Winter 2012 ETM Newsletter

Engineering Colleges 2011

Dear Alumni, Students and Friends,

There are many new and exciting things happening within the College of Engineering, Technology and Management at the Oregon Institute of Technology (Oregon Tech). We received ABET accreditation for our BS in Renewable Energy Engineering. This is our third EAC ABET accredited program and our ninth total ABET accredited program.

Our graduates continue to enjoy an outstanding graduate success rate with more than 92 percent either employed or enrolled in graduate school within six months after graduation. Oregon Tech also had a 90+ percent pass rate for our students who took the Fundamentals of Engineering (FE) exam last year. In November, we launched our MS in Renewable Energy Engineering degree and our first cohort of students will start in fall of 2012. We also started a Bachelor's of Applied Sciences degree in January 2012.

Many of you are probably familiar with our main campus is in Klamath Falls, OR, but we also currently have four small campuses spread out over the Portland metropolitan area. We are very happy to consolidate these Portland campuses into a new campus in Wilsonville, OR which is just south of Portland and still in the Portland metropolitan area. This new campus will be state-of-the-art where our faculty members teach with the latest technologies.

These things combined are moving us towards our vision of becoming a nationally recognized leader in professional engineering, technology, and management education.


Charlie Jones, Ph.D.
Dean, College of Engineering, Technology, and Management
Oregon Institute of Technology

A New Path for Success: BAS in Technology and Management degree

The Management Department at Oregon Tech launched a unique baccalaureate degree, a bachelor’s of applied science (BAS) in Technology and Management, in Winter term 2012 as a new pathway for persons who hold an associate of applied science (AAS) or associate of science (AS) in a technical field other than business or accounting.

A Better Path
Organizations have a growing need for technical professionals who can contribute to and lead innovation in processes, strategies, products, and services. BAS in Technology and Management majors will study subjects of immediate relevance to the workplace including communication, marketing, organizational behavior, leadership, lean management, accounting, information technology and project management. With advanced technical and interpersonal skills and knowledge, graduates will be well positioned for positive career prospects.

By choosing specific math and technical elective courses and completing an approved senior project, students can earn a Six Sigma green belt certification without taking any additional coursework. Those attaining this certificate will be well positioned to work for companies that deploy Six Sigma.

A Faster Path
Like the bachelor of science (BS) degrees at Oregon Tech, the BAS in Technology and Management requires 180 quarter credit hours including at least 60 credits from 300- and 400- level courses. Unlike the BS degrees, however, the BAS will transfer up to 60 career and technical education (CTE) credits from the associate’s degree. Additional lower division credits can also be transferred in to help further reduce the time needed to complete the bachelor’s degree.

The BAS degree is an excellent fit for students with associate degrees in many technical fields including: engineering technology, electrical apprenticeship, industrial mechanics, renewable energy technology, construction management, building inspection, emergency management, GIS, fire protection, architectural design and drafting, automotive service, environmental technology, criminal justice, aviation science, computer networking,  computer information technology, and landscape technology.

A More Convenient Path
The BAS degree is offered in PortlandKlamath Falls and online. On-campus students may combine on-campus and online courses as best suits their needs each term. Students are able to continue working part time or full time while completing their degree.

Already on the Path
As of February 2012, five students are enrolled in the BAS – one in Portland, one in Klamath Falls, and three online. These students hold AAS degrees in hazardous materials management, environmental technology, computer networking, and information technology. Other students about to begin the program in spring term hold degrees in computer networking and aviation science.

Learn more about the Program


geomatics competition

Geomatics Student Competition

Oregon Tech Geomatics students will compete against eleven other university teams at the joint Professional Land Surveyors of Oregon (PLSO) and GIS In Action conference in March 2012. Students are afforded the opportunity to attend a professional conference complete with seminars, exhibit halls, and networking opportunities.

Sponsored by the National Society of Professional Surveyors (NSPS), the topic for this year’s competition isSurveying Applications in Geographic Information Systems and consists of a Project, Paper, Map and Oral Presentation. These four elements should be related much like in a professional or scientific project. The paper identifies what is being studied, and details a specific project completed by the team. A discussion of the literature utilized in the project, methods employed, project procedures, and the results of what was learned are included. The oral presentation describes what was done and what was learned. This provides students an opportunity to hone their skills in organizing and presenting a project using the various mediums (paper, map, and oral presentation) regularly utilized in surveying professional and/or scientific work.

The topic of the 2011 NSPS competition was Hydrographic Surveying, where the Oregon Tech Geomatics student team (shown below) placed third nationally.



Electrical Engineering and Renewable Energy Engineering (EERE) Update

BS in Renewable Energy Engineering program becomes the First ABET Accredited program focused on Energy Engineering

In 2005, the Oregon Institute of Technology furthered its commitment to renewable energy, energy-efficiency, and a reduced carbon footprint by introducing the first Bachelor of Science degree focused in Renewable Energy, currently known as the Bachelor of Science in Renewable Energy Engineering (BSREE). On August 29, 2011 the Engineering Accreditation Commission of ABET issued the Final Statement of Accreditation as part of the 2010-2011 Accreditation Cycle awarding ABET EAC accreditation to the BSREE program retroactively from October 1st, 2008. This is a significant accomplishment, making the BSREE program at Oregon Tech the first engineering program focused on Renewable Energy Engineering to receive ABET accreditation.

Five Additional Renewable Energy Engineering Faculty

We are pleased to announce that Oregon Tech’s Electrical Engineering & Renewable Energy Department has expanded its number of faculty. We have recruited five excellent faculty members with core competencies in electric power, power electronics, and various aspects of renewable energy engineering. The new faculty members include:

  • Prof. Ryan Wang in the area of automatic control and dynamical systems (PhD, Marquette University)
  • Prof. Feng Shi in solar energy (PhD, University of Toledo)
  • Prof. Hope Corsair in energy markets modeling & energy economics (PhD, John Hopkins University)
  • Prof. Chad Stillinger in power electronics and ocean energy (PhD, Oregon State University)
  • Prof. Teshome Jiru in energy efficient building design and simulation (PhD, Concordia University)

Additionally, we have an on-going faculty search for a position focused on power systems modeling, control, and analysis, as well as a second national search for a faculty member to serve as the Program Director for the Master of Science in Renewable Energy Engineering (MSREE).

REE Faculty Member Named Visiting Professor at Pacific Northwest National Laboratory

Dr. Teshome Jiru from Oregon Tech’s Electrical Engineering and Renewable Energy Engineering program (EERE) has been selected to participate in the visiting Faculty Program (VFP) program at the Pacific Northwest National Laboratory (PNNL). This is a highly competitive program. Dr. Jiru will work on research related to "Integration of Energy Efficient Ventilation Systems for Commercial Buildings."

PNNL has played a major role in supporting Department of Energy (DOE) Building Energy Code Program (BECP). PNNL is closely involved in the upgrading of the model codes and standards. As part of this role PNNL is currently working on a Commercial Code Development task to achieve the 50 percent energy saving goal by 2015 set by DOE. This project investigates the integration of variable air volume (VAV), demand controlled ventilation (DCV), energy recovery ventilation (ERV) and kitchen ventilation for improving energy efficiency for commercial buildings. To this end, this project has two objectives:

  1. Parametric study on the integration of DCV and ERV for buildings with or without commercial kitchen
  2. Optimizing the integrated system using the Multiple-zone VAV System Ventilation Optimization Control technique

The integration of such technologies would significantly contribute towards the achievement of DOE-set new goal of 50 percent energy savings and help PNNL to develop more efficient building energy codes. This project employs PNNL’s prototype building models to investigate the energy saving resulting from the integration of such technologies. EnergyPlus, state-of-art energy simulation software, will be used to evaluate the performance of the integration.

The project will provide results on how to identifying the most important parameters needed for optimal integration of energy efficient ventilation systems such as VAV, DCV, ERV and kitchen ventilation; and quantifying the energy savings, compared to a baseline, when these energy efficient ventilation systems are integrated.


Student Chapter of Engineers Without Borders Travels to Tanzania

Student Chapter of Engineers Without Borders Travels to Tanzania

In June 2011, a team from the Oregon Tech student chapter of Engineers Without Borders (EWB) traveled to Hanga, Tanzania to implement Phase 1 of the Slow Sand Filter (SSF) water treatment project. To date, Phase 1 of the SSF has been completed, consisting of site selection, site clearing, and casting the SSF foundation slab. Working with local non-government organizational partners, reinforcing steel was stubbed out of the slab to allow for the SSF walls to be tied into the slab.

A follow-up implementation team, led by Prof. David Thaemert, plans to travel back to Tanzania in June 2012 to complete Phase 2 of the SSF. This phase will construct concrete masonry unit (CMU) walls that will contain the filter media to purify the water. The CMU blocks will be cellular so that the walls can be filled with concrete to ensure structural integrity of the wall and reduce lateral leaking. The team intends to complete wall construction during this implementation trip to support future construction and implementation planning.

A third trip is already in the planning stage for 2013, in which the Oregon Tech student team intends to complete the SSF construction by placing the sand filter media, connecting the piping, and constructing a roof over the system. Upon commissioning, this system will initially treat water for 800-1,000 people, but future expansions and technology transfer are expected to aid up to 25,000 residents or more.

Rotary International is one of many supporters of this work to improve the lives of Tanzanians. The Klamath Sunrise Rotary and Klamath County Rotary Clubs recently presented checks to the Oregon Tech student chapter of EWB totaling $5,000 to purchase construction materials and tools in-country. A grant by GeoEngineers Inc., made through EWB-USA, will provide $3,000 to partially defray travel expenses to implement this project. The Oregon Tech student chapter is continuing to seek funds in support of this year’s work, presently a deficit of approximately $4,000.

Additional information may be obtained by contacting Prof. Thaemert at 541.885.1518 or by e-mail atdavid.thaemert@oit.edu.



Experience Talks: CSET Sponsors First Colloquium Series

The Computer Systems Engineering Technology Department recently co-sponsored its first Colloquium Series. The series started in October 2011 and featured five presentations focused on giving Oregon Tech students more insight into real-world application of computer systems engineering and the latest trends in the industry.

Co-sponsors of the event include the Expanding Participation In Computing (EPIC) program at Oregon Tech and industry partners John Lee and Steve Christensen from Folium Partners, LLC in Ashland, Oregon.

Presenters included:

David Hendrix, one of the IT managers at Harry & David, presented to students how the Harry & David Information Technology Department prepared for the annual holiday rush.

Richard Sweet and Bruce Hunt of Oregon Stage Tech demonstrated their latest stage lighting product used by the Oregon Shakespeare Festival.

Matthew Beers of Montrue Technologies described his current work in patents. Beers holds a Ph.D. in compiler design.

Brett Howard, an embedded product engineer at Datalogic and an Oregon Tech CSET alumni, talked about the embedded product development cycle.

Finally, a panel of CSET students who have already completed their internship experiences, gave students sound advice on how to get the best internship experience to improve your skills and job prospects and how to handle the demands of an internship.

CSET plans to continue the colloquium series in Spring 2012. Stay tuned for more interesting talks! If you would like to hear more about the CSET department activities, please follow us on Facebook.


Oregon Tech Competes in Formula SAE West Competition

Oregon Tech Competes in Formula SAE West Competition

Eight students from Oregon Institute of Technology’s Manufacturing and Mechanical Engineering and Technology program participated in the Formula SAE® West Competition held at the California International Raceway in Fontana, California last June. Oregon Tech was one of 80 universities from around the world to enter the competition.

The Oregon Tech team finished 29th overall in the competition. "For a brand new team and new car, we did exceptionally well in the competition," said Brian Moravec, professor and MMET Department chair. "I’m really proud of our students. Eight of the students took on this particular project as part of their senior project, so they were really committed to it. The team was given a Formula SAE Recognition of Accomplishment as one of 14 teams that successfully scored in all events, but did not place overall in the top ten. This was a great first-outing in this competition."

In the feature event of the competition, the Endurance Race, Oregon tech finished in eighth place. "The Endurance Race is a tough test of the engineering and construction of the vehicles; only 30 teams finished this event. We finished behind schools like MIT and the University of Texas," Moravec commented. "And, we finished just ahead of schools such as University of Illinois, Rutgers, and the Honda Technical College."

Formula SAE® is a student design competition organized by SAE International (formerly Society of Automotive Engineers). The first competition was started back in 1979. Today, the competition has expanded and includes a number of spin off events. In the United States there are two locations for the events: California and Michigan.

The concept behind Formula SAE® is that a fictional manufacturing company has contracted a design team to develop a small Formula-style race car. The prototype race car is to be evaluated for its potential as a production item. The target marketing group for the race car is the non-professional weekend autocross racer. Each student team designs, builds and tests a prototype based on a series of rules whose purpose is both to ensure onsite event operations and promote clever problem solving.

Formula SAE® promotes careers and excellence in engineering as it encompasses all aspects of the automotive industry including research, design, manufacturing, testing, developing, marketing, management and finances. Formula SAE takes students out of the classroom and allows them to apply textbook theories to real work experiences.

"We plan to give the competition another go next year. The race will take place in Lincoln, Nebraska, so we’ll have to do some fundraising to make that trip, but if we can get there, I think we can really move up in the rankings," Moravec said.

To learn more about Formula SAE® and see results from the competition, visit http://students.sae.org/competitions/formulaseries.