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Terry Ishihara ’49—“You can’t be happy and bitter”
Spring 2015

Terry Ishihara went from a teen in a WWII internment camp to a mechanical engineering degree at Washington State College and a successful career.

Categories: Alumni, Engineering
Tags: Japanese-Americans, Internment camps, World War II, Mechanical engineering

Alumni Achievement Awards
Spring 2015

Gaymond ’63 and Cindy Schultz, along with WSU scientist Lynne Carpenter-Boggs ’97, received Alumni Achievement Awards last year for their accomplishments.

Categories: Alumni, Engineering
Tags: Alumni Achievement Award, Scientists

Mission accomplished
Fall 2014

After the 2009 failure of launch of the Orbiting Carbon Observatory, WSU emeritus professor George Mount kept working on it. The new OCO launched successfully this July.

Categories: Space sciences, Engineering, Environmental studies
Tags: Satellites, Greenhouse gases

Things that Fly in the Sky
Fall 2014

Over fields, over airstrips, and across WSU, drones are appearing in projects for engineering students, precision agriculture research, and general efforts to improve farming.

Categories: Engineering, Agriculture
Tags: Automated agricultural systems, Hydrogen, Drones, Unmanned aerial vehicles

Jaclyn Phillips ’10—Tripping the towers
Fall 2014

Engineer Jaclyn Phillips ’10 volunteers to build a bridge in Nicaragua.

Categories: Alumni, Engineering
Tags: Bridges, Nicaragua, Philanthropy

Machine in the Classroom
Summer 2014

Teaching with new technology may involve a microscope and iPad or an affordable circuit board. School children have some exciting new tools with which to conduct experiments and explore their worlds, but now teachers have to decide how to use them.

Categories: Education, Engineering
Tags: Computers, Microscopes, iPad, Science education

Predictive software helps communication
Spring 2014

Eye-tracking technology and inexpensive software developed by WSU engineers could help people with ALS, like former Coug and New Orleans Saint Steve Gleason, better communicate.

Categories: Engineering, Computer sciences, Health sciences
Tags: ALS, Eye tracking, Software

Pavlo Rudenko ’09—As fast as he can go
Spring 2014

Pavlo Rudenko is producing a bio-based lubricant with nano-scale particles that can reduce friction on metal surfaces.

Categories: Alumni, Engineering
Tags: Inventors, Lubricants, Nanotechnology

The Beguiling Science of Bodies in Motion
Winter 2013

Through biomechanics, WSU’s experts smooth a runner’s stride, deepen our understanding of whiplash, study the impact of sports balls on bodies, and seek to build better bones.

Categories: Engineering, Biological sciences
Tags: Bones, Bioengineering, Biomechanics

Dan Rottler ’92—Atop towers of power
Winter 2013

Plant manager Dan Rottler wrangles windmills more than 200 feet high with 20-ton boxes of gears in his work for Puget Sound Energy.

Categories: Alumni, Engineering
Tags: Wind, Windmills, Mechanical engineering

From Holland Library to hacking history
Fall 2013

Ralph Barclay stumbled across a technical journal in Holland Library in 1960 that led him to figure out how to hack the inner workings of the telephone system. His blue box inspired future tech leaders and hackers alike.

Categories: Engineering, History
Tags: Hackers, Hacking, Telecommunications

Dynamic duo
Fall 2013

Friends and colleagues Eric Brandon '12 and Nick Linton '13 bring together engineering and design to their desire to make sustainable communities.

Categories: Architecture and design, Engineering, Alumni
Tags: Design, Sustainability

Tiny cracks, big effect
Spring 2013

Kenton Rod looked closely at the soil beneath Hanford Nuclear Reservation's 300 Area and found it has a way of holding on to uranium, slowing its release into the environment, including seeping into groundwater and the Columbia River.

Categories: Engineering, Environmental studies
Tags: Hanford, Groundwater, Nuclear waste

Replays for all
Spring 2013

3D-4U technology, developed by WSU professor Jay Jayaram and his team of (mostly WSU) engineers, puts replay and different views into the hands of the audience at sports and other events.

Categories: Business, Engineering
Tags: Concerts, Football, Mobile and tablet technology, 3D technology

Come the big one, everyone becomes a Coug
Fall 2012

As part of the Resilient Washington State Initiative, a multifaceted assessment of the ways an earthquake can hurt us and how hard it will be to recover, WSU engineering professor Dan Dolan looks at how the state's infrastructure will recover.

Categories: Earth sciences, Public affairs, Engineering
Tags: Emergency management, Natural disaster, Earthquake

Engineers in the Making
Fall 2012

At a time when Washington is a net importer of engineers, a more appreciative vocabulary could tempt a new generation of students into studying engineering.

Categories: Engineering
Tags: Engineers, Inventors, Science education

A power shortage
Winter 2011
Don Kopczynski ’91 first noticed the power industry’s newest problem around the year 2000. The vice president for Avista Corp. counted 100 engineers on his team. Looking ahead, he realized that half of them would be retiring simulta...
Categories: Engineering
Tags: Power engineers, Electrical engineering, Power transmission

Using technology to address the challenges of aging
Fall 2011
An increasing number of families know the stress of trying to deal with an elderly parent or spouse who is losing his or her ability to live independently. How can we maintain dignity for those who are having trouble completing daily ta...
Categories: Engineering, Psychology
Tags: Aging, Alzheimer's Disease, Age

Research gone wild: Engineering power in the Pacific Northwest, part II
Fall 2011
In 1946, the Washington State Legislature established Washington State College’s Institute of Technology. In a 1986 oral history, Eugene Greenfield, who directed the Institute’s Division of Industrial Research starting in 1958, explai...
Categories: Engineering, WSU history
Tags: Power transmission, Dams, Hydraulic, Electrical engineering

Current events—engineering power in the Pacific Northwest
Summer 2011
When electricity first came to Washington in September of 1885, just a few electric lights illuminated downtown Spokane. By the following March, Seattle had them, too. From those early days, Washington State College had a role in helpin...
Categories: WSU history, Engineering
Tags: Electricity, Electrical engineering, Dams, Power transmission

Digging the new EcoWell
Spring 2011
Students and faculty develop a mighty thirst after working out at WSU’s Student Recreation Center, and now they have a new, healthy, and environmentally friendly option to quench it.The EcoWell vending machine’s slick iPhone-like touchscreen ...
Categories: Business, Engineering
Tags: Entrepreneurs, Vending machines, Sustainability

Cultivating new energy
Fall 2010
With just a whiff of irony, let’s sing a song of praise for gasoline.A single gallon contains more than 30,000 calories. You wouldn’t want to drink it, but in straight-up energy terms, that’s enough to power a human for about two weeks.Gaso...
Categories: Chemistry, Engineering, Agriculture
Tags: Sustainability, Algae, Methane, Fuels, Biofuels

Hans Breivik ’88—About a bridge
Fall 2010
Tacoma certainly has had its share of broken bridges. But lately Hans Breivik ’88 has been coordinating the repair of one of them.The double-bascule bridge across the Hylebos Waterway at the Port of Tacoma was built in 1938 and has been frozen ...
Categories: Engineering, Alumni
Tags: Civil engineering, Bridges

Vancouver Lake: A Search for Solutions Great and Small
Spring 2010
This is the second time WSU scientists have worked on a plan to clean up Vancouver Lake. The first, in the 1960s, was monumental. This time it's microscopic.
Categories: Engineering, Biological sciences
Tags: Microbiology, Lakes, Vancouver

Fast boat
Winter 2009
It may look like a child’s model, but the four-foot boat skimming the surface of the Snake River is a prototype of a new kind of watercraft—a boat that can run up on shore to be unloaded, scoot over marshy ground without tearing up the sensiti...
Categories: Engineering
Tags: Watercraft, Vehicles, Fast boat

Elevating engineering in the schools
Fall 2009
Sean Neal is good at math, but one bit of geometry he can’t master involves moving ten feet up and two feet over. The wheelchair-bound teen isn’t able to climb into a combine to help harvest his family’s wheat fields. While Neal’s dad was ...
Categories: Education, Engineering
Tags: People with disabilities, Accessibility

The webs we weave
Spring 2009
Every time you board a plane, turn on a light, or chat with a neighbor, you become part of a network: the air traffic system, the power grid, the pool of possible victims of a virus. To Sandip Roy, an assistant professor of electrical engineering a...
Categories: Engineering
Tags: Systems engineering, Networks

A gift toward fuel research
Spring 2009
Oil industry executive Gene Voiland ‘69 and his wife Linda have promised $17.5 million to Washington State University’s School of Chemical Engineering and Bioengineering, contributing to the school’s focus on energy research. An immediate $2....
Categories: Alumni, Engineering
Tags: Gifts, Biofuels

A long-term biofuels strategy for Washington
Spring 2009
In 2007, the Washington State Legislature passed legislation “relating to providing for the means to encourage the use of cleaner energy.” The final of four chapters of the renewable energy act directed Washington State University to explore the ...
Categories: Public affairs, Engineering
Tags: Biofuels

Powerful solutions from young minds
Fall 2008
At Washington State University's inaugural high school energy competition on May 10, Bohler Gymnasium on the Pullman campus buzzed with the ideas and enthusiasm of more than 350 high school...
Categories: Engineering, Education
Tags: Energy, Competition, High school students

The science shop
Winter 2006
Physicist Peter Engels and a team of skilled craftsmen combine imagination, clever design, and precision handiwork to launch WSU into the ultra-cold, ultra-weird world of superfluids.
Categories: Physics, Engineering
Tags: Scientific equipment

Making decks safer
Fall 2006
Decks are right behind hurricanes and tornadoes in the number of injuries they cause involving wood building components.
Categories: Engineering
Tags: Materials engineering, Wood

Building a better treadle pump—one step at a time
Fall 2006
The first thing Jeff Evans, a recent graduate in entrepreneurship, did when he started his senior project was to locate Malawi on a map.He and engineering students Travis Meyer, Kyle Kraemer, and Dan Good have since learned a lot about this Africa...
Categories: Agriculture, Engineering
Tags: Irrigation, Malawi

Doggy Dream House
Spring 2006
Basil was a dog in need of a home. And with just 30 hours to assess the whippet's personality and create and execute a design, a group of Washington State University design students were determined to give him one.It was an intense competition wit...
Categories: Engineering, Architecture and design, WSU Spokane
Tags: No Tags

A Building Full of Answers
Summer 2005
Maybe it's their nondescript building, one of a row of identical structures just off of Plum Street on the way into Olympia. Or maybe it's their curious history, once a government entity, then oddly tossed to the budget dogs by an otherwise enviro...
Categories: Engineering, Architecture and design
Tags: Energy

This man might save your life--or teach your class
Summer 2005
Clint Cole ('87 B.S. Comp. Sci., '00 M.S. Elec. Engr.) vividly remembers the drama of trying to save lives as a paramedic in the 1980s.He and his fellow paramedics typically responded to emergency calls by driving as fast as possible to their dest...
Categories: Alumni, Health sciences, Engineering
Tags: Defibrillator

A Once-In-A-Career Project
Spring 2005
Any engineering student can recount how wind-induced vibrations and poor aerodynamics caused "Galloping Gertie," the first Tacoma Narrows suspension bridge, to swing wildly and collapse into the channel during a storm November 7, 1940.More than 60...
Categories: Engineering
Tags: Bridges

A Nuclear Icon
Spring 2005
If you've ever driven State Road 24 from Othello to Yakima, you may have glanced across the Columbia as you neared the Vernita Bridge and noticed the B Reactor. There it sits across the river, stark, intriguing, and mysterious against the shrub-st...
Categories: Physics, Engineering
Tags: Nuclear reactors

Student engineers learn by doing
Spring 2005
In Mechanical Systems Design, a course required for graduation, mechanical engineering students at Washington State University complete real projects for real companies. Last fall, project sponsors included Sterling Technology and Siltronic Corpor...
Categories: WSU students, Engineering
Tags: No Tags

Finally, the failure of the Teton Dam is explained
Fall 2004

It took nearly 30 years--but now we know why.

Categories: Natural sciences, Engineering
Tags: Soil, Water, Civil engineering

Seeing pollution from a higher vantage
Fall 2004
"This is going to be an earth-shattering instrument."
Categories: Earth sciences, Engineering
Tags: Pollution, Satellites

Fall 2004
Military adopts ISR technology in aircraft, ground vehiclesFor reliability, advanced electronics need to be maintained at a stable temperature. This isn't always possible in extreme military conditions. Isothermal Systems Research (ISR) has found o...
Categories: Engineering, Alumni
Tags: Mechanical engineering

Tracking Trucks
Fall 2004

One heavily-loaded eighteen-wheeler can cause the same highway damage as 7,000 cars. Ken Casavant and other transportation economists are trying to make sense of the effects of trucks on the state's highways.

Categories: Engineering, Economics
Tags: Transportation, Highways, Trucks

Wave of the Future
Summer 2004
Hands-on training doesn't get better than this. After six months of construction, Washington State University assistant professor of architecture Robert Barnstone and 10 architectural design students recently completed what is essentially the worl...
Categories: Architecture and design, Engineering
Tags: Wood, Construction, Materials engineering

A Winner: Small-World Photomicrography
Summer 2004
This photograph of a thin copper film surface by former Washington State University materials science student Megan Cordill won 16th place in Nikon's 29th annual Small World Comp...
Engineering, Fine Arts
Tags: Awards, Materials engineering, Photography

Arlington National Cemetery hallowed ground for Carson
Summer 2004
Rarely do people have their work viewed by U.S. presidents, congressmen, and millions of tourists. But that's the kind of scrutiny Kent Carson encounters. He is construction engineer at Arlington National Cemetery outside Washington, D.C.The cemet...
Categories: Alumni, Engineering
Tags: Construction

Tackling megacity crud
Spring 2004

A whole new take on the Mexico City blues.

Categories: Engineering, Environmental studies
Tags: Civil engineering, Pollution, Transportation

Solving Boeing's Problems
Spring 2004
The Boeing Company has a problem.Lindsey Caton, a Boeing vision sensors and optics specialist, has taken apart yet another $3,500 camera that he has been trying to use to document the company's manufacturing processes. Out of it oozes Boelube, the...
Categories: WSU students, Engineering
Tags: Boeing

Bridges, docks, and dams
Spring 2004
Some of General Construction's best work is under waterRon Morford was only 19 when he built his first house. A quarter century later, he's still in construction-only on a much larger scale. The president and district manager of General Constructio...
Categories: Engineering, Alumni
Tags: Water, Civil engineering, Construction

Blackouts: How often do we want them?
Winter 2003
Living in a subdivision where the power lines are strung on poles in our back alleys, we have had more than our usual share of power outages this summer. This has been blamed on the rapid expansion of the neighborhood squirrel population because o...
Categories: Engineering
Tags: Power transmission, Power grid, Blackouts

Building the Perfect Bone
Summer 2003
With a new baby as inspiration, and an interdisciplinary team to help, husband and wife Amit Bandyopadhyay and Susmita Bose have set out to solve the puzzle of how to imitate nature's growth of the human bone.
Categories: Biological sciences, Engineering
Tags: Bones, Materials engineering

Tiny Motors
Summer 2003
The Palouse Piezoelectric Power (P3) engine is three millimeters wide, three millimeters long, and 100 microns thick, making it the world's smallest engine. Just over 6,447 engines placed side by side would cover a page of this magazine, and each ...
Categories: Engineering
Tags: Energy, Mechanical engineering

Bose and Asay are named to National Academy of Engineering
Summer 2003
Anjan Bose and James R. Asay have been named members of the National Academy of Engineering (NAE), the most prestigious honor in the engineering field. Bose is dean of the College of Engineering and Architecture at Washington State University and ...
Categories: Engineering, Awards and honors
Tags: Electricity, Shock physics

Leveling the playing field
Summer 2003
In softball, success or failure happens when the ball meets the bat. The faster a batted ball travels, the greater the likelihood of a batter's success. Softball bat manufacturers are using technology to create bats that hit the ball harder than e...
Categories: Athletics, Engineering
Tags: Softball, Materials engineering

Solid footing
Spring 2003
Ah, for the safety and comfort of computer modeling in a cozy office.Instead, Thanos Papanicolaou, assistant professor in the Department of Civil and Environmental Engineering at Washington State University, found himself in a small boat in the ch...
Categories: Engineering
Tags: Tacoma, Bridges, Civil engineering

It takes a village to raise an engineer
Fall 2002
In two months spent as a participant in the Boeing A. D. Welliver Faculty Summer Fellowship, I observed that there is more to the development of an engineer than just formulas and lectures.In spite of the recent downturn in the economy, the demand...
Categories: Engineering
Tags: Careers

Better chow
Spring 2002
As anyone who has stir-fried vegetables knows, quickly cooking foods at high temperatures makes for crisper, fresher-tasting foods than using slow-cooking methods.So it is that over the past six years, associate professor of biological systems eng...
Categories: Biological sciences, Engineering
Tags: Food, Cooking

Maloney honored for contributions to wood materials engineering
Spring 2002
Growing up in the mill town of Raymond, Washington, alumnus Thomas M. Maloney may have been destined to wind up in the wood products industry. In fact, he spent his entire professional career at Washington State University working with wood.Now pr...
Categories: Engineering, WSU faculty, Awards and honors
Tags: Materials engineering, Wood