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WEEKLY NEWS — NOV. 18, 2019


Momentum Research Series: Somayeh Pasebani

Somayeh Pasebani is an assistant professor of advanced manufacturing in the School of Mechanical, Industrial, and Manufacturing Engineering. Her research explores additive manufacturing that is poised to revolutionize the way metal parts are made for aerospace, energy, biomedical, tooling, and other industries.

Grand Challenges Scholars Program Info Session

Tuesday, Nov. 19, 6 p.m., Johnson Hall 219. Free dinner: RSVP
Oregon State University’s College of Engineering is a proud member of the National Academy of Engineering’s Grand Challenges Scholars Program. This program is designed to prepare engineering undergraduate students to solve the 14 grand challenges of engineering. Join Graduate Assistant Priscila Narcio during the GCSP Info Session to learn more about the program, components, and the benefits of joining.  Students who join choose one of the fourteen challenges, build their plan around it, and when complete, they achieve the distinction of a Grand Challenges Scholar, which is endorsed by OSU and the NAE. This program can help you stand out for jobs in the field, grad school and internships. In addition, it helps you enhance your perspective of engineering, and develops your skills. For more information, contact Priscila Narcio, GCSP graduate assistant.

The OSU Astronomy Club Meeting 

Tuesday, Nov. 19 at 6 p.m., WNGR 151
We will be discussing astronomical objects in the sky and doing a virtual observation of the night sky. Interested students can email For more information about the club and other activities.

“Career Explorations" small groups session with MIME Engineer-in-Residence Anna Royce, Columbia Helicopters

Wednesday, Nov. 20 from 3:30 to 4:30 pm. in Rogers 226
This is an opportunity for MIME students to explore career-related questions in a small group session with Anna Royce, Mechanical Engineer, Columbia Helicopters. (Please note: this is not a recruiting visit.) Register.

Individual Appointments with MIME Engineer-in-Residence Anna Royce, Columbia Helicopters 

Wednesday, Nov. 20 from 10:30 a.m. to 12 p.m. (six, 15-minute one-on-one appointments) in Rogers 237
To register, please “apply to” Handshake Job ID# 3247290, and the system will take you to the interview schedule to select a time slot.

Explore career-related questions in private, 15-minute, one-on-one meetings with Anna Royce, Mechanical Engineer, Columbia Helicopters. (Please note: this is not a recruiting visit.)

Oregon State alumna Anna Royce graduated in 2014 with an H.B.S. in Mechanical Engineering. While at Oregon State she was a member of SWE, and a member and officer in OSU-AIAA. She completed an internship at Ames Research center in the National Full-Scale Aerodynamics Complex, the largest wind tunnel in the world. Royce also participated in MECOP and interned at Daimler and Precision Engineering. Since graduating, she has worked for Erickson Inc. and Columbia Helicopters, Inc., two heavy-lift helicopter companies in Oregon.

COB/COE Next Great Startup Preliminary Round Competition

Thursday, Nov. 21 at 6 p.m. at CH2M Hill Alumni Center 
Come cheer on teams from the College of Engineering and College of Business as they compete to be automatically admitted to the draft stage of the campus-wide Next Great Startup Competition! Want to compete? Fantastic! Click here to sign up to pitch your idea. 

IISE Target Distribution Center Tour

Friday, Nov. 22 at 3 p.m., Albany
This is an excellent opportunity to explore a different side of industrial engineering, as opposed to the typical manufacturing plant. Additionally, it is close to Corvallis so this trip will be low time commitment. Sign up soon, only ten spots are available. To RSVP

Robotcs Seminar: Realizable Path Planning for Robotic Systems," by Dylan Jones

Friday, Nov. 20 at 12 p.m. in Rogers 226
Performing autonomous robotic tasks in the field, such as ocean monitoring and aerial surveillance, requires planning and executing paths in dynamic environments. In these uncertain and changing environments, it is not uncommon to see a large difference between the path planned by the robot and the path that the robot realizes while executing that path. This difference can decrease the performance of the robotic system by introducing additional risk or forcing the vehicle to miss important survey areas. Existing systems do not consider large-scale disturbances, consider the difference between the planning and control model, and incorporate new information about disturbances found online during planning and execution. To address these shortcomings, this thesis provides algorithms that incorporate disturbances directly into planning, reason about the robot's low-level controller, and utilize information gathered during execution about both disturbances and the robot's dynamics. The impact of these improvements is a reduction in risk and improvement of the quality of robotic information collection.

FE Review Course Open for Registration

The Institute of Industrial and Systems Engineers (IISE) club at Oregon State is hosting the annual FE Review Course during Winter Term 2020 (exact dates on website, link below). This course is specifically designed to assist OSU engineering students who are studying for the FE Exam. The following subjects are covered: Mathematics, Probability and Statistics, Engineering Economics, Electrical Fundamentals, Statics, Dynamics, Strength of Materials, Materials Science, Thermodynamics, Fluid Mechanics, and Heat Transfer.  Registration includes access to digital recordings of each lecture and notes on Canvas through Sept. 1st, 2020.

The cost of the course is $100 for OSU students if you sign up online before December 16th. The cost will be $125 after December 16th. If you have any questions, please contact  
Direct registration:

Volunteers wanted for online learning research study (Corvallis)

If you are older than 18 years old, has a normal or corrected vision, you may qualify to participate. Study involves wearing an electroencephalography(EEG), measurement of eye-tracking, taking a personality test, a learning session and a short-term memory test. This experiment would take 70 to 80 minutes. Volunteers will receive $30 in cash.  Study Title: Temporal Motivation and Learning Performance using eye-tracking and wireless EEG Phase 2.  PI: David Nembhard, PhD. Contact Yuzhi Sun:

Online CS courses available for all engineering majors

Data analysis skills will advance your career in any field of engineering. Regardless of your major and level of expertise right now, multiple online courses are available at Oregon State to help you take your expertise to the next level. Here is a sample of what’s available in Winter 2020…

CS 201 – Computer Programming (for non-computer science majors)

This course’s incredibly gentle introduction to programming teaches students the basics of Python, as well as how to use Python for analyzing sample real-world datasets. Programming skills are extremely valuable for successful careers in science, engineering, public health, and business. Students can expand these skills in other, more advanced programming courses. CRN 40095. Prerequisite: C- in MTH 111 (College Algebra).

CS 161 – Introduction to Computer Science I

This course teaches how to program in Python, as well as the introductory algorithmic concepts of computer science. It is primarily meant for students majoring in computer science but can be taken by students in any major. The subsequent course, CS 162, goes deeper into algorithms and strategies for designing programs. Whereas CS 201 focuses more on data analysis skills for non-CS majors, CS 161 and 162 focus on skills for object-oriented program design and algorithmic reasoning. CRN 54828. Concurrent prerequisite: C- in MTH 112 or equivalent satisfactory Math Placement score.

CS 391 – Social and Ethical Issues in Computer Science

This course satisfies the Bacc-Core requirements for Synthesis and/or Science, Technology and Society. It empowers students to analyze the relationships among science, technology, and society using critical perspectives and examples from historical, political, or economic disciplines. Students will enjoy exploring the role of science and technology in shaping other fields over the course of history. CRN 33370. Prerequisite: Junior standing or higher, and basic computer literacy.

CS 419 – Data Analytics and Applied Machine Learning for Everyone

This course will teach how to use machine learning and other methods for analyzing data using non-programming (visual) tools. It’s a great way for students without exposure to programming to learn how to obtain information from large amounts raw data. The course is accessible and potentially valuable to students in science, engineering, public health, and business. CRN 40282. Prerequisite: None enforced, but students with some programming or discrete math (e.g., CS 161, CS 201, or CS 225) might find the course easier.

CS 512 – Data Science Tools and Programming

This course on data science uses textual programming languages (e.g., Python and Java) and includes advanced algorithms suitable for efficiently processing extremely large amounts of data. Most students are enrolled in Statistics, but other graduate students can enroll. CRN 40049. Prerequisite: CS 511 or an equivalent course or programming experience in a high-level language like Python, Java or C++.

Oregon State is utilizing Handshake as the central job and internship database. Please visit Handshake and create an account to access these opportunities. Let Handshake find the jobs for you with custom search alerts.

We are looking for experienced students to apply for three paid intern positions. The main focus of our lab is on robot grasping and manipulation. Interns will work on developing hardware and software for an automated grasping testbed and novel testing equipment developed by our lab. Interns should have some experience in both software and electrical hardware. Both projects will go until the end of the school year, including the summer, based on student availability. If you are interested in applying, please email with a resume and short cover letter (~0.5 page, covering your hands-on skills and why you’re interested) attached by 11/14. Please include “[Research Opportunity: Testbed]” or “[Research Opportunity: Hands]” in the subject line (if both, please include both). Thank you.

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