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November 18, 2013

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This Week's Features


Tiny Bubbles Enter Gallery of Fluid Motion

A research photo from Mahshid Mohammadi has been selected for showing in the Gallery of Fluid Motion, an exhibit put together in conjunction with the American Physical Society Division of Fluid Dynamics 66th Annual Meeting. In Mohammadi's photo, dry bubbles are moving through microchannels 250 micrometers wide and 100 micrometers deep. Congratulations for the great photo, and for rising to the top of the very competitive selection process.  The full photo gallery of winners is a spectacular collection!


Inspiring Excellence in Design – Through Pumpkin Smashing

The OSU chapter of the American Society of Mechanical Engineers hosted the School of MIME Pumpkin Chunkin tradition, bringing in ten teams of high schoolers to compete for the annual most-accurate-pumpkin-tossing-aided-by-a-mechanical-device competition.

Participants included 10 teams from four area schools -- Nestucca High School of Cloverdale, ACE Academy of Portland, Churchill High School of Eugene and Centennial High School of Gresham. A team of six Centennial High School metal shop class students took home the award for best design and accuracy after hitting a target with their pumpkins, the Corvallis Gazette-Times said.


IIE/SME Fall Business Meeting

IIE and SME will be holding an all-member meeting tonight to cover upcoming business, including upcoming officer elections, the 2014 IIE video competition, and the IIE regional conference. The agenda also includes planning for group social events, including the OSU vs. Washington Tailgater and Bowling Night.

IIE/SME FALL BUSINESS  |  DATE: Mon, Nov. 18  |  TIME: 6 pm  |  LOCATION: 221 Covell


Mark Your Calendar

Lockheed Martin F-35 Joint Strike Fighter Developer

OSU AIAA will host Dr. Paul Bevilaqua, the former chief engineer of "Skunk Works," Lockheed Martin's Advanced Development Programs (ADP). Dr. Bevilaqua played a leading role in developing the F-35 Joint Strike Fighter, and he invented the dual cycle propulsion system that enables the Marine's version of the aircraft to take off and land vertically. His presentation will describe the technical and program challenges involved in developing the Joint Strike Fighter -- an international program with engineers from half a dozen countries developing a single replacement aircraft for multiple aircraft types.

LOCKHEED MARTIN SPEAKER  |  DATE: Mon,  Nov 18  |  TIME: 6 pm  |  LOCATION: Linus Pauling Center, Room 125


SWE Bowling Party in the MU Basement is Friday 7 PM!

The Society of Women Engineers has invited students and the SWE professional section to a night of bowling, pizza and pop. SWE Collegiate and Professional Members get in FREE, and guests or non members only have to pay two dollars. Visit the SWE registration form so they can order enough food and drink!

SWE BOWLING  |   DATE: Fri, Nov 22  |  TIME: 7-9 pm |  LOCATION: MU Basement


Rural Public Health Transformation

The School of MIME and the College of Public Health and Human Sciences will have Dr. Lyle Fagnan speak at a lunch seminar. Fagnan is the founding director of the Oregon Rural Practice-based Research Network (ORPRN) and a Professor of Family Medicine at Oregon Health & Science University. Fagnan will speak about health care practice transformation based on his experience with running a rural practice clinic for more than two decades.

RURAL PRACTICE SEMINAR  |  DATE: Fri, Nov 22  |  TIME: 12.30  |  LOCATION: Rogers 226


Mathematical and Physical Complexities of Granular Materials

Prof. Matt Evans, OSU Civil Engineering, will conduct a Materials Science seminar, "Mechanical and Thermal Behaviors in Granular Materials." This talk will present an overview of some of the mathematical and physical complexities of granular materials and describe approaches for simulating granular assemblies at the particle scale. Relationships between particle behavior and assembly behavior will be presented.

MATERIALS SCIENCE SEMINAR  |   DATE: Thurs, Dec 5  |  TIME: 3 pm |  LOCATION: Rogers 226


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.


OSHA Safety Training Requirement

December 1 is a deadline for a new OSHA training requirement for employees. The topic of the training is changes to the hazard communication program, specifically new container labeling elements and the format of Safety Data Sheets. OSU has an online training video (and quiz) that will satisfy this requirement. The regulations do not specifically cover “workers such as office workers… who encounter hazardous chemicals only in non-routine, isolated instances,” although there is value to all employees reviewing the hazard communication booklet.


Get Your Art Out!

The Student Success Center is accepting art submissions from current OSU students in all mediums for its winter term open house, and year-round rotating displays. Final pieces will have to hang on the wall. Questions and submissions (a digital photo of your art) can be addressed to ssc.student@oregonstate.edu

DEADLINE: Fri., Nov. 22.


Special Topic Courses for Winter Term

The Applied Economics department is offering two new special topics courses for winter term. AREC 499 (ST): Developing Business Plans: Agriculture & Food and AREC 499/599 (ST): Conservation on Private Land.


Winter Term Course Registration

Winter term registration opens through student online services. Students are advised to prepare for registration and look up term registration dates and times for Phase 1 and Phase 2 of registration and mark them on a calendar. During Phase 1 students can sign up for 16 credits maximum but CANNOT waitlist a course. During Phase 2, students can sign up for additional credits, up to 19, and CAN waitlist courses. 

Scholarships, Fellowships and Research Internships

Community Work Schoenstein Sustaining Excellence Scholarship

Undergrad students in their sophomore, junior, or senior year who are actively demonstrating OSU community commitment with social contributions that extend beyond classroom requirements should apply for the Schoenstein Sustaining Excellence Scholarship. There are two $1,000 awards available. Applications should be turned in to Eric Alexander, Memorial Union 203, Center for Leadership Development.

APPLICATION DEADLINE: Wed, Nov. 20, 12 noon.



Student Sustainability Project Grants Available

The Student Sustainability Initiative (SSI) is accepting applications for project grant program. Any individual OSU student or student group can apply for up to $6,000 in funding. Projects that benefit OSU students and the SSI’s mission of advancing student efforts to create a culture of sustainability at OSU through action, education, and opportunity will be favored.

Previously funded projects include a $6,000 grant for the solar vehicle team to upgrade and maintain their solar vehicles. Any questions should be directed to the SSI Fee Board Chair. Applications are due Dec. 15, 2013.


Healthcare Systems Engineering Fellowships

The New England Veterans Engineering Resource Center (VERC) is seeking graduate students for fellowship opportunities in healthcare systems engineering.  The center is actively looking for 2-3 fellows to start in the Spring or Summer of 2014.

Engineering graduate students from Oregon State University are sought to apply their expert skills (e.g., operations research, modeling and simulation, scheduling, data mining, human factors, risk analysis) in the development and application of innovative engineering solutions. For more information, email maria.lebedeva@va.gov. Interested students should apply no later than January 30, 2014.


Call for Robotics Club Project Proposals

Robotics Club advisor Dr. Jonathan Hurst would like students to submit proposals (2 pages plus appendices) for new robotics projects demonstrating technical merit and a broader impact outside of the immediate project team. The projects, awarded the beginning of winter term, are funded through the National Science Foundation and the DWFritz automation company.  Submit To: Dr. Jonathan Hurst.

DEADLINE: Submissions are due finals week of fall term.


SME Education Foundation Awards $17,000 to MIME Students

Did you know that last year OSU MIME students received more than $17,000 from SME scholarships? The SME Education Foundation scholarship application is now open for the 2014-2015 school year. The application process requires two letters of recommendation, and it is time to ask professors, MECOP mentors, employers for references. The eligibility requirements for the scholarships are listed on the SME website. Please contact Olivia Girod, OSU SME Chair, with questions.
DEADLINE:  Sat, Feb. 1, 2014


2014 URSA ENGAGE Funding

Student applications for research funding through the 2014 URSA ENGAGE program are now available online. URSA ENGAGE is an undergraduate research program for freshmen, sophomores, and transfer students in their first year at OSU. The program pays students up to $1,500 for research performed in OSU professor’s labs in the upcoming winter and spring terms. To join URSA ENGAGE, students apply for the faculty projects listed online. Please contact Kevin Ahern at ahernk@onid.orst.edu with questions about the program.

DEADLINE: Nov. 22, 5 pm


Udall Foundation National Scholarship Program

The Udall Foundation awards 80 $5,000 scholarships and 50 honorable-mention awards of $350 through its national program for the 2014-15 academic year to current sophomore and junior undergraduates who intend to pursue careers in Native American health care, tribal public policy, or the environment. Applicants in the first two categories must be native American/Alaska Native.

The process requires university recommendation prior to application, and interested candidates should schedule a pre-application consultation during Fall term 2013. Please contact Dr. Patricia S. Muir by email to request more information and arrange a meeting to discuss your candidacy.

DEADLINE: Schedule an informational session in the Fall term


Women in Engineering Scholarship

The Eastern Washington Section of the Society of Women Engineers (SWE) and AREVA gives scholarships to women (sophomore or above) in any engineering major. Deadline Feb 3, 2014.


Assistance for Internship on “The Hill”

The OSU Alumni Association is offering two $3,500 scholarships for internships in Washington, D.C. The scholarships are open to students from any field of study. Application deadlines for Spring and summer positions are Feb. 10, 2014 and May 12, 2014, respectively. For questions and information about the process, please contact Kate Sanders with the OSU Alumni Association.

DEADLINE: Feb 10 and May 12, 2014


Engineering Scholarship Resource

To search for potential engineering scholarship sources and browse through a host of information relevant to earning your engineering degree and professional license, visit EngineeringDegree.com.



OSU subscribes to Grant Forward, a software service useful for research grant seekers and graduate students. The service, which requires users to set up an account profile, retrieves new postings from numerous funding agencies on a daily basis, and then tags the posting with the appropriate category, deadline, sponsor type, status, submission type and keywords.


Job and Internship Opportunities

  • NEW Triplepoint Energy has an immediate opening for a Continuous Improvement Engineer. For information or details about this announcement, contact Bruce MacKender by email or by calling 503.998.1539.
  • Department of Homeland Security  Internships: The Department of Homeland Security 2014 HS-STEM Summer Internships program is now accepting applications for 10-week summer internships, with areas of research including engineering, computer science, mathematics, physics, and environmental science. Undergraduate students receive a $5,000 stipend plus travel expenses. US citizenship is required. Deadline: Jan. 6, 2014
  • Georgia-Pacific is accepting applications until Nov. 29 for an entry-level mechanical engineer. Qualified applicants will hold a BA Bachelor’s degree or higher in engineering in areas such as: mechanical, pulp/paper science/engineering, mechanical engineering/technology, or aerospace.
  • Gunderson LLC seeks an associate design engineer at its Portland location. Applicants should hold a BS in mechanical engineering (BSME) or similar engineering degree. Engineering work experience is desirable, but not required. Deadline: Dec. 22.
  • Applications Engineer/Intern at Silicon Laboratories. Applications accepted until Dec. 9.
  • Electrical Field Engineer at Emerson / ERS closes Dec. 30.
  • Entry Level Mechanical Engineer at Georgia-Pacific LLC. Applications accepted until Nov. 29.
  • Aviation Software Engineers at Garmin. Applications accepted until Dec. 31.
  • The NASA LARSS Internship program is accepting applications for its paid research, internship program for undergraduate and graduate students pursuing degrees in science, technology, engineering, and mathematics (STEM). Applications are accepted until Feb 1, 2014.


Faculty and Post-Doc Positions

  • NEW The Mechanical and Industrial Engineering department at Penn State Erie, The Behrend College, invites applicants for a non-tenure track faculty position starting fall 2014. We are seeking an enthusiastic and dynamic faculty member in Mechanical Engineering with a specialization in the area(s) of system dynamics, & control, and measurements, & instrumentation. Review of applications begins immediately.
  • NEW The Thomas J. Watson School of Engineering and Applied Science at the State University of New York at Binghamton seeks applications for fifteen tenure-track positions in the fall of 2014, including one position for an Associate/Full Professor of Systems Science and Industrial Engineering: Electronics Packaging/Manufacturing,  two positions for  Assistant Professor of Mechanical Engineering (mechanics) and (energy) and four positions for Assistant Professor of Systems Science and Industrial Engineering  (Healthcare IT/Analytics, Healthcare Systems Engr, Manufacturing Systems and smart grids).
  • The Department of Mechanical Engineering at the University of Connecticut invites applications for two tenure-track or tenured faculty positions open to all ranks (Assistant, Associate and Full Professor) in the areas of computational design and manufacturing. These positions are available immediately.
  • The Department of Mechanical Engineering at the University of Connecticut invites applications for two tenured or tenure-track faculty positions in the area of thermal-fluid sciences. One position is open to all ranks while the other is open to assistant and associate professor ranks. These positions are available immediately.
  • The College of Engineering at the University of California, Berkeley, is conducting a search to fill a senior faculty position for Director of the Jacobs Institute for Design Innovation. The Application review starts Nov. 1 with the final deadline to apply on Jan. 2, 2014.
  • The Mechanical Engineering program at Washington State University Vancouver has a tenure-track Assistant Professor position in micro/nano technology and MEMS areas. Application deadline is Nov. 30.
  • The Department of Mechanical Engineering, University of Michigan, Ann Arbor, seeks candidates for multiple full-time tenured or tenure-track faculty positions. Candidates in the areas of transportation systems and design and innovation are particularly encouraged. Interested candidates should apply before Dec. 1.
  • The School of Engineering at Fairfield University invites applications for a tenure-track assistant professor position in mechanical engineering. The review of candidates will begin in December, and the position will remain open until filled.
  • The Department of Aerospace and Mechanical Engineering at the University of Southern California is seeking applications and nominations for the position of Department Chair. Applications before Dec. 2 are preferred.
  • The Department of Mechanical Engineering at Clemson University invites applicants for multiple tenure-track faculty positions at the rank of assistant professor, to begin Fall 2014. Candidates with expertise in advanced manufacturing, bio-inspired materials and manufacturing, and advanced materials design and processing are encouraged to apply. Applications should be received no later than Dec. 15, for guaranteed review.
  • Penn State Berks has a tenure track position open in Mechanical Engineering. Review of applications will begin Dec. 1
  • The Department of Mechanical Engineering, University of Michigan, Ann Arbor, is accepting applications for multiple full-time tenured or tenure-track faculty positions, particularly the areas of Transportation Systems, and Design and Innovation. Candidates are encouraged to apply before Dec. 1.
  • University of Utah (Salt Lake City, Utah) Department of Mechanical Engineering has multiple tenure track positions at the assistant or associate rank. Review of applications will begin Dec 1.
  • The Mechanical Engineering department at the University of Alabama seeks faculty candidates for Assistant and possibly Associate Professors from all areas of Mechanical Engineering. Review of applications will begin Dec. 5.
  • The University of Southern California, Daniel J. Epstein Department of Industrial and Systems Engineering in the Viterbi School of Engineering seeks applications for tenure-track assistant and associate professor positions. Application deadline is Dec. 6.
  • The Southern Methodist University Department of Mechanical Engineering invites applications for a full-time tenure-track faculty position at the rank of assistant professor. The position is in the area of Dynamic Systems and Control with particular focus on micro- and nano-systems, biomechanics, robotics, or closely related research fields. Applications received by Dec. 15 will be given priority consideration.
  • The Department of Aerospace and Mechanical Engineering at the University of Notre Dame has several tenure track faculty position openings in: Experimental Fluid Dynamics and High-Performance Computing. Applications should be received before Dec. 20.
  • The Department of Mechanical Engineering at the University of California, Berkeley, is generating an applicant pool of qualified temporary instructors to teach regular and summer courses as needed. The current pool will close on Dec. 29.
  • Kansas State University Department of Industrial and Manufacturing Systems Engineering seeks applications and nominations for the Carl R. and Mary T. Ice Industrial Engineering Professorship.  The successful candidate will be a nationally prominent scholar who will lead funded research endeavors, with preference given to the areas of applied operations research and logistics. Screening of applications will begin Dec. 31.
  • The Mechanical Engineering and Energy Processes Department at Southern Illinois University at Carbondale has a tenure-track Assistant Professor position in the areas of control systems, power generation, and energy. Review of applications will begin Jan. 2, 2014.
  • The Department of Mechanical Engineering at the University of Kansas has two open faculty positions at the rank of Assistant Professor or Associate Professor in the areas of energy and/or transportation. Screening of applications will begin Jan. 6, 2014.
  • USC Department of Aerospace and Mechanical Engineering also is seeking applications and nominations for tenure-track or tenured faculty in the area of thermofluids. Early submissions are welcome, and the application review process will begin Jan. 6, 2014.
  • The Department of Mechanical Engineering at Michigan State University invites applications for multiple tenure-stream faculty positions in the general area of computational mechanics and engineering: fluid mechanics or solid mechanics. Review of applications will begin Jan. 15, 2014.
  • The Mechanical and Aerospace Engineering Department at California State University, Long Beach,  invites applications for a full-time tenure-track faculty position at the rank of Assistant Professor in the area of Solid Mechanics. Review of applications begins Jan. 17, 2014.
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