Connectivity: News from the School of Electrical Engineering and Computer Science  
Spring 2015

Experiencing Success
Taking risks and learning from mistakes is at the heart of success, and experience is the only way to gain those lessons. EECS students at Oregon State have many opportunities to participate in real-world projects in collaboration with organizations such as the Bonneville Power Administration and the Oregon Department of Transportation, described in the stories below. Graduating senior Mollie Holmes, and alumnus, Ben Nader, share how their life experiences and opportunities at Oregon State shaped their success.
Senior design projects are another way students gain hands-on experience, culminating in the Engineering Expo. Read more about this year's successful event in the Corvallis Gazette-Times, Jon Dorbolo's blog, and EECS News).
Mollie Holmes
True to Herself  

Mollie Holmes took a risk to change her direction in life and return to school as a post-baccalaureate to receive a computer science degree through Oregon State’s online degree program. It meant quitting her job and moving back home to become a non-traditional student in a field dominated by men. And there were times she wondered if she had made a huge mistake. More...

Spencer Likerman and Thinh Nguyen
Power Upscale  

A diverse team of researchers spanning computer science and electrical and computer engineering are working on a new energy test bed at Oregon State University in collaboration with the Bonneville Power Administration. The test bed will help researchers gain a better understanding of the local electric grid and give students an opportunity to work with cutting-edge sensor technology. More...

ODOT highway sign
Saving Lives with Computer Science  

Transportation (ODOT) sought out Oregon State to help create a software system to dispatch road crews from their four centers around the state. Since then Oregon State students have played a vital role in creating critical software for ODOT while gaining valuable hands-on experiences with projects that are impacting safety on Oregon’s highways. More...

Alumnus Ben Nader, founder and CEO of Butterfleye
Entrepreneur of Life  

"Something positive always comes from putting yourself in an uncomfortable position," said Ben Nader, Oregon State alumnus (’07) of electrical and computer engineering. He truly knows the meaning of the word "uncomfortable" having recently left a successful career in Silicon Valley to start a business where no salary is guaranteed. The positive side? Although Nader has yet to ship his product, he has already been featured in USA Today’s "Change Agent" series, and his product, Butterfleye was profiled by tech publications such as Cnet and Gizmodo. More...


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