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May 5, 2014

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This Week's Features

Winners! IIE Student Group Nails National Competition

Oregon State IIE Student Chapter, advised by Dr. Hector Vergara, has won the IIE national video competition with their submission “A Story All About Industrial Engineering” aimed to answer the question "what is industrial engineering" and attract high school students to the major. Well done, and no small task! Their video is set to the theme song of 90s sit-com "The Fresh Prince of Bel-Air.” Brandon Booth, IIE Student Chapter President, gives a special thanks to:

Dr. Ken Funk for his patience while filming and wonderful acting

Caleb Lewis for volunteering his time and equipment to edit the video

Kasey Williams for his commitment and for taking initiative by helping direct

Tasha Larson for helping find the right theme song, writing lyrics, planning, and filming

Troy Thomas for getting involved with all aspects of the film

• All who gave their time to the team effort to help plan, write lyrics, record their voices, and film


More Winners!!! Victory for Baja Racers in Texas

Oregon State Beaver Racing Baja Team has kicked off their race season with a victory in Texas. The team finished first overall against 100 other teams at the race hosted by University of Texas El Paso on April 24-27. Here are their standings from the competition's multiple events that brought them to the top, their first overall victory since 2009:

•  2nd place maneuverability

•  2nd place endurance race

•  3rd place business presentation

•  3rd place in overall dynamics

•  4th place design


Undergrads: MECOP and Pro-School Sessions Tomorrow

The College of Engineering is running two workshops tomorrow (May 6) to prepare students for MECOP internships and the pro-school application process.

MECOP INTERVIEW PREP WORKSHOP for anyone applying/interviewing for MECOP later this month. Learn about the unique interview format, types of questions to expect, situational interviewing, and how to prepare.

WHEN: Tues., May 6, 4-5 pm  |  WHERE: Kearney 212

PRO-SCHOOL APPLICATION WORKSHOP gives a presentation for pre-engineers planning to apply to Pro-School this year (or next year) on the application process, recommendations to strengthen your candidacy, and other questions.

WHEN: Tues., May 6, 5-6 pm  |  WHERE: Kearney 212


Graduate Studies Informational Session

Any engineering student considering (or curious about) graduate school should attend Wednesday's workshop, "Thinking About Grad School?" Panel discussion featuring two faculty members (Bryony DuPont, MIME and Travis Walker, CBEE) as well as current grad students and students recently accepted to graduate school. Topics include reasons you should (or shouldn’t) consider graduate school, what grad school is really like, and how you can prepare.

Grad School Q&A WHEN: Wed., May 7,  4-5 pm  |  WHERE: Batcheller 150


Volunteer Sign-Ups for COE Expo – Just 10 Days from Now

We are still looking student volunteers for the 2014 Engineering Expo. The public event includes more than 150 displays and demos of undergrad research projects. We are looking for students to help set up on May 15 and for the event on May 16, with tasks ranging from set-up and tear down to assisting the public with Q&A. Everyone who volunteers for two or more hours will receive a free t-shirt. Please sign up today and help out with this exciting community event.


Mark Your Calendar


SWE Roaring 20s Annual Ball

Find that flapper dress and get ready to roar, because the annual "SWE Ball, A Vintage Affair" is Sat., May 10. Tickets can be purchased in advance at Batcheller 151 until 5 pm Friday, May 9, or at the door. A single ticket costs $5, or $4 for 2 or more. Please pay in cash or check made out to Society of Women Engineers. The dress theme is vintage 1920s style. There will be refreshments, as well as a swing dance lesson beginning at 7 pm.

SWE Ball, A Vintage Affair  |  WHEN: Sat., May 10, 8-11 pm  |  WHERE: Women's Building


Nuclear Materials Seminar Series

Dr. Micah Hackett, Lead, Materials Development at TerraPower will present "I Wanna be a Billionaire: Developing Materials for the Traveling Wave Reactor," at this week's Nuclear Materials seminar. The seminar is Thurs., May 8 at 3 pm in Weniger Hall 149.

Nuclear Materials Seminar  |  WHEN: Thurs., May 8 at 3pm  |  Weniger 149


Catch a Lecture and the Game (maybe)

Dr. Todd Allen, Deputy Director for Science and Technology at the Idaho National Laboratory and a Professor in the Engineering Physics Department at the University of Wisconsin, will present "Innovative Material R&D: Interfaces (aka, I'll agree to anything if I think I can get to a baseball game)" as part of the Nuclear materials spring seminar series. Refreshments are served.

Innovative Material R&D  |  WHEN: Fri., May 9, 3 pm  |  Weniger 116


COE Student Clubs Club Carnival: Fun and Fundraiser

School of MIME student clubs should register to attend the College of Engineering Club Carnival on May 29. The event is an end-of-the-year celebration for students, recruitment opportunity for clubs, fundraiser for the Linn Benton food bank and all around fun time for everyone. Each club puts together a booth, activity or game for the 4-hour event (for example, the classic dunk tank filled with engineering professors). To get started, please complete the online survey at the URL below.


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.


Here's Something New – HWeekend with EECS

You are invited to participate in the first ever HWeekend, a 30-hour marathon design session (insomniacs welcome) which aims to bring people together to make awesome things. Groups of students will take on the challenge to make something using electronics, 3D printers, android phones, and any ideas. The free event is held in Kelley Engineering Center from May 31 to June 1, and runs for 30 hours straight. The HWeekend provides materials, but you are welcome to bring anything special you want to use. Food also is provided. Please apply for limited spots, and contact hweekend@engr.oregonstate.edu for more information.


2014 Alternative Break Trip Zero Week

Here is a unique opportunity during zero week to visit the Warm Springs, Oregon, tribal community. The trip, "Exploring Cultural Engagement, Policy Issues, & Community Wellbeing: Warm Springs, Oregon," is organized through the Intercultural Student Services and the Center for Civic Engagement. Some opportunities include working on landscaping at a senior living facility, working at a community garden, hiking on the reservation, and visiting the Museum at Warm Springs. Trip Cost: $75. Lodging will be the Kahneeta Resort & Spa. Trip fee includes transportation, lodging, 1 lunch, and 4 dinners that will be prepared and shared together as a group.

WHEN: Mon.-Fri., June 16-20  |  DEADLINE: Apply by May 16!


MIME Student Service Award Nominations

This is a call for nominations for the MIME Student Service Award.  This award is to recognize students for outstanding service above and beyond their duties as a MIME student or their duties as a member or officer of any professional or honor society.  This award is open to undergraduate and graduate students with a GPA greater than 3.0.  This award is not necessarily awarded every year; it is only awarded when there are qualified candidates. 

Nomination Procedure:  Nominations will consist of a nomination letter from an MIME faculty or staff member and the student’s resume sent to Jay Kruzic (e-mail preferred). DEADLINE:  Mon., May 12 at 5 pm.


Debra A. Jimmerson Staff Appreciation Award

The MIME awards committee is now taking nominations for the Debra A. Jimmerson Staff Appreciation Award.  This award consists of a $300 cash award and the recipient's name placed on a plaque in the MIME digital display case. Nomination Procedure:  Submit a nomination letter (2 pages max) plus two additional letters of support (2 pages max each) to Jay Kruzic. (E-mail preferred). DEADLINE:  Mon., May 12 at 5 pm.


COE Fall Awards Nominations

This is an official call for nominations for the 2014 COE Fall Awards. All nominations are to be received by the Dean's Office, 101 Covell Hall, by close of business on Fri., May 16. Contact Renie Ashbaugh for information about nomination criteria.


Intellectual Property Discussions

David Dickson, an Intellectual Property and Licensing Manager in the Office for Commercialization and Corporate Development, will be hosting open office hours on Wed., May 7, in Rogers 304, from 9 am to 12 pm. Any faculty member with questions on intellectual property, invention disclosures, patenting, licensing, or other topics related to technology transfer are encouraged to drop in at their convenience. Other researchers, including research associates, postdocs, and graduate students are also welcome.  If you cannot attend, you can contact David directly at david.dickson@oregonstate.edu, and look for additional office hours scheduled in the future.


Staff and Faculty Portraits

For your convenience -- COE has set up studio sessions for faculty and staff interested in the professional services of photographer Mitch Lea for portraits for personal and professional use. Portrait sessions take about five minutes per person, and appointments are not necessary. This photo session is open to all College of Engineering and BEBC faculty and staff. Below are the details.

Portrait Sessions  |  WHEN: Thurs., May 15, 9 am - 3 pm  |  WHERE: Cascade Hall, 601 SW 17th St


Wed, May 14

MIME Graduate Defense: Multiagent Learning for Locomotion and Coordination in Tensegrity Robotics,” by Atil Iscen, candidate for PhD in Computer Science & Mechanical Engineering, 10 am, Rogers 226.


Scholarships, Fellowships and Research Internships

The Oregon NASA Space Grant Consortium (OSGC) offers scholarships in science, technology, engineering, and math (STEM) and STEM education. Online application links and other program information, including the 2014-15 Scholarship Program Guide, are also available online. Application Deadline: May 23.


Job and Internship Opportunities


FLIR Systems in Wilsonville, Ore., has two new summer paid intern positions for manufacturing engineering students. The positions run are planned to run from June 16 through Sept. 19. Students should contact Bill McKnight for more information. Bill.McKnight@FLIR.com.

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

  • ENERGYneering Solutions seeks a mechanical engineer for their Sisters, Ore., based company. Submit applications by May 6. (Beaver JobNet ID 28914)
  • Arcadis, Inc., is recruiting for 25 entry-level civil/ environmental engineers for water/remediation work. The primary focus for these engineers will be project work on wastewater / water treatment planning, process evaluation, equipment selection, pilot testing, preliminary and final design, developing design reports, construction documents and specifications, as well as construction oversight and administration. Applications are accepted until May 9. Apply online at: www.arcadis-us.com.
  • Amazon is looking for applicants with a degree in Degree in Engineering, Operations, Supply Chain, General Management for positions of Area Manager, Operations. The application deadline is May 14. (Beaver JobNet ID 27644).
  • Hollingsworth & Vose based in Corvallis seeks a Mechanical Engineering Summer Hire for work on projects related to design, maintenance, improvement and construction problems pertaining to the Company’s production and facility-related projects. Applications are accepted until May 15. (Beaver JobNet ID 28217)
  • Oracle seeks a manufacturing process engineer/WWOPS at locations in Broomfield, Colo.; Bay Area, Calif., and Hillsboro, Ore. Please apply by May 17. (Beaver JobNet ID 25530)
  • McKinstry’s summer paid Design Engineer internship program is geared toward students studying project management, mechanical and electrical engineering and construction management. The application deadline is May 19. (Beaver JobNet ID 28991)
  • International Forest Products Limited (Interfor) is currently recruiting for a Continuous Improvement Technician for our Molalla sawmill based in Molalla, Oregon. Applications are accepted until May 26. (Beaver JobNet ID 28320)
  • Stahlbush Island Farms is looking for a Mechanical Engineer at their Corvallis location. Applications are due by May 28. (Beaver JobNet ID 27610)
  • NEW -- Ecova, based in Portland, Ore., seeks a Senior Manager, C&I for the Utility Commercial/Industrial Market Lead team. Responsibilities include the design and initial implementation of commercial/industrial energy efficiency programs. Apply by May 29. (Beaver JobNet ID 29206)
  • Altech Aerospace seeks an entry-level aircraft structures engineer/stress analyst to work with assistance from senior professionals, and conduct technical writing, design and structural analyses related to the strength, fatigue, and damage tolerance of metallic aircraft structures. Application deadline is May 30. (Beaver JobNet ID 28637)
  • NaturalPoint seeks an ME graduate for Technical Sales Engineer position in their Corvallis, Ore., location; the position requires travel. Applications are accepted until May 30. (Beaver JobNet ID 28559)
  • NEW -- Mill Power Inc., a Prineville, Ore., equipment manufacturer, is hiring for the position of Mechanical Design Engineer. Job duties include layout, design, and engineering of various machinery products, assessment and monitoring of projects, and assisting production with technical issues; recent graduates are encouraged to apply. Apply by May 30. (Beaver JobNet ID 29138)
  • HYDAC, a manufacturer in the fluid power industry is looking for an application engineer – cooling systems. The position ultimately is located in the Portland, Ore., area following a 9-month training in N. Carolina. Applications are due May 31. (Beaver JobNet ID 29099)
  • Maxim Integrated, a semiconductor manufacturer, seeks manufacturing and industrial engineering candidates for nationwide positions. The application deadline is May 31. (Beaver JobNet ID 25174)
  • NEW -- Peterson Pacific based in Eugene, Oregon, seeks a Control Systems Engineer to work in conjunction with the Product Engineer on the design, specification, testing and documentation of the electro hydraulic systems and controllers of such. Working in conjunction with Product Engineer. Apply by May 31. (Beaver JobNet ID 29269)
  • Safeway seeks applicants to its summer paid internship in manufacturing internship. Applications are accepted until May 31. (Beaver JobNet ID 25386)
  • NACCO Materials Handling Group, a manufacturer of industrial lift trucks, has an opportunity for a controls engineer in our facility located in the Portland, Oregon area. Applications are accepted until June 1. (Beaver JobNet ID 28583)
  • Isovolta, an international manufacturer of plastic and composite materials for transportation interiors in Harrisburg, Oregon, is seeking an experienced Material and Process Engineer to develop, document, implement, and troubleshoot materials and processes such as: adhesives, plastic films, laminates, coating, printing, drying, laminating, embossing, and pressing. Apply by June 27. (Beaver JobNet ID 28457)
  • 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 -- 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)
  • NEW -- 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)

Faculty and Post-Doc Positions

  • Seattle University's Mechanical Engineering Department has an opening for a one year, full-time Lecturer, with the possibility of renewal, to begin September 2014. Responsibilities include teaching several courses, including thermodynamics, lecture and lab, and senior thermal, fluids, or energy electives, and advising senior design teams. Review of applications will begin May 10.
  • Prairie View A&M University Department of Mechanical Engineering  is looking for candidates for two tenure-track faculty positions 1) Mechanical Design; and 2) Dynamic Systems and Control.
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