STORIES

A frosty idea for fresh, clean water

“Water, water, every where, Nor any drop to drink.” That’s a line from “The Rime of the Ancient Mariner by Samuel Taylor Coleridge. It’s also the reality for thousands of people every year when disasters strike along coastlines and broken pipes and flooded infrastructure leave access to nothing but seawater.  This past academic year, a […]

New faculty joining MIME

Joseph Agor, assistant professor of industrial engineering Agor’s main research interest is in data driven optimization with applications in health care. More specifically, he is interested in using linear, integer, and multilevel optimization techniques to develop data driven decision support tools for decision makers in health care both at a system and patient level. He […]

From Corvallis to Koruridua: Making prototypes in Ghana

by Kelly Fox and Peter Beck (both ’19 B.S., Mechanical Engineering) (Editor’s note: Four students traveled to Ghana in spring 2019. This is their story with minor edits for style and flow.) What brought us to Ghana: a groundnut (peanut) roaster There were four of us on our senior design project: Peter Beck, Kelly Fox, […]

Building connections by pushing limits

OSU Overclocking provides students with real-world industry experience Seeing frost form on your computer parts would usually be cause for alarm – but not for the members of OSU Overclockers. Frost is to be expected when the key ingredient of your cooling system is liquid nitrogen. Overclocking, or pushing a computer’s processor past the manufacturer’s […]

Alumni spotlight: Tim Weber is printing a new vision of mass production

Tim Weber (’91 Ph.D., mechanical engineering) has been spearheading innovation at HP for more than 25 years. As global head of 3D metals for HP, he focuses on bringing mass production of printed metal parts to the $12 trillion global manufacturing industry for the first time. One of HP’s early inkjet pioneers, he was part […]

Funk retires, continues to lead ‘The Good Life’

Thirty-nine years ago, Ken Funk traveled from one OSU (The Ohio State University) to another (Oregon State University). He’d just graduated with a doctorate in industrial and systems engineering, and headed west to start his appointment in the (then) Department of Industrial and General Engineering. He would eventually serve as the interim head of the […]

MIME faculty newly appointed to endowed and named positions

At the heart of Oregon State University’s pursuit of excellence are faculty — scholars and educators who advance knowledge while teaching, challenging, and guiding students. These are the individuals in whom Oregon State’s mission lives and breathes. Named faculty positions bring resources and prestige to Oregon State, allowing the university to recruit and retain the […]

Sencer awarded ASME’s Blackall Machine Tool and Gage Award

Burak Sencer, assistant professor of mechanical engineering, was awarded the Blackall Machine Tool and Gage Award by the American Society of Mechanical Engineers for his paper, “Frequency Optimal Feed Motion Planning in Computer Numerical Controlled Machine Tools for Vibration Avoidance.“ The award recognizes the best original academic papers that have “resulted in a significant contribution […]

Paul elected to SME College of Fellows

Brian K. Paul, professor of manufacturing engineering, was elected to the SME College of Fellows.   The honor recognizes members who have made outstanding contributions to the social, technological, and educational aspects of the manufacturing profession over 20 or more years of service. “It is great to be recognized for my contributions to the manufacturing […]

Logendran to retire after 30 years

After an illustrious 30-year career at Oregon State University, R. Logen Logendran, professor of industrial engineering, is set to retire in September.

Nembhard named IISE fellow

The Institute of Industrial and Systems Engineers has awarded Harriet B. Nembhard the title of fellow. Nembhard is the Eric R. Smith Professor of Engineering and head of the School of Mechanical, Industrial, and Manufacturing Engineering. The award recognizes outstanding leaders in industrial engineering who have made significant, nationally recognized contributions to the profession. “Becoming […]

Congratulations to the MIME Class of 2019!

In June, MIME celebrated one of the largest and most diverse graduating classes in our school’s history, with over 400 undergraduates and 125 graduate students receiving degrees (according to preliminary numbers) . They join the now 200,000 Oregon State University alumni living and working around the world. Harriet B. Nembhard, school head and Eric R. […]

The “How” of design

By Ali Trueworthy I want to put things in the ocean that can generate electricity. In pursuit of that, I do research which works to answer the question, “How do we design things that go in the ocean and generate electricity?” This is different from, “What things can we design that go in the ocean […]

Searching for a safer refrigerant

By Tabeel Jacob Have you ever heard of a “refrigerant?” It almost sounds like “refrigerator,” right? Well, if you thought they might be related, you’d be right! In fact, a wide range of our daily appliances and machinery – such as air conditioners, refrigerators, and automobiles – contain refrigerants. The refrigerants in these systems undergo […]

Geometry of Locomotion

By Suresh Ramasamy A majority of mobile robots that operate in the world around us either use wheels or legs for locomotion. The reason for this is the inherent simplicity of operation in the case of wheels and easy access to environments of societal interests like buildings, stores, and warehouses in the case of legs. […]

Faculty Spotlight: Nordica MacCarty

Assistant Professor of Mechanical Engineering Nordica MacCarty conducts her research in the realm of humanitarian engineering. Through complex systems modeling, thermal fluid sciences, and engineering design, she seeks to understand the relationships between energy, society, and the environment. “In humanitarian engineering, we use tools to look at not only the technical aspects of a problem, […]

Faculty Spotlight: Kagan Tumer

Kagan Tumer’s research focuses on coordinating what he refers to as large, messy, complex systems. “Think air traffic, or sending a few dozen robots to Mars,” said Tumer, a professor of robotics in the School of MIME. “How do you coordinate all of that?” One of his current research projects is figuring out how to […]

Faculty Spotlight: Chinweike Eseonu

For assistant Professor Chinweike Eseonu, engineering is about people, which is why his research revolves around improving human experiences through processes improvement in healthcare, manufacturing, and new product design and development. More importantly, he strives to extend the land grant mission to engineering by transforming the traditional technology commercialization process to help improve rural economies. […]

Faculty Spotlight: Chris Hagen

Before becoming an assistant professor of energy systems engineering at OSU-Cascades in 2012, Chris Hagen had logged a dozen years working in industry, including four years as a lead fuels research engineer with the Chevron Energy Technology Company in Richmond, CA.His current research and teaching focuses on energy conversion (primarily combustion), novel transportation fuels, and […]

Faculty Spotlight: Yiğit Mengüç

Yiğit Mengüç, assistant professor of robotics and mechanical engineering, works at the interface of mechanical science and robotics to design deformable “smart” materials for building soft-bodied devices and robots. Among his goals are to design and manufacture soft, bioinspired robots for tasks such as deep-sea exploration and to augment human capabilities in everyday life. “The […]

Faculty Spotlight: Onan Demirel

Onan Demirel, assistant professor of engineering, focuses his research on how to incorporate human needs, abilities, and limitations into the product design process. As the newest member of the Engineering Design Laboratory, he enables visualization of human-product interactions by creating digital representations of humans that designers can use to evaluate human well-being and overall system […]

Faculty Spotlight: Ross Hatton

The varied research interests of Ross Hatton, assistant professor of mechanical engineering, converge at the intersection of robotics, mechanics, and biology. His work includes the development of motion models for robotic snakes and fundamental mathematical models for the study of locomotion. Hatton looks to the natural world to find mathematical principles of animal motion and […]

Faculty Spotlight: Joshua Gess

Assistant Professor Joshua Gess studies the fundamental science of heat transfer and thermal management systems. Combining his knowledge of heat transfer with novel experimental methods, such as two-phase cooling using di-electric coolant and high-speed image capture, Gess, a co-principal investigator at the Enhanced Heat Transfer Laboratory, seeks to develop methods that ensure reliable and efficient […]

Faculty Spotlight: Burak Sencer

Burak Sencer, assistant professor of mechanical engineering, researches at the intersection of precision engineering and advanced manufacturing. He seeks to improve the speed, accuracy, and efficiency of manufacturing equipment such as CNC machine tools and industrial manufacturing robots, as well as the manufacturing process itself. On the process side, his work focuses on metal cutting […]

Faculty Spotlight: Geoff Hollinger

Assistant Professor Geoffrey Hollinger conducts fundamental research in the quickly growing area of robotic systems. Among the major goals of his Robotic Decision Making Laboratory is formulating more effective ways for networks of autonomous robotic systems to work together to plan and coordinate their actions and learn how to make optimal decisions during complex data-gathering […]

In Memoriam: Professor Edward D. McDowell 1942-2018

Edward D. McDowell sadly passed away on April 4, 2018. He received his B.S. and Ph.D. in Industrial Engineering from Ohio State University, and M.S. in Industrial Engineering from Ohio University. Following the receipt of his Ph.D. in 1974, he joined the (then) Department of Industrial and General Engineering at Oregon State University as an […]

New faculty (2017-18)

Bahman Abbasi, Ph.D. joins Oregon State University as an assistant professor of mechanical engineering. Before joining Oregon State he worked as a lead technologist at Booz Allen Hamilton and a technical advisor to U.S. Department of Energy with wide-ranging experience in power generation systems, solar-thermal energy, high-temperature materials, light metals production and recycling, and water-energy […]