Our faculty members and students work hard to achieve excellence in everything they do. In this issue of Ingenuity, learn more about what motivates the people of EECS to pursue their individual passions in the areas of leadership, gymnastics, and research.

Photo of Tom Weller
Advanced modeling

In July 2018, Tom Weller became head of the School of Electrical Engineering and Computer Science. But when he started his career, he did not intend to go into academia. The path he took was influenced by key people along the way.

Mary Jacobsen balances gymnastics and a computer science degree.
Thriving on teamwork

Teamwork comes naturally to Mary Jacobsen, an Oregon State University gymnast and computer science student in the College of Engineering. She grew up as part of a team, the fifth of seven children.

Assistant professor Yeongjin Jang won the “Capture the Flag” award from 2018’s DEF CON.
Discovering the secret doors in software

Yeongjin Jang’s fascination with identifying weaknesses in devices and systems began when, as a child growing up in South Korea, he figured out how to pick locks. Currently, the new assistant professor is among the best hackers in the world.

Vishvas Chalishazar and Ted Brekken perform research in the Wallace Energy Systems and Renewables Facility at Oregon State University.
Keeping the lights on in a disaster

Graduate student, Vishvas Chalishazar is modeling the specific impacts of an earthquake, with the purpose of improving key components of the electric grid.


Empowering Women video preview screen - student talkingEmpowering women in computer science

Seven undergraduates in computer science, including one Ecampus student from New York, received scholarships to attend the Grace Hopper Celebration which was held in Houston, Texas this year.



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