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October 28, 2013

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This Week's Features


Cool Data Centers Project with Energy Efficiency Center

PhD student Babak Lajevardi with OSU Energy Efficiency Center Director Joe Junker and Prof. Karl Haapala are leading testing and data analysis of the energy efficiency of a data-center cooling system. The project is funded through Energy Trust of Oregon, the Oregon Built Environment & Sustainable Technologies Center and the Portland Development Commission. Partners on the project are the City of Gresham and IT Aire, the startup that developed the cooling system. The OSU Energy Efficiency Center is testing claims that the system that could cut energy costs associated with cooling data rooms by as much as 70 percent, Sustainable Business Oregon said.


Robotics Flash Mob TUESDAY October 29!!

The faculty is currently working on the required paperwork to add a graduate Robotics program at Oregon State. We need letters from students to demonstrate demand for the program, and the deadline is tomorrow. Here are the steps:

  • 1.) Write a statement of your interest in a graduate robotics program and a brief discussion of why
  • 2.) Include your contact information
  • 3.) Address it to: "To whom it may concern" or "Dear Dr. Stone"
  • 4.) Include a digital image of your handwritten signature, or other digital signature
  • 5.) Send the email to kagan.tumer@oregonstate.edu

The program would confer MS, MEng, and PhD degrees in Robotics. Coursework could be in a mix of areas in the college of engineering, so spread the word to other students.


Photos for MIME Seniors This Week TUESDAY and FRIDAY!

School of MIME seniors should book an appointment online to sit for their senior portrait. The photo station is set up in 205 Graf Hall, and there is an online form to register for a time slot. Please contact Gina Newcomb, if you have questions.


Mark Your Calendar


Women in Tech Career Workshop

Registration is still open for the From College to Careers: Workshop for Women in Technology forum, a workshop designed for women to discuss pathways into technology careers. Panelists for the workshop include Becky James from WebMD Health Services, Hannah Adams from Intel, and Elizabeth French from CH2M HILL. Registration in advance is required. Participants are eligible to win prizes, such as an iPad.

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


Analyzing Data for Publication

The OSU Materials Science program seminar features Prof. Jay Kruzic who is presenting "Practical Tips for Analyzing Materials Science Data," on Thursday, Oct. 31, at 3 pm in Rogers 226. The aim of this presentation is to point out useful data analysis methods for materials scientists that should help get findings and reports to publication.

SEMINAR  |  DATE: Thurs., Oct. 31  |  TIME: 3 pm  |  LOCATION: Rogers 226


EWB Potluck Meeting

Engineers without Borders has scheduled their General Meeting on Thur., Oct. 31 at 6 pm. The group will meet in KEAR 212 then immediately walk to a member’s house for a potluck dinner. Listed also are their project committee meetings, and whom to contact for more information.

EWB Meeting  |  DATE: Thurs., Oct. 31  |  TIME: 6 pm  |  LOCATION: KEAR 212 meet-up point


Learn More about MECOP Opportunites

The Society of Manufacturing Engineers is hosting a fact-finding meeting for students interested in MECOP internships. The event, "MECOP - What we really thought," is hosted by a panel of MIME junior and senior students that have been on a MECOP internship, and any student with questions about the program can attend. 

MECOP Session  |  DATE: Wed., Nov 6  |  TIME: 5.30 pm  |  LOCATION: Rogers 230


Benchmade Knives Tour

The SME Chapter also has organized a free plant tour of Benchmade Knives scheduled for Friday, Nov. 8, from 12-2pm in Oregon City. Dan Jonovicz, an officer from the SME Portland Senior Chapter and current Benchmade employee, will be leading the tour for the group. The tour capacity is 30 students, and transportation details will be disclosed once the online sign-ups are complete. Please contact Adam Strength with questions.

Facility Tour  |  DATE: Fri., Nov 8  |  TIME: 12-2 pm  |  LOCATION: Oregon City


Composites Materials Repair Seminar

Dagmar Kinne from Columbia Helicopters in Aurora, Oregon, will give a seminar on "Repair of Fiber Composite Materials" on Nov. 15. Kinne is the former Head of Engineering at Metal Innovations Inc.

SEMINAR  |  DATE: Fri., Nov 15  |  TIME: 4 pm  |  LOCATION: 212 Kear


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.




Graduating Seniors, Complete the MIME Commencement Survey

If you are graduating in the 2013-14 academic year, please complete the RSVP MIME Commencement Survey. Summer 2013 to Fall 2014 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 at Student Online Services.


Don’t Forget your Costume

The MIME Advising office has tricks and treats for student who come into the office for their costume contest on Thursday, October 31. 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 the MIME Facebook page. From there, whoever receives the most "likes" will win the Grand Prize.


Grad Student Workshops

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.

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


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


Udall National Competitive Scholarship Process

The Udall Foundation anticipates awarding 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 any of the following areas:

  • Native American health care (includes health care administration, social work, medicine, and research into health conditions affecting Native American communities).
  • Tribal public policy (includes fields related to tribal sovereignty, governance or law; Native American education or justice; natural resource management; cultural preservation and revitalization, Native American economic development, and other areas affecting Native American communities).
  • The environment (includes policy, engineering, science, education, urban planning and renewal, business, health, justice, and economics).

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!


Funds for Overseas Automotive Placements

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.


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


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 – Insitu, a Boeing subsidiary and manufacturer of unmanned aircraft systems, is currently accepting applications for its paid summer internship positions in Washington state. The available positions include mechanical/aerospace, systems, software mad electrical engineering.

NEW Insitu is looking for a project engineering manager for its Hood River, Oregon location. Ideal candidates have more than eight years experience in a project engineering management role with steadily increasing responsibilities.

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

  • NEW – Bulk Handling Systems based in Eugene is looking for a mechanical design engineer. The position requires a Bachelor's degree in a technical and/or engineering field. A degree in mechanical engineering is preferred with experience in fabrication and 3D solid modeling. The application deadline is Oct. 30.
  • Manufacturing Engineer I at Terex Corporation. Applications accepted until Oct. 31.
  • Design Engineer at Texas Instruments. Applications accepted until Oct. 31.
  • NEW – Lowe's Companies, Inc. seeks a field industrial engineer to join its distribution center’s management team in Lebanon, Oregon. Candidates also should open to relocation to other regional distribution facilities. The deadline is Oct. 31.
  • Paid internship with International Paper -- chemical Engineering, electrical engineering, mechanical engineering or paper science engineering candidates should have 0-5 years of post-college experience. Application deadline is Nov. 1.
  • Engineer/Estimator Co-op -- Mass. Electric Construction Co. Industrial (MEC) is accepting applications until Nov. 1.
  • NEW – Callisto Integrations is accepting applications for a controls engineer position in Albany, Oregon. The deadline is Nov. 3.
  • NEW – ESCO Corporation is accepting applications until Nov. 15 for a design engineer. Applicants should hold a four-year engineering degree (MME preferred) and some fluency in a second language.
  • Applications Engineer/Intern at Silicon Laboratories. Applications accepted until Dec. 9.
  • NEW – 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.
  • Entry Level Mechanical Engineer at Georgia-Pacific LLC. Applications accepted until Nov. 29.
  • Electrical Field Engineer at Emerson / ERS closes Dec. 30
  • Aviation Software Engineer positions at Garmin. Applications accepted until Dec. 31.

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

Also: 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 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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