Of the more than 500 teams that applied, two Oregon State teams were among the top 35 to make it to the finals of Intel’s 2014 Cornell Cup competition, held on May 2 and 3 at Walt Disney World in Orlando, Florida. After three rounds of judging by Intel representatives including a floor presentation, and a formal pitch to an audience — both teams were awarded honorable mention.
The competition gives students the real-world experience of working as a team to design a product for a client. “There will be supply chain issues, there will be hobgoblins in what should be working hardware, there will be times when you absolutely lose the motivation to fix the last few issues. How you overcome these challenges dictates what kind of engineer you are,” said Kevin McGrath, adviser to the teams.
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Are you a self-proclaimed tinkerer? A maker? A rabid supporter of DIY culture? If so, consider attending a free public lecture called “A Community of Makers” on Monday, April 21 at 5 p.m at LaSells Stewart Center.
Sponsored by the colleges of Engineering and Liberal Arts, OSU Libraries, Austin Entrepreneurship Program, and Create@OregonState, the lecture will feature a talk by Travis Good, MAKE magazine contributing editor, OSU alum, and maker movement champion. He will answer the question “What’s the big deal about ‘making’?” He’ll share how making is transforming the landscape of education, supporting STEM / STEAM initiatives, and motivating people to engage in learning-by doing. He’ll also explain why making represents an opportunity for you.
Stick around for a hands-on micro maker faire beginning at 6 p.m. to see the innovative, playful, and engaging ways some of our local makers are already creating.
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Students interested in cybersecurity flocked to the Raytheon Capture the Flag (CTF) event hosted by Christopher Stricklan of Raytheon SI on March 7, 2014. Computer science student Daniel Reichert was the top winner at the event, receiving a $50 Amazon gift card and a spot in Raytheon’s intern pool.
The event provided an opportunity for students to learn more about cybersecurity, an increasingly important field as computing technologies become more pervasive and cyber attacks more sophisticated.
The event also underscored Oregon State University’s growing presence in cybersecurity research, according to Assistant Professor Mike Rosulek of the School of Electrical Engineering and Computer Science (EECS). Rosulek, who specializes in the theory of cryptography, said he was already getting emails from students before he started his position here in fall 2013. Continue reading →
While engineers are naturally talented problem solvers, students across the nation can sometimes lose sight of what it truly means to be an engineer: to create solutions for difficult problems, and to be aware of the societal context within which these problems arise. Kendra Sharp, an associate professor of mechanical engineering, shares how Oregon State is helping to create holistic learning experiences through the Humanitarian Engineering program (HE@OSU), which encourages engineering students to cultivate a deep understanding of culture and social relationships. Engineering students are being taught, through programs such as Engineers Without Borders, what it means to serve a community. Read more.
Skip Rochefort is a myth-buster of sorts. As an associate professor of chemical engineering and executive director of Pre-College Programs, he’s dedicated at least part of his work to demonstrating the impact of engineering in daily life and challenging prevailing stereotypes of what engineers do. (Hint, they don’t just design things.) Continue reading →