Life has been good to OSU alumni Mike and Judy Gaulke. So when it came time to determine how they would share their good fortune, they chose the institutions that had been meaningful in their lives, and topping the list was Oregon State University.
The Gaulkes have pledged $3.5 million to create the Michael and Judith Gaulke Chair of Electrical Engineering and Computer Science at OSU. This endowed faculty position fund is the largest to date for the College of Engineering. The inaugural chair will be awarded to OSU electrical engineering professor John Wager, an award-winning teacher and dedicated researcher.
Many people are familiar with hydroelectric power, and we can thank large dams for a lot of the energy we enjoy in homes. An Oregon State associate professor in mechanical engineering, Kendra Sharp, has been working with a smaller and more sustainable form of hydro energy called micro or pico hydropower that can improve energy accessibility all over the world. Continue reading →
Cory Cunningham graduated from OSU with a degree in construction engineering management. While serving two tours of combat in Iraq with the United States Marines, Cory saw the devastation of the country’s infrastructure firsthand and correlating clean water problems plaguing the Iraqi people. In 2009, he combined his passion, drive, and determination to start a company that is helping millions of people gain access to much-needed resources. Continue reading →
Clean drinking water is something we can take for granted, especially living in the rainy state of Oregon. It’s hard to imagine having to hike up mountains or to travel miles away from home to bring water to your family—but this is a reality for many communities across the globe. Over the last several years, Engineers Without Borders (EWB) has been working to improve access to safe and clean drinking water for such communities, having wrapped up a successful project in El Salvador and poised to start a new effort in Lela, Kenya. Continue reading →
After Engineers Without Borders wrapped up a five-year water system project in El Salvador, the group is ready to tackle a new challenge: building a well in Kenya that will eventually serve 2,000 in the surrounding community. This summer, a handful of chapter members will spend four weeks in Lela, Kenya to construct the well. More…