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  • Warm-air blowers direct pathogens to surgical site, computer model shows
    Warm-air blowers that keep patients at a safe temperature also interfere with operating room ventilation systems, potentially making it easier for microbial skin colonizers to cause infection at surgical sites. The findings by collaborators led by Sourabh Apte, professor of mechanical engineering at Oregon State University, shed new light on the most common type of healthcare-associated infection.

  • Defects, failure, and cold contribute to success of Conference on Electronic and Advanced Materials
    The Conference on Electronic and Advanced Materials (EAM) wrapped up on Friday in Orlando, Fla., after three days of stimulating sessions. The conference, co-organized by ACerS Electronics Division and ACerS Basic Science Division, offered parallel programming by each division. Nearly 345 people from about 22 countries attended, including about 85 students. Brady Gibbonsassociate professor of materials science at Oregon State University, conference Electronics Division chair, and EAM co-organizer—says he appreciates the nurturing quality of this meeting for students. “We’re here to help the electroceramics community grow,” he says.

  • Calvo co-chairs workshop at International Council on Systems Engineering conference
    Javier Calvo, assistant professor of industrial and manufacturing engineering, co-chaired a Scientific Systems Principles session at the 2018 INCOSE International Workshop with Dr. David Rousseau, president of the International Society for the Systems Sciences and Dr. James Martin, chair of the Systems Science Working Group at INCOSE, in Jacksonville, FL. The workshop focused on the evolution, variety, and uses of scientific systems principles, with participants representing industry, government, and academia. 

Mark Your Calendar

  • Cascade Energy Technical and Career Presentation
    Representatives from Cascade Energy (an energy engineering consulting group) will speak to their experience in common energy efficiency measures, data collection, cost estimating, incentives, and analysis techniques as they pertain to refrigeration systems. They will share information about Cascade, the work they do, and what they look for when hiring.
    Jan. 30 | 5:15 p.m. | Kidder Hall, Room 278

  • HEST 242/542: “Household Energy In Guatemala” 3-credit Field Course -- Info Session
    Students from any major are invited to travel to Guatemala for 10 days in September 2018 to learn about the household energy poverty facing 40% of the world’s families and the technologies and policies that can help to address it. Please join the humanitarian engineering program for an info session on the course. More details on the info session are here  and details about the past course here. Please contact Dr. Nordica MacCarty, assistant prof. of mechanical engineering, (nordica.maccarty@oregonstate.edu) with any questions.
    Jan. 31 | 5:15 p.m. | Valley Library, Willamette East Room

  • SME/IISE Industry Tour at PRE-TEC
    The Institute of Industrial and Systems Engineers will be touring PRE-TEC, a tech company located in Eugene, OR. The company designs and builds turn-key solutions using multi-axis robot arms, custom end-of-arm tooling, conveyance systems, and safety hardware. For more info visit pre-tec.com. To secure a spot on the tour, sign up on IISE Facebook page by Wednesday, Jan. 31.
    Feb. 2 | 3:30-5 p.m.

  • 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

  • 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

  • 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.

  • 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. There are 22 seats available. Registration is open to all current OSU students, including international students. Please sign up ASAP to reserve your seat on the tour. Room and board will be provided by SME, but students are recommended to bring cash or snacks for the drive to Washington and back.  Sign up here. Find this and more events on Facebook. Accommodations for disabilities can be made by contacting chair@oregonstate-sme.org. 
    Feb. 9-10 

  • 2018 Undergraduate Expo
    May 18 | 11 a.m.-4 p.m. | Kelley Engineering 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
      Feb. 23, 10 a.m., Rogers 226

Graduate Defenses


  • Rogers Hall will be inspected by the Fire Marshal on Monday, February 5 beginning at 9 a.m.  Please ensure your labs and office spaces are ready for the inspection.  
  • 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.
  • International Research Experiences for Students (IRES) Full Proposal Deadline Date: January 30, 2018. The International Research Experiences for Students (IRES) program supports international research and research-related activities for U.S. science and engineering students. The IRES program contributes to development of a diverse, globally-engaged  workforce with world-class skills. IRES focuses on active research participation by undergraduate or graduate students in high quality international research, education and professional development experiences. More at https://www.nsf.gov/funding/pgm_summ.jsp?pims_id=12831&WT.mc_id=USNSF_39&WT.mc_ev=click.
  • 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 from 2 - 5 p.m. | Dearborn 119 Study Lounge

  • Fundamentals of Engineering Exam Review Course Open for Registration: The Institute of Industrial and Systems Engineers (IISE) club at Oregon State University is hosting the annual FE Review Course during Winter Term 2018 (click here for dates and more information). This course is specifically designed to assist OSU engineering students who are studying for the FE Exam. The following subjects are covered: Mathematics, Probability and Statistics, Engineering Economics, Electrical Fundamentals, Statics, Dynamics, Strength of Materials, Materials Science, Thermodynamics, Fluid Mechanics, and Heat Transfer. Registration includes access to digital recordings of each lecture and notes on Canvas through Sept. 1, 2018. The cost of the course is $125. Please contact tec@oregonstateiise.org with questions.

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

  • 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

  • Georgia Southern University  is conducting a faculty search for a position of Clinical Instructor of Mechanical Engineering. Complete details are available at http://academics.georgiasouthern.edu/positions/faculty/

  • Georgia Southern University is soliciting nominations and applications for the position of Assistant Professor with emphasis in Materials Science and Materials Processing in Department of Mechanical Engineering. http://academics.georgiasouthern.edu/positions/faculty/

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