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Community Impact Award: Oregon State Institute of Transportation Engineers
The club assisted the City of Corvallis' transportation department by collecting 2-hour traffic counts at 8 intersections along Circle Boulevard and performing traffic analysis using these traffic counts to help assess planned roadway modifications along Circle Boulevard. Training on data collection procedures, data collection, reduction, and analysis represented a significant time effort on behalf of the student chapter. The chapter also helped the City by conducting tax lot measurements and updating the City trip generation spreadsheet for downtown Corvallis. The chapter hosted Adopt-A-Highway events where ITE members picked up trash along Highway 34. Four members also helped clear overgrowth on paths at Chip Ross Park and members, on two separate occasions, collected and analyzed video data on crosswalk compliance for the City. Finally, four members of ITE helped lead an event for Corvallis area K-12 students teaching civil engineering and transportation concepts, with discussions focused on the need for more female representation in STEM.
In addition to the Corvallis community, the club also served local and national transportation communities. Two members presented a nationally-broadcast webinar with guidance for other universities for hosting an ITE student leadership summit, one member discussed the importance of Complete Streets for communities with congressman Peter DeFazio's staff while in Washington D.C. for TRB, and one member served on the Oregon Bicycle & Pedestrian Advisory Committee helping advise ODOT on active transportation policy.
Best Starting Organization: Earthquake Engineering Research Institute
OSU EERI was established during the 2018-2019 academic year, and has grown to 183 registered members in less than two years. They have held organized tours of construction sites, speaker meetings, and lectures with prominent members of the engineering community. They have also hosted software trainings for OSU students and industry professionals alike, taught by the software creators themselves. Additionally EERI volunteers at K-12 schools in the Corvallis area educating students on engineering concepts and hopefully inspiring them to pursue careers in engineering.
EERI tailored its work toward improving the community’s disaster preparedness. There is a possibility of a major earthquake striking Oregon in the next 50 years; yet residents of Corvallis - and around the state - are underprepared and ill-informed as to how this would affect their livelihood and impact the infrastructure on which they rely. The club coordinated with local media and public officials to create documents and seminars to ensure the public is well informed on how to be prepared in the event of a major earthquake. This included a public service announcement over KBVR, an ongoing monthly article series with the Corvallis Gazette Times, and a community preparedness seminar (regrettably postponed due to COVID-19). Most notably, EERI revitalized the Seismic Design Team. This team is comprised of undergraduate students who are tasked with the design of a seismically resistant building and the construction of a scale model to be tested under seismic loading. This year, not only was a team formed, and a proposal submitted, but the proposal was accepted and the team competed in the national competition.
Through growth of membership, events, and opportunities for students, the OSU EERI organization has become a prominent member of the Corvallis community and looks forward to years of engaging with the community and educating the student body.
Inclusive Excellence Award: Oregon State Institute of Transportation Engineers
The club did a great job promoting diversity and inclusion this year by requiring all officers attend an Implicit Bias Training through the School of CCE, helping organize a panel on coming out in a professional workspace on OSU's Coming Out Day, organizing the first-ever meeting between leaders of all CCE clubs to improve inter-club cooperation, and holding social events including attending the Ettihad Cultural Festival, a Spring BBQ with OSU ITE alumni, and a bowling night. The club also led a K-12 Women in STEM outreach event for Corvallis-area students focused on the need for more female representation in STEM and presented about ITE in a variety of general science and engineering classes. The club plans to proactively identify opportunities such as the Implicit Bias Training to further our officer's development towards promoting diversity and inclusion, to identify and act on avenues for educating all K-12 students about STEM, to continue attending cultural events as a group, and is working on starting a mentoring program for students who want to engage more with graduate students, industry professionals, and club leadership roles.
Best Club Officers: Travis Larson and Kendra Jones
Travis served the Oregon State Institute of Transportation Engineers as the Executive Chair and past President. He significantly contributed to the club's development and that of individual members. He had the massive job of managing all travel, competition, and award-related elements of ITE and executed it extremely well. He always kept members well-informed as to what was expected of them, was on top of deadlines and providing people with enough warning of deadlines to meet them, did a great job reaching out to members he thought might be a good fit for an event, was always professional in his communication, and is generally one of the most well-organized and on-top-of-it people. Things just go smoothly when he plans them! Travis has had a transnational affect on the OSU ITE student chapter. He rebuilt the charter, by-laws, and position descriptions for the chapter. He also reorganized the club to significantly increase undergraduate student involvement. He has left the chapter dramatically more successful than when he found it.
Kendra Jones worked tirelessly to build up the Chemical, Biological, and Environmental Engineering Student Club as the Bioengineering President. She has been a key organizer for the club’s meetings and events such as CBEE's Got Talent. A couple of years ago, the club's events had 5-10 people in attendance. This year, the CBEE Club's events saw 30-40 people on average, and this substantial increase is due in part to Kendra's exemplary leadership. She plans out and runs all of the meetings, organizes events, and helps other officers complete their tasks if needed. She listens to feedback and follows through with suggestions.
Rising Star: Cameron Bennett
Cameron is a leader in OSU ITE, and he is developing as a future leader in the transportation industry. He has coordinated a variety of social events for our club and attends virtually all club events. His positive attitude and passion for transportation contribute to making every event he attends a positive one. Cameron is dedicated to producing high quality work, comes to speaker meetings equipped with engaging questions, actively shares his ideas for developing the club, follows through on his word, and is exceptionally committed to ITE and transportation, in general. Cameron arranged a meeting with congressman Peter DeFazio's staff to discuss and promote a transportation topic he is particularly passionate about, Complete Streets, while in Washington D.C. for the annual Transportation Research Board conference, where he also presented as a member of OSU ITE's Traffic Control Device Challenge team--which placed first, nationally.
Best Faculty Advisors: Dr. Nancy Squires and Dr. Robert Paasch
Dr. Squires has worked tirelessly since day one to build AIAA from just a handful of students who were interested in planes and a handful that were interested in rockets to a club that is 328 members strong in only 8 years. Regardless of whether she has to travel the country to get donations for us, respond to emails after midnight, or even pour her own money into the organization to help make ends meet, she is always there for all 328 of us, day and night, regardless of what time of the year it is, ready to support us in whatever way she possibly can in the present, and in chasing after, and more importantly, attaining, our dreams in the future.
She traveled to Tuscon to go to NAR Con in Winter Term to represent OSU AIAA within the Aerospace community, find more potential sponsors, build more connections with potential employers, and gain the most up-to-date sense of the aerospace industry in order to give all AIAA members as much support as possible while in the organization and when entering the aerospace industry as employees.
Dr. Robert Paasch has dedicated his time at OSU building and supporting OSU’s SAE organizations. While many faculty have directly focused on the university’s reputation through research, Dr. Paasch has done so indirectly by prioritizing student success. He has sent countless graduates into top-tier jobs, showing a deep commitment to the long term success of individuals. The hands-on experience he provides to students extends beyond the classroom in a scope and depth that provides students with the skills necessary to achieve excellence within their chosen industry. Instead of lining up outside his office for homework solutions, students travel the world and carry back with them international praise. For their contributions to pure academia and GPAs, other faculty may stand out. But there is no advisor at Oregon State that provides a higher quality industry preparedness than Dr. Paasch.
Dr. Paasch takes time out of both his school year and summer each year, in order to attend every competition that Beaver Racing Baja and Global Formula Racing competes in. This requires weeks of time away and extensive preparation in addition to his academic workload, to make sure that his support and limitless advice and wisdom are available to all of the students competing. This constant stability and reliability is one if the biggest reasons why OSU’s SAE team are so competitive on a worldwide stage.
The Oregon State Institute of Transportation Engineers came in 1st Place for the Traffic Control Device Challenge 2020 with their idea for a "connected" temporary traffic control device. This annual competition is centered around developing a novel traffic control device concept for improving transportation safety. The theme of this year's competition was work zone safety and the team presented their idea at the annual TRB conference in Washington D.C. and ATSSA conference, this year in New Orleans.
The Oregon State University American Society of Civil Engineers Student Chapter has been selected by the Committee on Student Members to receive a Certificate of Commendation for its outstanding activities as recorded in the 2019 Chapter Annual Report. This is a distinction earned by only the top 5% of all ASCE Student Organizations.
The Society of Hispanic Professional Engineers won the SHPE Blue Chip Award this year. There are 22 student chapters - 5 student chapters got one of the Blue Chip Awards. Blue Chip awards are awarded to student chapters based on their performance in the first half of the SHPE year as detailed in their NRP 1 report. Receiving the Blue Chip chapter award makes the chapter a potential contender for National, Regional and category awards for NRP1. Chapters awarded a Blue Chip award should view the award as a distinction of their ability to enact the SHPE mission and vision for the first half of the SHPE year.
The Association for Computing Machinery won three awards this year. 1st Place, Division 1 Competitive Programming was awarded to Calvin Gagliano, Mitchell Schenk, and Aidan Grimshaw for solving the most competitive programming problems in the expert division of the Oregon ACM International Collegiate Programming Competition (ICPC) at George Fox University in November. They placed 22nd out of 61 Division 1 teams in the Pacific Northwest. 2nd Place, Division 1 Competitive Programming, Oregon was awarded to Phi Luu, Alexandra Leamy, and Aidan Nelson for solving the 2nd most competitive programming problems in the expert division of the Oregon ACM International Collegiate Programming Competition (ICPC) at George Fox University in November. They placed 27th out of 61 Division 1 teams in the Pacific Northwest. Finally, 2nd Place, Division 2 Competitive Programming, Oregon was awarded to Derek Williams, Shaurya Gaur and Sadie Thomas for solving the 2nd most competitive programming problems in the novice division of the Oregon ACM International Collegiate Programming Competition (ICPC) at George Fox University in November. They placed 15th out of 86 Division 2 teams in the Pacific Northwest.