OREGON STATE UNIVERSITY

2010 Engineering Expo to showcase student inventions

05/07/2010

CORVALLIS, Ore. – You might manipulate chemical molecules in 3-D, test new iPhone applications developed for the film industry, learn about the next generation of small nuclear reactor designs, explore the workings of an autonomous underwater vehicle, or check out the newest model of an award-winning off-road racing car for this year’s Baja SAE competitions.

Regardless of interests – the unusual, functional, or creative – there will be plenty to see on Friday, May 14, at the 11th annual Engineering Expo at Oregon State University.

More than 100 student-built projects, representing OSU’s best undergraduate engineering talent, will be featured at the Kelley Engineering Center on the OSU campus. The exhibits will be on display from 11 a.m. to 4 p.m. at the event, which is free and open to the public. Parking is available in the OSU parking structure at 26th Street and Washington Way, with shuttle service to the Kelley Engineering Center and Hinsdale Wave Research Laboratory.

Tours of the Hinsdale wave laboratory will be available this year, on the hour from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. The Expo also will include tours beginning at 1 p.m. and 2 p.m. of OSU’s passive safety and modular nuclear reactor test facilities. Capacity is limited for the reactor tours, so early sign-up is recommended at the Expo booth of the Department of Nuclear Engineering and Radiation Health Physics.

The senior design projects represent every discipline in OSU’s College of Engineering, and reflect years of student work and engineering studies being turned into functional inventions. Many of this year’s projects were sponsored by business and government organizations to address a particular problem.  Others are linked to university research efforts, and some were organized directly by students.

Special exhibits will include a “sustainability showcase,” which features projects focused on clean technology and “green” energy solutions. A Robo*Palooza will feature the TekBot Triathlon, OSU’s 2010 entry for  the Mars Rover University Challenge, and FIRST robots from local high schools.

Examples of the displays and inventions include:

  • A web-based system for coordinating emergency cesarean deliveries, which assembles delivery teams at small rural hospitals in less than 30 minutes 
  • A digital photo frame that can play music, check the weather, tune in to online radio, and turn itself off and on to save power
  • A new approach to manufacturing O. oeni, an organism used in fermentation processes and valuable to Oregon’s growing wine industry
  • A flexible mechanical arm for SWAT reconnaissance robots that allows them to open doors and pick up small objects
  • A low-cost “parabolic trough” power system that generates power by concentrating sunlight on a water-carrying receiver, for use in rural villages without access to electricity
  • A new process for OSU’s container recycling facility that removes non-recyclable contaminants from the waste stream and improves working conditions for recycling personnel
  • Roadway, drainage, sanitation, wetland preservation, natural resource, and building design models for a development project at the Port of Portland’s Troutdale Reynolds Industrial Park