurements in Bi-based ferroelectric thin films
Dr. Joel Walenza-Slabe, recent graduate from Dr. Gibbons' group, will be presenting. Pb-free piezoelectrics are an area of active investigation, but the optimization of thin film synthesis and characterization is not comparable in scope or depth to that for BaTiO3 and Pb(Zr, Ti)O3, for example. We report on leakage current in polycrystalline Bi(Na,K)TiO3-based thin films fabricated by chemical solution deposition on Pt/Si substrates. Excessive leakage currents are linked to inefficiency and premature failure in piezoelectric elements, and this is especially so for thin films which are frequently subjected to very high electric fields. The mechanism for leakage current through the device was determined by modeling the I-V curves. Ternary end members and dopants including BaTiO3 and Mn several processing strategies designed to effectively reduce leakage current. These and several other strategies will be covered, as well as some promising avenues for further research.
Materials Science Seminar | DATE: Thurs., Feb. 9 | TIME: 3 pm | LOCATION: Rogers 226

NEW! Danner Tour
The Society of Manufacturing Engineers (SME) is coordinating a tour of the Danner factory in Portland! The tour will be held on Friday, February 17th at the Danner Factory from 1:00 - 2:00 pm. We will leave OSU from the Rogers parking lot at 11:00am and should be back in Corvallis by 5:00pm. Transportation will be provided by SME, but self-transportation and carpooling is also an option. Tour registration is open to all students, regardless of major or SME membership! Sign up for the tour HERE. Registration closes on Friday, February 10th. Space is limited to 10 students, and spots are filled on a first-come first-served basis. Please contact Ben Tankus, the OSU SME Chair with any questions. 
Danner Tour | DATE: Fri., Feb. 17 | TIME: 11:00am - 5:00pm | LOCATION: Danner, Portland OR

Graduate Research Showcase
At the 2017 Graduate Research Showcase, graduate students will display and discuss their research projects. Learn more about the groundbreaking research being conducted, and how our graduate students are working to create a better future.
Graduate Research Showcase | DATE: Fri., February 17 | TIME: 1-4 p.m. | LOCATION: CH2M HILL Alumni Center

IISE Western Regional Conference
The Institute of Industrial and Systems Engineers (IISE) student chapter is excited to host the annual IISE Western Regional Conference here at OSU. Attendees will hear from experienced industry professionals, tour local companies, network with students from universities across the Western U.S., and have opportunities to grow as industrial and systems engineers. Registration is now open! Visit the Oregon State IISE website to register and learn more about this exceptional opportunity.
IISE Western Regional Conference | DATES: Feb. 23rd - 26th | LOCATION: Oregon State University


Information and Global Social Justice: Italy
Information and Global Social Justice: Italy is a three-credit course consisting of one week of class on-campus in Corvallis, then two weeks in Ferrara, Italy. The course focuses on the ways that we get information about social justice and human rights issues in other parts of the world, across language and cultural divides. This course can be used as an elective towards the Humanitarian Eng minor and count for the experiential learning credit.

Opportunity for Study Abroad
A group of OSU students will travel to Uganda this summer to work with a humanitarian organization called TERREWODE, as part of a faculty-led study abroad program. Students who would like to learn more, particularly those interested in humanitarian engineering, are encouraged to attend one of two upcoming travel info sessions: Friday, Feb. 10, at 2 p.m. in Austin Hall 338, or Wednesday, Feb. 22, at 6 p.m., in Austin Hall 216.

Graduate Certificate in College and University Teaching
GCCUT is now accepting applications for admission to our program! GCCUT is an 18-credit graduate certificate designed to provide advanced course work and experiential learning opportunities to students who plan to pursue careers in teaching in higher education settings, or who plan to pursue careers in other fields that may require similar facilitation skills. Students completing the Graduate Certificate in College and University Teaching will receive a formal, transcript-visible credential. GCCUT Informational Meetings: Monday, February 20, 12:00-1:00pm, Milam 215; Monday, March 13, 9:00-10:00am, Milam 215.

Congratulations Elected IISE Officers!
Thank you to everyone who attended our club officer elections last Thursday night to help elect the new 2017-18 IISE officer team. The new officers will begin their one-year term on April 1st, 2017. Please join our club in welcoming these new officers to the team:

  • President - Carly Stasack
  • Internal VP - Sarah Trevisiol
  • External VP - Ian Sargent
  • Treasurer - Josh Schneider
  • Secretary - Lauren Smith
  • Training & Education Chair (TEC) - Korie Lum
  • TEC Elect - Dustin Diep
  • Event Coordinator - Laura Smith
  • Membership Director - Dominique Almendariz
  • Publicity Director - Dylan Livesay
  • Historian - Cordell McKinney
  • COE Representative - Justin Bussell
  • Industry Liaison - Still available*
  • Webmaster - Still available*

*Two Officer Positions Still Available
Unfortunately, we were unable to fill two officer positions during the elections. The two positions still available are Industry Liaison and Webmaster. Please click here to review the descriptions for these positions. If you are interested in either of these two positions, please contact Seth Taylor, Chapter President. We will hold a supplementary election for these two positions during our second All-Member Meeting on Wednesday Feb. 15th at 6pm in Rogers 230.

Scholarships, REUs and Fellowships

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.

AVANGRID Energy and Environment Postgraduate Studies in the United States, Spain, and the United Kingdom
The Avangrid Foundation is now accepting scholarship applications for master’s studies in energy and/or the environment for the 2017/2018 academic year. The Avangrid Scholarship is open to U.S. Nationality students wishing to pursue master’s level work with an emphasis on sustainable energy, energy efficiency and climate-related areas of study, in addition to more specific business areas. The grants cover full tuition, fees and health insurance, and provide a $25,200 annual stipend for other expenses. Application deadline: February 17.

NSF REU: Summer Academy in Sustainable Manufacturing - Wayne State University
The program offers undergraduates of all disciplines the opportunity to perform cutting edge sustainable manufacturing research in four interdisciplinary research areas: (1) nano-coating and lightweight materials and manufacturing, (2) energy storage materials, batteries, and inversion devices, (3) remanufacturing and sustainability assessment, and (4) chemical-energy-water nexus. Application deadline: February 17, 2017.

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.

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.

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.

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.

Undergraduate Research Opportunity in Electron Microscopy
Portland State University's summer Research Experiences for Undergraduates (REU) program offers students the opportunity to work closely with PSU faculty to produce an independent research project. During the eight-week program, each student will learn to operate either a scanning electron or focused ion beam microscope (SEM or FIB), then apply these techniques to their research work. Participants will have opportunities to formally present their research and gain supplemental skills in technical writing and professional development. Application deadline: March 6, 2017.

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.

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.

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

Local Engineering Internship Opportunity: Power System Engineer Intern
The objective of this internship is for the intern to contribute to the advancement of the SWPB products by adding features and capabilities, reducing costs, improving reliability, reducing manufacturing time, and better presenting products to the market. The student will gain practical engineering and marketing experience by capturing customer requirements, conceptualizing designs, finding and selecting component parts of the designs, finalizing drawings, assembling and testing prototypes, and developing documentation to present products to our sales team and to our customers. Engineering student with skills, experiences, and interests related to mechanical and electrical equipment, and computer aided 2D and 3D design.  Skills may come from hobbies, education, or previous work experience. Experience with Microsoft Word and Excel is essential. Computer aided design experience in AutoCAD or SolidWorks is preferred, but not required if candidate has other skills and strong interest in learning CAD. 15 to 20 hours per week within the hours of 8:00 AM and 5:00 PM at office in Philomath, Oregon. Contact Travis Hise and cc: Heidi Eveland if you are interested in the position. Travis.hise@sunwizepower.com, 541-905-4341; Heidi.eveland@sunwizepower.com, 541-602-8057.

Emerging Leaders Internship Program
Portland's future hinges on building diverse leadership. We are excited to announce the Emerging Leaders Internship for 2017 and hope that you will apply for this career-building opportunity. Last year 28 of Portland's top companies hired a total of 35 diverse college students to join them for a summer ELI internship. They did this because they believe that our businesses and our city should be more inclusive of the rich talent that has often not had access to the positions and mentoring that empower young professionals to lead well. Our goal is over 100 internships for summer 2017. We're looking for students who are underrepresented in higher ed and in the professional ranks of Portland business - first generation, students of color, or students who grew up in poverty are our top priority. Interns will each be matched with an executive mentor. These internships are intended to engage at the professional level with a strong leadership focus. Application Deadline: March 31.

Sales Development Program - Siemens USA
In the Sales Development Program (SDP), you will play an integral part in supporting the sales and marketing team by selling Siemens’ products, solutions and services to construction, industrial, and business clients. This instructional and hands-on program, when combined with results-driven, highly-motivated top graduates, is a recipe for a successful sales career with a global market leader. Program start dates are during the months of June and July.

Vehicle Logistics Summer Internship - Toyota
Toyota Logistics Services (TLS) is looking for highly motivated and qualified Vehicle Logistics Summer Interns. The internship will be completed at a VDC location and is designed to provide hands-on learning, leadership opportunities, and business insight. The focus of the internship will be the development of supervisory and associate relations skills through the direct supervision of hourly production associates. You will also receive learning on vehicle logistics, parts, quality, and kaizen/Toyota Production System. This internship is a feeder program for the TLS 18-month Vehicle Logistics Trainee (VLT) Program. Job Number TMN0002E

2017 Vehicle Logistics Trainee (VLT) Program - Toyota
Toyota Logistics Services (TLS) is looking for highly motivated and qualified Vehicle Logistics Trainees (VLT). The VLT Program will provide you with an enhanced understanding of vital areas of our business. The duration of the program is up to 18 months and will take place at a TLS Vehicle Distribution Center (VDC). During this program, you will discover how our company interfaces with customers and business partners during day-to-day operations. Candidates must be pursuing a Bachelor's degree in Supply Chain Management, Logistics/Operations Management, Industrial Engineering or related degree is required with a GPA of 3.0 or higher. Job Number TMN0002F

Data Analytics Co−op - Monsanto
The responsibilities of this position include development of research strategies for discovery projects in the Breeding and Biotechnology platforms. The successful candidate will use the latest innovations in Predictive Analytics, Geospatial Analytics or Operations Research to propose R&D software solutions that accommodate emerging trends in data quantity and quality. Responsibilities also include design and testing of algorithms and conducting prototyping to evaluate possible scenarios leveraging computational and statistical techniques for the development of novel approaches for high-throughput data analyses. Candidate should be pursuing PhD in Mathematics, Statistics, Spatial Statistics, Geoinformatics, Environmental Modeling, Engineering, Computer Science, Computational Biology, Bioinformatics, Operations Research, Industrial Engineering, or a related field.

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

  • MWH Global, now part of Stantec seeks a Project Engineer Location: Hillsboro, OR Job ad expires on: 2/10/2017 Beaver Careers ID: 16092
  • Trillium Engineering Services seeks an Entry-level Mechanical Engineering Location: Rochester Hills, Michigan Job ad expires on: 2/10/2017 Beaver Careers ID: 15793
  • Flonomix seeks a Trainee Location: Hillsboro, Oregon Job ad expires on: 2/11/2017 Beaver Careers ID: 15819
  • James Hardie Building Products seeks an Engineer Development Program Location: Various Job ad expires on: 2/12/2017 Beaver Careers ID: 15848
  • Madden Industrial craftsmen, Inc. seeks a Maintenance Equipment Engineer Location: Medford, Oregon Job ad expires on: 2/15/2017 Beaver Careers ID: 15739
  • Atira GST, Inc. seeks an R&D Engineer Location: Millersburg, Oregon Job ad expires on: 2/19/2017 Beaver Careers ID: 15936
  • Electro Industries seeks a Sales Engineer Location: Westbury, NY Job ad expires on: 2/28/2017 Beaver Careers ID: 14820
  • SCHREIBER FOODS, INC. seeks an Operations Intern Location: Multiple Locations Job ad expires on: 3/1/2017 Beaver Careers ID: 15656
  • Integrated Power Services seeks a Continuous Improvement/Quality Engineer Location: GREENVILLE, SC Job ad expires on: 3/5/2017 Beaver Careers ID: 16074
  • NEW! Oak Ridge Institute for Science and Education has Research Experiences/Internships Location: various Job ad expires on: 3/16/2017 Beaver Careers ID: 11254
  • Target Corporation seeks an Operations Intern Location: Albany, OR Job ad expires on: 3/17/2017 Beaver Careers ID: 16253
  • SIEMENS CORPORATION seeks a Technical Sales Development Program Intern Location: Portland, OR Job ad expires on: 3/18/2017 Beaver Careers ID: 16267
  • NEW! Precision Castparts Corp. has an Operations Management Development Program Location: various Job ad expires on: 3/19/2017 Beaver Careers ID: 16308
  • NEW! Precision Castparts Corp. has a Co-op and Internship Program Location: various Job ad expires on: 3/19/2017 Beaver Careers ID: 16310
  • NEW! Idaho National Laboratory has a University/College Internships Location: Idaho Falls Job ad expires on: 3/25/2017 Beaver Careers ID: 15324
  • Texas Instruments seeks a Technical Sales & Product Marketing Engineer FT & Intern Location: Nationwide Job ad expires on: 3/31/2017 Beaver Careers ID: 16011
  • NEW! Glumac seeks a Mechanical Engineer Location: Corvallis, Oregon Job ad expires on: 4/1/2017 Beaver Careers ID: 16508
  • Paradigm Construction LLC seeks a Project Engineer Location: Honolulu Job ad expires on: 4/14/2017 Beaver Careers ID: 10782
  • E. & J. Gallo seeks an Operations Technical Safety Intern Location: Modesto, CA Job ad expires on: 4/21/2017 Beaver Careers ID: 16274
  • NEW! E. & J. Gallo seeks an Engineering Intern Location: Modesto, CA Job ad expires on: 4/21/2017 Beaver Careers ID: 16340
  • NEW! E. & J. Gallo seeks a Process Technology Engineering Intern Location: Modesto, CA Job ad expires on: 4/21/2017 Beaver Careers ID: 16341
  • Union Pacific Railroad seeks a Engineering Manager (Structures)  Operations Management Training Program Location: Nationwide Job ad expires on: 4/27/2017 Beaver Careers ID: 16161
  • NEW! Sustainable Mechanical Systems seeks a Sales Engineer Location: Portland, OR Job ad expires on: 5/1/2017 Beaver Careers ID: 16296

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