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Manufacturing Engineering at Oregon State University

June 2, 2014

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This Week's Features

MuTherm from Microscale Thermal and Flow Phenomena Imaging Laboratory Wins DOE Prize

Mohammad Ghazvini, a post-doctoral researcher in the School of MIME Microscale Thermal and Flow Phenomena Imaging Laboratory with Dr. Vinod Narayanan, won the Transformational Idea award at the May 2014 FLoW competition at Caltech in Los Angeles, Calif. The $5,000 award is given to groundbreaking pre-commercial research with large potential impact on energy sustainability and efficiency. Dr. Ghazvini is developing MuTherm, a flameless heat source that can be used in conjunction with a thermoelectric unit (instead of batteries) to power wireless sensors in natural gas pipelines. The project receives financial support from Oregon State’s Venture Funds, and mentorship from OSU’s Advantage Accelerator program.

The annual FLoW (First Look West) competition is supported by the Western Region of the DOE’s National Clean Energy Business Plan Competition (NCEBPC), and it aims to reduce U.S. dependency on international energy supplies. FLoW's mission is to support the development of entrepreneurial talent within American universities, and to accelerate the movement of leading edge technologies out of the lab and into the marketplace.


Hats Off to 2013-14 “Best of” Award Winners

Let's congratulate the winners for School of MIME 2013-2014 academic year faculty researcher, graduate researcher and teaching assistant, as well as student service and staff appreciation. We honor the award winners with a commemorative plaque in the Fall term welcoming and welcome-back picnic, but we don't have to wait that long to say, "great job!"

  • Mechanical Engineering Outstanding GRA Award: Troy Ansell
  • Mechanical Engineering Outstanding GTA Award: Joe Piacenza
  • Industrial Engineering Outstanding GRA Award: Saeed Ghanbartehrani and Hao Zhang
  • Industrial Engineering Outstanding GTA Award: Katie Morowsky
  • MIME Student Service Award: Zachary Taie and Tasha Larson
  • Debra Jimmerson Staff Appreciation Award: Brian Jensen
  • MIME Faculty Researchers of the Year: David Cann and Sourabh Apte


ME and IME Capstone Teams Recognized for Outstanding Writing

Students from two School of MIME Capstone Design project teams have been recognized for excellence by the OSU Writing Intensive Curriculum Program. James Amrhein, Olivia Girod and Adam Strength are the Industrial & Manufacturing Engineering 2014 Culture of Writing award winners for their Capstone project, "Design of Express Line for High-Volume Products." Josh Hille, Chris Nesler and Jay Stevenson are the Mechanical Engineering 2014 Culture of Writing award winners for their project, "Unified Medical Instrument Prototype Hardware." The OSU WIC Program aims to encourage and reward outstanding undergraduate writing efforts throughout the university. The School of MIME selects our awardees (in both ME and IME) by determining the top-scoring MIME Capstone product and process reports in the writing categories.


Energy Systems Engineering Capstone Team Wins “Best Student Project” Award

The Oregon Association of Professional Energy Managers (APEM) awarded the APEM 2014 Student Project of Year to an Energy Systems Engineering (ESE) Capstone team of Chaz Branson, Stephen MacDonald and Daniel Shaw.  The ESE team was sponsored by Energy Northwest to design a Hydrolysis Plant to store energy during excess supply periods in the spring and then generate CO2-free electricity during peak demand months in the winter.  The ESE project was unanimously selected by the APEM evaluation team for excellence among several projects.


Mark Your Calendar


Nuclear Materials Spring Seminar Series

Steve Zinkle, from the University of Tennessee/Oak Ridge National Laboratory, will present, “Epilogue: Foundations of Radiation Effects in Nuclear Materials,” on Thurs., June 5 at 3pm in Weniger 149.


The Graduation Day Must-Know Details

Date of 2014 School of MIME Commencement

  • Date: Friday, June 13, 2014
  • Where: La Sells Stewart Center
  • Time: 10:00 am (please arrive between 9:15-9:30 am for check-in purposes)
  • Attire: Cap and Gown
  • Afterwards: Join us for the reception at La Sells afterwards

Date of 2014 Oregon State University Commencement

  • Date: Saturday, June 14, 2014
  • Where: Reser Stadium, Oregon State University
  • Time: 10:30 am (when graduates process into Reser Stadium)
  • Attire: Cap and Gown, Rain or Shine Event
  • Cost: Tickets are NOT required


If you want to include your event, please email the MIME E-Bulletin box with the details. Requests must be received by noon on Friday for inclusion in the following Monday's e-bulletin.

Disclaimer: This is a partial listing of upcoming School and College-related events – it is NOT a comprehensive listing of everything that is happening on campus.


Thurs, June 12

MIME Graduate Defense: Design of a Single Lamina for a Microchannel Dialyzer with a Focus on Bubble Removal,” by Mahshid Mohammadi, candidate for Doctor of Philosophy in Mechanical Engineering, 9:30 am, Rogers 226.


Wed, June 11

MIME Graduate Defense: A New Method of Electrochemically Removing Residual Protrusions from Parts,” by Bruce C. Bingham, candidate for Master of Science in Mechanical Engineering, 9 am, Rogers 226.


Tues, June 10

MIME Graduate Defense:A comparison of single runs versus multistart for Simulated Annealing and Threshold Accepting,” by Matthew Crews, candidate for Masters of Science, 1 pm, Willamette West Room in the Valley Library.


Mon, June 9

MIME Graduate Defense: Lift and Drag Characteristics of Flexible Pitching and Heaving Airfoils,” by Jesse Rushen, candidate for Master of Science in Mechanical Engineering, 9 am, Rogers 226.


Fri, June 6

MIME Graduate Defense: Applied Optimal Control of an Underactuated Bipedal Robot,” by Mikhail Jones, candidate for Master of Science in Mechanical Engineering, 9 am, 1420 Valley Library.


Fri, June 6

MIME Graduate Defense: Two-Stage Flexible Flow Shop Scheduling with Blocking Constraint and Batching Machines,” by Hadi Panahi, candidate for Doctor of Philosophy in Industrial Engineering, 9 am, KEC 1007.


Thurs, June 5

MIME Graduate Defense:Evaluating Complex Engineered Systems using Complex Network Representations,” by Brandon Haley, candidate for Master of Science in Mechanical Engineering, 1 pm, Rogers 226.


Tues, June 3

MIME Graduate Defense:Assessing Steel Bevel Gear Design Alternatives for Sustainability Performance through Unit Manufacturing Process Modeling,” by Michael D. Eastwood, candidate for Master of Science in Mechanical Engineering, 1 pm, Rogers 226.



Job and Internship Opportunities


NEW -- Linn County General Services seeks an Industrial Engineering Intern (full-time, paid) within its department that provides a variety of services to Linn County buildings and employees. These services include facilities and equipment management for all county buildings, vehicle reservation services, grounds maintenance. The selected intern will work on implementing Lean Thinking by conducting 5S exercises in the shop and warehouse, work on improving the maintenance work order system and work on facilities planning and contracting outside services. Apply by June 27. (Beaver JobNet ID 29708)


REMINDER: Alumni who wish to access the Beaver JobNet may contact Career Services via an online form, and request a new log-in ID after student credentials expire.


These MIME-related job opportunities are a selection of what is available at the OSU Beaver JobNet postings.

  • NEW -- Georgia-Pacific seeks an Engineering Associate, reporting to the process engineer, at their Albany, Ore., location. Applications are due June 9. (Beaver JobNet ID 29579).
  • RH2 Engineering, Inc., (www.rh2.com) has an opening for a Civil-Mechanical Engineer in Bothell, Wash., or Portland, Ore. The application deadline is June 17. (Beaver JobNet ID 29556)
  • Global Career Partners Inc seek a Japanese bilingual Manufacturing Engineer with job functions including liaisons between the Portland office and Japan HQ. Apply by June 20. (Beaver JobNet ID 29576)
  • NEW -- Schneider-Electric seeks an Industrial Engineering intern (paid) to provide engineering support for products manufactured in Salem, Oregon. Apply by June 20. (Beaver JobNet ID 29455).
  • Isovolta, an international manufacturer of plastic and composite materials for transportation interiors in Harrisburg, Oregon, is seeking an experienced Material and Process Engineer. Apply by June 27. (Beaver JobNet ID 28457)
  • NEW -- Pacificorp seeks a part-time student engineer at their Albany, Ore., location. Applications are accepted until June 27. (Beaver JobNet ID 29620).
  • JVNW, Inc. seeks a Project Engineer Intern (paid) for a 3- to 6-month post at their Canby, Ore., location. Applications are due by June 30. (Beaver JobNet ID 28139)
  • Lockheed Martin seeks a mechanical engineer to provide technical support to Navy and Lockheed Martin customers for issues related to Fleet Ballistic Missile (FBM) Program D5 Missile and Reentry Systems (RES) at its Silverdale, Wash., location. Applications are accepted until June 30. (Beaver JobNet ID 27890)
  • NEW -- Fahrenheit IT Staffing and Consulting seeks an Industrial Engineer to apply industrial engineering fundamentals for a client in the health care arena at Indianapolis, Ind., and Portland, Ore., locations. Apply by July 20. (Beaver JobNet ID 29539).
  • Electric vehicle manufacturer Tesla Motors offers a Mechanical Engineer Internship/Co-Op (Fall 2014) at its Palo Alto, or Fremont, Calif., locations. Apply by July 31. (Beaver JobNet ID 29496).
  • Rosen Aviation, based in Eugene, Ore., seeks a Staff Engineer, Systems to develop system requirements specifications for all products and provide direction and leadership to the R&D team for researching technologies to include in future products. Apply by July 31. (Beaver JobNet ID 28907)
  • Carestream seeks a Research and Development Coating Engineer to lead and coordinate coating process development across a number of product lines including Carestream Advanced Materials (CAMS) and Contract Manufacturing at the Carestream Health Oregon (CHO) facility in White City, Oregon. Apply by August 29. (Beaver JobNet ID 29191)
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