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  • Power in the Plumbing
    Talk about hydropower usually turns to megastructures such as dams, reservoirs and spillways. With help from Oregon State engineering researchers, an Oregon startup company is developing a system to generate carbon-free electricity from a previously untapped water source: the pipes under our streets. After installation costs, “this is free energy,” adds John Parmigiani, associate professor of mechanical engineering, who led a project to test InPipe Energy’s technology. “The idea is to use some of that water to spin a turbine and produce electricity. Water is returned to the system at the right pressure for consumers. They would see no difference in their water pressure. It’s drop-dead simple.”
  • Engineering Out Loud: Teaming with Robots 
    How do you talk to a robot? How about 250 robots? Julie A. Adams, professor of computer science, describes her research on human-robot interaction and the benefits and challenges of drone swarms.

Mark Your Calendar

  • Friday Snack & Study Sessions: Have homework to work on? Worried about MECOP? Want to get a dose of schadenfreude listening to upperclassmen complain about capstone? Come to the Friday Snack & Study Sessions, hosted by the Society of Manufacturing Engineers! We'll bring snacks and MIME seniors, you bring your homework, and questions. Open to all engineering majors! Connect with SME and find other events on our Facebook group: https://www.facebook.com/groups/OregonStateSME/. 
    Fridays | 2-5 p.m. | Dearborn 119 Study Lounge

  • Graduate-Undergraduate Student Mixer
    Have you ever wanted to chat with a graduate student? Interested in learning about where your undergraduate research experience could take you? Come and hear from our graduate student panel about different types of graduate student research going on at OSU. You’ll have a chance to network with graduate students and learn how undergraduate research can benefit your career. RSVP.
    Feb. 6 | 5:30-7 p.m. | RSVP for location

  • 2018 Graduate Research Showcase
    The College of Engineering at Oregon State University is on the leading edge of new ideas, research, and innovation. The 2018 Graduate Research Showcase is a display of engineering research designed to promote the work of our graduate students, and how they are advancing the frontiers of engineering knowledge. Our graduate students will share their work through poster presentations with industry partners, alumni, the media, prospective students, faculty, their peers, and other academic institutions.  
    Feb. 8 | 8:30 a.m. - 4:00 p.m.

  • The College of Engineering presents “The Science Gap,” by Jorge Cham
    Thought-provoking yet humorous, this talk will examine the need to close the disconnect in both communication and perception between researchers and the public, and how scientists and academics need to find new ways to collaborate in order to solve future challenges.
    Feb. 8 | 9 a.m. | LaSells Steward Center, Austin Auditorium

  • "The Academic Stimulus Package/Power of Procrastination," by Jorge Cham
    A survey by U.C. Berkeley found that 95% of all graduate students feel overwhelmed, and over 67% have felt seriously depressed at some point in their careers. In this talk, Jorge Cham recounts his experiences bringing humor into the lives of stressed out academics, examines the source of their anxieties and explores the guilt, the myth, and the power of procrastination. Seating is very limited, and will be available on a first-come, first-served basis.
    Feb. 8 | 11:30 a.m. – 12:45 p.m. | CH2M HILL Alumni Center Ballroom

  • Boeing Renton & Steelscape Dual Tour Weekend hosted by SME 
    Interested in modern manufacturing methods? Want to talk to professional engineers in reputable, established companies? Just really like airplanes? Join SME for a Dual Tour weekend from February 9-10, leaving Rogers hall at 12 p.m. and 2 p.m. on Friday, Feb. 9, and returning Feb. 10 at 5 p.m. Room and board will be provided by SME, but students are recommended to bring cash or snacks for the drive to Washington and back. Find this and more events on SME's Facebook page. Accommodations for disabilities can be made by contacting chair@oregonstate-sme.org. 
    Feb. 9-10 

  • MIME Graduate Student Body Meet & Greet
    As part of the 2018 MIME Graduate Student Recruiting Event, all current MIME graduate students are invited to the MU Basement for an evening of games, food, and camaraderie. We’re also inviting visiting applicants to our graduate programs.
    Feb. 15 | 5-9 p.m. | MU Basement

  • Benny's Closet Pop-up Shop
    Not sure what you’re wearing to the Winter Career Expo? Come by the Benny’s Closet Pop-up Shop to purchase affordable professional clothing. Shirts, skirts, shoes, pants and jackets; we’ve got it all!
    February 15 | 11 a.m.-3 p.m. | 124 Johnson Hall

  • College of Engineering Resume Day
    Get your resume ready for the Career Expo! Come to one of our hour-long workshops on February 16th and learn how to improve your resume before the Winter Career Expo on February 21. Space is limited; pre-register in Handshake to reserve your spot. 
    Feb. 16 | 10 a.m.-12p.m. and 1p.m.-4p.m. | 124 Johnson Hall 

  • MIME Grad Student Recruitment Mixer
    MIME graduate students, faculty, and staff are invited to meet and greet applicants to the School of MIME graduate programs. Refreshments will be served.
    Feb. 16 | 4:45-6 p.m. | MU Horizon Room Foyer

  • Winter Career Expo
    Students at Oregon State are doers. Problem solvers. Communicators. If you’re looking for some of the best employers in the country (and who isn’t?), you won’t want to miss the Oregon State Career Expo. This career fair attracts approximately 130 employers seeking jobs and internships in STEM fields, the arts, humanities, business, and healthcare. See more on http://oregonstate.joinhandshake.com.
    Feb. 21 | 11 a.m.-3 p.m. | CH2M Hill Alumni Center

  • 19th Annual Willamette Valley Engineers Week Banquet sponsored by the Willamette Valley Section of the Society of Women Engineers
    For more than 50 years, Engineers Week has helped to promote awareness of the engineering profession and to encourage young people to consider careers in engineering.  In support of these objectives, we invite current engineering students at OSU to attend this year’s banquet for free! Register HERE to apply for FREE admission to the event.
    Feb. 26 | 5 p.m. | Cascade Ballroom at CH2M Hill Alumni Center

MIME Faculty Candidate Seminars

  • Robotics
    • Victoria Webster-Wood, postdoctoral fellow, Tissue Fabrication and Mechanobiology Lab, Case Western Reserve University
      "Organismal engineering for next generation trainable, autonomous robotic systems"
      Feb. 5, 10 a.m., Rogers 226
    • Izaak Neveln, postdoctoral researcher, School of Physics, Georgia Institute of Technology
      "Infomechanics: the Interplay of Sensing, Mechanics, and Control in Animals and Robots"
      Feb. 9, 10 a.m., Rogers 226
    • Joe Davidson, postdoctoral researcher, Newman Lab for Biomechanics and Human Rehabilitation, Massachusetts Institute of Technology
      "Interactive Robotics for Agriculture"
      Feb. 23, 10 a.m., Rogers 226
    • Naomi Fitter, postdoctoral scholar, University of Southern California
      Feb. 27, 10 a.m., Rogers 226

  • Design
    • Kosa Goucher-Lambert, postdoctoral research associate, Carnegie Mellon University
      "Engineering Design Decision-Making: Using Behavior, Cognition, and Computation to Create Design Tools of the Future"
      Feb. 20, 2 p.m., Rogers 226
    • Carlye Lauff, Ph.D. candidate and National Science Foundation Graduate Research Fellow at the University of Colorado Boulder
      "Prototyping in the Wild: The Role of Prototypes in Companies"
      Feb. 21, 2 p.m., Rogers 226
    • A. Emrah Barak, Research Scientist, Carnegie Mellon University
      Feb. 27, 3:30 p.m., Rogers 226

  • Associate Dean, OSU-Cascades
    • Andrew Ketsdever, Professor, Mechanical and Aerospace Engineering Director, Center for Laser, Energy and Exploration Research (CLEER), University of Colorado Colorado Springs
      "Rarefied Gas and Plasma Dynamics Research And Applications"
      Feb. 9, 1 p.m., Rogers 237

Graduate Defenses


  • Calling SkillsUSA Alumni!
    We are seeking former SkillsUSA participants to help launch a joint SME/SkillsUSA chapter at OSU. In conjunction with SME (the Society of Manufacturing Engineers), we would like to promote the leadership and technical skills with the invaluable hands-on experience provided by SkillsUSA. You can help establish a new path you and future students can take! Please contact OSU SME advisor Karl Haapala (karl.haapala@oregonstate.edu) or OSU SME Chair Sarah Trevisiol (trevisis@oregonstate.edu) if you are interested.

  • 2018 American Institute for Aeronautics and Astronautics (AIAA) Region VI Student Conference and Paper Competition
    AIAA sponsors student conferences in each AIAA Region for student members at both the undergraduate and graduate levels. The 2018 AIAA Region VI Student Conference and Paper Competition will be hosted by University of California, Merced April 6-8, 2018.  Students from regional schools are invited to submit papers and give formal presentations that are judged for technical content and communication skills. Monetary prizes are awarded to the top three winners in each category. Funding description: Funds of $1,000 will be provided to one student to cover expenses to present a paper at the conference. Eligibility: Undergraduate and graduate students presenting research work directly or indirectly related to Aerospace Engineering. Application : Please send a one-page PDF with Title and 150-word abstract as well as a support statement from a faculty advisor. Deadline is March 3, 2018 ( https://region6.aiaastudentconference.org). Contact roberto.albertani@oregonstate.edu for more information.

  • 2018 REU Site: Summer Academy in Sustainable Manufacturing
    Students will work closely with a faculty mentor(s) on a sustainable manufacturing research project; interact with other outstanding undergraduate students who have a deep interest in sustainable manufacturing; attend valuable lectures, talks, and field trips focused on research and professional development/training experience; and compete in a poster/presentation symposium administered by faculty mentors and industry representatives. The program will run from June 1 to August 10, 2018. Student participants will be provided with a $5,000 stipend, up to $500 for travel to and from Wayne State University, and room and board at the WSU dormitories on campus.The Summer Academy for Sustainable Manufacturing is a 10 week undergraduate research program at Wayne State University in midtown Detroit, MI. This NSF Research Experience for Undergraduates (REU) Site offers unique summer research experiences in the challenging field of sustainable manufacturing to local and national undergraduate students from two and four-year institutions. Four sustainable manufacturing technical areas, yielding inter-disciplinary research projects, are targeted as the site's intellectual focus: (1) nano-coating and lightweight materials and manufacturing, (2) energy storage materials, batteries, and inversion devices, (3) remanufacturing and manufacturing sustainability assessment, (4) computer simulation and tool development for manufacturing sustainability, and (5) chemical-energy-water nexus. Upon completing the program, participants will have contributed to a cutting edge sustainable manufacturing research project that will lead to increased confidence to pursue STEM and academic careers. Application Deadline: February 16, 2018 (Rolling application review) [only open to US citizens or permanent residents] Final Notification of Acceptance: March 16, 2018. Program Period: June 1 - August 10, 2018. https://advancedmaterials.wayne.edu/summer-academy.

Scholarships and Fellowships

  • Merced Nanomaterials Center for Energy and Sensing (MACES) Undergraduate Research Fellowship, UC Merced  Summer 2018 
    • Full-time undergraduate students with at least two semesters of college experience (GPA 3.0 or above); US citizen or permanent resident status. Benefits: 
    • -Research-related experience in the areas of chemistry, physics, materials science and engineering
    • -Experimental learning and hands-on training on cutting edge research instrumentation
    • -Research and academic guidance and mentoring (http://maces.ucmerced.edu/faculty) and graduate students.
    • -Professional development opportunities via participation in monthly workshops
    • Application Deadline: February 28, 2018
    • Application Submission: https://tinyurl.com/yc25xq8z
    • Contact Info: Petia Gueorguieva, pgueorguieva@ucmerced.edu 

  • College of Engineering Students - the online College of Engineering Scholarship Application is open until February 15 at http://oregonstate.edu/scholarships/app/. Your application will be reviewed by both the College and your specific program to see if you are eligible for scholarship funds within the College for 2018-2019 academic year. Note: You must complete the application during this time frame. We do not accept applications at any other time.  If you have any questions or concerns, please contact the Office of Student Services by email: coeundergradprograms@oregonstate.edu.

  • Eric Englund Memorial Postgraduate Scholarship – Applications are sought for the 2018-2019 Eric Englund Memorial Postgraduate Scholarship, which is to be awarded to a graduate of Oregon State University.  This scholarship is to be given for graduate study in:
    •        Agricultural Economics (preferably, but not necessarily exclusively, in its international aspects),
    Or graduate study in:
    •        Kinesiology, Human Development and Family Studies or Nutrition.
    Full nomination instructions can be found here:https://gradschool.oregonstate.edu/awards/englund-scholarship. Deadline to submit packets is 5 p.m. February 21, 2018.

Job and Internship Opportunities

  • Transfer Students! Join the START team as a Transfer Ambassador. Help welcome incoming transfer students and their families to Beaver Nation! This is a paid summer job opportunity and a great way to make connections. Apply today at: https://jobs.oregonstate.edu/postings/54931

  • APHIS Pathways Intern Program - Now accepting applications: APHIS has just opened up the application period for the Pathways Intern Program. These are paid internships with APHIS in multiple disciplines, including agriculture, science, technology, finance, policy, environment, communications, business, and many other fields. The locations of the internships are Maryland, Massachusetts, North Carolina, Guam, Hawaii, Louisiana, New Jersey, Texas, Puerto Rico, Washington, Florida, Washington D.C, Minnesota and Arizona. So if students are interested in gaining experience in another state, please encourage them to apply. Applications and more information can be found at https://www.aphis.usda.gov/aphis/banner/careers/internships/intern-career-program. 

  • GRA opportunities in Wood Sciences. Multiple faculty members are seeking MS and PhD level graduate assistants to join their collaborative research teams. MS level positions typically lasts 24 months while average PhD level positions last 3 years. The graduate assistants will be working on research projects supported by the National Science Foundation Center for Wood-Based Composites (WBC), which is an industry/university cooperative research center, federally funded grants, and internal grants. Opportunity to seek dual major degrees with College of Engineering also exists. Candidates should have BS degree in Wood Science / Material Science /Engineering (CE or ME) or related field. For more information  interested students should contact: Dr. Fred Kamke, Dr. Arijit Sinha, and Dr. John Nairn (Fred.Kamke@oregonstate.edu, Arijit.Sinha@oregonstate.edu, John.Nairn@oregonstate.edu).

  • Naval Acquisition Development Program (NADP) seeks an Engineer with a degree in Electrical or Industrial Engineering. C1021 is recruiting an engineer to work primarily as a project manager on projects that include calculating electrical loads for buildings/processes, installing transformers or emergency generators, and tracing circuits as needed to trouble shoot power issues within the various facilities. 

  • Microsoft is seeking a BS/MS Mechanical Engineer within the its Applied Science GroupThe group is the Advanced HW Development Group at MSFT working on projects such as Hololens, Surface, Xbox and others. The position is a contract ME though will convert to full-time should the candidate fit within the organization.  It is an ideal position for a ME who is curious, motivate and interested in exploring the human-computer interface, robotics, smart devices and other areas.  Demonstrated experience with:
    o Mechanical Computer Aided Design (SW, Creo, etc.)
    o Finite Element Analysis (Ansys, etc.)
    o Scientific Programming Skills (MATLAB, Python, Mathematica, or similar)
    o Additive manufacturing: 3D printing
    o Physical experimentation of mechanical or material systems
    Contact Jim Holbery (jiholb@microsoft.com).

  • Google is seeking a Hardware/Mechanical Engineering Intern for Summer 2018. More details.
  • HP is seeking an Industrial Engineer Intern at their Corvallis location. More details.
  • The OSU Energy Efficiency Center is hiring Sophomore, Junior, and Senior engineering students (all disciplines) with excellent technical aptitude; and a proven ability to apply themselves, learn new technologies, work independently, and complete assignments in a timely manner. Center analysts tour regional facilities, collect data and prepare engineering recommendations for industrial and other clients to improve energy efficiency, reduce waste generation, and increase profitability. This position offers the successful applicant a great opportunity for quality experience and professional development. Applicants must be able to work with the center at least one school year and two summers. Visit http://eec.oregonstate.edu/ for more information.

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Faculty and Post-Doc Positions

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