Oregon State provides an environment that is conducive to creating interdisciplinary collaborations. The University’s size and openness makes it easy to create new 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 being able to attract award-winning researchers to the School of EECS. Our faculty are bringing their collective talents together to make innovative breakthroughs and solve real-world problems. Read more about our research area of excellence on our webpage.
Graduates students work closely with their advisors on ground breaking technologies, such as following examples in transparent electronics, wave energy, electric grid systems, mutation analysis, networking, and magnetic materials and devices.
Ripples Upon Ripples
Graduate students Asher Simmons and Ratanak So were part of a collaborative team to advance wave energy research. The project was part of a $4.5 million effort initiated by the U.S. Department of Energy for Sandia National Laboratories and the National Renewable Energy Laboratory to create a simulation software tool for wave energy converters.
Connecting with Communities in Rural Alaska
Phylicia Cicilio’s research in rural Alaska brings together her multiple interests in engineering, the environment, and helping rural communities. Her project is to improve a microgrid in Nome that serves 3,500 people and includes a wind farm and diesel generators. The project is funded by both the Evans Family Graduate Fellowship in Humanitarian Engineering at Oregon State University and the National Science Foundation Graduate Research Fellowship Program.
Iftekhar Ahmed came to Oregon State for graduate school with the goal of working on research that is “ahead of the technological wave.” His work has already been applied to the Linux kernel — the test case for his research — that is used in over a billion devices, such as Android phones. He was awarded a highly competitive IBM Ph.D. Fellowship to support his research.
In the Applied Magnetics Lab, Ben Buford (Ph.D. 2016) worked to break new ground for the next generation of high-performance electronic components and memory storage. He is now a senior materials analysis engineer at Intel.
Ben McCamish (computer science) and Ziwei Ke (electrical and computer engineering) are part of the team to use cutting-edge sensor technology for a new energy test bed at Oregon State University. The project, sponsored by the Bonneville Power Administration, aims to accommodate new types of load demands and new sources of renewable energy, such as wind and wave energy, while averting blackouts.
A team of six graduate students were part of the initial team to work on a new invention at Oregon State that promises to increase the bandwidth of WiFi systems ten times by using LED lights to transmit information. “I wanted all of my student to contribute to this project, because I think it’s going to be big,” said Professor Thinh Nguyen.
Seeing the Future
Randy Hoffman (M.S. 2002) made the breakthrough discovery that led to the invention of the first transparent transistor. “None of this would have happened if it wasn’t for Randy. He was really critical,” said Professor John Wager. Randy is now a senior engineer for technology development at HP.