This Week's Features

Smart and Squishy Robots (American Scientist)
Building robots that are entirely soft requires the development of new components from valves to circuits, as well as ways to control deformable arms. Roboticists at Oregon State University are leading research into making robots completely soft. This article was written by Yiğit Mengüç, assistant professor of mechanical engineering.

LIB LAB sets its sights on the solar eclipse
In the second episode of LIB LAB (Library Laboratory)—a S.T.E.A.M. education video series produced by the Corvallis-Benton County Public Library and hosted by A.J. Fillo, Ph.D. candidate in mechanical engineering—viewers learn about the total solar eclipse that will cross over Corvallis on August 21 and how to safely watch it.

Mark Your Calendar

OSU AIAA presents Daniel Adamo: "Potential Propellant Depot Locations For Beyond-Low Earth Orbit (LEO) Human Transport”
Adamo has been an astrodynamic consultant since 2008. Before that he worked as a contractor at Johnson Space Center for NASA.
May 3 | 6 - 7 p.m. | Linus Pauling Science Center 125

MIME Design Area Seminar - Eric Coatanéa, Ph.D.: "A Graph Vision in Engineering Design:  From Problem Analysis  to Causal Graphs and Neural Networks"
Eric Coatanéa is currently tenured professor in Tampere University of Technology and Invited professor at Simon Fraser University in Vancouver. Coatanéa is also head of the board of Dynavio cooperative ( and member of the board of Dynavio Solutions.
May 4 | 2 - 3 p.m. | Rogers 226

MIME Distinguished Speaker Series - Sunil Agrawa, Ph.D.: "Robotics for Training of Human Gait, Posture, and Balance"
Agrawa directs the Robotics and Rehabilitation Laboratory (ROAR) and Robotic Systems Engineering Laboratory (ROSE) at Columbia University. His current and past research has focused on the design of intelligent machines using non-linear system theoretic principles, computational algorithms for planning and optimization, design of novel rehabilitation machines, and training algorithms for functional rehabilitation of neural impaired adults and children.
May 5 | 10 - 11 a.m. | Rogers 226

Henry Chin: “Design Strategy/General Design” 
Are you interested in designing new products or working with businesses to strengthen their branding? Developing packaging to make products more useful, safe, economical or attractive? Learn about exciting engineering careers in design. Chin is the Executive Managing Director of Ziba Design and sits on the Industry Advisory Board of the School of MIME. Coffee and networking to follow.  Please register in advance.
May 5 | 10 - 11 a.m. | Austin 270

College of Business Dean's Executive Series - Tim Leatherman: "How a Boy Scout Knife with Pliers Transformed an Industry"
Join us for Leatherman's presentation on how his journey from Oregon State turned this mechanical engineer into an entrepreneur. Learn how the Leatherman company grew from a startup producing 200 tools a year to a company that makes 8,000 tools per day. 
May 5 | 3:30 - 4:15 p.m. | Stirek Auditorium, Austin Hall

2017 OMBI Public Lecture - Ed Yong
Award-winning science writer and journalist Ed Yong will present the inaugural public lecture of the Oregon State University Microbiome Initiative (OMBI) on May 11, 2017, based on his bestselling book on microbiome in the human body, I Contain Multitudes. He is one of the most prominent and influential science journalists on the contemporary scene having written for virtually every prestigious English-language media outlet. He is a writer for The Atlantic, where he enjoys the distinction of being the 159-year old magazine’s first staff science writer. RSVP and more information.
May 11 | 6 - 7:30 p.m. | Memorial Union’s Horizon Room

OSU AIAA presents Daniel Adamo: "Oregon's 2017 Total Solar Eclipse
Adamo has been an astrodynamic consultant since 2008. Before that he worked as a contractor at Johnson Space Center for NASA.
May 10 | 6 - 7 p.m. | Linus Pauling Science Center 125

Undergraduate Engineering Expo 2017
This year's Senior Design Showcase features nearly 200 student-built projects from across the disciplines: Biological & Ecological Engineering; Chemical, Biological & Environmental Engineering; Civil & Construction Engineering; Electrical Engineering & Computer Science; Mechanical, Industrial & Manufacturing Engineering; and Nuclear Science & Engineering. OSU engineering students may volunteer for this event. Volunteer for at least two hours and receive a free t-shirt. More information. Register to volunteer here.   
May 19 | 11 a.m. – 4 p.m. | Kelley Engineering Center, Johnson Hall & the Community Plaza


  • Keep your posters and presentations looking fresh. New templates with the updated Oregon State University logo and fonts are available now. 
  • MIME faculty, please complete a survey being conducted as part of a NSF-WIDER project, ESTEME@OSU. The goal of the survey is to better understand faculty members’ perceptions of curriculum, teaching, and learning and to uncover professional networks. Responses are important even if you have not participated directly in the ESTEME@OSU project. You will have received the survey in an email from Heidi Hinshaw, a Program Assistant with our evaluator, RMC Research. Please reach out to Milo Koretsky ( with questions.
  • Pre-Engineering Students: Summer term Pro-School application is open.  Applications are due by 11:55 p.m. on May 31. We will be hosting pro-school application open labs May15 from 4-5 p.m. and May 24 from 4:30-5:30 p.m. in 221 Johnson Hall. 
  • Volunteers Needed:  Women Build! May 11-13, 2017 - National Women’s Build Week invites you to devote a day to help build decent and affordable housing in our community. Women Build encourages women of all ages, skill sets and backgrounds to get involved on the construction site. Sign up for a fun, three-hour shift at: or call 541-752-3354 ext 307.


Job and Internship Opportunities

Nike seeks a Materials Researcher II. MS or Ph.D. (preferred), in ME, Material Science, Physics or ChE. See more.

NOTE: The Career Development Center is currently transitioning to a new career management platform. Beaver Careers will be replaced with Handshake, a networked platform that allows employers to connect with students nationwide and advertise significantly more job opportunities than currently offered. Updated information will be available in next week's E-Bulletin. 

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