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October 21, 2013

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This Week's Features

Congratulations to DARPA Robotics Challenge Participant

MIME graduate student Alex Goins is on site this term in Virginia assisting the DARPA team with robot implementation with a specific focus on robotic grasping and manipulation tasks.  Goins, a student of Prof. Ravi Balasubramanian, is a part of Team ViGIR (Virginia-Germany Interdisciplinary Robotics). The team includes researchers from TORC Robotics, Technische Universität (TU) Darmstadt, Virginia Tech, as well as OSU. The team is a collaborative research and development effort aimed at advancing the state-of-the-art in humanoid robot control in order to allow for effective human-robot team


Graduating Seniors, Complete the MIME Commencement Survey

If you are graduating 2013-14 academic year, please take the time to fill out the RSVP MIME Commencement Survey. You are encouraged to walk in the ceremony if you graduated from Summer 2013 to Fall 2014.  Whether or not you plan to attend the MIME ceremony, your comments are appreciated. If you have any questions or concerns after completing the survey, feel free to contact Gina Newcomb.

*** Please be advised that the MIME survey is not in place of your OSU Application to graduate. This link is hosted on  “Student Online Services.”


Booooo! A Costume Contest

The MIME Advising office is hosting a costume contest on Thursday, October 31 (Halloween, yay!) for its students. Students who come into the office between 8:30 am and 11:30 am -- in costume -- will receive a gift, and have their picture posted on  MIME Facebook page. From there, whoever receives the most “likes” will win a very special Grand Prize!


Rogers Hall Weekend Hours

OSU Public Safety has set the weekend building hours for Roger Hall for this academic year at noon to midnight, on Saturday and Sunday. The building is open until midnight on Friday.

Mark Your Calendar


Senior Dinner for Registered Students – and the Gate-Crashing Policy

The annual EECS-MIME Senior Dinner 2013 seats pre-registered students with industry sponsors that seek opportunities to meet OSU engineering students. Students who are on the wait list the event should come to the MU Ballroom for seating based on their online registration. After that, any walk-ins are seated for dinner on a first-come, first serve basis, and should come to pick up a name tag and a service number. (It’s a little like the DMV.) All wait-listers and walk-ins can participate in the 6-6:30 “open networking time” and hear the company promo speeches  (6:30-7:00).

SENIOR DINNER  |  DATE: Wednesday, Oct. 23  |  TIME: 6-9 pm  |  LOCATION: Memorial Union Ballroom


Seismic Certification of Nonstructural Components

OSU structural engineering graduate Derek Manwill will give a presentation about Seismic Certification of Nonstructural Components Wednesday, Oct. 23. This discussion covers the insights of structural engineers working with mechanical, electrical, and manufacturing engineers to produce nonstructural equipment for buildings that continue to function after an earthquake, for example, power generators or HVAC systems for hospitals.

SEMINAR  |  DATE: Wed., Oct. 23  |  TIME: 6 pm  |  LOCATION: Kearney Hall


Engineering Career Fair

This year’s Engineering Career Fair is “sold out.” More than one hundred companies – for example, Anvil Corp., Bechtel Marine Propulsion Corporation, CH2M HILL, Intel, and Skanska – are sending recruiters to OSU meet our engineering students. The Fall 2013 Engineering-focused Career Fair is Thursday, Oct. 24.

CAREER FAIR  |  DATE: Thursday, Oct. 24  |  TIME: 11 am-4 pm  |  LOCATION: CH2M Hill Alumni Center


A Day in the Life of Microsoft

Hear what Microsoft is developing this year as well as hear about “a day in the life” from full-time engineers. Representatives from the company will be sharing on their experiences, the technologies they work on every day, as well as tips on how to land a job at the company. You are welcomed and encouraged to bring your resume. Free food and prizes, too.

RECRUITING  |  DATE: Thursday, Oct. 24  |  TIME: 6 pm  |  LOCATION: KEC 1001


From Idea to Product: Designing Educational Robots

Prof. Jonathan Hurst, the Dynamic Robotics Laboratory, and the Robotics Club in conjunction with the School of Electrical Engineering and Computer Science will hold a seminar, "From Idea to Product: Designing Educational Robots" describing the design processes behind the Finch robot and the Hummingbird robotics kit, two projects that have evolved from NSF-backed research projects to educational products.  Dr. Tom Lauwers, the founder of BirdBrain Technologies LLC, will speak at the event for a seminar talk on Friday, October 25th, at 4:00 PM

SEMINAR  |  DATE: Fri, Oct. 25  |  TIME: 4-5 pm  |  LOCATION: KEC 1001


HP Lab Tour – Fully Booked

The OSU Materials Research Society (MRS) Student Chapter visit the HP lab in Corvallis is fully booked, according to the group’s Facebook page. For those students attending, see below for tour information.

HP LAB TOUR  |  DATE: Friday, Oct. 25  |  TIME: 3 pm; |  LOCATION: HP Corvallis


SEMI Pacific Northwest Professional Development Seminar

College students and recent graduates interested in career opportunities in the semiconductor and related high technology industries should attend the SEMI Pacific Northwest Professional Development Seminar. The event requires advance registration.

SEMINAR  |  DATE: Fri, Oct. 25  |  TIME: 8 am-3 pm  |  LOCATION: Microproducts Breakthrough Institute, Corvallis HP Campus


Engineering Clubs Symposium

The College of Engineering Engineering Clubs Symposium for all engineering student groups to plan for future collaboration. Contact Scott Evans, the EWB-OSU Workshops Coordinator at workshops@ewb-osu.org for information.

ENGINEERING CLUB SYMPOSIUM  |  DATE: Saturday, Oct. 26  |  TIME: 10 am-2 pm  |  LOCATION: Kearney Hall


Women in Tech Career Workshop

From College to Careers: Workshop for Women in Technology is a forum for women to discuss pathways into tech careers and network with peers and professionals. Panelists for the workshop include Becky James from WebMD Health Services, Hannah Adams from Intel, and Elizabeth French from CH2M HILL. Registration is required – by Oct. 27.

CAREER WORKSHOP  |  DATE: Wednesday, Oct. 30  |  TIME: 3 pm  |  LOCATION: CH2M HILL Alumni Center


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.



The OSU Libraries offers a series of free Graduate Student & Faculty Fall Term Workshops.  To save a seat for a workshop  and for complete session descriptions, visit: http://guides.library.oregonstate.edu/Library-Workshops-for-Grad-Students-Faculty  many of the sessions have handouts or online tutorials.

Literature Review Workshop
Tuesday, Oct. 22, 5:00 – 6:30 p.m., Autzen Classroom

Thesis Savvy:  Fair Use & Author's Rights
Tuesday, November 5, 3:00 - 4:30 p.m., Autzen Classroom

Intro to Qualtrics - Making Great Surveys
Thursday, November 7, 9:00 a.m. – 10:30 a.m., Autzen Classroom

Intro to Data Management Workshop
Thursday, November 7, 10:30 a.m. - 12:00 p.m., Autzen Classroom

Intermediate/Advanced EndNote
Monday, November 11, 11:30 a.m. - 12:30 p.m., Autzen Classroom

EndNote Web Workshop
Wednesday, November 13, 11:00 a.m. - 12:30 p.m., Autzen Classroom

Intro to Zotero: A Web-Based Way to Manage Your Citations
Thursday, November 14, 9:00 - 10:00 a.m., Autzen Classroom

Advanced Zotero
Thursday, November 14, 10:00 - 11:00 a.m., Autzen Classroom


Stop by BAT and Chat SWE Mentoring Program

The Society of Women Engineers has posted hours for its SWE mentoring program. It is a flexible program where you can stop by BAT 141 and chat with some older students about life, school, SWE, or anything. The schedule of when mentors will be in BAT 141 is posted right inside the room or online in a Google doc. At other times it is likely that someone will be in the room as well, and there are Dutch Bros and froyo gift cards.


Study: Upper Extremity Physical Disabilities

The study titled "KINdReD: Knowledge and Methods for Inclusive Product Design - Disability Simulation" is seeking two groups of research participants (over age 18) – people with upper extremity physical disabilities of all types and people with no disability. The principal investigator is Dr. Robert Stone along with Dr. Sarah Oman. Contact Jessica Armstrong for further information at armstroj@onid.orst.edu.


Scholarships, Fellowships and Research Internships

NSF and NDSEG Fellowships

First- and second-year graduate students – and interested seniors, too -- are invited to a presentation on the NSF and NDSEG fellowships for graduate school. Graduate students who are in their first or second years are eligible to apply for either (or both) fellowship, which offer a generous yearly stipend and all tuition/fees for three years. Senior undergrads who intend on going to graduate school are also eligible to apply. The deadline for the NSF fellowship application is November 4, and the NDSEG deadline is December 20. If you can't attend the session, please contact Dr. Kyle E. Niemeyer for information.

INFO SESSION |  DATE: Friday, Oct. 18  |  TIME: 6 pm  |  LOCATION: Rogers 226
DEADLINES: NSF, Nov. 4; NDSEG, Dec. 20


Women in Transportation Scholarships
The women in transportation society WTS Portland Chapter is seeking applicants for high school, undergraduate, and graduate scholarship. The scholarships, ranging from $1,000 to $5,700, are competitive and based on the applicant's specific transportation goals, academic record, and transportation-related activities or job skills.

DEADLINE: Wednesday, Oct. 23


Scholarship Opportunity for IIE Members
Active and eligible student members of IIE can be nominated for IIE scholarships and fellowships. Please note that you MUST be nominated by the IIE advisor or MIME school head, and you must send a completed letter of interest to dvorakm@onid.oregonstate.edu by 5pm on Oct. 18.

DEADLINE: Friday, Oct. 18


Like ‘Em OSU Financial Aid & Scholarships
OSU Financial Aid & Scholarships is updating their Facebook page with a variety of events and information -- including a listing of new scholarships. Here is a sample from their site: "Attention Veterans and their families, here is an exciting scholarship opportunity (hurry, it closes on Oct. 31st)"

DEADLINE: Thursday, Oct. 31 and ongoing


Funds for Overseas Automotive Placement
FISITA offers student engineers the opportunity to apply for a travel bursary, of up to Euro 2000, to help with the costs of taking part in organized work placements (internships, exchange programs, work placements etc.) in automotive companies and research institutions overseas.

DEADLINE: Thursday, October 31 for those applicants attending placements November - March.


Research Opportunity
The International Conference on Composite Materials & Renewable Energy will continue to accept research paper submissions until November 1. The ICCMREA’ 2014 is held Jan 22-24, 2014, in the beach city of Sousse, Tunisia. Important dates are:

* Abstracts for individual papers (2 pages), posters/papers are due by Nov. 1, 2013
* Notification of Acceptance: Within 8 weeks

DEADLINE: Friday, Nov. 1


Undergraduate Research Funding Opportunity:

The Research Office is accepting applications for the Undergraduate Research, Innovation, Scholarship and Creativity (URISC) program for Winter and/or Spring term(s) 2013-14. This program supports undergraduate research activities from all academic disciplines within the University. Program description and the URISC application form re available in application form format. For more information, contact Debbie Delmore

DEADLINE: Monday, Nov. 4


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.

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

Manson Construction offers a summer internship - Engineering & Estimating. Successful candidates will have the opportunity to rotate between the two positions working in the field as well as in the estimating office to obtain knowledge and experience in the marine construction industry. Applications are accepted until October 27.

Idaho Power is hiring now for seven paid internship positions available for summer 2014. Of them, there are two mechanical positions available.  Students may apply online @ www.idahopower.com/careers. Application deadline is Oct. 22.

MIME undergraduate students interested in combustion- and propulsion-related research are invited to contact Dr. David Blunck (David.Blunck@oregonstate.edu) to discuss hourly positions.  Applicants are expected to have a desire to build experiments and facilities, have an accumulative GPA > 3.6, and an interest in pursuing a Masters or PhD degree.  Please send a resume before Oct. 18.

These MIME-related job opportunities are just a selection of what is available at the OSU Beaver JobNet postings. They are listed in order of closing date:

  • 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.

Also: The Nuclear Regulatory Commission has posted 20 positions for paid summer internship positions. The application deadline is Nov. 18.

Faculty and Post-Doc Positions

NEW The University of Tennessee, Knoxville Department of Mechanical, Aerospace, and Biomedical Engineering has five openings for Tenure Track Assistant Professors in various areas of Aerospace and Mechanical Engineering. Review of applications begins immediately, with an anticipated start date of August 1, 2014.

NEW The Department of Mechanical Engineering, University of Texas at San Antonio, seeks candidates for two tenured/tenure-track positions at the rank of Assistant or Associate Professor. Areas of interest include: computational materials engineering which includes modeling and simulation of material properties, synthesis, characterization, and processing. Review of applications begins immediately, with the position to be filled by August 2014.

The Mechanical Engineering department at the University of Connecticut seeks faculty candidates in the areas of Thermal-Fluid Sciences (2 positions) and Design and Manufacturing (2 positions). The positions are available immediately.

Texas A&M University’s Department of Mechanical Engineering seeks applications for multiple tenure-track faculty positions. Candidates at all levels (Assistant, Associate, or Full Professor) will be considered.  Specific areas of interest are robotics, mechanobiology, and energy; and advanced manufacturing.

Michigan Technological University (Houghton, Mich.) Dean of Engineering candidates sought, review of applications begins Oct. 16.

The Department of Mechanical and Industrial Engineering (MIE) at the University of Iowa invites applications and nominations for a tenure-track Assistant Professor position in the area of design and manufacturing effective Spring or Fall 2014. Application review will begin Oct. 18.

The Department of Mechanical Engineering at Prairie View A&M University invites applications for a tenure-track position at assistant professor level in Mechanical Design. The application closing date is Oct. 28.

NEW The Fulton Schools of Engineering at Arizona State University seek applications from highly distinguished individuals for the AVNET Chair in Supply Chain Networks.  Areas of interest include: supply chain system design, reverse logistics, sustainable logistics and humanitarian logistics. Review of applications will begin Nov. 1. For more information or questions, please contact the search committee chair Professor Esma Gel at Esma.Gel@asu.edu.

University of Colorado - Boulder (Boulder, Colo.) - Two tenure track faculty positions one in Solid Mechanics and one in the area of Bioengineering, review of applications will begin Nov. 1.

Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute (Troy, N.Y.) Tenure track faculty position in Biomechanical Engineering and Biomedical Robotics in RPI's Department of Mechanical, Aerospace and Nuclear Engineering. Deadline for application is Nov. 1.

Clemson University (Clemson, S.C.) Chair of the Department of Industrial Engineering and one or more tenure-track or tenured faculty, assistant or associate professor level. Application deadline is Nov. 1, but may remain open beyond that.

The Department of Industrial and Systems Engineering at the University at Buffalo, SUNY, is seeking candidates for a tenure-track Assistant Professor or Associate Professor in the broad area of Operations Research, with a start date of August 2014.For full consideration applications should be received by Nov. 15.

University of Michigan, Ann Arbor (Ann Arbor, Mich.) Lecturer for coordinating and teaching Mechanical Engineering senior capstone design class. Candidates are encouraged to apply before Nov. 15.

NEW 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.

NEW 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.

NEW – 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.

NEW 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 ComputingApplications should be received before Dec. 20.

NEW 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.

NEW 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.

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