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Mike Bailey | Professor, Computer Science

Mike Bailey’s enthusiasm for his work bubbles over when he takes down 3-D models from the shelves in his office — a model of the Willamette Valley color-coded by the different types of geology, the surface of Mars, a hemoglobin molecule, a human skull — all of them he created by entering 3-D data into a machine that manufactures the models. More...

 

Glencora Borradaile

Glencora Borradaile | Assistant Professor, Computer Science

Cora Borradaile’s unique style was evident when she interviewed for her position at OSU. During her talk, she needed to point to something out of reach, and without missing a beat she pulled a chair over and stood on it to make her point. More...

 

Bella Bose

Bella Bose | Professor & Associate Director

Bella Bose’s sense of community formed growing up in a small village in India whose history goes back over 300 years to two brothers who settled there. He can trace his lineage back to the beginnings of the town, as can all of the families there. More...

 

Ted Brekken

Ted Brekken | Associate Professor, Electrical & Computer Engineering

Serendipity, hard work and a call out of the blue from a favorite professor — all contributed to Ted Brekken’s career as a renewable energy researcher. But the initial hook into energy research was one you may not expect. Music. More...

 

Margaret Burnett

Margaret Burnett | Professor, Computer Science

Ask Margaret Burnett what is inspiring about computer science, and she does not hesitate. “The joy of creation,” she says. “With computer science, you can create any computer behavior you can imagine.” More...

 

Patrick Chiang

Patrick Chiang | Associate Professor, Electrical & Computer Engineering

Born and raised in Sacramento, California, Patrick Chiang says that coming to Oregon, and specifically OSU has made possible an opportunity to bring together his two interests: energy efficient electronics and improving human health. More...

 

Eduardo Cotilla-Sanchez

Eduardo Cotilla-Sanchez | Assistant Professor, Electrical & Computer Engineering

At 7-years-old, when his remote control car quit working, Eduardo Cotilla-Sanchez saw a whole different possibility for it. He realized there was a similarity between the rotating motor and his dad’s electric drill, for which he had a particular fascination. So, with a little scrap sheet metal and some tape he made his own drill. More...

 

Pallavi Dhagat

Pallavi Dhagat | Associate Professor, Electrical & Computer Engineering

Change is a way of life for Pallavi Dhagat. Growing up India, her father’s business required frequent moves for the family. She and her sister were constantly adapting to new schools, culture, food, language, music, and dress. More...

 

Tom Dietterich

Tom Dietterich | Professor, Computer Science

“Tom Dietterich is known as a renaissance man,” says EECS director Terri Fiez of her colleague who has earned exclusive “Fellow” status in both the American Association for the Advancement of Science and the Association for Computing Machinery. More...

 

Martin Erwig

Martin Erwig | Professor, Computer Science

As a teenager growing up in Germany, Martin Erwig, who played classical guitar, decided it would be much cooler to play in a rock band. So, to earn enough money for an electric guitar and amplifier, he worked at construction sites doing physical labor like shoveling gravel and carrying stones. More...

 

Alan Fern

Alan Fern | Associate Professor, Computer Science

Alan Fern cannot remember for sure what sparked his interest in artificial intelligence, but he recalls finding the Star Trek character, Data — who was basically a walking, talking computer — pretty compelling. He especially liked the idea of getting machines to learn. More...

 

Xiaoli Fern

Xiaoli Fern | Associate Professor, Computer Science

Although Xiaoli Fern graduated from high school two years earlier than is typical in China and started college at the age of 16, she is quick to explain that she was not a prodigy. More...

 

Terri Fiez

Terri Fiez | Professor

“Our house is where everyone in the neighborhood came to hang out,” says Terri Fiez of growing up in the small town of Cheney in Eastern Washington. That made for a lot of activity in a house of five kids. More...

 

Alex Groce

Alex Groce | Assistant Professor, Computer Science

When Alex Groce started programming computers at age 10, they seemed like “the ultimate toy,” he says. “Tinker toys are complicated, but with a computer you could build something in an afternoon so complicated that you couldn’t even understand everything it’s going to do.” More...

 

Bechir Hamdaoui

Bechir Hamdaoui | Associate Professor, Electrical & Computer Engineering

It never snowed in Tunisia where Bechir Hamdaoui grew up. So, moving to Madison, Wisconsin for graduate school where it snows all winter was a bit of a challenge — not to mention the lack of televised soccer games. More...

 

Don Heer

Don Heer | Educational Research & Development

Growing up an only child on a farm near Lowell, Oregon, Don Heer says he learned to self entertain — that is, when he wasn’t picking blueberries, shoveling cow manure, or training his “attack” pig named Gub Gub. More...

 

Albrecht Jander

Albrecht Jander | Associate Professor, Electrical & Computer Engineering

Albrecht Jander jokes that he came to the U.S. from Germany “kicking and screaming.” It was not a commentary on the move, however — he was just 1-year-old at the time. More...

 

Joseph Jess

Joseph Jess | Instructor, Computer Science

Growing up in Albany, Oregon, the youngest of three brothers, Joseph Jess had many opportunities to learn about electronics and computers. He and his brothers worked together on projects like adding speakers to their stereo system. More...

 

Ben Lee

Ben Lee | Professor, Electrical & Computer Engineering

Egypt, Germany, Taiwan, Burma — Ben Lee traveled the world as the son of a Korean diplomat. He lived in seven different countries growing up including the US where he finished high school. More...

 

Huaping Liu

Huaping Liu | Professor, Electrical & Computer Engineering

“It was not expected I would go on to college,” Huaping Liu says. Even though he was top in his class, he came from a rural area in southeastern China where he knew of no one else that went to college. More...

 

Mario Magana

Mario Magaña | Associate Professor, Electrical & Computer Engineering

One of Mario Magaña’s fondest memories from growing up on his grandparents’ farm in El Salvador was when his uncles would come to visit on the weekends. More...

 

Karti Mayaram

Karti Mayaram | Professor, Electrical & Computer Engineering

Karti Mayaram admits he wasn’t all that interested in coming to the US for graduate school when it was first suggested to him by a college math professor in India — even though many of his fellow students were excited about the idea. More...

 

Kevin McGrath

Kevin McGrath | Instructor, Computer Science

One of the first things people may notice upon meeting Kevin McGrath is that he is not from around here. The bow tie and suspenders usually give it away. More...

 

Ron Metoyer

Ron Metoyer | Associate Professor, Computer Science

Ron Metoyer’s first experience with college was a shock. “I remember calling my mom, and saying, ‘I don’t know if I can do this,’” he says. More...

 

Un-Ku Moon

Un-Ku Moon | Professor, Electrical & Computer Engineering

Growing up in Alaska, Un-Ku Moon had some tough summer jobs starting at the age of 16 — from working at a salmon cannery and on a fishing (tender) boat to landscaping he put in 12 to 16 hour days. More...

 

Thinh Nguyen

Thinh Nguyen | Associate Professor, Electrical & Computer Engineering

Thinh Nguyen’s escape to the US began with a solo swim to a small boat in the South China Sea. Born in Vietnam, his family chose to flee the communist regime which had blacklisted them because his father was a colonel for the fallen South Vietnam army. More...

 

Linda O'Hara

Linda O'Hara | Instructor, Computer Science

“My blood is orange,” Linda O’Hara says, but it’s hardly worth mentioning if you see her on the Friday before a home football game. Dressed in all orange and black, from her earrings down to her shoes — it’s obvious she is a huge Beaver fan. More...

 

Cherri Pancake

Cherri Pancake | Professor, Computer Science

It is hard to imagine what computer engineering and anthropology might have in common. And even for Cherri Pancake who had separate careers in both areas, it was not immediately apparent. More...

 

Jennifer Parham-Mocello

Jennifer Parham-Mocello | Instructor, Computer Science

Jennifer Parham-Mocello was certain at the young age of 5-years old that she wanted to be a math teacher just like her aunt. She would line her stuffed animals up on her bed and use the blackboard in her room to teach them addition and subtraction. More...

 

Raviv Raich

Raviv Raich | Associate Professor, Electrical & Computer Engineering

An early introduction to electronics was nearly a shocking experience for Raviv Raich. His uncle brought a calculator home to Israel from a trip to the U.S., and his dad replaced the power connector so that it would work with the local wiring. More...

 

Christopher Scaffidi

Christopher Scaffidi | Assistant Professor, Computer Science

Christopher Scaffidi was in second grade when he figured out that Oregon is where he wanted to live. “I decided I liked the woods, so I studied where the woods were and I found they were in Oregon and Maine,” he says. More...

 

Matt Shuman

Matt Shuman | Instructor, Electrical & Computer Engineering

Where Matt Shuman is today has a lot to with his family — most of them attended Oregon State University, and they have also influenced the direction of his career. More...

 

Prasad Tadepalli

Prasad Tadepalli | Professor, Computer Science

“As someone who did not even dream of coming to the U.S., let alone be a professor here, I appreciate the transformational power of universities, and how they can improve the lives of people all over the world,” Prasad Tadepalli says. More...

 

Gabor Temes

Gabor Temes | Professor, Electrical & Computer Engineering

There is no doubt that Gabor Temes feels fortunate to be where he is at. He was 15 years old when World War II came to where he was living in Budapest, Hungary. More...

 

Sinisa Todorovic

Sinisa Todorovic | Assistant Professor, Electrical & Computer Engineering

Sinisa Todorovic admits that on the surface his two careers — ballet and artificial intelligence — seem unrelated. “I sometimes wonder why I trained for hours!” he jokes of his ballet career that began when he was just 10 years old. More...

 

Roger Traylor

Roger Traylor | Senior Instructor, Electrical & Computer Engineering

Roger Traylor was not a stellar student in high school. Not even close. He was having too much fun in the small rural community in East Tennessee where he grew up — riding motorcycles, hunting, fishing, rock climbing, caving — anything outdoors, including growing an organic garden. More...

 

Annette von Jouanne

Annette von Jouanne | Professor, Electrical & Computer Engineering

When Annette von Jouanne’s German-immigrant parents got her involved in swimming as a child, it is unlikely they could foresee the force it would become in her life. More...

 

John Wager

John Wager | Professor, Electrical & Computer Engineering

You might expect a college kid from California would not appreciate the small town of Corvallis. But it wasn’t so for John Wager who came here to get his undergraduate degree in engineering physics. More...

 

Alan Wang

Alan Wang | Assistant Professor, Electrical & Computer Engineering

Alan Wang got a double-dose of good luck in 2011, the year he came to OSU. Not only was it the year he started on his academic career, but it was also the year his son was born. More...

 

Andreas Weisshaar

Andreas Weisshaar | Professor, Electrical & Computer Engineering

Andreas Weisshaar has always been up for a bit of an adventure or new experience. As a boy he explored his world by taking it apart, especially anything electrical such as tape recorders, radios and telephones. Fortunately, he was equally good at putting things together, although there were often “extra” parts left over. More...

 

Weng-Keen Wong

Weng-Keen Wong | Associate Professor, Computer Science

Although Weng-Keen Wong was born in Malaysia and has lived in the US since he moved here for graduate school, he will always be a hockey-loving Canadian. His parents moved from Malaysia to Canada when he was seven, hoping for better opportunities for their children — a plan that worked out pretty well, he says. More...

 

Eugene Zhang

Eugene Zhang | Associate Professor, Computer Science

After growing up in Beijing, China, surrounded by tall buildings, Eugene Zhang appreciates living in a small town. More...

 

Julia Zhang

Julia Zhang | Assistant Professor, Electrical & Computer Engineering

As a young girl growing up in China, Julia Zhang had an impossible dream — to be a fighter pilot. The power of the jet fighters taking off vertically captured her imagination. And although her dream could not be realized, she still loves anything related to aviation. More...