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As one of the Oregon State University College of Engineering technology “first responders,” Leanne Lai has been working around the clock to smooth the transition to remote teaching, remote meetings, and remote living.
Kaichang Li has spent his career crafting environmentally friendly adhesives. His first product, an adhesive made from soy flour and magnesium oxide, is utilized extensively throughout the hardwood-plywood industry. Now, Li’s lab has developed a vegetable-based pressure-sensitive adhesive with avast array of applications in multiple industries.
To prepare for the remote delivery of her Design for Manufacturing course, Bryony DuPont instituted several changes to give her students the best chance to succeed, including paring down course material to its most essential elements, encouraging students to track their own progress, and changing the final project from a DIY build to a reverse engineering analysis of an existing product.
Metal additive manufacturing is an emerging industry projected to be worth nearly $10 billion within the next seven years. Oregon State Engineers Brian Paul and Somayeh Pasebani have secured more than $6.3 million in funding from the National Science Foundation and other sources to bring a number of metal additive manufacturing technologies to market.
What will it take for robot assistants to become more integrated in our daily lives? Assistant Professor Naomi Fitter thinks they’ll need to master the physical aspects of social interactions, while Associate Professor Cindy Grimm cautions against programming them to behave just like us.
Wildfires significantly impact the health of economies in the western United States that are highly dependent on tourism, agriculture, and timber. David Blunck, associate professor of mechanical engineering at Oregon State University, has been selected by the U.S. Department of Defense to spearhead a $2.1 million study examining the burning behavior of live fuels in order to better predict and manage wildfires.
Will robots someday replace farm workers? Do we want them to? Oregon State University College of Engineering agricultural robotics expert Joe Davidson talks about the potential benefits of using robots in agriculture, and what goes into designing the perfect robotic apple picker.
For robots to be more useful around people, they’ll need to go where we go. But how? Oregon State University Associate Professor Jonathan Hurst thinks the answer is simple. Walking. But actually making a walking robot is no simple feat.
Can we trust artificial intelligence to make good decisions? The answer is a resounding maybe. More and more, society and individuals are entrusting AI to make potentially life-changing decisions. Rather than putting blind trust in the judgment of these remarkable systems, Oregon State University computer scientist Alan Fern and a team of computer scientists want to reveal their reasoning processes.
How do you integrate ethics, policy, and practicality into the design of revolutionary robotics and artificial intelligence systems? Researchers Kagan Tumer and Tom Dietterich are collaborating to find out as they help lead the Oregon State Collaborative Robotics and Intelligent Systems Institute.
Oregon State University engineers Julie Tucker and Samuel Briggs are helping the Department of Energy develop a method to quickly measure the life-span degradation of materials used to build the next generation of nuclear reactors that will be more energy efficient and produce less waste.
Erdem Coleri, assistant professor of infrastructure materials at Oregon State University, is using recyclables to create better asphalt mixes that prolong the life cycle of pavement. His lab also builds devices to test the bond strength of freshly repaved highways to ensure they are properly constructed for long-term performance and cost efficiency.
Chih-hung Chang, professor of chemical engineering at Oregon State University, manipulates nanostructure materials for a variety of applications, including more efficient solar cells; wearable technology that monitors health and warns of environmental dangers; and nanoparticle inks that print components of electric circuits, such as conductors, semiconductors, and insulators.
Melissa Santala, assistant professor of materials science at Oregon State University, and her team of graduate students are studying the microstructure behavior of metals and oxides at an atomic level to find more efficient ways to speed up catalysis. Her goal is to make chemical processes both more efficient and cost effective.
Pallavi Dhagat, professor of electrical and computer engineering, and collaborators at the University of Oregon and HP are driving the emerging field of digital materials science with an experimental printer that uses inks composed of dielectric and magnetic nanoparticles to quickly fabricate custom devices for very specific applications
The Oregon State University College of Engineering has been selected to be an “exemplar” recipient of a Bronze Award in the first year of the American Society for Engineering Education Diversity Recognition Program.
The Oregon State University College of Engineering has long held a deep connection with Hewlett Packard (HP), one of the most innovative technology companies in the world, that has benefited both institutions on multiple levels.
Oregon State University roboticist Heather Knight programs her robots with artificial social intelligence to help them interpret and mimic human cues — like body language, gaze direction, movement patterns, and facial expressions — to make them more effective at collaborating with humans.
Oregon State University’s Radiation Detection Group, headed by Abi Farsoni, associate professor of nuclear science and engineering, is designing and building more efficient and affordable radiation detection devices used to monitor nuclear weapon tests.
What can be done to protect workers in one of the most dangerous industries on Earth? For much of his career, Oregon State University professor of construction engineering John Gambatese has studied, developed and evaluated a wide range of options designed to keep construction workers out of harm’s way.
How can we help in the fight against Parkinson’s disease? Harriet Nembhard and her colleagues developed a sensor system to detect the disease early on, opening the door to earlier treatment and improved quality of life. Nembhard is the head of the School of Mechanical, Industrial, and Manufacturing Engineering and Eric R. Smith Professor of Engineering at Oregon State University's College of Engineering.
Aid workers put their lives on the line to treat patients with Ebola. Can robots help make their jobs a little easier and allow more people to survive the disease? Bill Smart, professor of robotics at Oregon State University, is exploring how robots may be most useful during disease outbreaks.
What makes a frog’s tongue sticky, or a snake’s skin slippery? Joe Baio, assistant professor of bioengineering at Oregon State University, looks to nature for substances that could provide clues to developing new biomedical adhesives and anti-fouling surfaces.
Ever wonder why so many truckers park their rigs on highway off-ramps, in retail store parking lots, and at other odd locations? It’s not their first (or safest) choice, but sometimes it’s their only choice. Research by Sal Hernandez reveals that the national truck parking shortage takes an enormous toll on people and commerce.
How can we support nuclear medicine efforts that help more than 40,000 people in the U.S. everyday? Researchers at the Oregon State University College of Engineering have developed a way to produce the much-needed radioisotope technetium-99m using small research reactors like the one here at the university.
Oregon State University's College of Engineering has been developing educational opportunities to establish the university as a leader in educating cybersecurity students at every level.
From multiple wins at DEFCON to award-winning papers and supervision of an award-winning cybersecurity student club, Oregon State University's Yeongjin Jang has been a boon to the university's efforts to boost its cybersecurity program.
The radioisotope technetium-99m is used in 80 percent of all nuclear medicine imaging procedures worldwide. However, it is often in short supply. Nuclear engineers at Oregon State University are working to produce a comparable radioisotope, molybdenum-99, that can be used instead.
Founded by the College of Engineering at Oregon State University, the Cascadia Lifelines Program seeks solutions to improve the performance of critical infrastructure during earthquakes. Through the program, Oregon State graduate student Vishvas Chalishazar is working with PGE to preemptively make local power grids more resilient.
Researchers in Oregon State University's College of Engineering have performed a first-of-its-kind genotype and phenotype study of the prevalence of multiple-antibiotic-resistant enteric bacteria in septic systems and soils in Vietnam.
Oregon State University College of Engineering researchers are developing novel lab-on-a-chip biosensors for testing food quality and safety as well as illicit drug use.
Oregon State University engineers are using 3D animations techniques to increase the precision of radiation therapy for prostate cancer so that neighboring healthy tissues and organs are not affected.
Can turning seawater into drinking water be a cost-effective way to provide clean, fresh water for the growing numbers of people facing water scarcity? Bahman Abbasi, assistant professor of mechanical engineering, is taking up that challenge with a mobile, modular, solar-powered, desalination system.
Oregon State University College of Engineering researchers have developed a means of printing transistor-based glucose sensors directly onto a catheter attached to a wearable pump. The catheter’s integrated electronics transmit blood sugar levels to the computerized pump, ensuring that diabetics get the insulin and glucagon they need, when they need it.
How can we remove toxic contaminants like TNT from groundwater? Jack Istok and Mandy Michalsen are using pioneering bioremediation and bioaugmentation methods developed here at Oregon State to restore the groundwater at the Umatilla Chemical Depot.