Funny robots lead to best paper award

Naomi Fitter, assistant professor of robotics, won the Best Paper Award at the 2020 Association for Computing Machinery/IEEE International Conference on Human-Robot Interaction. The paper, co-written with John Vilk, “Comedians in Cafes Getting Data: Evaluating Timing and Adaptivity in Real-World Robot Comedy Performance,” reported findings that may provide key clues for how social robots can […]

Santala wins NSF CAREER award

Melissa Santala, assistant professor of materials science at Oregon State University, recently won a Faculty Early Career Development Program, or CAREER, award from NSF for her proposal titled “Revealing the Crystallization Kinetics of Marginal Glass Formers through In Situ Microscopy and Nanocalorimetry Experiments.”

Rising to the pressure

Since 2009, Softstar has sponsored student capstone design projects at the School of Mechanical, Industrial, and Manufacturing Engineering. Capstone design is a two-course sequence in which seniors design and implement workable solutions to real-world problems.

Strengthening our bonds with industry

The School of Mechanical, Industrial, and Manufacturing Engineering has deep connections to industry, throughout Oregon and beyond. One of the ways we develop those connections is through our industry advisory board.

Campbell named ASME Fellow

Matt Campbell, professor of mechanical engineering, has been elected a Fellow of the American Society of Mechanical Engineers.

Sencer wins JSPE Best Paper Award

Burak Sencer, assistant professor of mechanical engineering, will be part of a group of researchers who will receive this year’s Best Paper Award from the Japan Society for Precision Engineering.

Ng named ASEM Fellow

Ean Ng, assistant professor of industrial engineering In November, Ean Ng, assistant professor of industrial engineering, was a named a Fellow of the American Society of Engineering Management

In memorium: Murty Kanury

Dr. Kanury, known affectionately as Murty, passed away peacefully surrounded by family and friends on January 8, 2020, in Durango, Colorado.

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 […]

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: 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: 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: 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 […]

Faculty Spotlight: Brian Fronk

Assistant Professor Brian Fronk researches thermal energy systems and heat transfer in the domains of both applied and fundamental science.

Faculty Spotlight: Julie Tucker

Julie TuckerAfter completing her Ph.D. in nuclear engineering at the University of Wisconsin-Madison, Julie Tucker worked in industry for five years as a lead scientist, helping design nuclear submarines and aircraft carriers at a government-owned, contractor-operated power lab in Schenectady, New York.

Faculty Spotlight: Kyle Niemeyer

Kyle NiemeyerKyle Niemeyer, assistant professor of mechanical engineering, develops advanced numerical methods for computational modeling of combustion and reactive flows.

Faculty Spotlight: David Blunck

David Blunck Welty Faculty Fellow and Assistant Professor David Blunck’s research focuses on four domains: combustion, ignition, radiation, and energy.