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College of Engineering | Engineering Monthly, May 2022

From the Dean
Scott A. Ashford, Ph.D., P.E. (California)

I would like to thank our entire Beaver community for their participation and support on Dam Proud Day. The university collectively raised over $1.5 million, and our college nearly $80,000. Our annual day of giving was a remarkable success, and it again demonstrates the generosity and engagement of the College of Engineering community.


I would also like to recognize the success of our recent Celebration of Women in Engineering event. Thank you to all of our wonderful presenters — including Kelly Aust, Sharada Bose, and Heidi Wolfe — for sharing their journeys and perspectives with us. These women have important stories to tell and to celebrate. You can view a video archive of the event.


I look forward to the Engineering Expo, which will be held in person on campus for the first time since 2019. A virtual option will also be available. Come join us on June 3 and learn about more than 200 student projects that use science and technology to take on some of the world’s biggest problems.


Go Beavs!


Kathryn Higley: 2022 Distinguished Professor Lecture
Bugs, Bunnies, and Bombs: Radioecology’s Role in Radiation Protection
May 20

Celebrating Undergraduate Excellence
Celebrating Undergraduate Excellence (CUE) is an annual showcase for OSU undergraduates to present their research, scholarship and creative projects to the broader university and Corvallis community.
May 23

Engineering Expo
Experience the depth and breadth of engineering talent and ingenuity at Oregon State University virtually or in person.
June 3




2022 College of Engineering Expo Logo

Engineering Expo returns


Experience the depth and breadth of engineering talent and ingenuity at Oregon State University virtually or in person. Learn more …


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Data poisoning can’t foil facial recognition


Sanghyun Hong, assistant professor of computer science, teamed up with researchers at Stanford University and Google for a paper in which they single out two particular reasons why data poisoning won’t keep people safe.
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Burkan Isgor

Forecasting failure

Burkan Isgor, professor of infrastructure materials, and others recently authored an editorial for the American Institute of Physics about better forecasting the degradation and failures of reinforced concrete structures, which is most commonly caused by chloride-induced corrosion of embedded steel. Learn more …

David Hurwitz standing in front of a white board

Outstanding young alum


David Hurwitz, professor of transportation engineering and director of the Kiewit Center for Infrastructure and Transportation Research, will receive an Outstanding Young Alumni Award from his alma mater, the University of Massachusetts, Amherst.
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Weaponized artificial intelligence


"We should expect that AI will be weaponized and used to make attacks so that the attack you’re confronting is itself trying to adapt in real time to the countermeasures that you’re taking," said Thomas Dietterich, professor emeritus of computer science, during a panel discussion last month at Nvidia’s GPU Technology Conference. Learn more …

Heidi Kloefkorn

Passion for interdisciplinary research


New faculty Heidi Kloefkorn, assistant professor of bioengineering, brings to the College of Engineering skills in developing noninvasive observation technologies, experience in degenerative and chronic pain models, and histological and electrophysiological tissue analysis. Learn more …

Baham Abbasi looking at a flask of water

Turning saltwater into freshwater


OSU-Cascades professor Bahman Abbasi, assistant professor of energy systems engineering, leads research to bring desalination systems to the masses, along with efforts to decontaminate fracking wastewater and process the brines for lithium-ion batteries. Learn more …

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From university to startup


Brian Woods, head of the School of Nuclear Science and Engineering, recently detailed the history of the longtime collaboration between NuScale Power and the College of Engineering. Learn more … (Free article, registration required.)


Meet Computer Science Student Breanne Oo

Watch now: Meet Breanne Oo


Breanne Oo’s focus in computer science shifted to user experience during a research internship in Heather Knight’s CHARISMA Robotics Lab, where she worked on the user interface for ChairBots, a platform for exploring human-robot interactions in common social environments, like conferences and events.
Learn more …


Left to right: Ethan Copple, David Evitt, and Melanie Huynh.

NSF Graduate Research Fellows


Humanitarian engineering graduate students Ethan Copple and David Evitt, as well as bioengineering alum Melanie Huynh, have earned NSF Graduate Research Fellowship Program awards. Learn more …


Oskar Zehren in snow gear in front of snowy mountains

Designing sustainable outdoor products


Oskar Zehren and his classmates will be the first-ever Oregon State University students to earn a bachelor’s degree in outdoor products when they graduate this spring.
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Vidhi Kadakia

DOD SMART scholarship


Computer science undergraduate student Vidhi Kadakia has won a Department of Defense SMART scholarship, making her eligible for up to five years of full tuition as well as mentorship, summer internships, a stipend, and full-time employment with DOD upon graduation.
Learn more …


OSU Security Club

Strong showing in cyber defense competitions


The OSU Security Club took first place in the Pacific Rim Collegiate Cyber Defense Competition April 1-3, followed by a fifth-place showing in the club’s first national competition April 21-23. Learn more ...


Oregon State Programming Team

Near sweep at programming contest


Oregon State entered nine teams into the International Collegiate Programming Contest held on March 5 and took seven of the eight top placements in the region. The world-renowned algorithmic programming contest for college students is the oldest and largest event of its kind.
Learn more ...


Sathyanarayanan “Sathy” Rajendran

Alum named dean at CWU


Sathyanarayanan “Sathy” Rajendran,  Ph.D. civil engineering ’06, has been named dean of Central Washington University’s College of Education and Professional Studies. Learn more …

Kelley Ruehl standing next to an ocean wave energy converter.

DOE profiles wave energy expert


Kelley Ruehl, M.S. mechanical engineering ’11, an Energy-Water Systems Integration mechanical engineer at Sandia National Laboratories, arrived in her current career by remaining open minded to new opportunities and following her passion for environmental research. Learn more …


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Europe looks to nuclear power


Russia’s attack on Ukraine has European officials looking for alternatives to Russian energy — including small modular nuclear reactors like those designed by Oregon State spinout NuScale Power, currently pursuing projects with partners in Poland and Romania. Learn more … (See also: New York Times)

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Agility raises $150 million


Agility Robotics, an Oregon State spinout founded by Jonathan Hurst, professor of mechanical engineering and robotics, has raised a $150 million round of investment from Amazon and other backers to develop robots that work alongside people in warehouses. Agility is one of five initial startups that landed funding from Amazon’s Industrial Innovation Fund. Learn more …


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Drone cybersecurity


College of Engineering researchers, led by Rakesh Bobba, associate professor of electrical and computer engineering, have received $600,000 from the Federal Aviation Administration to address drone cybersecurity oversight and risk management as it pertains to the national airspace system and other FAA systems. Learn more …

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Protecting power systems from cyber threats


Researchers at College of Engineering are part of a $2 million, multi-institute Department of Energy grant for a project leveraging AI and machine learning to develop techniques and scalable prototypes for intrusion response against power system cyber threats. Learn more …


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