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WEEKLY NEWS - SEPT. 16, 2019

Oregon State University receives $1.8 million to improve worker training in manufacturing
Karl Haapala, associate professor of manufacturing engineering and the Tom and Carmen West Faculty Scholar, has received a $1.8 million grant from the National Science Foundation to help ensure that current and future workers in the manufacturing sector have access to high-quality engineering education and technical training.

Haapala and his team will design, develop and evaluate online courses in mechatronics, a multidisciplinary branch of engineering that includes both electronic and mechanical systems. More ...
Helping first responders achieve more with autonomous systems and AirSim [Microsoft Research Blog]
One way Microsoft trains autonomous systems is through participating in unique research opportunities focused on solving real-world challenges, like aiding first responders in hazardous scenarios. Recently, our collaborators at Carnegie Mellon University and Oregon State University, collectively named Team Explorer, demonstrated technological breakthroughs in this area during their first-place win at the first round of the DARPA Subterranean Challenge. More ...
College of Engineering celebrates excellence 
The following awards were given to MIME faculty members at the College of Engineering's Celebrate Excellence breakfast on September 17, 2019:
  • Faculty Mentoring Award - Kendra Sharp, professor of mechanical engineering and Richard and Gretchen Evans Professor in Humanitarian Engineering
  • Graduate Mentoring Award - Bryony DuPont, associate professor of mechanical engineering and Boeing Professor of Mechanical Engineering Design
  • Research Collaboration Award - David Blunck, associate professor of mechanical engineering
  • Strategic Partnering Award - John Parmigiani, associate professor of mechanical engineering
  • Research Award - Brian Paul, professor of manufacturing engineering
College Connection: Engineering
Tues., September 24, 10:15 a.m. to 3 p.m. (locations listed below)
This is the essential “get-ready-for-school” session. Join students from your academic college and major for events and experiences that help you connect to your new academic home at Oregon State. More ...
  • 10:15 a.m. to 11:30 p.m. - Academics@OSU Panel, Learning Innovation Center (LInC)
  • 11:30 a.m. to 1:30 p.m. - Lunch on your own, location: Any Dining Center on Campus
  • 1:30 p.m. to 3:00 p.m. - Clubs and Cookies, Plaza between Johnson Hall and Kelley Engineering Center. Learn about the more than 55 engineering clubs on campus.
New Student Walk, Convocation, and Orange & Black Rally
Tues., September 24, 3 to 4:30 p.m., Memorial Union quad and Gill Coliseum
Join your fellow new students for one of the largest traditions of Welcome Week. You will stand with your academic college and walk from the MU Quad to Gill Coliseum and be welcomed by faculty and staff of OSU. This serves as your official academic welcome to OSU, and mirrors a similar tradition that occurs during Commencement. More ...
E & J Gallo campus recruiting visit 
Wed., October 2
Register Now! Chose one of two information sessions: 12 to 1 p.m. or 6 to 7 p.m.
Submit resumes:  
ALLOWED SCHOOL YEARS: Senior, Masters, Graduating December 2019 - June 2020
ALLOWED MAJORS: All Operations Management, Industrial Engineering, Energy Engineering, Nuclear Engineering, General Engineering, Mechanical Engineering, Computer Engineering, Civil/Environmental Engineering, Biomedical Engineering, Materials Science & Engineering, Electrical Engineering, and Chemical Engineering majors
Working with Intel Labs
Fri., October 4, 11 a.m. to 1 p.m., Kelley Engineering Center 1001
An interactive workshop for College of Engineering faculty, staff and graduate students. Faculty are encouraged to bring their graduate students with them. Registration required
MIME and Habitat for Humanity
Sat., October 5
Shifts from 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. or 12 to 4 p.m.
618 North 9th St. Philomath, Oregon

MIME is partnering with Habitat for Humanity to serve our community. Volunteers help build homes and community in Benton County, Oregon. We provide the labor to help families build strength, stability and self-reliance through shelter. The benefits that safe affordable shelter can have on families and communities who partner with Habitat for Humanity can be long-lasting and life-changing! Transportation provided if needed. BBQ Lunch will be served on site. Register ...
Career Expo preparation workshops:
“Getting a Dam Job” Series

October 8, 9, 14, and 16, Memorial Union room 109 (times listed below)
Singu-hilarity: A Robot Comedy Variety Show
Fri., October 11 at 7:30 p.m., Majestic Theatre Community Room
Join Jon the Robot (a robotic stand-up comedian), several CoRIS Institute members and robots, and some of the area's top nerdy, scientific, and autonomous performers for an evening of stand-up comedy, improv, and visual art. More ...
“Career Expo Week” happenings – Oct. 21 to 25
Speed Mock Interviews
Tues., October 22, Memorial Union, Multipurpose Room, 1 to 4 p.m.

Register/select your time slot
“High-Rise Building Design” Lunch and Learn
Tues., October 22, 1 to 2 p.m. – Kearney Library (3rd floor)

ACCO Engineered Systems is offering a free Lunch and Learn session with a presentation on “High Rise Building Design” by Neil Sutherland, P.E., Engineering Team Lead, from ACCO’s Portland office. Hosted by the OSU ASHRAE* Student Chapter, this event is free and is open to all interested students. (*American Society of Heating, Refrigerating and Air-Conditioning Engineers)
Pre-Reception Employer Fair
Tues., October 22, Johnson Hall, 1:30 to 3:00 p.m.

Career Reception Preview! – Company representatives attending the MIME & CBEE Career Reception will be on hand to answer your questions and hand out company “swag”.
MIME and CBEE Career Reception
Tuesday, October 22, 5 to 8 p.m. (check-in starts at 4:15 p.m. in the MU Ballroom)

14 Company Information Sessions offered, plus 16 companies at the Networking Reception! Come to the MIME and CBEE Career Reception, on the evening before the OSU Career Expo, to learn more about engineering careers, plus current entry-level and internship opportunities. Attend your choice of any three company info sessions, followed by a catered networking reception to connect with even more company reps. Free and open to all MIME & CBEE students, and to all levels – first-year thru Ph.D.
Student registration opens on Sept. 16 – register in Handshake. Be sure to reserve your spot to hear from your three favorite companies, by using the survey link included in your Handshake registration/confirmation email.
Fall Career Expo, STEM Day 1
Wed., October 23, 11 a.m. to 3 p.m. – CH2M HILL Alumni Center

Searching for jobs and internships? Bring your resume, practice your pitch and find your dream job! Over 100 employers in STEM (science, technology, engineering, and math) industries!
Civil and Construction Engineering Fair
Wed., October 23, 11 a.m. to 3 p.m. – Reser Stadium, Club  Level

Over 70 employers with jobs and internships in the civil and construction engineering industries.
Fall Career Expo, Day 2
Thursday, October 24, 11 a.m. to 3 p.m. – CH2M HILL Alumni Center

Over 100 employers from various industries including: liberal studies, social and business services, government and grad programs.
ME 507: Mechanical Engineering Graduate Seminar
Every Friday  at 2 p.m. in Covell Hall 207

The Fall ME 507 Seminar/Best Practices for Graduate Student Researchers is the first in a two-part series of seminars developed to enable students to become better researchers, to effectively work in a peer cohort, and to be better informed of expectations and practices at Oregon State University Mechanical Engineering. ME 507 Best Practices is a 1-Credit course in which students will apply seminar content by writing two essays — a personal/previous research essay and a research proposal — identical to those required for the NSF GRFP. Brought to you by Dr. Bryony DuPont, Dr. Brian Fronk, and Dr. Kyle Niemeyer.


Structure Prediction and Discovery of Molecular Crystals with Enhanced Electronic Properties
Tuesday, Oct. 2. Time and location TBA

Noa Marom, assistant professor of materials science at Carnegie Mellon, will discuss how quantum mechanical simulations are combined with genetic algorithm optimization and machine learning to predict the structure of molecular crystals and to discover molecular crystals with enhanced electronic and optical properties for applications in organic electronic and photovoltaic devices.

Materials Science Seminar: Oxygen Reduction Reaction Kinetics in Solid Oxide Fuel Cell Cathodes
Tuesday, Oct. 22 from 1 to 2 p.m. in Kearney Hall Library (3rd Floor) | Free 

Xingbo Liu, the Statler Endowed Chair Professor and associate chair for research in Mechanical & Aerospace Engineering Department at the Statler College of Engineering and Mineral Resources at West Virginia University, will report research on the roles of oxygen defects on oxygen reduction reaction kinetics of solid oxide fuel cell cathode.


New OSU Foundation crowdfunding platform
What is BeavsGive?
BeavsGive is the Oregon State University Foundation’s crowdfunding platform. It provides an easy way for our students, faculty, and other project leaders to connect directly with alumni, friends, social networks, and potential supporters.
Working with the OSU Foundation’s Annual Giving Team, you’ll gain experience running a fundraising campaign and learn how to create content and targeted messaging, utilize social networking to gain support, and solicit potential donors!
Is my project a good fit?
BeavsGive has been used for various projects ranging from creating a scholarship for students, funding for student organization events and projects, supporting research opportunities and much more. Here are a few questions to ask yourself to see if your project will be a good fit:

  • What is the project and why do we need funding for it?
  • Who is the project leader?
  • Who is our target audience?
  • What is our goal and timeline?
  • Is this a priority for the department and what is their role in helping with this project?
Next Steps
Think you’ve got a project that would fit the BeavsGive platform? You can submit yout project via this form and contact Jake Mendenhall at to set up a meeting to discuss the project!
Once accepted, we’ll work with you on creating and launching the project, including:
  • Filling out a project checklist for us
  • Developing a marketing strategy based on your target audience
  • Creating content such as a project summary, pictures/videos, emails and social posts

We’ll then create the project page and launch it on our site to help you reach your goal.
We look forward to working with you on your fundraising needs and creating a culture of philanthropy around your project

Data Incubator
The Data Incubator is an intensive 8 week fellowship that prepares masters and doctoral students and postdocs in STEM and social science fields seeking industry careers as data scientists. The program is free for Fellows and supported by sponsorships from hundreds of employers across multiple industries. In response to the overwhelming interest in our earlier sessions, we will be holding another fellowship.
Who Should Apply: Anyone who has already obtained a masters or PhD degree or who is within one year of graduating with a masters or PhD is welcome to apply. Applications from international students are welcome. Everyone else is encouraged to sign-up for a future session.
Locations: In addition to the below in-person locations, we will have a remote online session:

  • New York City
  • San Francisco Bay Area
  • Boston
  • Washington, DC.

Dates: All sections will be from 2020-01-13 to 2020-03-06.
Application Link:

Register now for the IISE Six Sigma Green Belt course!
Set yourself apart from your peers as a Six Sigma Green Belt. Learn how to integrate principles of business, statistics and engineering to achieve tangible results in IISE’s Six Sigma Green Belt for Process Improvement course.
This introductory course will give you a thorough understanding of Six Sigma and how to identify and eliminate organizational defects through fundamental process knowledge. At the end of the course, participants who pass the IISE Green Belt Exam will receive IISE’s Six Sigma Green Belt Certificate (valid for 3 years).

Dates: Oct. 11th-13th
Times: (Oct. 11th, 13th) 8:30 a.m. to 5:30 p.m. (Oct. 13th) 8:30 a.m. to 1:30 p.m.

Student IISE Member Price: $500  | Student Non-IISE Member Price: $550  |  
Alumni/Professional Price: $900

[UPDATED] If you are interested, a direct link to online registration is here:
Questions? Contact either Coby Norton ( or 
Ryan Hekker (

Perception researcher wanted
Oregon State/Caregie Mellon Explorer team, which just won the recent DARPA Subterranean Challenge Tunnel Circuit!, is looking for a perception research to join the group as they prepare for the next circuit. Possible projects include:
  • Training object detection networks for use on our robots
  • Developing solutions to increase our framerate/efficiency on embedded platforms
  • Multi-sensor fusion for object detection
Prior experience with deep learning frameworks (TensorFlow, etc.) is preferred. 
Interested in joining our team on a highly visible project? Please contact Bob DeBortoli (

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.


[NEW] Engineer I for Wafer Industrial Engineering Seagate, Bloomington, MN
Since 1978, Seagate has been creating precision-engineered data storage technologies that deliver superior capacity, speed, safety, and performance. As an Industrial Engineering team member you will lead projects to drive improvements across the site including eliminating where possible production waste, reducing manufacturing cycle time and enable manufacturing efficiency improvements with a high level of analytical and logical problem solving ability.

Technical Management Development Program, E & J Gallo Winery, California locations
The Technical Management Development Program (TMDP) offers talented engineers the opportunity to engage various parts of the business, interact with management, develop innovative solutions to real business challenges, and gain a broader understanding of the company and our business. 
Operations Management Development Program, E & J Gallo Winery, California locations
The Operations Management Development Program (OMDP) is looking for candidates ready to hone their leadership skills through a structured and hands on experience that prepares them to become future operations leaders at the world’s largest winery.
Quality Assurance Engineer - New Grad - NASA Jet Propulsion Laboratory, Pasadena, CA
The Mission Assurance Office is seeking highly motivated recent and/or prospective graduates with high intellectual curiosity to join our team and aid in our quest to ensure mission success as we Dare Mighty Things! Quality Assurance Engineers provide technical and management support to programs and projects in the areas of mission assurance management, hardware and software quality assurance, reliability engineering, environmental assurance and component engineering.

Quality Engineer, APEL Extrusions, Coburg, OR Full-time entry-level position for BS in related engineering discipline, esp. ME or MfgE.

Engineering Intern – Voith Paper, Springfield, Oregon
Starting “immediately”, two internship openings for this Fall Term. Interns are given meaningful projects that contribute to Voith Paper's business. Interns are placed in locations that have a demonstrated track record of leadership development. The Engineering Manager serves as the intern's mentor and insures that a fast-paced, challenging learning environment is created.
Faculty and post-doc positions

Mechanical Engineering and Mechanics Department ChairLehigh University, Bethlehem, PA

Assistant Professor, Mechanical EngineeringCalifornia State University, Northridge

Assistant Professor of Mechanical EngineeringCalifornia State University, Los Angeles

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