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Newswise: Rescuing spring term: The unsung heroes of tech support
Released: 13-May-2020 6:00 AM EDT
Rescuing spring term: The unsung heroes of tech support
Oregon State University, College of Engineering

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.

Newswise: Sticky business
Released: 11-May-2020 9:00 AM EDT
Sticky business
Oregon State University, College of Engineering

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.

Newswise: 'We will get through this together'
Released: 7-May-2020 9:00 AM EDT
'We will get through this together'
Oregon State University, College of Engineering

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.

Newswise: Layer by layer
Released: 6-May-2020 9:00 AM EDT
Layer by layer
Oregon State University, College of Engineering

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.

Newswise: With a little help from my robot friend
Released: 10-Feb-2020 9:00 AM EST
With a little help from my robot friend
Oregon State University, College of Engineering

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.

Newswise: Burning to understand
Released: 3-Feb-2020 9:00 AM EST
Burning to understand
Oregon State University, College of Engineering

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.

Newswise: And on that farm, he had a robot
Released: 13-Jan-2020 9:00 AM EST
And on that farm, he had a robot
Oregon State University, College of Engineering

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.

Newswise: Robots: Will they walk among us?
Released: 9-Dec-2019 9:00 AM EST
Robots: Will they walk among us?
Oregon State University, College of Engineering

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.

Newswise: AI, explain yourself
Released: 25-Nov-2019 9:00 AM EST
AI, explain yourself
Oregon State University, College of Engineering

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.

Newswise: The beautiful music of robotics and AI
Released: 7-Nov-2019 9:00 AM EST
The beautiful music of robotics and AI
Oregon State University, College of Engineering

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.

Newswise: Core Concern
Released: 4-Nov-2019 9:00 AM EST
Core Concern
Oregon State University, College of Engineering

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.

Newswise: Driving Innovation
Released: 28-Oct-2019 9:00 AM EDT
Driving Innovation
Oregon State University, College of Engineering

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.

Newswise: Surface smarts
Released: 14-Oct-2019 9:00 AM EDT
Surface smarts
Oregon State University, College of Engineering

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.

Newswise: Small Things
Released: 16-Sep-2019 9:00 AM EDT
Small Things
Oregon State University, College of Engineering

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.

Newswise: Digital Materials Science
Released: 9-Sep-2019 9:00 AM EDT
Digital Materials Science
Oregon State University, College of Engineering

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

Newswise: Oregon State University College of Engineering receives diversity recognition award
Released: 8-Aug-2019 9:00 AM EDT
Oregon State University College of Engineering receives diversity recognition award
Oregon State University, College of Engineering

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.

Newswise:Video Embedded win-win
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Released: 20-May-2019 9:00 AM EDT
Win-Win
Oregon State University, College of Engineering

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.

Newswise: Socializing Robots
Released: 13-May-2019 9:00 AM EDT
Socializing Robots
Oregon State University, College of Engineering

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.

Newswise: Cheap detectors keep the peace
Released: 15-Apr-2019 9:00 AM EDT
Cheap detectors keep the peace
Oregon State University, College of Engineering

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.

Newswise: Keeping construction workers out of harm’s way
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Released: 25-Mar-2019 9:00 AM EDT
Keeping construction workers out of harm’s way
Oregon State University, College of Engineering

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.

Newswise: Detecting Parkinson’s early for better outcomes
Released: 11-Mar-2019 9:00 AM EDT
Detecting Parkinson’s early for better outcomes
Oregon State University, College of Engineering

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.

Newswise: Robots Without Borders: Finding new ways to treat Ebola
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Released: 4-Mar-2019 9:00 AM EST
Robots Without Borders: Finding new ways to treat Ebola
Oregon State University, 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.

Newswise: Sticky and slippery science for biomedical applications
Released: 25-Feb-2019 9:00 AM EST
Sticky and slippery science for biomedical applications
Oregon State University, College of Engineering

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.

Newswise: Safer Solutions for the National Truck Parking Crisis
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Released: 18-Feb-2019 9:00 AM EST
Safer Solutions for the National Truck Parking Crisis
Oregon State University, College of Engineering

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.

Newswise: Making a medical isotope used by millions (Podcast)
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Released: 11-Feb-2019 9:00 AM EST
Making a medical isotope used by millions (Podcast)
Oregon State University, College of Engineering

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.

Newswise: Defense Against the Dark Arts
Released: 4-Feb-2019 9:00 AM EST
Defense Against the Dark Arts
Oregon State University, College of Engineering

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.

Newswise: Discovering the secret doors into software
Released: 21-Jan-2019 9:00 AM EST
Discovering the secret doors into software
Oregon State University, College of Engineering

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.

Newswise: Bringing medical isotope production closer to home
Released: 14-Jan-2019 9:00 AM EST
Bringing medical isotope production closer to home
Oregon State University, College of Engineering

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.

Newswise:Video Embedded keeping-the-lights-on-in-a-disaster
VIDEO
Released: 7-Jan-2019 9:00 AM EST
Keeping the lights on in a disaster
Oregon State University, College of Engineering

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.

Newswise: Tracking Antibiotic Resistance in the Canals of Ho Chi Minh City
Released: 17-Dec-2018 9:00 AM EST
Tracking Antibiotic Resistance in the Canals of Ho Chi Minh City
Oregon State University, College of Engineering

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.

Newswise: Revolutionary testing for food-supply safety and illicit drug use
Released: 12-Dec-2018 9:00 AM EST
Revolutionary testing for food-supply safety and illicit drug use
Oregon State University, College of Engineering

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.

Newswise: Targeting tumors with 3D animation
Released: 3-Dec-2018 9:00 AM EST
Targeting tumors with 3D animation
Oregon State University, College of Engineering

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.

Newswise: Turning Seawater into Sweet Water
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Released: 19-Nov-2018 9:00 AM EST
Turning Seawater into Sweet Water
Oregon State University, College of Engineering

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.

Newswise: Simplifying Life for Diabetics with a Nanotechnology Breakthrough
Released: 12-Nov-2018 9:00 AM EST
Simplifying Life for Diabetics with a Nanotechnology Breakthrough
Oregon State University, College of Engineering

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.

Newswise: Cleaning Contaminated Groundwater at the Umatilla Chemical Depot (Podcast)
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Released: 8-Nov-2018 9:00 AM EST
Cleaning Contaminated Groundwater at the Umatilla Chemical Depot (Podcast)
Oregon State University, College of Engineering

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.


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