Oregon State School of MIME E-Bulletin

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

January 17, 2017

This Week’s Features

DoD Announces Award of New Advanced Robotics Manufacturing (ARM) Innovation Hub in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania
The eighth DoD-led institute, the ARM Institute joins the Manufacturing USA network in its collective effort to help revitalize American manufacturing and incentivize companies to invest in new technology development in the United States. Headquartered in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania, the winning consortium – comprised of state and local governments, industry, universities, community colleges, and non-profit organizations from across the country – contributed $173 million, to be combined with $80 million in federal funding. Kagan Tumer led OSU’s participation in the new Advanced Robotics Manufacturing (ARM) Institute. The team which includes MIME faculty Ravi Balasubramanian, Cindy Grimm, Geoff Hollinger, Jonathan Hurst, Rajiv Malhotra, and Berak Sencer.

Feds dangle $12M for wave energy development, and Oregon is interested
Oregon was tapped last week for a grid-connected wave energy test center, but what about projects to fill the facility? The U.S. Department of Energy this month announced it will make up to $12 million available to back development and open-water testing of wave energy converters “that show high potential to succeed commercially in large utility-scale markets and compete with other forms of energy generation in the longer term.” That could mean more funding coming to Oregon, long a target for federal wave money.

Why an Oregon wave energy device is being tested in Colorado
It sounds incongruous, but the testing at the National Wind Technology Center in Boulder reflects the design and scale of the generator developed by Corvallis-based Columbia Power Technologies for the company's StingRAY wave energy converter. "We are testing the StingRAY at the NWTC because the core design is similar to a wind turbine — it is direct drive, but with a very large diameter," Columbia Power Technologies CEO Reenst Lesemann said. Columbia Power Technologies is aiming to have the StingRAY ready for ocean testing in Hawaii next year. (Columbia Power Technologies was founded with technology developed by OSU researchers.) Also: Wind Energy Lab Puts The Heat On US Navy’s StingRAY CleanTechnica

Mark Your Calendar

Get to Know Your Professor
SME is hosting the Get to Know Your Professor Event again this term on Wednesday January 18th from 2-3pm in Rogers 226! The doors are open to anyone interested, and is absolutely free. Come hear from and learn about Dr. Fan, our new assistant professor of Advanced Manufacturing. He has experience in model-enhanced sensor design, monitoring manufacturing processes, and energy-efficient sensor networks, to name just a few! Hear about his work and projects, ask him questions, and network with like-minded people.
Get to Know Your Professor | DATE: Wed., Jan 18 | TIME: 2-3pm | PLACE: Rogers 226

Marine Energy Forum
The Northwest National Marine Renewable Energy Center (NNMREC) and Oregon State University invite you to attend a weekly Marine Energy Forum on the OSU campus. The marine energy forum is student-led and brings in speakers from a diversity of perspectives surrounding the development of marine renewable energies such as wave, tidal, and offshore wind. Guests will include speakers from technology development, government, environmental investigation, the fishing community, student research, and more. Attendees are encouraged to interact with the guest speakers and bring their questions about this nascent but growing industry. The forum happens every Friday beginning January 13 at 12:00-1:00 PM in Rogers Hall, Room 332 on the Oregon State University Corvallis campus and is open to all. For notifications of all upcoming events please check out our Facebook page.
Marine Energy Forum | DATE: Fri., Jan 20 | TIME: 12:00-1:00 PM | PLACE: Rogers 332

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. Registration deadline extended to January 18.

IISE Rockwell Collins Tour
The tour will begin at 10am and finish around 2pm, so we will meet to leave Corvallis at 8am. We will tour their facilities, hear from a couple speakers, and enjoy a provided lunch where students can network with current Rockwell Collins employees. There is a cap on the size of this tour, so you must sign up by Monday, January 23rd at 5pm. An email with additional details will be sent out after everyone has signed up. Register for the tour. Contact: Keaton Corder-Swanson, industry@oregonstateiise.org.
Rockwell Collins Tour | DATE: Fri., Jan. 27 | TIME: 10 a.m. | PLACE: Rockwell Collins, Portland

Suit Camp
Suit Camp will provide participants with training on interviewing and networking, then offer mock interviews with engineering professionals, garner feedback for future improvement, and then practice networking skills with professionals during a live social that includes free food and drink! 40+ professionals will be in attendance from companies across all engineering disciplines (Boeing, Daimler, CH2M, HP, Intel, Hoffman Construction, McKinstry, PCC and many more!). Practice your skills, build your network, and be better prepared for upcoming Career Fair Feb 16th! All engineering students are invited to participate. Registration is required.
Suit Camp | DATE: Thurs., Feb. 2 | TIME: 3-5:45 pm | PLACE: CH2M HILL Alumni Center

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


Graduate Research Showcase deadline extended
Attention graduate students: Please consider registering to present your research in the poster presentation portion of the Graduate Research Showcase on Feb. 17 at the CH2M HILL Alumni Center. To accommodate more students, we’ve extended the registration deadline to Jan. 20. This is a valuable chance to practice your presentation skills and share your research with the industry partners and companies in attendance. Top poster presentations from each school will receive an award and will be invited to present their research at the 2017 Oregon Stater Awards reception on Feb. 23 in Portland. This is a great opportunity to network and get in front of some of the college’s key industry partners and alumni. Register now!

MIME Woodshop Safety Seminars
The MIME woodshop will be holding 3 separate woodshop safety seminars on the following date and times:

  • Tuesday, January 24th at 10 a.m.
  • Tuesday, January 24th at 3 p.m.
  • Friday, January 26th at 9 a.m.

The seminar is open to present and past ME250 students, you must have your ME 250 name tag to attend. The seminar will last approximately 1 1/2 hours. Space is limited to 12 attendees per seminar. Seminars will be held in Rogers 106. Please email Darin Kempton  at darin.kempton@oregonstate.edu to sign up. Indicate which seminar you would like to sign up for.

Scholarships, REUs and Fellowships

Cultural Heritage Research in the Netherlands
This unique 8-week opportunity will provide selected students with a valuable interdisciplinary experience abroad with cultural heritage scientists who are leaders in their fields. Each participant will have dedicated American and Dutch mentors. While in the Netherlands, the student cohort will address questions related to important works of art using a variety of analytical tools associated with each research streams spanning Chemistry, Materials Science and Engineering, as well as Cultural Heritage Science. Application Deadline: January 22, 2017.

NEW! Domestic Nuclear Detection Office (DNDO) Summer Internship Program
The U.S. Department of Homeland Security (DHS) Domestic Nuclear Detection Office (DNDO) Summer Internship Program provides opportunities for undergraduate and graduate students to participate in projects at federal research facilities located across the country focused on helping DNDO meet its mission of “implementing domestic nuclear detection efforts for a managed and coordinated response to radiological and nuclear threats, as well as integration of federal nuclear forensics programs.” This program will prepare a diverse, highly talented, educated, and skilled pool of scientists and engineers to address issues related to national security and nuclear detection and to enhance the future scientific and technical workforce to be both knowledgeable and trained in fields of specific interest to DNDO. Application deadline: January 25, 2017.

NEW! URSA Engage: research opportunities for undergraduate students
URSA Engage is designed to provide first and second year students, and transfer students in their first year at OSU, opportunities to pursue research or a creative activity under the guidance of an OSU mentor. Awardees are expected to spend an average of 5 hours a week for the 15-week duration of the project (mid-Winter 2017 to the end of Spring 2017). URSA Engage is designed to establish mentoring relationships for undergraduates early in their program at OSU. Application Deadline: January 31, 2017.

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. Apply by January 31, 2017.

Interdisciplinary Research Experiences for Undergraduates (REU) in Consortium for Innovation in Manufacturing and Materials (CIMM)
This REU is a nine or ten-week program where students work collaboratively on topics related to advanced manufacturing and materials research. CIMM research addresses the scientific and technological barriers relevant to two broad classes of manufacturing methods: (1) Multi-scale forming and replication for high-throughput manufacturing and (2) 3-D Laser-based Printing for adaptive manufacturing. Students will be integrated into ongoing research projects in state of the art facilities in an environment of peer and interinstitutional mentoring and collaboration. Students will be selected to join research groups at one of the three Universities: Louisiana State University, Louisiana Tech University, and Southern University at Baton Rouge. Application Deadline: February 1.

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.

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! 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.

NEW! 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

Electrical / Electronics Engineer - ECOKAP Technologies
The primary purpose of this position is to support the commercial scale-up of a first-of-kind reactor to be deployed at an industrial site. The Electrical / Electronics Engineer position is responsible for the integration and instrumentation of microwave RF power systems and equipment and the data acquisition and controls development/programming. This position requires the ability to quickly and effectively translate product requirements to usable, measurable design solutions. Requirements: Bachelor in Physics, Mathematics, or Electrical / Mechanical / Chemical Engineering or equivalent.

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

  • Contech Engineered Solutions LLC seeks a Sales Engineer Associate Location: Nationwide Job ad expires on: 1/21/2017 Beaver Careers ID: 10143
  • 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
  • NEW! Toyota Motor Sales U.S.A., Inc. seeks a 2017 Vehicle Logistics Internship Program Location: Various Job ad expires on: 1/29/2017 Beaver Careers ID: 16205
  • Linn County General Services seeks a Temporary Drafter/Revit Intern Location: Albany, Oregon Job ad expires on: 1/30/2017 Beaver Careers ID: 14436
  • 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
  • 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
  • SCHREIBER FOODS, INC.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
  • Oracle Corporation seeks a Quality Assurance Specialist 1 Location: Hillsboro, OR Job ad expires on: 3/7/2017 Beaver Careers ID: 16128
  • Oracle Corporation seeks a Manufacturing Process Analyst Location: Hillsboro, OR Job ad expires on: 3/7/2017 Beaver Careers ID: 16129

Faculty and Postdoc Positions

  • The Mechanical Engineering Department at the University of Hartford, Connecticut invites applications for a full-time, tenure-track position at the rank of Assistant Professor with background and expertise in the areas of design of mechanical components and systems, integrated mechanical design of machines, systems approach to design cycle, prototyping, and sustainable design in mechanical engineering. Apply by Jan. 17, 2017.
  • The School of Mechanical, Industrial, and Manufacturing Engineering at Oregon State University-Cascades invites applications for a full-time (1.0 FTE), 9-month tenure-track faculty position in the Energy Systems Engineering program at the rank of assistant or associate professor. Successful candidates will teach undergraduate and graduate courses and will direct a robust program of externally-sponsored research with an energy focus. Apply by Jan. 31, 2017.
  • The University of California, Berkeley, Department of Mechanical Engineering seeks applications for a tenure-track, assistant professor in mechanical engineering in the areas of Design, Robotics, Applied Energy Systems, and Nanoscale Systems Engineering. Apply by Jan. 31, 2017.
  • The newly established Mechanical Engineering program at the University of West Florida has two faculty openings. One position will be based in Pensacola and the other at our satellite campus in Fort Walton Beach. Apply by Jan. 31, 2017.
  • The Mechanical Engineering Department at the University of Texas at El Paso (UTEP) announces tenure-track and tenured faculty positions in areas encompassed by mechanical and aerospace engineering. Opportunities exist at the Assistant and Associate Professor ranks. The Department’s long term plan for these positions focuses on composite materials, aerospace structures, and additive manufacturing but other concentration areas are acceptable. Review of applications began on October 15 and will continue until the position is filled.

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