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WEEKLY NEWS — OCT. 28, 2019


New Pacific Marine Energy Center video

A new video introduces and highlights the critical work of our Center to advance marine energy, featuring interviews with PMEC's three co-directors and footage from an array of PMEC research projects. As PMEC co-director Bryson Robertson says in the video, "If you don't get excited about this, I'm confused."

Paul leads briefing about manufacturing on Capitol Hill

Brian Paul, professor of manufacturing engineering, moderated a panel at the Manufacturing USA Congressional Briefing in Washington, D.C. on on September 19. The panel's theme was "Leveraging Public-Private Partnerships to Develop an Advanced Manufacturing Workforce". Watch ...

DOE awards $1.25 million to Oregon State to advance wind energy research

Researchers at Oregon State University received $1.25 million from the U.S. Department of Energy to simulate the combined and complex effects of wind and wave forces on turbines by conducting physical experiments and numerical models. The group includes Barbara Simpson, assistant professor of structural engineering, Bryony DuPont, associate professor of mechanical engineering and the Boeing Professor of Mechanical Engineering Design, Bryson Robertson, associate professor of coastal and ocean engineering and co-director of the Pacific Marine Energy Center, Pedro Lomónaco, director of the O.H. Hinsdale Wave Research Laboratory, and Ted Brekken, professor of electrical and computer engineering. More ...

Defend the Internet, Cybersecurity: Protecting the Fifth Domain

Tues., Oct. 29 from 2 to 3 p.m. in the MU Horizon Room, 3:30 to 4:30 p.m. in the BCC Gathering Hall, and 5:30 to 6:30 p.m. in LaSells Stewart Center
Retired Marine Corps Lt. Gen. Vincent Stewart will share his personal story as a Jamaican immigrating to the US at age 13 and his experiences serving as head of the Marine Force’s Cyber Command and director of the US Defense Intelligence Agency.

Undergraduate Research Panel

Tues., Oct. 29, 5 to 6:30 pm, Johnson Hall 219
Interested in undergraduate research? Not sure what to expect, or how to get involved? Come hear from fellow engineering students who have done lots of undergraduate research, and learn how to reach out to professors, find out about opportunities, and make the most of your experience. Dinner provided. For questions, please email All engineering majors welcome. RSVP.

URSA Info Session

Tues., Nov. 5 from 5 to 6 p.m. in Johnson 220
URSA (Undergraduate Research, Scholarship and the Arts) is hosting an info session to get underrepresented engineering students engaged in research. Come learn more about this opportunity. RSVP.

IEEE Student Branch Presentation

Wed., Nov. 6 at 6 p.m. in Kelley 1001
Join the IEEE Student Branch (OSU Overclocking) for a presentation and pizza at 6pm in Kelley 1001. Presentations by the IEEE Student Branch Chair and the IEEE Client Services Manager will cover the activities and projects available through the IEEE Student Branch and the benefits of the IEEE Professional Society. 

Overclock 'til You Drop

Fri., Nov. 15 at 6 p.m. in Graf 106
Interested in computers, overclocking, and interdisciplinary projects? Join OSU Overclocking and IEEE for games, pizza, liquid nitrogen ice cream, and overclocking. All majors, abilities, and interests welcome!

COB/COE Next Great Startup Preliminary Round Competition

Thurs., 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. 

Thesis Defense: "Simulation and Planning for Soft Manipulators"

Scott Chow, candidate for Master of Science in Robotics
Tues., Oct. 28 at 9 a.m. in Rogers 226

Soft manipulators that feature extra degrees of freedom have the flexibility to tackle tasks in complex and constrained environments such as pipe exploration and underwater manipulation. Motion planning for soft robotic manipulators is necessary for these robots to operate autonomously without the explicit guidance of a human operator. However, the dimensionality of the planning space increases with the number of degrees of freedom available to the manipulator, which causes planning algorithms to struggle. In this work, we developed a kinematic simulator with collision checking for use a motion planning. We then demonstrate that current motion planning algorithms can be adapted for soft manipulators with both simulation and hardware trials. Finally, we present a dimensionality reduction approach to motion planning for high degree of freedom arms in order to reduce planning time in known environments.

College of Engineering Diversity and Inclusion Student and Faculty Spotlight

Students and faculty are key to building a supportive community that fosters engineers like you and me. Our goal is to identify Oregon State engineers who embody diversity and inclusion in their time at Oregon State through their research, clubs, leadership, teaching, and challenge common perceptions and assumptions of what an engineer looks and sounds like.

This is a call for you all to nominate your professors, coworkers, friends, and even yourself by filling out this short survey. We will be interviewing students and faculty and feature them on our Instagram account, @coediversityinclusion.

The Next Great Startup

The Next Great Startup is Oregon State Univeristy’s annual, multi-round competition for student-led teams looking to turn a startup idea into a real company.

Want to compete? Fantastic! Click here to sign up to pitch your idea. 

Want to compete but not sure how to get started?We've got you covered. Contact Michelle Marie or check out the InnovationX Workshop Series schedule here.

The COB/COE Next Great Startup Preliminary Round Competition is hosted in partnership with the Willamette Innovators Network during the annual WiN Expo.

NEW InnovationX Business Idea Development Studio

Tuesdays (Weeks 2-9), 2-6 pm in Johnson Hall 220
Are you an idea person? Do you like to solve problems? Do you want to start your own business someday? Explore the answers to these questions and more with a peer consultant in the NEW InnovationX Business Idea Development Studio!

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Imagine a better world. Make it happen - this spring break!

Looking to spend your spring break (March 21st to March 28th) doing something meaningful and making a positive impact? Apply for Alternative Break today!
The Alternative Break program is centered on creating transformative, experiential learning experiences for students through regional, reciprocal campus-community partnerships. Alternative breaks aim to develop the capacity for students to lead for social change. Being immersed in community environments enables participants to experience, discuss, and understand social issues in a significant way. This is an opportunity to learn about yourself, challenge yourself, build community, gain leadership skills, and have fun!

Priority deadline (for full consideration) for applications for all three trips is Monday, November 25, 2019. Each experience has a $100 fee and need-based Travel Grants are available to defray the costs! (Applications will be accepted on a rolling basis until all trips are filled.) Visit our website to learn more about our three Alternative Spring Break options and how to apply today!

Your gifts, big and small, have a tremendous impact!

Throughout November, you will see OSU Loyal sharing stories of some of our colleagues and what has inspired them to give to their passion within the university community. Thank you to all of our faculty and staff in the College who are supporting our people and programs with their philanthropy. For those of you who are interested in making a gift, please join us in making a difference for our students, our university, and all those we serve by going to OSU Loyal.
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.

The Portland District Engineering and Construction Division, Design Branch is recruiting for two CP-18 funded engineering interns. The Mechanical Design Section is recruiting for a GS-0830-07, target GS-11 Mechanical Engineer. And the Electrical Design Section is recruiting for a GS-0850-07, target GS-11 Electrical Engineer. Duty location is Portland, Oregon. Permanent Change of Station benefits are authorized. The announcements opened today and close on 28 October 2019. The announcements are open to all U.S. Citizens that are eligible for the recent graduate position, applicants graduating up to May 2020 are eligible to apply. More details on how to apply and eligibility requirements may be found on the announcements. Mechanical Engineer, GS-0830-07, T GS-11 USAJOBS Link: Blocked Electrical Engineer, GS-0850-07, T GS-11 USAJOBS Link: Blocked

PAID STUDENT POSITION: Do you have a good or excellent understanding of Python and JavaScript? Do you have some experience using Flask and SQL? Then come join the Niemeyer Research Group ( in developing a web-based tool for advancing the next generation of alternative jet fuels. The position is a part-time, PAID (<20 hours per week) hourly position. Reach out to Prof. Kyle Niemeyer ( if interested.

TEKFAB, a machine design company in Albany that was started 18 years ago by two MIME alumni, seeks an entry-level Mechanical Engineer. This person would begin as a “Drafter” and ideally work into a full Mechanical Engineering and Project Manager position. 40 hours/week of design, drafting, and production management. We build machines for the metal forming industry—so our bread and butter are machines that punch, roll, and cut steel. The ideal candidate has just graduated or will graduate at the end of Fall Term 2019 (BS or MS) and has proficiency in SolidWorks 3D CAD. Contact Mark McGuire ( for more information.
Faculty Openings

Assistant Professor - Aeronautics & Astronautics (Controls), University of Washington

McGill University seeks to fill two tenure-track positions  in the following areas: (1) mechatronics, robotics,automation, instrumentation; (2) advanced/sustainable manufacturing and design. More ...

The Department of Mechanical Engineering at the University of Massachusetts Lowell is seeking to hire several full-time tenure-track faculty at the ranks of Assistant or Associate Professor. The Department is expanding and also starting new Industrial Engineering undergraduate and graduate programs.  (1) Robotics and Autonomous Systems; (2) Mechanics & Materials; (3) Thermal-Fluid & Energy Systems; (4) Industrial Engineering. To apply, visit:

The Department of Mechanical Engineering at the University of Massachusetts Lowell invites applications for several full-time Teaching Professors. To apply, visit:
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