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Oregon State University - 2016

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Research Description

Research Description By Graduate Engineering Department

Biological and Ecological Engineering

The Biological & Ecological Engineering Department focuses on the interface between biological and ecological sciences and engineering. Emphasis areas include water resources engineering (soil-water-plant-atmosphere interactions, watershed analysis, hydrologic systems modeling, vadose zone monitoring and modeling, advanced sensor systems for water resource management, irrigation engineering and management), bioprocess engineering (advanced biofuels productions/processing, microbial fuel cell design, bioconversions), and ecological engineering (analysis and design of coupled human/natural systems, climate impacts on ecological systems, climate adaption planning, use of ecological materials in engineered environments).

Nuclear Science and Engineering

The primary areas of emphasis in the School of Nuclear Science and Engineering include thermal hudraulics and reactor safety, environmental health physics, and scientific computing. Additional research in the department is conducted in nuclear wastes management, instrumentation development, space nuclear power applications, radiation shielding, medical and industrial radioisotope production, and non-proliferation and arms control technology.
In the thermal hydraulics and reactor safety area includes both experimental and computational research through the Advanced Thermal Hydraulic Research Laboratory (ATHRL). The research in this area is focused on the development and maintenance of world-class research capabilities for assessing thermal hydraulic behavior in nuclear reactor systems and components. The five primary areas of research are in thermal hydraulics and reactor safety are integral system research, separate effects/component research, fundamental phenomenon research and model development, advanced instrumentation and advanced thermal hydraulics computer analysis research.
The Environmental Health Physics research area also includes both experimental and computational activities. The primary areas of focus are radiographic studies, risk assessment efforts, instrumentation development and assessment, and biota does methodology development.
Scientific computing research is centered on numerical methods development for problems related to both nuclear engineering and health physics. Activities are centers on the newly developed Nuclear Engineering Scientific Computing Laboratory (NESCL). Research problems are related to coupled neutronics/thermal hydraulics simulations in two-phase flow systems, innovative reactor analysis methodologies, internal dosimetry models for free and bound tritium, tritium sources in pressurized water reactors, advanced multi-compartment lung models, and detector modeling.

School of Chemical,Biological and Environmental Engineering

The School of Chemical Engineering research programs reflect not only traditional interests but also new technologies important to Northwest industries. Research focus areas are: Biomaterials, Bioprocesses, Environmental processes, Micro technology based Energy and Chemical Systems, Microelectronics processing and Education reform

School of Electrical Engineering and Computer Science

The School of Electrical Engineering and Computer Science focuses on Electrical & Computer Engineering as well as Computer Science. Areas of study and research under Electrical & Computer Engineering include analog and mixed-signal; RF, microwaves, mm-Waves, and photonics; communications, signal processing, and control; energy systems; artificial intelligence, machine learning, and data science; materials and devices; and networking and computer systems. Areas of study and research under Computer Science include theoretical computer science; cybersecurity and cryptography; computer graphics, visualization, and vision; artificial intelligence, machine learning, and data science; software engineering and human-computer interaction; programming languages; and networking and computer systems.

School of Mechanical, Industrial and Manufacturing Engineering

The School of Mechanical, Industrial and Manufacturing.
Signature interdisciplinary research activities in the School include: Advanced Manufacturing; Design; Production, Service & Human Systems; Next-Generation Materials; Renewable Energy & Energy Sustainability; and Robotics.

Research Description By Engineering Research Center

Advance Technology and Manufacturing Institute

ATAMI is OSU’s research center for advanced manufacturing and process intensification research. It is the home for Oregon State University’s new NNMI RAPID Institute. In partnership with ONAMI, Oregon BEST, OSU’s Advantage Accelerator and regional accelerators, ATAMI offers the opportunity for both start up and established companies to innovate faster by providing research labs in collaboration with OSU researchers in engineering and science.

Advanced Nuclear Instrumentation Development Laboratory (ANIDL)

The Advanced Nuclear Instrumentation Development Laboratory includes faculty and staff actively engaged in research and development activities in traditional detector design, hybrid design, light capture techniques, visible photon detection methods, neural network development, GUI development, and digital signal processing design.

The research team at the ANIDL is capable of implementing the state-of-the-art multichannel digital spectrometers using our in-house-designed digital pulse processors. No traditional (analog) spectroscopy module has been used in the ANIDL since 2006. On-going projects at the ANIDL include actively-shielded phoswich detector for radioxenon detection and MPPC (Multi-Pixel Photon Counter) + scintillator characterization.

Advanced Nuclear Systems Engineering Laboratory (ANSEL)

The Advanced Nuclear Systems Engineering Laboratory is home to two major thermal-hydraulic test facilities"the High Temperature Test Facility (HTTF) and the Hydro-mechanical Fuel Test Facility (HMFTF). The HTTF is a 1/4 scale model of the Modular High Temperature Gas Reactor. The vessel has a ceramic lined upper head and shroud capable of operation at 850oC (well mixed helium). The design will allow for a maximum operating pressure of 1.0MPa and a maximum core ceramic temperature of 1600°C. The nominal working fluid will be helium with a core power of approximately 600 kW (note that electrical heaters are used to simulate the core power). The test facility also includes a scaled reactor cavity cooling system, a circulator and a heat sink in order to complete the cycle. The HTTF can be used to simulate a wide range of accident scenarios in gas reactors to include the depressurized conduction cooldown and pressurized conduction cooldown events.

The HMFTF is a testing facility which will be used to produce a database of hydro-mechanical information to supplement the qualification of the prototypic ultrahigh density U-Mo Low Enriched Uranium fuel which will be implemented into the U.S. High Performance Research Reactors upon their conversion to low enriched fuel. This data in turn will be used to verify current theoretical hydro- and thermo-mechanical codes being used during safety analyses. The maximum operational pressure of the HMFTF is 600 psig with a maximum operational temperature of 450°F.

Advanced Plant Experiment (APEX)

The APEX lab is a one-quarter scale, reduced pressure, integral systems test facility that accurately models the Westinghouse AP1000 pressurized water reactor. The AP1000 contains passive safety systems that use gravity, natural circulation, condensation, and evaporation to cool the core.

APEX 1000 Design Certification Tests
This facility began as a research collaboration between OSU and Westinghouse to test the AP600. Later the facility became a partnership between the U.S. Nuclear Regulatory Commission (NRC) and OSU to perform confirmatory tests in the APEX facility. The tests investigated scenarios with two or more simultaneous failures of the AP1000 passive safety systems. The experiments also collected data for the evaluation of liquid entrainment and carryover of water to the automatic depressurization system during and after acutation of the fourth-stage valves. The tests were completed successfully in July 2004. The NRC issued final design certification for the AP1000 in 2006. It is the only Generation III+ reactor to receive NRC certification.

OSU is the only university in the world performing nuclear safety
certification tests for AP1000 licensing.

Advanced Thermal Hydraulics Research Laboratory

A cutting-edge lab where researchers build and test scale model next-generation nuclear reactors to help ensure safe operation and potential certification by the Nuclear Regulatory Commission

Cascadia Lifelines Program

The Cascadia Lifelines Program conducts research to allow Oregon’s lifeline providers to implement value- and cost-informed decisions to mitigate damage to Pacific Northwest infrastructure as the result of Cascadia subduction zone earthquakes and tsunamis

Oregon Department of Transportation
Pacific Gas and Electric
Northwest Natural
Bonneville Power Administration
Port of Portland
Eugene Water and Electric Board
Tualatin Valley Water District
Portland Water Bureau

Center for Applied Systems and Software (CASS)

The Center for Applied Systems and Software (CASS) is a non-profit organization that provides software development, testing and hosting solutions to clients while giving students hands-on industry experience. Students are given the opportunity and guidance to work with real-world clients and to see projects from start to finish. CASS prides itself in offering quality services to customers while providing a beneficial experience for our students.

CASS has three units, each with a specialized focus, that work closely together to provide expanded services for clients and a more diverse experience for students.

Open Source Lab: Open source hosting and software development
Software Development Group: Designs and develops applications for all major platforms
Test and IoT Lab: Hardware and software testing services and Internet of Things (IoT). testing

Center for Design of Analog-Digital Intergrated Circuits (CDADIC)

CDADIC is an established National Science Foundation Industry/University Cooperative Research Center in the area of analog, RF, and mixed-signal integrated circuit and system design. The consortium focuses on collaborative research to develop and advance future integrated circuit and system technologies for a range of application domains of socio-economic importance including telecommunications, computing, sensing, automotive, avionics and space, and medical technology applications.

CDADIC is one of the few research consortiums in the country that addresses problems associated with analog, RF and mixed-signal research. Analog, RF, and mixed-mode integrated circuit (IC) devices have important applications in many fields including communications, sensing, transportation, avionics and space technology, and medical technology. The technical advantages of using this type of circuitry range from enhanced performance to improved miniaturization of products.

It is difficult to successfully design first-pass analog and mixed-signal devices. Likewise, it is also difficult to accurately simulate, and test these systems. Our research has resulted in several successful solutions as we make progress in solving these immense problems.

Energy Efficiency Center

Working to help the region reduce costs by improving efficiency through
Industrial Assessment Center Audits: No-cost energy, waste, and productivity assessments to small and medium sized manufacturers in the Northwest (predominantly OR, WA, and ID).
Rural Energy Audits: Eligible Rural business and agricultural client cost shared audits to identify opportunities to improve efficiency.
Energy Efficiency Reference: A web based technical reference for identifying and quantifying efficiency opportunities in the industrial, agricultural, commercial and residential sectors. (In BETA development)
Special audits, projects and research

Kiewit Center for Infrastructure & Transportation

For the last 150 years, civil engineers have built the infrastructure upon which American prosperity rests. Roads, bridges, aviation, dams, schools, and safe drinking water form the foundation for our quality of life. Today that foundation is crumbling. Americans experience this deterioration every day. A recent report by the American Society of Civil Engineers confirms what most Americans already know - the ASCE report gave the U.S. infrastructure an overall grade of D+.

The Center is an interdisciplinary unit that provides research, education and public service related to the built environment and the systems that operate in that environment.

Materials Synthesis and Characterization Center

The Materials Synthesis and Characterization Facility (MASC) is a comprehensive resource that serves as both an open user facility and an innovation center. MASC faculty and staff provide deep experience in thin-film deposition, device fabrication, and materials analysis, serving as a hub for materials and device development on the Oregon State University campus.

OSU’s inorganic materials research has recently elicited worldwide interest in areas including transparent transistors, inorganic photoresists, and blue pigments. These developments and recent hiring of numerous top-flight researchers have positioned MASC for growth in industrial research engagement. The collaboratory is transforming research and education at OSU, while creating an engine for economic impact through job creation, new ventures, and company partnerships. Strategic partners, including other university researchers, industry, and national laboratories, co-locate and collaborate with MASC researchers.

What we do
For external users, MASC is the gateway to materials and device synthesis and characterization on the OSU campus. MASC intensively partners with industry to foster novel technologies, transforming new concepts to reality.

Taking It to the Next Level
Plans are being advanced to build a 50,000 square foot centralized MASC Innovation Facility comprising a cleanroom, synthesis labs, characterization labs and office/conference rooms capable of accommodating 40 faculty, staff and industrial partners, and 200 graduate students. The facility will house a technology incubator for launching spinoffs and assisting established businesses in the development of new technologies and products.

Mobile Technology Solutions Lab

One of only three such facilities in the U.S., the MTSL helps meet the increasing industry demand for automatic data capture and mobile technology applications by providing companies with innovative solutions, techniques, and expertise.

National Nanotechnology Coordinated Infrastructure

Selected sites and their capabilities will provide users with cost-effective access both to the specialized tools, processes, and expertise to support complex multi-step fabrication at the nanoscale level for structures, materials, devices, and systems, as well as to the associated instrumentation for characterization, analysis, and probing at these dimensions. The program aims to make these capabilities broadly available to the nation’s researchers in academe, industry, and government to help catalyze new discoveries in science and engineering and to stimulate technological innovation.

Northwest Alliance for Computational Science & Engineering

Develops interactive, web-based tools to
make large biological, environmental,and climate databases more useful to practicing scientists and engineers.

Northwest National Marine Renewable Energy Center

Established by the Department of Energy to facilitate commercialization of marine energy technology through research of technology, environment and human dimension aspects of marine energy. The mission is to inform regulatory and policy decisions, to close key gaps in scientific understanding and to provide testing capabilities.

O.H. Hinsdale Wave Research Laboratory

The O.H. Hinsdale Wave Research Laboratory together with the Coastal and Ocean Engineering Program at Oregon State University is a leading center for research and education in coastal engineering and nearshore science. Our strengths are: a critical mass of faculty specializing in physical and numerical modeling of coastal dynamics; an expanding, interdisciplinary graduate program offering M.Sc, M.E. and Ph.D. degrees; one of the largest and technically most advanced laboratories for coastal research; and expertise in tsunami and coastal hazard mitigation.

Oregon Process Innovation Center (OPIC) for Sustainable Solar Cell Manufacturing

OPIC is a facility that focuses on improving current solar cell manufacturing processes to reduce costs and on developing novel manufacturing technologies for next-generation solar cells. OPIC is affiliated with the Microproducts Breakthrough Institute, a partnership between OSU and the Pacific Northwest National Laboratory (PNNL), and the Built Environment and Sustainable Technologies Signature Research Center.

Radiation Center

The Radiation Center is a campus-wide instructional and research facility especially designed to accommodate programs involving the use of radiation and radioactive materials. Located in the center are major items of specialized equipment and unique teaching and research facilities, including a TRIGA-II research nuclear reactor (licensed to operate at 1,100 kilowatts when running at a steady power level and at 2,000 megawatts in the pulsing mode); a cobalt-60 gamma irradiator; a number of gamma radiation spectrometers and associated germanium detectors; a neutron radiography facility capable of taking still or very high speed radiographs; and a variety of instruments for radiation measurements and monitoring. Facilities for radiation work include teaching and research laboratories with up-to-date instrumentation and related equipment for performing neutron activation analysis and radiotracer studies; laboratories for animal and plant experiments involving radioactivity; an instrument calibration facility for radiation protection instrumentation; and facilities for packaging radioactive materials for shipment to national and international destinations.

Radioecology Research Laboratory (RERL)

The Radioecology Research Laboratory focuses on the migration of radionuclides through environmental media, statistical approaches to remediating contaminated waste sites, and the application of scaling functions to predict radionuclide transport through the biosphere.

Space Grant Program

The National Aeronautics and Space Administration (NASA) established Oregon Space Grant in 1991 as a part of the National Space Grant College and Fellowship Program. The objectives of the program are to establish a national network of universities with interest and capabilities in aeronautics, space and related fields; encourage cooperative programs among universities, aerospace industry, and federal, state, and local governments; encourage interdisciplinary training, research, and public service programs related to aeronautics, space science and technology; recruit and train professionals, especially women, underrepresented minorities, and persons with disabilities, for careers in aerospace related science and engineering; and develop a strong science, mathematics, and technology education base from elementary through university levels.


The Laboratory of Transuranic Elements is a state-of-the-art research laboratory focused on the speciation of chemistry actinides and fission products in aqueous and organic solutions and their interfaces.

Highly specialized instrumentation for visual spectroscopy (UV-Vis-NIR, Raman, FTIR), ESI-mass spectroscopy, chromatography and electrochemistry are applied for identification and quantification of studied metal species in these systems.

Interaction of lanthanide and actinide species with other ions and molecules, e.g., organic and inorganic ligands and redox active species present in solutions is investigated with the aim to optimize their yields in separation processes or predict their behavior in bio-geochemical environment. Observed characteristics are reported in terms of thermodynamic and kinetic constants for studied reactions, and used in speciation modeling.

Wallace Energy Systems & Renewables Facility

WESRF is the highest power and best equipped lab of its kind in any university in the nation. Lab assets include a 750kVA dedicated power supply, rotary test beds up to 300hp, full capabilities to regenerate back onto the grid, and a state-of-the-art wave energy linear test bed that is unique to the world.