The College of Engineering
OSU's College of Engineering has a research mission of growing collaborative, interdisciplinary research teams that are motivated by local, national, and international needs for knowledge discovery to solve complex global problems. Our faculty are international experts connected to a global collaborative network, and our research and graduate studies programs are national assets.
Our strategic plan targets Sustainable Energy and Infrastructure (SENERGI) as our focus. We will discover high-impact solutions to the world’s energy challenges; we will commercialize those breakthroughs to bring jobs and prosperity and we will develop the next generation of leading engineers and computer scientists. We are meeting our targets thanks to an energetic, diverse, and growing faculty. Faculty in our five units collaborate in dynamic cross-disciplinary teams, including information usability, sustainable energy, mixed-signal integration, biological and ecological systems, micro/nano-systems, and infrastructure and transportation.
Other target areas include autonomous systems, materials for energy applications, geographical information systems, microscale systems for toxic waste cleanup, and cooling technologies for portable electronic devices.
Our research provides vital economic impact to the state and industry, creating new technologies, new spin-off companies, and new jobs. We will continue to emphasize the importance of our research and graduate programs as a key contribution to the economic development of Oregon, the Pacific Northwest, and the world.
SCHOOL OF BIOLOGICAL & ECOLOGICAL ENGINEERING
The department conducts research, teaching and outreach in biological, ecological and water resource engineering that addresses national needs in environmental technology development and application, provide growth opportunities for students, and improve the quality of life for those in Oregon and beyond. Important issues being addressed in the bioengineering area include bioproduct and biofuel engineering, downstream processing in biotechnology, biosystems analysis across temporal and spatial scales, nanosensors, microtechnology, and tissue-based biosensor systems. The water resources group is expanding our knowledge in the area of watershed processes, including the management of water for agriculture and other uses, investigating soil-water-atmosphere-plant system relationships, developing engineering solution for eco-friendly approaches to river and watershed management, developing strategies to minimize the impact of agricultural operations on ground water quality, and conducting ecosystems studies for landscape planning and alternative futures analysis. We are developing management plans to reduce the water quality impacts of rural and agricultural activities from point and non-point sources, and examining the relationship of land-use patterns and practices on water quality and the role of riparian zone. Our new undergraduate program in Ecological Engineering provides a unique opportunity for training in this rapidly emerging field. This work centers on Oregon, but includes projects across the United States, in Canada, as well as in South America and Asia.
SCHOOL OF CHEMICAL, BIOLOGICAL and ENVIRONMENTAL ENGINEERING
The School of Chemical, Biological and Environmental engineering offers a variety of research thrust areas which involve collaboration with other departments at OSU, other universities and a number of industrial partners. Significant research is presently be done in the areas solar PV production; microreactor technology; industrial use and production of nanoparticles; fate, transport, and toxicity of nanoparticles in the environment; production of biofuels; microelectronics processing; advanced biomedical applications; and application of microbial molecular methods to environmental engineering.
SCHOOL OF CIVIL and CONSTRUCTION ENGINEERING
The School of Civil and Construction Engineering is engaged in research to improve our national civil infrastructure, and is providing advanced study for the future leaders in the fields of civil engineering and construction engineering management. Research focus areas within the School include advanced polymer bridge rehabilitation technologies; Green Building materials; hurricane and tsunami defense structures; seismic performance of foundations and structures; abrasion-resistant concrete; and intelligent transportation control methods. The School is also home to world-class research facilities including the Hinsdale Wave Research Laboratory.
SCHOOL OF ELECTRICAL ENGINEERING AND COMPUTER SCIENCE
With an emphasis on collaborative research, the School of Electrical Engineering and Computer Science (EECS) continues to form partnerships both within the campus and with other universities, industry, and other organizations. This collaborative approach has led to world-class research, as well as to attracting award-winning researchers.
Key research thrusts include:
- Mixed Signal Integration
- Computer Graphics and Vision
- End Users Shaping Effective Software
- Energy Systems
- Information Security
- Intelligent Information Systems
- Learning and Adaptive Systems
- Materials and Devices
SCHOOL OF MECHANICAL, INDUSTRIAL AND MANUFACTURING ENGINEERING
The School of Mechanical, Industrial, and Manufacturing Engineering is actively engaged in collaborative research in a variety of multidisciplinary areas with colleagues across campus as well as with global industry and university partners. Our faculty and students are recognized for their leading research in the major focus areas of: complex cyber-physical systems; energy and sustainability; human systems engineering; manufacturing, production, and service systems, materials science and biomaterials; micro- and nanoscale processes; and robotics and autonomous systems. Activities span the spectrum from basic to applied research, and several projects have culminated in commercialization of results.
DEPARTMENT OF NUCLEAR ENGINEERING AND RADIATION HEALTH PHYSICS
http://ne.oregonstate.edu/The primary long-term goal of the Department of Nuclear Engineering and Radiation Health Physics is to maintain and expand nuclear science and technology education and research by offering a complete suite of degree options from B.S. to Ph.D., and including the MHP and MEng, in both Nuclear Engineering and Radiation Health Physics. We also intend to be consistently recognized as one of the top programs in the U.S. in both areas.
The global importance of reducing the emissions of greenhouse gases will stimulate the future expansion for nuclear supplied electricity around the world and will drive the demand for Nuclear Engineers. Radioactive waste issues, environmental restoration, and medical uses of radiation continue to be important in the Northwest and across the country and drive the need for Radiation Health Physicists.
For the future the Department will continue to develop high quality research programs in three primary areas: nuclear reactor safety and thermal hydraulics, environmental health physics, and computational and numerical methods development.
Nuclear reactor safety and thermal hydraulics research embodies both basic and applied studies aimed at understanding the physics, and ensuring the safe operation of, nuclear reactors and other facilities. The Department has had a long-standing history of high quality research in this area with the nationally and internationally known Advanced Thermal Hydraulics Research Laboratory and APEX research facility. These facilities have expanded our nuclear safety and thermal hydraulics experimental capabilities and the exploration of heat transfer and fluid flow research opportunities outside of the nuclear industry.
Environmental health physics includes research aimed at understanding the transport mechanisms for radioactive materials in the environment, developing clean up and environmental restoration technology for radioactive contaminated soils, and developing the methods to produce radioisotopes for medical and other applications.
Computational and numerical methods development bridges and complements research in many nuclear engineering and health physics areas. It includes the development of advanced numerical schemes for the rapid solution of fundamental and applied problems, and the application of advanced computer codes to solve problems in many areas.