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Mechanical, Industrial, and Manufacturing Engineering
FOREFRONT Newsletter - Fall 2019
As another school year is set to start, I’m reaching out to you, our alumni and supporters, to share the latest news from the School of Mechanical, Industrial, and Manufacturing Engineering.

As laid out last spring in the College of Engineering’s updated strategic plan, we have renewed our commitment to transforming lives and enhancing society through impactful education and research by investing in the success of students and faculty. A key part of this effort is cultivating a community that embodies collaborative and inclusive excellence. 

In keeping with this goal, this past spring, I formed the first MIME student advisory board, made up of undergraduate and graduate student leaders from across our majors. Modeled on the success of our industry advisory board, the new group will ensure that our students have a voice in elevating the future of MIME. The board has already provided invaluable insight, and I look forward to working with them through the year to improve MIME.

I am also looking forward to working with three new members of the MIME faculty. Joseph Agor, assistant professor of industrial engineering, and Bradley Camburn, assistant professor of mechanical engineering, joined us this past month; Andy Dong, professor of mechanical engineering, will start his appointment later this year. I am excited about what these three terrific scholars bring to MIME and Oregon State.

While our school continues to grow, two longtime faculty members, Ken Funk, associate professor of industrial engineering, and Logen Logendran, professor of industrial engineering, are retiring after a combined 69 years of service to Oregon State. We will miss them, but I know they will continue to make contributions to the field and to MIME.  

As you read more about the continued success of our programs and students, know too that you are a crucial member of our community. Please feel free to reach out to me to share your story and your ideas for a greater School of Mechanical, Industrial, and Manufacturing Engineering. 

With warm regards,

Harriet B. Nembhard
School Head and Eric R. Smith Professor of Engineering 

Congratulations to the MIME Class of 2019!

In June, MIME celebrated one of the largest and most diverse graduating classes in our school’s history, with over 400 undergraduates and 125 graduate students receiving degrees (according to preliminary numbers). They join the now 200,000 Oregon State University alumni living and working around the world. More ...
Meet the newest MIME faculty members
Joseph Agor, assistant professor of industrial engineering, and Bradley Camburn, assistant professor of mechanical engineering, joined us this past month. Andy Dong, professor of mechanical engineering, will start his appointment later this year. More ...
Global Formula Racing says auf wiedersehen to combustion car, and willkommen to driverless

Global Formula Racing — the partnership between Oregon State University and German university DHBW Ravensburg — has a storied and stellar track record. Since 2010, the team has racked up multiple top 10 finishes in race cars designed and built from the ground up.

So when the team took second place at Formula Student Germany earlier this month, it was no surprise. But when the car rolled across the finish line in Hockenheim, it was more than the end of the race, it was the end of an era. More ...

Research on magnetic soft robots attracts NSF fellowship

Opposites attract, and with funding from the National Science Foundation, Nick Bira, a doctoral student in robotics, is incorporating magnets (traditionally hard and rigid) with robots that are soft and pliable. He was awarded a prestigious NSF Graduate Research Fellowship to support this work. More ...
Building connections by pushing limits

Seeing frost form on your computer parts would usually be cause for alarm — but not for the members of OSU Overclockers. Frost is to be expected when the key ingredient of your cooling system is liquid nitrogen. More ...
Beating the heat: Firing a passion for research

Honors mechanical engineering student Rachel McAfee began undergraduate research in the very first term of her first year. Now, two years and a conference publication later, she’ll spend the summer at the U.S. Army Research Laboratory working on laser defense weapon technology research. More ...
From Corvallis to Koruridua: Making prototypes in Ghana

Four seniors were working with a company in Ghana to make a peanut roaster. They developed a prototype in Oregon and were planning to work on a second iteration in Ghana. Then they had to switch gears. More ...
A frosty idea for fresh, clean water

This past academic year, a team of undergraduate mechanical engineering students set their sights on providing clean, drinkable water during an emergency situation by turning seawater into ice. More ...
Alumni Spotlight:
Tim Weber is printing a new vision of mass production


Tim Weber (’91 Ph.D., Mechanical Engineering) has been spearheading innovation at HP for more than 25 years. As global head of 3D metals for HP, he focuses on bringing mass production of printed metal parts to the $12 trillion global manufacturing industry for the first time. More ...
Engineering management master’s degree propels NASA pro to new heights

When your day job has you reaching for the stars, you need something to keep you grounded. For NASA mission operations engineer Amanda Kniepkamp, that something was the pursuit of a master’s in engineering degree, earned 100% online through Oregon State University Ecampus. More ...
Nembhard named IISE Fellow

The Institute of Industrial and Systems Engineers has awarded Harriet B. Nembhard the title of fellow. Nembhard is the Eric R. Smith Professor of Engineering and head of the School of Mechanical, Industrial, and Manufacturing Engineering. More ...
Paul elected to SME College of Fellows

Brian K. Paul, professor of manufacturing engineering, was elected to the SME College of Fellows. The honor recognizes members who have made outstanding contributions to the social, technological, and educational aspects of the manufacturing profession over 20 or more years of service. More ...

Funk retires, continues to lead 'The Good Life'

Funk, an associate professor of industrial engineering, retired this past June. “My career at Oregon State was and is my calling,” Funk said. “I can confidently say that I have led and am living (so far!) the good life. And the environment, the work, my students, and my colleagues have been critical to that.” More ...
Logendran to retire after 30 years

After an illustrious 30-year career at Oregon State University, R. Logen Logendran, professor of industrial engineering, is set to retire in September. More ...

Promotion and tenure

The following faculty have been promoted with indefinite tenure, effective Sept. 17, 2019: David Blunck, associate professor of mechanical engineering; Bryony DuPont, associate professor of mechanical engineering; Geoff Hollinger, associate professor of robotics and mechanical engineering; Julie Tucker, associate professor of mechanical engineering; and Hector Vergara, associate professor of industrial engineering.

MIME faculty newly appointed to endowed and named positions

At the heart of Oregon State University's pursuit of excellence are faculty — scholars and educators who advance knowledge while teaching, challenging, and guiding students. These are the individuals in whom Oregon State's mission lives and breathes. More ...

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