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.
The Global Formula Racing (GFR) team proved their engineering prowess once again. A partnership between Oregon State University and the DHBW-Ravensburg in Germany, the GFR team was crowned the combustion champions of Formula Student Germany at the Hockenheimring this last weekend. Roughly 4,000 people turned out to watch the endurance race, with another 15,000 watching the online video feed in real time.
In short, GFR dominated in what is considered the most competitive formula student event in Europe. This is on top of the team’s unprecedented, three-time national championship win. Go Beaver Engineering! More…
Last week, a crowd of 65 high school students gathered at Oregon State University to participate in the Summer Experience in Science and Engineering for Youth (SESEY) program, ending Friday with a poster exhibition of their work. Many participants were young women and underrepresented students who were given an opportunity to discover and embrace science and engineering as a viable career path. By working with undergraduate and graduate students at Oregon State, SESEY students explored real-life research and gained hands-on experience. Continue reading →
The Drive to Win Solar Vehicle Team Pulls Together for a First Place Victory
The Solar Vehicle Team at Oregon State has just returned from Texas with a victory in the 2013 Formula Sun Grand Prix, but it has been a long road of effort and endurance to capture this 193 lap win.
Founded in 2005 by Kat Han and Hai-Yue Han, the Solar Vehicle Team (SVT) entered their first race in 2008 with no experience and without seeing another car. Through extensive trial and error, and learning from what they saw of other teams’ problems and solutions, the SVT improved their electrical system and continued their test drives. Continue reading →
Congratulations to Alexandria Moseley, a recent graduate who made the Society of Manufacturing Engineers 30 Under 30 list! With a bachelor’s degree in industrial engineering and another in manufacturing engineering, Alexandria distinguished herself as a student leader and role model. She was chair of her SME student chapter, an Oregon State Engineering Ambassador, and, at various times, a research or teaching assistant. In addition, she participated in the competitive MECOP program, which places high-achieving students into two, six-month industry internships. As a result of her dedication and academic contributions, she was recognized as one of the 15 New Faces of Engineering (College Edition) by National Engineers Week 2012.
We are proud of Alexandria and wish her luck as she pursues a master’s degree in engineering management at Technical University of Denmark in Copenhagen. To read more, visit the SME website.