OSU Engineering programs, degrees, and research

January 16th, 2007

With Oregon State University being THE engineering school in Oregon, one might imagine that the College of Engineering could sit back and be satisfied being the top dog. That is definitely not the case. OSU professors, students, researchers, and alumni are pushing everyday to make advancements in all engineering fields. Below are some examples of their work to date.

If you have ever played a modern video game, this guy had something to do with it. Thank this OSU alum for paving the way regarding your use of computers. NASA knows who to call on whether it be for astronauts or the brightest new minds.

From OSU News:

An Oregon State University engineering professor has helped design a new “micro� wind turbine that can be mounted along the edges of building roofs to generate electricity.

The new small-scale turbine design could revolutionize the wind power industry, with rows of small rooftop turbines enabling power generation in urban and suburban settings, instead of only from large, towering, traditional wind farms in rural areas.

Stel Walker, director of the Energy Resources Research Laboratory at OSU and a leading consultant in the wind energy industry, helped create the design with AeroVironment, Inc., the California-based manufacturer of the new wind turbine.
Stel Walker, OSU professor specializes in wind energy

“There are only a few wind turbine manufacturers in the U.S., and they’ve been telling city planners, architects and building owners for years that they haven’t designed their wind turbines to be placed on or around buildings,� said co-inventor Tom Zambrano of AeroVironment. “But no one understands wind resources better than OSU and Stel Walker says the wind in the Pacific Northwest doesn’t stop at city lines.�

Walker helped the company envision a small, quiet and architecturally pleasing wind turbine designed to attach to a track running along the perimeter of a roofline, similar to the way lighting is attached to tracks. The number of turbines mounted to the track can vary, depending on power needs and the size and design of the building.

When mounted on a building, the new turbines combine architectural, aerodynamic and mechanical engineering to collect more wind and produce more energy than previously thought possible.

Can computers get any faster? Definitely, based on the work of another OSU researcher.

Many, many more examples at the College of Engineering at Oregon State University

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-bv

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