Marty Ulrich, computer science major, claims fame as the designer of a “candle app” that has been downloaded more than 800,000 times and was used in candlelight vigils honoring the life of Apple co-founder Steve Jobs after his death. More…
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Computer science major seeks support for women in the discipline
Computer science major Helen Shin used a $4,000 Undergraduate Opportunity Grant to explore how engineering colleges might attract more women to the discipline and how women could be better supported once they have chosen computer science as a major. More…
Robotics scholarship opportunities increased
In recognition of the impressive talent arising in FIRST robotics competitions for college-bound high school students around the state, the College of Engineering increased its FIRST scholarship offering from one award to five awards beginning with the 2011-2012 award cycle. More… (pdf)
Moseley named Most Promising Engineering Student
National Engineers Week has named Alexandria Moseley, an Oregon State manufacturing engineering student, one of 15 most promising college engineering students, from the United Sates and across the world. More…
Keeping Willamette Falls Locks operational: Dominic Eason
Dominic Eason will receive an undergraduate degree in civil and construction engineering this year. He served as project manager for his senior project, which explored possible routes to fiscal and environmental sustainability for the Willamette Falls Locks on the Willamette River at Oregon City, Ore.
Eason said that the locks, which are owned by the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers, are dilapidated and in need of funding since they no longer receive federal dollars. “Without the locks, which allow boats traveling up and downstream to pass the falls, water crafts would have to portage out and around with trucks,” Eason explained.
“Our task was to generate an innovative system and revenue plan that would reduce the monetary footprint to zero for the U.S. Army Corps,” he said. Eason and his team will present their proposal to the corps alongside other college teams that have created proposals. “It is not so much an expectation that a specific project will be implemented, but the ideas will be pooled and considered for viability.”
Eason’s team proposed building a 20,000-square-foot facility that includes a visitor’s center, museum, market, and available-to-lease office space in addition to a fish hatchery that will involve the community in educational opportunities. In addition to the locks themselves, Oregon City Bridge is among historical landmarks visible from the site. “We want to preserve the historic nature of the Willamette Falls Locks and also to bring people in,” said Eason, “Our plan is estimated to generate $300,000 per year.”
Eason praised Oregon State’s engineering faculty. “They are genuinely concerned about getting you to the next level,” said Eason. Among the reasons Eason was drawn to Oregon State after completing the core of his bachelor’s degree elsewhere, was that while speaking with professionals and contractors, he had “an overwhelming feeling that students who come out of OSU are well prepared.”