Connectivity: News from the School of Electrical Engineering and Computer Science
Spring 2014

Shaping the Future

The students and faculty in the School of EECS are shaping the future. Recent innovations include a student-designed energy monitoring device, and a low-cost optical biosensor made from algae. Support from alumni and friends are critical to the success of our students and industries that need qualified graduates. We are grateful to alumni such as Dick and Gladys Liu and Brandon Greenley (featured in the stories below), who are involved with the success of our students, and thus our future. At the Engineering Expo on May 16 you can see first-hand the amazing projects the engineering students create for their senior design capstone project, such as Dr. Wattson: Power Inspector. View the 2013 Expo video.
 
Dr. Wattson team
Dr. Wattson: Power Inspector

Educating consumers about their power consumption is the primary goal of "Dr. Wattson: Power Inspector,"a capstone senior project that brought together three electrical and computer engineering students and one computer science student. "It's something that anyone can use, and that's what made it interesting to us — it could potentially be worthwhile to a lot of people," said Kit Morton, senior in electrical and computer engineering.

 
 
Diatom frustule
Intricate Algae Produce Low-Cost Biosensors

Alan Wang had never seen a diatom before. But when Jeremy Campbell, a graduate student in bioengineering, showed him a photo of the single-celled photosynthetic algae, Wang agreed it had potential for his research in optical biosensors. "Almost instinctively, I knew it would work," said Wang, an assistant professor of electrical and computer engineering. Thus, a multidisciplinary research project to advance technology in biosensors was launched.

 
 
Akira Mendez
Students Thrive With Support

Having scholarship support meant that Oregon State senior Akira Mendez did not deliberate about whether he could spend $300 on a textbook. But beyond the obvious economic impact, Mendez and other students in the School of Electrical Engineering and Computer Science say that there are many additional benefits to scholarships. "Knowing that someone wants to help you out with college really gives you the confidence that you can do it," said Mendez, a first-generation college student majoring in electrical and computer engineering.

 
Brandon Greenley
Alumnus Brandon Greenley: Keeping Connected to Oregon State

As a first-generation college student, Brandon Greenley didn't have footsteps to follow, so choosing Oregon State University was based on the quality of its engineering school. Still a Beaver fan, he also has a deeper connection to his alma mater in his role as Tektronix liaison to Oregon State. Greenley is a Portland native who showed an early passion for engineering by taking everything apart he could get his hands on.

 


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