Greetings MIME Alumni and Friends!

The last two seasons have sped by here in the School of MIME, and to share some of their highlightsand preview some noteworthy developments on tap for the 2013-14 school yearwe've created a combined spring/summer issue of MIMEntum. For starters, though, I want to mention several exciting School-related "firsts" and other key updates.

Spring/Summer First No. 1: In June 2013, the School of MIME celebrated the largest graduating class that we've ever had. We awarded 18 PhDs, 40 masters, and 210 undergraduate degrees13 of which went to the first OSU energy systems engineering graduates ever. Based on enrollment growth (see next item), we can only expect these numbers to rise in the coming years, cementing OSU's reputation as one of the largest producers of mechanical, industrial, manufacturing, and energy systems engineering talent in the country.

Spring/Summer First No. 2: The School also just accepted our largest incoming professional school class ever258 students total, which is a whopping 30 percent increase over the 2012 incoming pro-school class numbers. This junior class comprises 37 industrial, 28 manufacturing and 178 mechanical engineering students in Corvallis, and 15 energy systems engineering student on the OSU-Cascades campus in Bend. Our decision to up our numbers to this degree reflects the extremely high quality of this year's applicants.

And the rapid growth in our student population doesn't stop there. We also have record-breaking number of incoming freshman (over 406 at last count) and graduate students (223); and our total projected student enrollment for 2013-14 is 1,800 compared to last year's 1,762. Exciting times in the School of MIME!

Other Key MIME Updates

  • To support our ever-growing student population and continue strengthening our research mission, six new MIME faculty are joining us this fall. Please have a look at their bios below. This round of faculty hiring was actually in response to the 2012 student population growth. Therefore, we will be hiring again this year to catch up with the even-larger 2013 demand.

  • On the "MIME real estate" front, many of you will recall taking materials science and mechanics classes in Graf Hall, the engineering edifice just east of Rogers. Well, we are in the midst of reclaiming this historic building as a home for the School's rapidly growing robotics program. Stay tuned for more details in the near future, as we start a campaign to renovate Graf Hall and make it a truly exceptional showcase for our robotics students, labs, and faculty.

  • On the curriculum front, we also are starting two new graduate programs in MIME: an online masters of engineering management, and a masters and PhD program in robotics. The first has already been approved and we expect the robotics graduate program to be approved for a fall 2014 start.

  • And finally, on the personal front, I'm happy to report that earlier this summer I was selected as the new permanent head of the School of MIME. The opportunity to serve the School over the past two years has been extremely rewarding, and I am both honored by the permanent appointment and excited to continue in this leadership role. Thank you for all your encouragement, support and valuable feedback on my efforts. For those of you whom I haven't met yet, I welcome the opportunity to get to know you in the future.

These are just a few of the highlights. Please read on below for more news about our terrific students, faculty, and of course alums.

Enjoy the remaining days of summer, and I hope to see you back on campus during the football season. Go Beavs!

Rob Stone
MIME School Head

MIME Commencement 2013:

Congratulations to Our Newest Alumni

As noted in our School Head's opening comments, the MIME Class of 2013 is our largest graduating class ever, with 268 diplomas awarded. Friday, June 14, 2013 (the day before OSU commencement) was the memorable day for many of them, whoalong with their families and friendsattended the school's annual graduation ceremony at the LaSells Stewart Center. The ceremony featured remarks from the new Dean of the College of Engineering, Sandra Wood.

Keynote speaker Tim Weber, PhD ME 1991, was introduced by his OSU PhD advisor Dr. Robert E Wilson, professor emeritus of mechanical engineering.

Dr. Weber is the vice president and general manager of printing and technology development operations at Hewlett-Packard. His early career included work at Boeing's helicopter division in Pennsylvania, and he holds 52 U.S. patents.

Dr. Weber congratulated the graduates and asked each for the promise to always move forward, and embrace change at each chapter of their lives.

The graduate student speaker was Rachael Yim, MS IE 2013, and the undergraduate student speakers were Alexandria Moseley, BS IE and BS MfgE 2013, and Dylan Kearney, BS ME 2013.

PhD candidates were hooded by their advisors in the ceremony, and they were ushered off the stage after sharing a personal comment about their experiences. The students reflected on their best memories here in MIME and at OSU, or took the moment to thank family, faculty and friends. Their comments ranged from comedic tales of college life to the very heartfelt sense of accomplishment.

The graduates then had a chance to practice moving their tassel from right to left in preparation for the official tassel-moving moment at University Commencement.

We invite you to take a moment to join us in congratulating our newest alum. Please view our 2013 graduation ceremony photos and the 2013 senior class composite.

Faculty News

With the fall term we welcome six new faculty to the School of MIME, bringing their expertise in areas ranging from materials science to remote manufacturing to energy conversion and renewable energy.

David L. Blunck, Assistant Professor, Thermal and Fluid Sciences

David Blunck's research focuses on combustion energy conversion, gas turbine engines, and infrared radiation emissions from reacting and nonreacting flows. Dr. Blunck received his PhD (2010) and MS (2008) from Purdue University and his BS (2005) from Brigham Young University, all in mechanical engineering.

Matt Campbell, Professor, Design

Matt Campbell's research focuses on design automation, computational geometry, design theory, artificial intelligence, graph theory and numerical optimization. Matt Campbell received his PhD (2000), MS (1997) and his BS (1995) from Carnegie Mellon University, in mechanical engineering. He comes to the School of MIME from the University of Texas at Austin.


Bryony DuPont, Assistant Professor, Design

Bryony DuPont's research focuses on the development and application of computational design tools for renewable energy systems and sustainable product design. Dr. DuPont completed her PhD (2013) and MS (2010) at Carnegie Mellon University and her BS (2008)at Case Western Reserve University, all in mechanical engineering.

Geoffrey A. Hollinger, Assistant Professor, Robotics and Control

Geoff Hollinger will focus on planning, coordination, and learning techniques for autonomous robotic systems in his MIME-based Robotic Decision-Making Laboratory. Dr. Hollinger received his PhD (2010) and MS (2007) in robotics from Carnegie Mellon University and his BS in general engineering and BA in philosophy from Swarthmore College (2005).

Rajiv Malhotra, Assistant Professor, Manufacturing Systems Engineering

Rajiv Malhotra's research focuses on multi-physics based modeling of manufacturing processes and the creation of new processes over multiple-length scales, with broader impacts on energy conservation, renewable energy utilization, and innovations in desktop and remote manufacturing. Dr. Malhotra received his PhD in mechanical engineering from Northwestern University (2012) and his MTech (2008), also in mechanical engineering, from Indian Institute of Technology Kanpur.

Julie Tucker, Assistant Professor, Materials

Julie Tucker's research focuses on thermal/irradiation stability of structural alloys used in nuclear power systems and leverages both modeling and experimental techniques. Dr. Tucker received her MS (2005) and PhD (2008) in nuclear engineering (with an emphasis in materials science) from the University of Wisconsin at Madison. She earned her BS in nuclear engineering from the University of Missouri at Rolla.

We welcome them to the school. Visit the School of MIME faculty directory for a complete list of our professors.

In other faculty news, this summer we saw the retirement of one MIME colleague, the temporary relocation of another to the nation's capitol, and the visit of a third with robot in tow to the Royal Veterinary College in London.

A Warm Farewell to Joe, and Many Thanks!

More than forty years after receiving his first diploma from OSU, Joe Zaworski is retiring from his position of research assistant professor of mechanical engineering. Beginning with his BASc in 1972, Dr. Zaworski went on to finish his MS in 1976 and PhD in 1994. He has served the school professionally for more than 25 years. Dr. Zaworski will maintain the Robert J Zaworski Memorial Scholarship through the OSU Foundation.

IME Professor Brian Paul Takes Assignment at NIST

Dr. Brian Paul, outgoing Microproducts Breakthrough Institute co-director, has accepted a one-year assignment as assistant director for technology in the Advanced Manufacturing National Program Office (AMNPO) of the National Institute of Standards and Technology in Gaithersburg, Md. In this role, Dr. Paul will work collaboratively with AMNPO and other federal agencies to plan, design, and oversee the emerging National Network for Manufacturing Innovation.

Professor Hurst's ATRIAS 2.1 Spends Summer Abroad

Jonathan Hurst's team from the Dynamic Robotics Laboratory brought their bipedal robot ATRIAS overseas this summer, traveling to London to visit with the feathered friends that inspired its designguinea fowl, emus, and moreat the Royal Veterinary College of the University of London. Project collaborators led by University of London biomechanist Dr. Monica Daley measure the motion of the animals and compare data to the robot's movements.

Alumni News

From among the many and varied accomplishments of our alumni contingent, here are just a few recent highlights to share with you. Please keep us up to date on your own life adventures and career accomplishments, either by using the MIME Alumni Updates form or dropping us an email. Look for the MIME Weekly News E-Bulletin to keep up with news and highlights each week from the School.

Rivera Named Leatherman Tool Group Division Chief

Ben Rivera, BS ME 1991 has been promoted at Leatherman Tool Group to the position of president of the company's tool-making division. Rivera has been with Leatherman for more than 20 years and played a pivotal role in the design and evolution of the company's multi-function tools. Rivera's appointment comes as the company enters new markets such as Action Sports, and expands existing products such as PocketTool.

Stebel Joins NASA Dream Chaser Project

Jeff Stebel, MS IE 2005, has joined Sierra Nevada Corporation to provide risk analysis for the Dream Chaser space plane, a NASA space travel project. He is the flight test vehicle lead with a focus on electric power systems and hybrid propulsion systems. Stebel previously worked for Lockheed-Martin on NASA's Orion contract.

Moseley Named to SME's "30 Under 30" List

2013 MIME graduate Alexandria Moseley, (BS IE and BS MfgE), has been named to the Society of Manufacturing Engineers' “30 Under 30” list. Moseley had been recognized as one of the “15 New Faces of Engineering" during National Engineers Week 2012, which was sponsored by SME. She is currently studying for her MSc in engineering management at the Technical University of Denmark.

Cardenas Joins with VOLT

Ruander Cardenas, PhD ME 2011, will intern for the ASME's Volunteer Orientation and Leadership Training Academy (VOLT). The VOLT Academy offers volunteers an opportunity to learn about training and leadership development within the Soicety.

2013 Student Competition Season Update

MIME-affiliated student teams have had incredible successes on the national and international competition scene. Read on for the details.

OSU-Built Car Takes Win at Formula Student Germany

The Global Formula Racing team – a collaboration between OSU and DBWH Ravensburg – was crowned the combustion champions of Formula Student Germany (FSG) in Germany this August. GFR beat out University of Stuttgart, the team that ended our 3-year victory streak at the US competition in Michigan in May, as well as and other top European engineering universities including RWTH Aachen, TU Karlsruhe, and TU Munich.

FSG is the most competitive Formula Student event in Europe, with 78 combustion teams and 40 electric teams. The GFR car was built at OSU. Video of the car during the endurance race can be viewed atthe GFR Facebook page.

OSU Places 7th in its First DARPA FANG Challenge

An eight-member design team from Dr. Irem Tumer's Complex Engineered Systems Design Laboratory (CESD) competed this year in the first of three design challenges from the Defense Advanced Research Projects Agency's (DARPA) Fast, Adaptable, Next-Generation Ground Vehicle (FANG) program. CESD team members developed a drivetrain for an amphibious military assault vehicle. Out of 250 teams that started the challenge last fall, the CESD team placed seventh overall.

"The Phoenix" Wins 2013 Formula Sun Grand Prix

The Oregon State University Solar Vehicle Team placed first among 11 teams at the July 2013 Formula Sun Grand Prix in Austin, Texas. “The Phoenix” won the three-day long endurance competition after completing 193 laps fueled only by solar energy. Illinois State finshed second with 192 laps, and Iowa State was third with 191 laps. Numerous new outlets picked up the story the COE blog, NPR, and Electronic Products. Watch a video from KEZI9TV, too.

New OSU AIAA Chapter Debuts at National Competition

This spring, Oregon State University competed for the first time in the AIAA/Cessna Aircraft Company/Raytheon Missile Systems Design/Build/Fly (DBF) Competition in Tucson, Ariz. For the competition students developed an electric remote-controlled aircraft capable of completing three types of missions. Finishing an impressive 14th out of 90 teams, OSU also was the highest-placing newcomer to DBF and the top team from the Pacific Northwest.

The DBF Team is a part of the newly formed OSU Chapter of AIAA, a student organization that promotes interest in aerospace engineering.

OSU Takes 2nd Place at the 2013 Baja SAE Washington Challenge

OSU Baja SAE team came in second place overall, and won several individual events at the 2013 Baja SAE Washington competition held in Bellingham, Wash., in May 2013. From a field of 72 teams, OSU's Black and Orange cars collectively racked up this impressive array of Top 4 results:

  • 2nd................................OVERALL
  • 1st.................................Cost
  • 1st & 2nd......................Business Presentation
  • 1st & 3rd.......................Rock Crawl
  • 1st & 4th.......................Overall Dynamic
  • 2nd................................Acceleration and overall static
  • 2nd................................Overall Static
  • 2nd and 4th..................Maneuverability
  • 4th.................................Hill Climb

  • Opportunities for Giving Back to MIME

    The School of MIME continues to grow and provide opportunity for excellence for its students and faculty. This number will continue to rise in the upcoming years, and we intend to cement OSU's reputation as one of the largest producers of engineering talent (in mechanical, industrial and manufacturing engineering) in the country. The school's ability to leverage opportunities is so often linked to its resources. Please consider making a donation to support our student-centered priorities, which include:
    • Building renovation projects
      • A wholesale renovation of Graf Hall to support MIME Robotics.
      • Creation of a project and computational collaboration space on the third floor of Rogers Hall (currently housing the computer labs)
      • Renovation of the MIME Machining and Product Realization Lab in the first floor of Rogers
    • Graduate student fellowships to attract the best students from Oregon and across the nation
    • Research lab start-up funds that attract the best faculty talent to OSU by enabling them to hit the ground running on both research and teaching.
    To help out in any of these areas, please contact, or make an Online Donation to the MIME Excellence Fund.
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