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Manufacturing Engineering at Oregon State University

September 30, 2013

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Welcome to the 2013-14 School of MIME E-Bulletin

A warm welcome to all those students reading our weekly update for the first time! – and welcome back to all our returning students and faculty. This newsletter is just one way we hope to keep you up to date on all that's happening in the school, so please be sure to let us know what events you'd like to include.


This Week's Features

College of Engineering Fall Awards Breakfast

DEUCE for Prof. Squires
Congratulations to Dr. Nancy Squires – the 2013 recipient of the Austin-Paul Engineering Faculty Award for excellence in teaching as well as the "students choice" Loyd Carter Award for Outstanding and Inspirational Teaching in Science. The Loyd Carter judging criteria is based solely on student voting, making this award especially meaningful to educators.

Outstanding GTA for Qi Gao Makes Three
ME PhD student Qi Gao received the Outstanding Graduate Teaching Assistant award at the COE breakfast for School of MIME’s third award of the morning. Gao was noted for her two years of exceptional work while completing her MS IE, advised by Prof. Karl Haapala.

Senior Project Goes All the Way!

Congratulations to the student team behind Capstone senior design project, "Cab Analysis and Scoring Tool (CAST)" methodology to compare ergonomic aspects of truck cabs. Patrick McGinley (graduating senior, IE and ME), Chris Shepherd (IE BS, ME BS), Ethan Van Ness (graduating senior, IE and ME) under the guidance of Dr. Javier Calvo-Amodio introduced the tool at the Western States Highway Equipment Managers Association (WSHEMA) in August. CAST has been has been licensed by OSU, and the Oregon Dept. of Transportation plans to use the tool to assist in the procurement process of more than $10,000,000 in highway vehicles. The project also has been submitted to the Transportation Research Board.


IIE Chapter Award

The OSU IIE student chapter has earned a Gold University Chapter Recognition Program in recognition of the group's overall achievements in 2012-2013. Dr. Hector Vergara advises the chapter, now in its third year on campus.


Mark Your Calendar

Tomorrow Night!

Dinner and Photos – Newly admitted MIME students into MIME professional school (plus a guest!) should attend the annual MIME Professional Program Convocation. The event provides a formal introduction to MIME programs, graduate school and research options. As well, School Head Rob Stone presents faculty expectations for students – and what students should expect from the faculty. The event also allows students and faculty the chance to get to know each other, and it is the ONLY OPPORTUNITY for Pro-School composite photos!

CONVOCATION   |   DATE:  Tuesday, Oct. 1   |   TIME:  6:15 pm   |   LOCATION:  LaSells Stewart Center


Senior Dinner with Industry Recruiters

Student registration for the annual EECS-MIME Senior Dinner 2013 opens Oct. 7 (and closes Oct. 17). All OSU EECS and MIME seniors (including those on MECOP and other off-campus internships) may register. The free dinner event seats students with industry sponsors that seek more exclusive opportunities to meet engineering students than that offered at the Engineering Career Fair.  If registration is full, please sign up on the wait list. The wait list will put you in line for the next available spot.

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


Engineering Career Fair

This year, 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. The event is organized by OSU Career Services, so please visit their site for information about CV-writing strategies, participating employers, and how to prepare for a career fair.

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


Meet, Greet, and Get Organized! Engineering Clubs Symposium

This Engineering Clubs Symposium is an opportunity for student groups from across the College of Engineering to get together and share ideas as well as create plans for future collaboration.  Did we mention free lunch? And door prizes?  Scott Evans, the EWB-OSU Workshops Coordinator, is the main contact for the event, and he is  available at workshops@ewb-osu.org.

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


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.




Study Abroad in Mechanical Engineering

The ATLANTIS Dual-degree Bachelors Program allows qualified OSU ME students the opportunity to travel to Sweden for one term of engineering classes, and to Germany for an entire year of engineering classes. The cost of going abroad for the year is about $1,500 more than the cost of staying at OSU for the year, so it's really quite an affordable and exciting opportunity.

There will be two drop-in information sessions for interested students in Dearborn 303 this week and next. Feel free to come by and meet with the ATLANTIS faculty, pick up flyers and application information, get your questions answered, and possibly meet some of the students who have participated in the program.

The dates and times are: Wednesday October 2, anytime between 2:00 and 5:00pm, and Wednesday October 9, between 11:00-2:00. Both sessions will be in Dearborn 303. Drop by any time and get the information; stay as long or as short as you want.

STUDY ABROAD I   |   DATE: Wed, Oct. 2   |   TIME: 2 pm-5 pm   |   LOCATION: Dearborn 303
STUDY ABROAD II  |   DATE: Wed, Oct. 9   |   TIME: 11 am-2 pm   |   LOCATION: Dearborn 303


MIME Advising Updates:

ATTENTION MIME FIRST YEAR FRESHMAN – If you have not yet scheduled your first advising appointment with either Michelle White or John Barber, please schedule right away!
DEADLINE: Immediately    

ATTENTION ALL MIME UNDERGRADUATE STUDENTS – Advisors will be available on a walk-in basis during week one from 8:30 am to 11:30am and 1:30pm to 4:30pm Monday through Friday.  Examples of walk-in questions are:

  • Can’t Register by Web – Error restriction message you don’t understand
  • How to Add/Drop by Web, how to waitlist or register once off the waitlist
  • How to obtain a course override for legitimate issues such as time conflicts with group midterms, course capacity, and/or prerequisite restrictions
  • Get an S/U form signed by an advisor
  • Other short questions that can be answered in 10 minutes or less

FIRST-YEAR ADVISING   |   DATE: Mon-Fri, Sept. 30 - Oct. 4   |   TIME: 8:30-11:30 am and 1:30-4:30 pm   |   LOCATION: Rogers 238


Drink, Collaborate… Grad Student Happy Hour

GS^4 is hosting a Happy Networking Hour for graduate students at McMenamins on Monroe (right across from Rogers Hall). Come enjoy a tasty beverage, some appetizers and the pleasant company of your colleagues. Mingle with faculty and students to make friends, learn about research, and discover collaboration possibilities. It's a blast!

GS^4 HAPPY HOUR   |   DATE: Thursday, Oct. 10   |   TIME: 5:30 pm   |   LOCATION: McMenamins, 2001 NW Monroe Ave.

Into the Wild
GS^4 is turning its annual whitewater rafting trip into a true tradition for MIME graduate students with its second-annual excursion into the wild white waters! Woohoo! It costs $25 and must be booked by Friday, October 4, please RSVP to Kadee Mardula at mardulak@onid.orst.edu. If you have any questions about what to expect, please feel free to ask.

RAFTING TRIP   |   DATE: Saturday, Oct. 19   |   TIME: daytrip   |   LOCATION: on the river, through the woods
DEADLINE: RSVP by Friday, Oct. 4


Scholarships, Fellowships and Research Internships


Opportunity for IIE Members
Student members of IIE – with an active membership on or before the October 2013 chapter roster – 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 October 18. Eligibility requirements include an overall point-hour average of 3.40, and a planned graduation date of May/June 2015 or later.
DEADLINE: Friday, Oct. 18, 2013

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 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. The database will include international opportunities in the near future. Currently, Grant Forward contains more than 19,000 opportunities, evenly split between federal and foundation opportunities.

Job and Internship Opportunities


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:

Also: Japanese technology company Nitto Denko Corp. is recruiting for internship and future employment positions with a laboratory tour of its San Diego, Calif., facility on Oct. 26. Interested bi-lingual applicants can read about the opportunity here.

For help with updating your resume or cover letter...

...Or for services such as mock interviews, workshops and career counseling, visit OSU Career Services in Kerr Administration Building B008 or online.

Faculty and Post-Doc Positions

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

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.

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.

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.

Vanderbilt University (Nashville, Tenn.) Tenure-track faculty position for engineering/medicine collaborative center at the Mechanical Engineering Department. Start date is fall 2014.


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