2007 - College of Engineering - Oregon State University


2007 - College of Engineering - Oregon State University

2007 annual report


Prosperity through innovation.

ON THE COVER: OSU undergraduate engineering students

Kate Bradbury and Laurel Senger are part of a research

team led by structural engineering professor Chris Higgins.

The team is innovating new bridge repair techniques and

helping the state of Oregon better allocate its bridge repair

funds (see full story on p. 6).



Driven by our passion, OSU Engineering is fully committed

to creating extraordinary engineers and research solutions to

the world’s most pressing problems, while fueling prosperity

through innovation for Oregon.



Prosperity Through Innovation

Oregon is an amazing place to build an engineering

program that will have a lasting

impact on our future. Many of us native Oregonians

remember the roadside signs that

read: Keep Oregon Green. I saw that phrase so

often while growing up that “Oregon” and

“Green” became synonymous for me. Back

then, Oregon was natural resource rich and

technology poor. Today, we’re home to one

of the greatest concentrations of technology

industry in the nation, and we’re “green” at

the same time. That blend of greenness and

technology sets us apart from the rest of the

world and gives this College the opportunity

to develop the engineers and spin out the

innovations that will make the future more

prosperous for Oregonians and the world.

From sustainable development and new

sources of clean energy, to advances in medical

technology, civil infrastructure, and information

technology, our students are learning

to solve the most challenging global problems.

We’ve made great strides in our quest to increase

our impact on innovation. Our community

of faculty, staff, and students are advancing

on many fronts – from researchers

spinning out new companies to students doing

amazing things.

The number one contribution we make is creating

new engineers who enter the workforce

ready to innovate – women and men who know

the fundamentals, work well on teams, and have

enough hands-on experience to understand

their roles in helping organizations succeed in

the global economy. Many of our student teams

took top honors this year at international design

competitions. One group is helping develop a

$100 laptop computer for developing nations

(see p. 28), and another is helping design heated

clothing that played a role in OSU’s baseball

team clinching its second consecutive NCAA

Championship (see p. 30).

fruit: more than a dozen ideas are moving

from laboratory discoveries to spin-outs of

new products and companies. A few examples

include wind turbines that can be mounted

on buildings (see p. 4), biological fuel cells that

produce 10 times more electricity than previously

thought possible (see p. 12), scanning

systems that identify insects to ensure stream

health (see p. 8), bleach replacements for the

paper industry (see p. 14), smarter spreadsheet

software (see p. 18), and a communication system

for safer emergency C-sections (see p. 16).

The list goes on and on, so be sure to visit

our dynamic engineering community online

at engr.oregonstate.edu to read more.

All this work by these outstanding people translates

into greater prosperity – in the broadest

sense of that word – for everyone. We’ve even

found a way to measure our impact on prosperity.

It’s called “innovation capacity” and is

a combination of delivering top engineering

talent and creating powerful impact through

research. Using this metric, we currently rank

No. 40 among more than 300 U.S. engineering

schools, up from No. 56 in 2000.

Thanks to our students, faculty, staff, alumni,

and friends, we’re succeeding at building on

our historic legacy of excellence to become

one of the nation’s finest engineering programs.

Thank you all for your ongoing involvement

and support of our successes.

With best wishes,

Ron Adams, Dean

Dean Ron Adams and student Ambassadors (from left: Meghaan Smith,

Erika McQuillen, Elizabeth Spencer, Beth Beaudry, Kyle Robinson,

Laura Magaña, and Oman Meza) help open doors for new engineering

students at Oregon State.

Learning and working in our unique culture

of innovation and entrepreneurship is an advantage.

Our research clusters are bearing

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Revolutionizing the Power Grid One Building at a Time

OSU mechanical engineering professor Stel Walker

has been interested in wind since he was a young

boy wandering the beaches near his hometown of

Reedsport on the notoriously windy Oregon coast.

After coming to Corvallis to study wind energy

in the 1970s when OSU was one of only

two universities in the U.S. doing wind energy

research, one of Walker’s goals was to expand

wind energy generation in urban settings.

He recently helped design a product that will

do just that. It’s a new “micro” wind turbine

that can be mounted in rows along the edges

of building rooftops.

A leading design consultant to the wind energy

industry, Walker worked with California-based

AeroVironment, Inc. to design and

manufacture the new turbine (see inset), which

generates what the company calls “architectural

wind.” The small-scale turbine design

could revolutionize the industry, enabling

power generation from wind in urban and

suburban settings instead of only from rural

wind farms of towering turbines.

“There are only a few wind turbine manufacturers

in the U.S., and they’ve been telling

city planners, architects, and building owners

for years that they haven’t designed their

wind turbines to be placed on buildings,” says

AeroVironment’s Tom Zambrano. “But no

one understands wind resources better than

OSU, and Stel Walker says the wind in the

Pacific Northwest doesn’t stop at city lines.”

computerized aerodynamic performance design

analyses of wind turbines and maintaining

what has become the foremost wind database

in the nation. He is currently director of

the university’s Energy Resources Research

Laboratory, and part of the Energy Systems

Research Cluster.

Zambrano and other scientists involved in

the industry since the beginning view OSU’s

research as critical to the current worldwide

acceptance of wind energy. Wind and other

forms of alternative energy production are

an integral part of “green” building design,

which Walker and the College are committed

to supporting.

These days, when wandering Oregon’s blustery

beaches, Walker is pleased that his childhood

fascination with wind has taken him to a

place where innovation is leading to prosperity

– in this case, clean electricity harvested

from the winds blowing in off the Pacific.

Walker helped the company envision a small,

quiet, and architecturally pleasing wind turbine

that can be attached to a track along the

perimeter of a roofline, similar to the way

track lighting is attached. The number of

turbines on the track can vary, depending on

power needs and the size of the building.

As a graduate student at OSU, Walker helped

pioneer wind energy research by creating

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Bridge Doctor

Professor and Students Help Oregon Stretch Bridge Dollars

Call him a bridge doctor. He’s helping the state treat her

aging bridges so they live longer and cost citizens less.

Christopher Higgins, professor of structural

engineering, came to OSU in 2000 and went

to work putting in a structural testing laboratory

that’s attracted more than $4 million in

research funding – the lion’s share from the

Oregon Department of Transportation.

ODOT engineers came to Higgins in 2001

when they discovered that many of Oregon’s

older bridges were showing diagonal cracks in

the concrete girders. ODOT needed to know

more about the bridges in question, fast.

Higgins and his student team used a $1.6 million

ODOT grant to analyze the problem,

performing much of the research in the OSU

Structures Laboratory, where they tested

bridge girders to the failure point using massive

hydraulic cylinders to simulate the load

of thousands of trucks crossing a bridge.

When the dust settled, the researchers had

produced a better way to determine the remaining

strength of bridge girders. Using this

approach, ODOT determined that not all of

the cracked bridges needed to be replaced

and others could be temporarily remedied.

This allowed ODOT to distribute limited

funds to the most important bridges.

“ODOT was able to modify their program

based on our outcomes,” Higgins says. “Our

work allowed them to extend available resources

to address the most pressing problems.

Without these findings, an additional

$500 million would have been needed to

deal with the number of affected bridges.

That’s a pretty good return on the $1.6 million


Since then, ODOT has funded approximately

$2 million in additional bridge research with

Higgins, who is part of the College’s Kiewit

Center for Infrastructure and Transportation

Research Cluster. Higgins’ team is currently

working on a range of new bridge research,

including the use of acoustic sensors to “listen”

to the sounds bridges make, which can

identify where damage is occurring.

“Sometimes, only a small portion of a bridge

needs attention, while the remaining 90 percent

may be adequate,” Higgins says. “So it

is possible to strengthen only the weakest section

instead of replacing the entire bridge.”

The researchers are also experimenting with

new repair methods, including the use of

high-performance steel, carbon fiber polymers,

and high-tech adhesives, all of which

can extend a bridge’s lifespan. In order to

study how Mother Nature affects these materials,

they are constructing a 30-ft.-long,

custom-made, environmental chamber where

full-size bridge girders can be repeatedly frozen

and thawed while simultaneously applying

loads. “This experimental capability is

truly unique,” Higgins says.

Another project is a collaboration with the

College’s Hinsdale Wave Research Laboratory,

where researchers are testing the response

of a 12-ft. scale model of a pre-stressed concrete

bridge located in Florida. The model

will be subjected to hurricane induced waves,

and the results will help prevent the kind of

losses seen after Hurricane Katrina.

“We’re doing incredibly interesting things

here,” Higgins says with the grin of a good

doctor. The ultimate beneficiary of his work

Anyone who ever drives across a bridge – in

Oregon or beyond.

Chris Higgins and two of his undergraduate engineering researchers, Kate

Bradbury and Laurel Senger, stand on the Van Buren Street Bridge over the

Willamette River in downtown Corvallis, Oregon.

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Engineers & Entomologists Innovate Arthropod ID System

The presence – or lack – of bugs in water and soil can

tell humans a great deal: the water quality of a stream

or watershed, the health of soil in a certain place, the

impact of global warming on the ocean food chain.

Larval stoneflies, for example, are sensitive to

drops in water quality caused by sedimentation,

thermal pollution, eutrophication, and

chemical pollution. They are an insect version

of the canary in the coal mine when it

comes to water quality; if their numbers drop,

something’s amiss.

In order to glean this kind of knowledge, however,

specimens must be gathered, identified,

counted, and catalogued – specialized tasks

that require highly educated, highly trained experts

who are often in such high demand that

supply is short. There may be fewer than 10

taxonomic specialists in the world with the expertise

to perform all these analyses.

The process is also extremely time consuming

(and therefore costly), especially when the arthropods

being collected range from soil mites

the size of the period at the end of this sentence

to stoneflies an inch or more in length.


“Using current methods, it could take an entire

week to catalog the specimens found in a cubic

foot of soil,” says Bob Paasch, an OSU mechanical

engineering professor who is collaborating

with OSU computer scientists Tom

Dietterich and Eric Mortensen. “Our goal is

to automate this process so a computer-driven

machine can do the work in a night.”

The engineers, who are part of the College’s

Information Usability Research Cluster, are

collaborating with OSU botanist Andrew

Moldenke, OSU zoologist David Lytle, University

of Washington computer scientist

Linda Shapiro, and a small army of graduate

and undergraduate students. The long-term

goal is to develop an insect identification device

that can be commercially marketed to

agencies and companies that need the technology

for environmental monitoring, agricultural

studies, and biodiversity surveys.

But developing such a device is complicated

and challenging; it involves complex algorithms

and computers, high-power scanning

microscopes and robotics, and of course taxonomy

and entomology. “These arthropods

are very tiny, very fragile objects,” says Dietterich,

who is the project’s principal investigator

and lead. “You can’t just tell them to

assume a standard position and smile for the

camera, or manipulate them like you can

nuts and bolts. The computer vision algorithms

have to be flexible enough to recognize them in

many different positions.”

components, including a super-precise, sixaxis

robotic arm that can pluck a microbe as

small as 50 microns from a Petri dish once it’s

been identified.

No wonder nobody else is working on what

the OSU team calls an “end-to-end” solution,

where the system automatically scans,

photographs, identifies, and catalogs specific

specimens. It’s a monster project, but the potential

end results inspire the research team

to keep slogging.

“There are thousands of water district technicians

who monitor water supplies who could

use this tomorrow,” Paasch says. “We’re trying

to fill a big-picture, societal need.”

The researchers have just completed work

funded by a 4-year, $1.7 million grant from

the National Science Foundation, and are

continuing the research under a new $800,000

NSF grant. Eventually, the team will work

with a business partner to commercialize

the system so the technology can go to work

helping humanity better maintain healthier

ecosystems everywhere.

Principal investigator Tom Dietterich (left) and Bob Paasch look closely

at stone flies in a prototype of their computer-aided insect identification

device. Using a mirror system, the apparatus photographs specimens, such

as this stone fly, as image pairs to obtain two simultaneous views separated

by 90 degrees.

Another major challenge is developing computer

vision algorithms that can distinguish thousands

of different species from one another.

“That’s a huge technical challenge, particularly

when the species are difficult for expert entomologists

to tell apart,” Dietterich says. “This

requires major advances in object recognition

methods, which will have many applications

beyond recognizing insects.”

The computer vision, machine learning,

and pattern recognition aspects of the project

must mesh perfectly with the mechanical

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Revolutionary Radiation Detection System

Could Improve Medicine, National Security

Pinpointing cancer tumors in the human body is

challenging, especially when the tumors are tiny or

scattered. Locating the exact geographic site of a

covert nuclear test is also difficult.

OSU health physics professors Abi Farsoni

and David Hamby are working with a team of

graduate students to develop a new digital radiation

detector that could improve nuclear test

ban compliance, cancer treatment, radioactive

waste management, worker safety, and more.

Unlike other detectors, this one can simultaneously

detect and measure both gamma

and beta radiation, and uses digital technology

and radiation spectroscopy in ways that

enable identification of the source. Other detectors

can measure either beta or gamma radiation,

but they cannot distinguish the two and

must be carefully calibrated and used in ways to

compensate for interference or “crosstalk” from

naturally occurring background radiation.

“This is more than detection,” Farsoni says.

“We designed the detector, as well as the digital

processor and the algorithms, so we can

discriminate between radiation types.”

Measuring two types of radiation at the same

time makes this detector very unique and

very useful, he says. Other systems use bulky,

analog systems that were developed in the

1960s or 70s.

The new system can also reject or eliminate

background sources of radiation. “So we can

detect ultra-low activity,” Farsoni adds.

Using the OSU-developed detector system,

the precise geographic location of covert nuclear

tests could be pinpointed from hundreds

of miles away based on the radiation found in

Xenon gas, which is released during nuclear

explosions and drifts in the atmosphere.

The detector technology could also be incorporated

into surgical probes used by surgeons

removing cancerous tumors. A patient

is injected with a solution containing lowlevel

radiopharmaceuticals so the probes can

“see” the patterns of concentration, helping

pinpoint tumors. Probes in use today, however,

have difficulty separating background gamma

radiation from the beta radiation on the tumor.

“Physicians want to detect only the radiation

that has been injected,” says Hamby. “That is

much more easily done with this new system.”

Current probes also have a slight delay, which

makes pinpointing precise locations of very

small tumors a challenge. The new digital

detector generates real-time signals without

any delay, and can be calibrated to “ignore”

background radiation.

Much of the radiation detection technology

in use today is quite outdated, Farsoni says.

But with the recent resurgence of interest in

nuclear power and a broader use of low-level

radiation in medical applications, new technology

is under development and research

funding is on the rise.

Farsoni and Hamby have received two grants

to date totalling $1.6 million, supporting more

than seven graduate students. The OSU researchers

hope to take their invention from

prototype stage to commercial product, and

they believe the demand for such a system

will be large.

OSU professors of health physics Abi Farsoni (right) and David Hamby

work with electrical engineering graduate student Siavash Yousefi on a

prototype of a groundbreaking nuclear radiation detector.

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Power from h 2 0

Using Wastewater Bacteria to Power Fuel Cells

Envision an economical and simple wastewater

treatment system that provides both clean water

and generates electricity for people in countries

with limited access to both.

Such a system is possible thanks to revolutionary

research by OSU biological and ecological

engineering professor Hong Liu and

her colleagues. Liu’s team specializes in microbial

fuel cells (MFCs), devices that convert

biodegradable materials, such as pollutants in

wastewater, into electricity using bacteria. As

the bacteria consume the pollutants, they shed

excess electrons, which flow through a circuit

and generate electricity. In the process, pollutants

are broken down, resulting in clean water.

“Bacteria use only part of the energy they

produce, releasing the rest into the environment,”

says Liu, who collaborates with fellow

OSU professor Yanzhen Fan, graduate

student Hongqiang Hu, and visiting scholars.

“We are able to capture the energy that is released.”

Air cathode MFCs are self-sustained,

efficient, and require minimal maintenance,

Liu says. “So everything recycles!”

Historically, power outputs from MFCs have

been so low the devices have not been perceived

as viable sources of electricity. However,

Liu’s research in fuel cell design is changing

that perception.

“We have successfully modified the fuel cell

structure to enhance power generation,” she

says. Recently, her team designed an MFC

that is capable of generating approximately

one order of magnitude, or about 10 times,

more electricity than previously generated

from an air cathode microbial fuel cell of the

same size. The researchers generated 1010

watts per cubic meter of reactor, or enough to

power sixteen 60-watt light bulbs.

These design improvements could lead to distributed

energy production in developing nations

and reduce the cost of operating wastewater

treatment plants in the U.S. and elsewhere.

Five percent of the electricity in the U.S. is used

for water and wastewater treatment, mainly

to power pumps and other equipment. “By

incorporating microbial fuel cells in water

treatment facilities, the cost of operation

could be reduced,” Liu says.


Although scaling up MFCs to help power

large wastewater facilities is a long-term

goal of Liu’s, she says small-scale systems

will be feasible sooner. “It would be useful to

build a smaller system for individual households.

This is something the world can use

very soon, especially in China and India.”

Although MFCs can’t solve all global environmental

and energy problems, they can

help, Liu says. “Our research results are

very promising. There is a real future here,

and I hope we can make a small contribution

to the world.”

Liu, who joined OSU two years ago and is

part of the Biological and Environmental

Systems Research Cluster, is involved in other

research with her team. They have developed

a new bioelectrochemically assisted microbial

reactor that produces hydrogen from wastewater,

and are also working on biodiesel production

using a species of algae that contains

up to 70 percent oil.

It is innovation like this that will lead to prosperity

in Oregon, and worldwide.

restoring rivers

In most of her research, biological and ecological

engineering professor Desiree Tullos collaborates

with people all over the planet – from Klamath

Falls, Oregon to Yunnan Province, China.

“Almost all of the research involves me, as an

engineer, working with ecologists, economists,

sociologists, and others,” says Tullos, who has

degrees in civil engineering as well as biological

and agricultural engineering. “Interdisciplinary

collaboration is probably the greatest

blessing and burden for river restoration.”

The common thread that runs through her

work is water. She studies how the restoration

of waterways, such as wetlands and rivers,

affects sediment flow and erosion, flora and

fauna, people and commerce. When a new

dam is proposed, who will be impacted – from

arthropods to humans to zebra fish When an

old dam is removed, what happens to the sediment

built up behind it When a wetland is

restored from agricultural overuse, how does

phosphorous flow impact algae blooms in

nearby lakes that harm endangered fish

“Our research aims to enrich the measurement

and understanding of biophysical, socioeconomic,

and geopolitical influences and

outcomes of river restoration. Current computer

and math tools offer sophisticated applications

in the engineering and restoration

of natural systems, so there’s great opportunity

for improving the science and practice of

river management.”

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Enzyme Could Improve Paper Industry, Ethanol Production

Working in a lab filled with beakers and bubbling

bioreactors, bioengineering professor Christine Kelly

is addressing two areas of global concern: reducing

the use of harmful pollutants and making clean energy

production more economical.

Kelly and her students are developing methods

to mass produce an enzyme secreted by

white-rot fungi that could reduce the use of

toxic chlorine in paper manufacturing and

improve ethanol production.

The enzyme, manganese peroxidase, breaks

down lignin, a substance that protects cellulose

in trees and plants from microbial attack.

To make paper, the lignin must be removed

and the pulp bleached. The nontoxic enzyme

could be used instead of chlorine.

When converting biomass to ethanol, lignin

must also be removed. Using the enzyme to

aid lignin removal could lower the high temperatures

and eliminate some of the chemicals

currently used in the pre-treatment process,

reducing the cost of ethanol production.

All of this sounds wonderful, but the problem

is that manganese peroxidase is produced

naturally in only very small amounts. “This

enzyme has not been used commercially because

not much of it is secreted by the fungi,”

Kelly says. “And it’s difficult to make in

alternative hosts.”

But Kelly used genetic engineering to transfer

a gene from the white-rot fungi into a yeast

that can be cultivated in a bioreactor. If large

volumes of the enzyme can be produced, it

could become a commercially viable product.

With help from three PhD candidates, three

undergraduate students, and a $210,000

grant from the National Science Foundation,

Kelly has increased the concentration of the

enzyme cultivated more than 1,000 times

since beginning the project.

“We’ve made about as much progress as possible

on the cultivation side,” says Kelly, who

is part of the Biological and Environmental

Systems Research Cluster. “But there are

more improvements to be made with genetic


Kelly received a $200,000 Sun Grant to

study how the enzyme could improve ethanol

production. Teaming up with Mike Penner

in OSU’s Department of Food Science and

Technology, and her husband Curtis Lajoie,

a research professor in the School of Chemical,

Biological, and Environmental Engineering,

Kelly hopes her research will lead to a

new product for the ethanol industry.

“Now that cellulosic ethanol is becoming

more of a commercial enterprise, lignindegrading

enzymes are going to reach the

market place eventually,” Kelly says. “Manganese

peroxidase is from a class of under

exploited enzymes. Other classes of enzymes

are already commercially available, and I

think this one will get there, too.”

With continued research support, Kelly and

her students are well on their way to making

the world a greener place.

Bioengineering professor Christine Kelly (right) and undergraduate researcher

Chris Barnhart inspect a solution containing the enzyme manganese peroxidase

in Gleeson Hall.

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Students Innovate Wireless System for Rural Hospitals

In small rural hospitals, emergency Cesarean sections

present challenges not faced at large urban

medical centers. An extra operating room is not

prepped and on standby for C-sections, and the oncall

surgical team must be summoned, sometimes

from miles away.

When you have only 30 minutes from decision

to incision, communication is critical,

says Ken Funk, a professor in the School of

Mechanical, Industrial, and Manufacturing

Engineering, who has been improving the interactions

between machines and humans for

more than 30 years.

Funk and a team of graduate students teamed

up with doctors at Peace Harbor Hospital in

Florence, Ore. to create the C- Section Facilitator,

a mobile, wireless communication and

information system designed to help rural

hospitals quickly assemble the surgical team

and prepare the patient and operating room.

The new system is good news in the U.S.

where, according to the National Center for

Health Statistics, almost 30 percent of babies

were delivered by C-section in 2004, many

performed at small or rural hospitals.

The venture, which started in a human-machines

system engineering course taught by

Funk, blossomed into a full-scale research

and development project as the students saw

the necessity of their research.

At Peace Harbor, with only two operating

rooms, one is not always set up for C-sections.

Members of the prep and surgical teams

must be summoned, the room readied, and

the patient prepped – all within 30 minutes to

minimize risks to mother and baby.

The narrow window of time, in combination

with system vulnerabilities and intrinsic human

fallibilities, increases the risk of an adverse

outcome, says Funk, who is part of the

Information Usability Research Cluster.

“The goal is to enhance human performance

in complex, high risk situations,” he says.

“We saw this as an opportunity to develop

an information and communications system

using a very human-centered, rather than

technology-centered, approach.”

Their design includes software coupled with

a network of wireless devices – smart phones,

tablet PCs, and a large display screen – that

track the progress of each procedure needing

completion before a C-section can be

performed. All devices are automatically updated

as steps are completed, informing every

member of the preparation and surgical teams

of the status of the operating room, mother

and baby, and team members themselves.

“A few minutes of delay can be critical,” Funk

says. The C-Section Facilitator automatically

calls every member concurrently, reducing

the amount of time the ward clerk and other

members must spend assembling the team.

The C-Section Facilitator is currently in the

prototype stage, requiring additional testing

and funding before it can be integrated at

Peace Harbor and commercially developed.

Clockwise, from left: OSU professor Ken Funk, Dr. James Bauer, an

obstetrician/gynecologist with Peace Harbor Hospital, and OSU graduate

students Lin-hui Huang, Robin Feuerbacher, and Melissa Hastings

demonstrate their C-Section Facilitator prototype in the labor and delivery

operating room of Good Samaritan Regional Medical Center in Corvallis.

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birth of a company

New High-Tech Software Firm Born at OSU

If there’s a poster child that represents how

investment in OSU Engineering becomes economic

impact, i5Logic, a software firm that was birthed and

incubated in the Kelley Engineering Center, is surely it.

And the child is growing up fast.

The company was founded in January, 2006

by CEO Matthew Johnen partnering with

OSU computer science professors Margaret

Burnett, Martin Erwig, and Greg Rothermel.

In November of that year, Johnen hired the

first employee. Six months later, the company

had grown to six (not counting Johnen and

the OSU professors). Three months after

that, the workforce doubled to 12, four of

whom are OSU engineering grads: Kevin

Swartz, Nick Patron, Matt McLaughlin, and

Eric Rehn.

Such rapid expansion forced the company to

move out of their incubation space on campus

and into offices across town. “We simply

outgrew the quarters,” Johnen says. “With

twelve employees, we ran out of space there.

We’ve been successful.”

This is exactly the kind of success the College

is building as it becomes an economic engine

for Oregon. And i5Logic plans to keep growing.

“We need more technical people, software

engineers,” says Johnen, who worked

with start-ups in the Bay Area before relocating

to Corvallis, in part because of the proximity

to OSU.

At the heart of i5Logic’s swift growth is a software

tool called i5Audit, which helps people

detect errors in formulas or values while they

create spreadsheets. Unlike programs that

issue annoying pop-up warnings, i5Audit

works in the background, tracking input from

the user before subtly highlighting areas that

could be sources of potential errors.

can stay productive and make adjustments

when you want.”

The product exemplifies end-user software

engineering, bringing the benefits of classical

software engineering to end-users – people

who are not trained programmers but do limited

programming using software like Excel.

The problem is that 90 percent of spreadsheets

contain errors, which can spell major

losses for businesses and individuals.

The three professors, part of the College’s

Information Usability Research Cluster, have

been working on the technology for years,

funded by NSF grants totaling some $2 million.

If i5Logic does well when they roll out

final product in early 2008, the professors will

share in the profits, as will OSU, receiving

royalties and profit sharing.

OSU students and Oregon will also benefit

as the company grows. “The OSU engineers

we’ve hired have the training and skills to almost

instantly be productive,” Johnen says.

“I wouldn’t have moved here if it weren’t for

OSU and the College of Engineering.”

Computer science professors Martin Erwig (far left) and Margaret Burnett

discuss refinements to i5Logic’s spreadsheet error correction tool with

company CEO Matt Johnen.

“The system respects a user’s attention,” says

Burnett. “It’s not yammering at you. So you

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fueling spinouts

ONAMI Funding Speeds Collaboration

In a quiet building on Hewlett Packard Company’s

sprawling Corvallis campus a short distance from

the College of Engineering, an economic engine

can be heard humming.

If you listen closely, you’ll notice the hum is

growing louder. Soon this economic engine

will be roaring, thanks to support from the

Oregon legislature.

It’s the sound of commercialization being

fueled by the investment of seed money in

fledgling technologies under development

around the state so they can evolve into new

products and companies that bring prosperity

to Oregon and beyond.

Oregon’s first signature research center, the

Oregon Nanoscience and Microtechnologies

Institute (ONAMI), recently awarded more

than a half million dollars in gap funding

to several OSU engineering researchers

to help them speed their new technologies

toward commercialization. OSU chemical engineering

professor Goran Jovanovic and colleagues

received ONAMI gap funding for two

projects that use microchannels to improve life.


Jovanovic’s team received $175,000 to further

develop a credit card sized microreactor that

produces biodiesel more efficiently than traditional

methods. The breakthrough is poised

to revolutionize the way biodiesel is manufactured

and could enable distributed production

at farms and ranches, freeing farmers

from reliance on fossil fuels

ONAMI awarded another $170,000 to Jovanovic

and colleagues to fine tune development

of a microchannel blood filter that will

enable a portable kidney dialysis device. This

technology is licensed to Portland startup,

Home Dialysis Plus, Ltd., which is on the

verge of attracting major venture capital

funding that will launch production of the

portable dialysis system.

Industrial and manufacturing engineering

professor Brian Paul, Chih-hung Chang, a

chemical engineering professor, and their colleagues

received $160,000 in ONAMI gap

funding to develop nanomaterials production

processes using microreactors. Working with

OSU chemistry professor Vince Remcho, the

engineers are collaborating with investors to

launch a startup company called Nanobits,

LLC based on the breakthrough technology.

is here to foster continued collaboration

and commercialization.”

ONAMI’s Corvallis headquarters also houses

the Microproducts Breakthrough Institute

(MBI), a joint research venture between OSU

and the Pacific Northwest National Laboratory


“The MBI’s mission is to accelerate the transition

of micro-chemical and energy technology

from conception to commercialization,”

says Landis Kannberg, director of the MBI.

“One element of that mission is to provide

a resource for start-up companies to advance

concepts first tested in a laboratory, often at


So keep listening… the sound of this economic

engine will only grow louder. And that other

sound… That’s applause from Oregon’s

academic researchers and entrepreneurs.

Lennart Johsson and Martin Danielson (left), executives from Swedenbased

renal care giant Gambro, recently visited the ONAMI headquarters

on the HP campus to discuss the Home Dialysis Plus project. OSU professor

Goran Jovanovic (center) and Home Dialysis Plus chemist Dalibor

Smejtek look at a prototype of the microchannel blood filter.

A number of other OSU researchers, as well

as researchers from the University of Oregon,

Portland State University, and other

institutions, are submitting proposals to the

ONAMI Commercialization Advisory Council

to request gap funding for next year, when

more money will be available. The Oregon

legislature recently authorized $9 million in

additional funding for ONAMI, $2.5 million

of which will be used as gap funding.

“This type of seed funding gives Oregon

researchers and entrepreneurs the support

needed to attract venture capital funding

and ultimately create new products, companies,

and jobs,” says Skip Rung, executive

director of ONAMI. “Oregon is very

unique in how well our universities and our

business community collaborate. ONAMI

OREGON STATE UNIVERSITY College of Engineering 2007 Annual Report



Working With Industry Partners Generates Economic Impact


From ocean wave energy to transparent electronics,

collaborating with industry partners is helping OSU

Engineering transform laboratory research into new

business ventures that benefit Oregon.

Columbia Power Technologies

OSU engineers and Oregon’s coastline are

at the epicenter of wave energy research and

development. Innovation by OSU electrical

engineering professors Annette von Jouanne,

Ted Brekken, and their graduate students has

resulted in new buoy technology for harvesting

electricity from ocean waves.

Their work launched a partnership with Columbia

Power Technologies, a wave energy

company that recently opened an office in

the Kelley Engineering Center on campus,

a short walk from the Wallace Energy and

Systems and Renewables Facility (WESRF)

where von Jouanne, Brekken, and their team

do research.

“Having an office in close proximity to the

principal investigators and lab, makes it possible

to meet conveniently and respond quickly

to new developments,” says Bradford Lamb,

president of Columbia Power Technologies.

Lamb’s company pursued the collaboration

with OSU because executives saw the advantages

of this place and this point in history.

Oregon has one of the highest energy wave

climates in the world, with perhaps the most

active academic research program in the

country,” Lamb says. “That, coupled with

substantial and growing state and federal

political support, combine to make Oregon

State University an ideal partner for us.”

The company has already hired OSU graduate

students Ken Rhinefrank, Al Schacher,

and Joe Prudell to join their staff.

“We’re hiring graduate students from Oregon

State who have tremendous talent, energy,

and commitment to ocean energy research

and who can help provide continuity and support

to new students,” Lamb says.

Clear Shape Technologies

When Cadence Systems recently acquired

Clear Shape Technologies, a Silicon Valley

semiconductor technology firm, OSU liquidated

its interest in Clear Shape, generating

$100,000 in license income for the university.

An equity license agreement with Clear

Shape had provided OSU with shares of

Clear Shape stock in exchange for rights to algorithms

developed by OSU engineering faculty

Karti Mayaram, Terri Fiez, and others.

The algorithms provided additional accuracy

and speed in the software designs of chips.


Exclusive rights to develop products based

on a new class of OSU-developed materials

that can be used to create safe, inexpensive,

and transparent electronic circuits have been

licensed to HP. This might become one of the

most valuable collaborations the university

has ever developed with private industry.

Building a better buoy in the WESRF lab, from left: Adam Brown, Chad

Stillinger, Annette von Jouanne, Ted Brekken, Ean Amon, Ken Rhinefrank,

Joe Prudell (seated), and Al Schacher.

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Restoring history

Renovation of Historic Apperson Hall on Track

With its stone exterior walls and turret-like front

corners, Apperson Hall stands as a familiar

landmark at the east end ofEngineering Row” on

campus. Since its construction in 1900, thousands

of OSU students have learned the fundamentals of

engineering in the classrooms of this majestic hall.

Soon, thanks to an ongoing fundraising campaign

that is generating generous support

from hundreds of OSU engineering alumni

and friends, thousands more future students will

study in the historic building. But these students

will experience an ultra-modern interior after it is

renovated into a high-tech, seismically safe, stateof-the-art

learning and research center.

The stone façade exterior will be retained

and restored, but inside will be interactive

classrooms, a central light court, a computerized

learning laboratory, and the largest auditorium

within the College of Engineering.

Exposed structural, mechanical, and electrical

features will create an interactive “building-as-teaching-tool”

for students.


contributions totaling more than $9.26 million

to date, qualifying the project for a

matching grant of $850,000 from the Kresge

Foundation. A range of gift opportunities are

still available to donors.

When complete, the renovated building will

be renamed Kearney Hall and will house the

School of Civil and Construction Engineering,

including the Construction Engineering

Management program and the Kiewit Center

for Infrastructure and Transportation Research

Cluster. The renovation will incorporate

sustainable construction techniques and

materials to qualify for a “Silver” certification

from the U.S. Green Building Council’s Leadership

in Energy and Environmental Design.

Civil engineering alumnus Lee Kearney (‘63)

and his wife Connie gave the $4 million lead

gift of the $12 million renovation campaign

that is still underway. More than 700 other

friends and alumni have given additional

Apperson Hall is shown in a historic photograph, before a third story was

added in 1920. Alumnus Lee Kearney and his wife Connie contributed

$4 million toward the $12 million fundraising campaign to renovate the

historic building.

Kelley Gets Gold!

The decision to build “green” features into

the Kelley Engineering Center paid off when

the building received a Leadership in Energy

and Environmental Design (LEED ® ) “Gold”

certification from the U.S. Green Building

Council, making it the first new LEED Gold

academic engineering building in the United


Funded by a $20-million gift from OSU engineering

alumnus Martin Kelly and his wife

Judy, $20 million in public funds, $2.5 million

from alumni Jen-Hsun and Lori Huang,

and many additional gifts, the 153,000-sq.-ft.

building is generating gold of another type,

too: research that has resulted in new hightech

spin-outs, including i5Logic, Smart

Desktop, Alight Technologies, and others.

OREGON STATE UNIVERSITY College of Engineering 2007 Annual Report



Alum Takes Helm at School of Civil & Construction Engineering


As the newly-recruited director of OSU’s School of

Civil and Construction Engineering, Scott Ashford

brings to Oregon State more than a decade of

leadership experience at one of the nation’s top

engineering programs.

He also brings years of industry experience

at firms like CH2M HILL, research grants

totaling close to $1 million, an innovative and

mobile Structures Testing Lab, and big plans

to build a Soil-Foundation-Structure Interaction

lab on campus where the relationship

between buildings, foundations, and soils can

be studied.

New leadership. New research. New ideas.

But OSU is not new to Ashford.

A 1983 OSU civil engineering grad, Ashford

earned master’s and doctoral degrees in

geotechnical engineering from UC Berkeley

before becoming a professor at UC San Diego,

where he helped the Jacobs School of

Engineering climb the national rankings from

No. 43 to No. 11.

“During that process, I learned a lot, and

I plan to take that knowledge and apply it

here at Oregon State,” says Ashford, who

has taught and conducted research around

the world – from design work on California

highways to seismic hazards in Thailand and

landslide mitigation in Sri Lanka.

One of Ashford’s main goals at OSU is growing

the graduate programs in civil engineering

and construction engineering management.

“Students today need to know that a master’s

degree helps lead to a successful career,” he

says. “I believe every single one of our students

should consider staying on to get a master’s

degree before entering the job market.

We have an outstanding undergraduate program,

so my focus is growing our graduate

program while maintaining the high quality

of our undergraduate program.”

Tapping his industry experience, Ashford

also plans to grow research funding and develop

new engineers who are work-ready

at graduation.

“I have a good sense of what industry wants

in terms of research and graduates because

I’ve been there,” he says. “If you look around

at the multidisciplinary research underway

here at Oregon State, we have an outstanding

group of faculty, not just in this School, but

throughout the College and across campus.

We’re a real asset to industry.”

Ashford, who joins a strong leadership team

that is guiding the College through an unprecedented

transformation, also plans to

expand the new Master’s of Engineering

(MEng) degree.

“I want our students as well as working

engineers in the field to know they

can come to OSU for one year and get a

master’s degree.”

Ashford will serve as director of the Kiewit

Center for Infrastructure and Transportation

Research Cluster. Both Ashford and his wife,

Meleah, a water resources engineer and an

OSU engineering alumna, are pleased to be

back in Oregon.

“We both feel we had an outstanding education

at Oregon State,” Ashford says. “The

education we received here really set us up for

success. Now I have the opportunity to give

back, to raise the prominence of the school.”

OREGON STATE UNIVERSITY College of Engineering 2007 Annual Report



Students Help Design Laptop,

Their Work Nets $500,000 from Real Networks

Childhood friends Michael Burns and Justin Gallardo

have been tinkering with computers since they

were young boys growing up in the small Oregon

town of Keizer.

Soon, their stellar computer programming

skills will reach around the Planet, touching

millions of children who have never had access

to a computer of any kind.

Burns, Gallardo, and fellow OSU students

Sarah Cooley, Brad Morgan, and Josh

Schonstal are working with the One Laptop

Per Child (OLPC) program, an international

nonprofit organization aiming to create laptops

for underprivileged children that sell for

less that $100.

The OSU students’ work has been so remarkable

that RealNetworks, Inc., makers of

RealPlayer, took notice and gave a $500,000

gift to the OSU Open Source Lab, where the

students have been working on the project

just across the hall from a climate controlled

room that houses massive banks of servers.


Made of neon green and white plastic, the

little, low-cost laptop looks more like a toy

than a computer, but inside it’s packed with

cutting edge technology designed by the open

source community – including a word processing

program and a media player the OSU

students contributed. Nicknamed the “Green

Machine” because of its color and small environmental

footprint, the battery runs 12 hours

on a full charge and is made of nickel metal

hydride (NiMH), considered a non-hazardous

waste. To manually charge the battery, there’s

a string kids can pull.

The laptop’s technology is entirely open

source, meaning that the computer programming

codes for the software are easily accessible

and can be modified or built upon by

anyone, anywhere in the world.

“This is part of the laptop’s educational power,”

Gallardo says. “Kids can look into the

guts and figure out how things work and make

changes. That’s how I started learning.”

North Krimsly, the software development

manager of the OSU Open Source Lab, has

nothing but praise for the students and their

work. “They are truly remarkable,” he says.

“They deserve all the credit. Their work is

what impressed RealNetworks and led to the

gift. They took the initiative on this project

and ran with it. I just tried to stay out of their

way. They’re amazing.”

Burns made the phone call and said he wanted

to work on the project. The engineer said the

laptop was in need of a word processor that

could open, create, and edit text documents.

Burns and Gallardo thought that would be

an interesting project, something that might

take them four or five months. Later that day,

they discovered there was hitch: the engineer

needed the software in just five days, in time

to give a demonstration to important dignitaries

interested in the laptop.

So, fueled with “a lot of Red Bull” and working

around the clock, Gallardo and Burns

jumped into the project. When they came

up for air a few days later, severely sleep-deprived,

but smiling, they had succeeded.

“We did it!” Burns says. “We were just exhausted.

But it worked for them, which is a

pretty amazing feeling.”

OSU students (from left) Justin Gallardo, Michael Burns, Sarah Cooley,

Josh Schonstal, and Brad Morgan (not pictured) show prototypes of the

computers they’re helping develop in the OSU Open Source Lab on campus.

The computers are part of the One Laptop Per Child (OLPC) program,

an international nonprofit organization that wants to distribute inexpensive

laptops that can be made for $100 to underprivileged children around

the world.

When Burns first heard about the One Laptop

Per Child program on CNN, he began

asking technical questions through postings

to various mailing lists. His questions and enthusiasm

sparked interest from network engineers

at MIT, where Nicholas Negroponte,

co-founder of the MIT Media Lab, originally

started the project.

“We got an email from one of the developers,

who said, ‘I know you want to get involved,

here’s my phone number.’ I was a sophomore

in computer science, and here was this engineer

on this big project over in Boston who

wanted me to call,” Burns says. “My heart

stopped for a minute or two.”

OREGON STATE UNIVERSITY College of Engineering 2007 Annual Report


Hot Clothing

Business Venture Helps OSU Baseball Teams Win Big – Twice

Mike Thomas and Drake Miller didn’t enroll at OSU

thinking they would ever play a role in winning backto-back

college baseball national championships or

protecting soldiers on the battlefield.

But all that changed when the students joined

an Oregon startup company and began designing

and fabricating heated clothing,

which has applications from sports medicine

to military combat. Both students were

recruited by Eugene, Ore.-based Innovative

Sports, Thomas as chief technical officer and

Miller as engineering manager.

They were tasked with developing a heated

sleeve for baseball players that would use active

heating to keep throwing muscles from

tightening up during breaks in play, which

can reduce injuries and boost pitching

speeds by 5 mph.

Their design worked well. The OSU baseball

team was the first NCAA team to use the

sleeves, including during both the 2006 and

2007 College World Series, where the team’s

pitching staff was critical in winning back-toback

national titles.


“Innovative Sports also manufactures a heated

jacket used by military personnel who

perform maneuvers in cold conditions, or

who sit in a stationary position for long periods

of time,” says Colby Taylor, CEO of

Innovative Sports. The jacket’s revolutionary

power source, a high energy density lithium

ion polymer battery, is also compatible with

GPS devices, communications equipment,

and lights. This proves extremely useful for

soldiers in remote locations who, when wearing

the jacket, no longer have to carry multiple

batteries and chargers for every device

needing power.

Thomas, an undergraduate in economics

who is pursuing a master’s in computer engineering

and systems integration, provides

conceptual design and negotiations with

key suppliers.

“Mike’s contribution to the overall system has

been tremendous,” says Taylor. “He really

has a keen awareness of what’s out there

and has been crucial in developing and improving

our products.”

Miller, a PhD candidate in electrical engineering

who has expertise in noise in submicron

transistors, has helped Innovative Sports

develop personal climate control and power

management control electronics.

“Everything that Drake’s done for us has

worked perfectly even though we were all

crossing our fingers, hoping this stuff would

work on some level,” Taylor says. “Both

of these guys have been nothing short

of fantastic.”

Currently, Innovative Sports sells directly to

the military and Major League Baseball, National

Football League, and NCAA teams.

Taylor attributes the company’s success to

OSU baseball’s willingness to try a new product.

“Our relationship with them has turned

into a number of other elite teams wanting

the product, and we now have standing backorders,”

he says.

Taylor is looking to expand his business and

will soon be hiring additional students. “I

plan to exclusively recruit OSU grad students

or students who have graduated, because everything

we’ve done with OSU students has

turned out to be phenomenal,” he says.

Thomas and Miller plan to continue working

with heated clothing while they’re in school

and possibly longer. “We’ll see where this

goes,” says Miller. “This technology is very

advanced and the applications of it continue

to expand, so the future is exciting.”

LEFT: OSU students Drake Miller (far left) and Mike Thomas (far

right) pose with OSU third baseman Lonnie Lechelt and pitcher Anton

Maxwell, members of OSU’s 2006 and 2007 NCAA Championship

Teams. OSU Engineering faculty member Joe Tanous (second from left)

helped Thomas and Miller hit their entrepreneurial stride. ABOVE:

Maxwell wears the heated pitching sleeve in OSU’s Goss Stadium.

OREGON STATE UNIVERSITY College of Engineering 2007 Annual Report




From Gravedigger to the Upper Ranks of Chevron

Growing up outside Roseburg, Oregon, chemical

engineering alumnus Darry Callahan (‘64) dug

graves for fifty cents an hour and worked as a choker

setter – one of logging’s most dangerous jobs. His

grandfather logged with horses, his father worked

in sawmills, and his mother made ends meet.

Those are pretty humble beginnings for an

only child who ultimately rose to the upper

echelons of management at one of the

world’s largest oil companies. But Callahan

is a humble, soft-spoken man, who is quick to

credit his college education at Oregon State

with his successful career that spanned almost

40 years at Chevron.

“Going to college was always something that

was on the agenda, but we had very little

money,” says Callahan, the first in his extended

family to attend college. “Oregon State

transformed my life. I didn’t have the slightest

ideas as to what was possible for a kid with

my background. Without OSU, I don’t think

I would’ve had a chance.”

Callahan, who retired from ChevronTexaco

in 2003 as executive vice president of power,

chemicals, and technology, and has given

generously to OSU, still seems a bit surprised

by the rags-to-riches trajectory of his life.

“I would never, ever have dreamed that what

happened with my career was even remotely

possible for me,” says Callahan. “Some of

it is thanks to Oregon State, and some of

it’s just good luck. But OSU had a lot to do

with it.”

Callahan graduated from OSU armed with

what he calls “a very good tool kit,” something

current Beaver engineering grads are

widely known for in industry: work-readiness.

“You could go right to work, applying what

you’d learned in the classroom, and you knew

how to work well on a team,” he says. “That

got people’s attention very quickly.”

At Chevron, his career took him all over the

world, from Saudia Arabia and Iran to the

Bahamas and Tulsa, Oklahoma. He completed

the Stanford Executive Program in 1986,

but claims he earned his MBA in the “school

of hard knocks.”

His advice for engineering students today

“Get a good grounding in engineering fundamentals,

but also make time to learn about

economics, teamwork, and entrepreneurship.

All of that puts you further ahead when you

get out into the workplace.”

One of his secrets to success is: “Don’t try

to be somebody you’re not. Just be yourself.

I never forgot my roots as a poor kid from

rural Oregon, so I never flew first class. I

still don’t.”

As for the future prosperity for the U.S., Callahan

says innovation is the key. “There are a

lot of smart people in other countries, and if

we’re not very, very careful – what with all of

our cutbacks – we’re going to find ourselves

becoming a second-rate nation.”

Callahan believes we need to invest heavily in

research and education, which is why he and

his wife, Betty, are strong supporters of the

OSU Foundation, the Oregon Nanoscience

and Microtechnologies Institute, and have set

up the Callahan Family Student Excellence

Fund, an endowment that benefits students in

Engineering…some of whom come to OSU

from little means, but might one day climb

the high ladder of success.

OREGON STATE UNIVERSITY College of Engineering 2007 Annual Report


College of Engineering Leadership Team

Ron Adams

Dean, College of Engineering

Scott Ashford

Head, School of Civil + Construction Engineering

Belinda Batten

Head, School of Mechanical, Industrial, +

Manufacturing Engineering

Chris Bell

Associate Dean

John Bolte

Head, Biological + Ecological Engineering

Bella Bose

Associate Head,

School of Electrical Engineering + Computer Science

Gary Peterson

Director, MECOP

José Reyes

Head, Nuclear Engineering + Radiation Health Physics

Dave Rogge

Assistant Head, School of Civil +

Construction Engineering

Steve Tesch

Head, Forest Engineering

Ken Williamson

Head, School of Chemical, Biological, +

Environmental Engineering

Terri Fiez

Head, School of Electrical Engineering +

Computer Science

Ken Funk

Associate Head, School of Mechanical,

Industrial, + Manufacturing Engineering

Jennifer Hall

Executive Assistant for Administration

Gregg Kleiner

Director, Marketing + Communications

Jim Lundy

Associate Dean

Brett McFarlane

Director, Engineering Undergraduate Programs

Luke McIlvenny

Business Manager

Ellen Momsen

Director, Engineering Women + Minorities Program

Cherri Pancake

Director of IT, College of Engineering

Kathy Park

Senior Director of Development, OSU Foundation


College of Engineering Advisory Board

Kay E. Altman

CFO, Altman Browning + Company

Fred Briggs

Executive Vice President, Verizon Communications

JJ Cadiz

Usability Engineer, Microsoft

Mark Christensen


Global Capital Management, LLC

Kevin Clarke

Site Manager, Barco Medical Imaging Systems

Ron Dilbeck

COO, RadiSys Corporation

Dwayne Foley

NW Natural/OSU Alumni Association (retired)

James A. Johnson

Vice President, Intel Communications Group, Intel Corp.

James B. Johnson

(Board Chair)

President and CEO, Tripwire, Inc.

Lee Kearney

Kiewit Construction Group, Inc. (retired)

Martin N. Kelley

Peter Kiewit Sons’, Inc. (retired)

Jim Lake

Associate Lab Director, Idaho National Laboratory

Mark A. Lasswell

President, OMI, Inc.

Sue Laszlo

Transportation Section Manager, HDR

Paul Lorenzini

PacifiCorp (retired)

Jeff Manchester

Fort James Corp. (retired)

Tom McKinney

Vice President + Deputy General Manager

Bechtel SAIC Company

Steve Nigro

VP/General Manager, Hewlett-Packard

Jeff Peace

Program Manager, 767 Tanker, Boeing Company (retired)

Jim Poirot

CH2M HILL (retired)

Hal Pritchett

OSU Construction Engineering Management (retired)

Rod Quinn

Director, Process Science + Engineering

Pacific Northwest National Laboratory

Rod Ray

President, Bend Research

Scott R. Schroeder

President/CEO, Mega Tech of Oregon

David Skillern


Milton R. Smith

President, Smith Investments

Randall Smith


Jim Street

Shell Oil Company (retired)

Abhi Talwalkar

President + CEO, LSI Logic Corporation

Lester M. Tovey

MECOP Board Chair – Rotation Term

Michael Van Buskirk

Chief Technology Officer, Spansion Memory Products

Jean Watson

Chevron (retired)

Mike West

VP Technology, Pixelworks

Ted Wilson

HP Fellow + Technology Director, Imaging + Printing Group


OREGON STATE UNIVERSITY College of Engineering 2007 Annual Report


operational SummARY

Oregon State University College of Engineering 2006-07

Total Revenue: $50M • Research Expenditures: $26.7M • Total Undergraduate Scholarships: $6.2M



26.7 27


Millions of Dollars


Cumulative ‘07

Millions of Dollars, Cumulative Goal

‘99 ‘07 ‘07 Goal

Research Expenditures

New University Capital Campaign

{Engineering Share}



Number of Degrees



Graduate Degrees





Number of Degrees

27 35


Number of Degrees

‘99 ‘07 ‘07 Goal ‘99 ‘07 ‘07 Goal ‘99 ‘07 Goal

Undergraduate Degrees

PhD Degrees




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“I would never, ever have dreamed that

what happened with my career was even remotely

possible for me. Some of it is thanks

to Oregon State, and some of it’s just good

luck. But OSU had a lot to do with it.”

– Darry Callahan, Executive Vice President,

ChevronTexaco (retired)

OREGON STATE UNIVERSITY College of Engineering 2007 Annual Report



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