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College of Engineering | Engineering Monthly, September 2022

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

It’s that time of year, again, when we begin looking forward to the start of fall term. As we head into the coming academic year, we continue to thrive in all aspects of our learning and research mission. For the first time ever, we will be home to over 10,000 undergraduate students. Building on our highly successful online computer science program, we will begin offering an online master’s degree in computer science. And for another consecutive year, we have broken our own record in research funding, with $76 million in research awards.

You can read about some of this research, along with other exciting news and highlights, in this month’s newsletter.

Go Beavs!


Man and woman looking at code on a computer screen together

New online computer science graduate degrees

Beginning Fall 2022, Oregon State University’s ECampus will be offering online Master of Engineering in Computer Science and Master of Science in Computer Science degree programs. Learn more …

Nordica MacCarty

2021-22 research funding highlights

In the 2021-2022 fiscal year, the College of Engineering notched its highest-ever total in research funding, with $75.8 million in awards — an increase of more than 17% over the previous record of $64.6 million, set the year before. Learn more …


solar panels

The fallout of inefficient building electrification

A new research paper co-authored by Parichehr Salimifard, assistant professor of architectural engineering and the Culbertson Faculty Scholar, examined seasonal changes in energy demand, and found that if buildings switch to low-efficiency electrified heating, winter surge in energy demand will be difficult to satisfy through current renewable sources. "This work really shows that technologies on both the demand and the supply side have a strong role to play in decarbonization," Salimifard said. Learn more …

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Predicting the impact of massive CSZ earthquake and tsunami

Researchers at Oregon State, including Dan Cox, professor of coastal and ocean engineering and the CH2M Hill Professor in Civil Engineering, Andre Barbosa, associate professor of structural engineering, and John Bolte, professor of biological and ecological engineering, have developed a computational model for predicting the resilience of local and regional infrastructure networks and the recovery time for impacted communities following a massive earthquake and tsunami in the Cascadia subduction zone. Learn more … (See also OPB, KTVZ, KOIN)


Salini Sasidharan

Tackling nitrate pollution in drinking water

Salini Sasidharan, assistant professor of biological and ecological engineering, was recently selected to head a volunteer committee of crop and livestock farmers, state and university scientists, local elected officials, and business leaders who have been struggling for 25 years to solve an intractable problem of nitrate pollution in the drinking water of hundreds of residents in Morrow and Umatilla counties. Learn more …

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Fantasia for SpiderHarp

Concert goers in Monmouth were recently treated to the unique sonic stylings of the SpiderHarp, whose strings are laid out in a pattern resembling a spiderweb. Chet Udell, assistant professor of biological and ecological engineering, played a seven-song set on the SpiderHarp, which he co-invented with Ross Hatton, associate professor of mechanical engineering and robotics. Learn more …


What are you working on, Lucas?

Watch now: What are you working on, Lucas?

Lucas Freiberg is a doctoral student in chemical engineering. He works on microscale-based chemical processes to create reactors and heat exchangers that are cleaner and more efficient. Lucas is advised by Nick AuYeung, associate professor of chemical engineering, and Goran Jovanovic, professor of chemical engineering. Learn more …

Tausha Smith

A blueprint for success

From welder to community college to a degree in construction engineering management, Tausha Smith traces her path to becoming an Oregon State Engineer. Learn more … 

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Deep Foundations Institute scholarships

Olivia Edwards, an undergraduate student in civil engineering, and Ehsan Yazdani, a graduate student in geotechnical engineering, each received a $5,000 Michael L. Condon Civil Engineering Scholarship from the Deep Foundations Institute. Learn more …

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Student earns NREL internship

Munir Zarea, B.S. mechanical engineering ’22, has been chosen to participate in a Department  of Energy Science Undergraduate Laboratory Internship this fall at the National Renewable Energy Laboratory. Through their internships, students discover science and technology careers at the DOE national laboratories and gain the experience needed to transition from intern to employment. Learn more …

Security Club caps off winning year

Students involved in the Oregon State University Security Club have won or placed near the top in several computer security competitions over the past year, most recently qualifying for DEF CON’s capture the flag tournament. Oregon State’s team ranked 15th out of 469 teams around the globe in preliminaries for the information security competition. Learn more …


Eric Rouse

Passion for programming

After working in the industrial automation and robotics industry for several years, Eric Rouse, B.S. mechanical engineering ’07, realized he had fallen in love with programming. “To progress in my career and do more advanced industrial automation type work, I needed a computer science degree,” he said of his decision to return to Oregon State. Since graduating from the university’s online postbaccalaureate computer science program in 2014, he has his dream career. Learn more …

Branden Doyle

New funding for alum’s air purification company

Co-founded in 2020 by Branden Doyle, B.S. chemical engineering ’09, Violett, a company that develops ultraviolet light-based hospital-grade air purification units for fighting COVID-19, has raised $2.3 million in funding. With its new round of funding, the company, for which Doyle serves as CEO, plans to scale manufacturing operations, seek more opportunities to help vulnerable populations, develop a mobile app, build nanotechnology odor removal, and expand its team. Learn more …

Beverly Miller

Improving women’s health

Beverly Miller, B.S. bioengineering ’17, talks about her work toward improving the outcomes for women's health as a chemical engineering doctoral student at the University of Virginia. Learn more …

Professional Headshot of Jana Doppa

Digital marketing company acquires marketing budget company

Shape.io, a budget management software suite founded by David Teofilovic, B.S. computer science '18, was recently acquired by digital marketing platform NinjaCat. Chris Vlessis, B.S. computer science '18, was serving as CEO of the company at the time of its acquisition. Learn more … 

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