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Our Impact

Annette von Jouanne and PhD student Bret Bosma testing a wave energy device in the WESRF lab in Dearborn Hall.

The impact of computer science and electrical and computer engineering can be seen in nearly every aspect of our lives. Our world-class faculty are at the forefront of advances in many areas including transparent electronics, renewable energy, end user software, faster wireless and computing technologies, and big data.

Our programs are critical for the growing needs of the high-tech industry for work-ready graduates. Innovative education, such as our TekBots program, helps to transform students into leaders, and our online program in computer science for post-baccalaureates is the only one of its kind in the nation.

Collaborations are the key to our success in research and education:

  • Research collaborations across every college on campus and with industrial and academic partners throughout the world bring the expertise of Oregon State faculty to diverse areas including forestry, agriculture, health care, robotics, and environmental monitoring.
  • Strong industry partnerships create a pipeline for graduates and keep our curriculum and research relevant. Students benefit from industry mentorship on projects including the capstone senior design and CreateIT Collaboratory.

New technology developed at Oregon State transfers to company spin outs such as Amorphyx, Incisive and Strands, and licenses including wave energy buoys, transparent thin film transistors, and a solar energy system.

We are proud of all our graduates who are making a difference in the world including: Jen-Hsun Huang, co-founder, president and CEO of NVIDIA; Scott Keveton, co-founder and CEO of Urban Airship and co-founder of OSU’s Open Source Lab; and Alex Povli, co-founder of Cloudkick and CEO of CoreOS, Inc.

The Open Source Lab, host to more than 160 high-impact open source software projects, collaborates with contributors and distributes software to millions globally. Its merger with OSU’s Business Solutions Group will form a new organization named the Center for Applied Systems and Software (CASS) — a place for research, development and testing of software systems and the platforms on which they run.