To many people, the Engineering Expo can seem extremely overwhelming. There are hundreds of people walking around and going to the various booths, looking at all of the exciting research. But first glances can be deceiving. After spending some time at the Expo, whether you are being forced to go for a class, choosing to go because you are truly interested, or simply a person passing by, there is something for everyone.
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
The National Science Foundation and the Environmental Protection Agency recently awarded coveted funding for emerging scholars and educators at the College of Engineering. Continue reading
A study conducted after the massive Sept. 2009 tsunami in American Samoa shows that tsunamis can cause extensive damage to sensitive coral reefs that provide essential habitat for marine life.
“Fool’s gold” (pyrite) may not be the final answer to creating economical, nontoxic solar cells, but it is providing valuable information in the ongoing search.