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 →
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 →
The next time you relax at the spa, you just might be using an essential oil that has been processed using technology that came from Oregon State. Since June of 2012, retired Chemical Engineering Professor and Linus Pauling Chair David Hackleman has been working with Jonathan Lebsack (’10 BS and ’12 MS Chemical Engineering) and Bill Dean, a retired HP employee, to create a system that revolutionizes the extraction process for small quantities of essential oils and plant materials. Current extraction technology uses steam distillation and can take between four and six hours. Using large-scale microwave applicators, the new device reduces the process time to 15 minutes.
The inventors have recently applied for a patent and have already made inroads into industry. Their technology’s first application was at a botanical research lab in Independence, Ore., called Premier Botanicals, operated by an Oregon State alumnus. Other people using their device include chemistry educators who want to teach distillation and mint farmers who want to know when to harvest.
Hackleman’s work has not gone unnoticed, with a booth at the da Vinci Days’ “Green Innovations” area. He and his co-inventors have also been invited to exhibit at the Oregon State Fair in the “Heart of the Garden Building” to share their discoveries.
Hackleman’s invention is just one example of engineering faculty who participate in outside research to create spinoffs that contribute to the area’s economic development. With a little time, this streamlined extraction process may become standard for soaps, recipes, essential oils, and more.
Congratulations to MIME associate professor Roberto Albertani, who has been appointed the State of Oregon representative for the American Institute for Aeronautics and Astronautics (AIAA).
The AIAA was established in 1963 by merging the American Rocket Society and the Institute of the Aerospace Sciences for purposes of better supporting the development of future aerospace professionals, practicing aerospace professionals, and the organizations and institutions involved in aerospace. In his new capacity, Dr. Albertani will work to enhance existing links and develop new connections between the AIAA and educational institutions, the aerospace industry, and government authorities at both the State and regional levels.
With flat screen TVs being a multi-billion dollar industry, John Wager, Oregon State professor of electrical and computer engineering, was headed in the right direction when he developed specialized transistor to make clear display screens a reality. With the transistors now being licensed by some big names, the next step is how to manufacture these fancy TVs and create less waste in the process. View the whole story here.