Additional Research Units & Consortia at OSU
- AGRICULTURAL EXPERIMENT STATION
- COLLEGE OF ENGINEERING RESEARCH AND ECONOMIC DEVELOPMENT OFFICE
- AQUACULTURE COLLABORATIVE RESEARCH UNIT
- FOREST RESEARCH LABORATORY–INSTITUTE FOR WORKING FOREST LANDSCAPES
- INTEGRATED PLANT PROTECTION CENTER
- INTER-UNIVERSITY CONSORTIUM FOR POLITICAL AND SOCIAL RESEARCH (ICPSR)
- KIEWIT CENTER FOR INFRASTRUCTURE AND TRANSPORTATION
- MARINE MAMMAL INSTITUTE
- MICROPRODUCTS BREAKTHROUGH INSTITUTE
- O.H. HINSDALE WAVE RESEARCH LABORATORY
- OREGON CLIMATE CHANGE RESEARCH INSTITUTE (OCCRI)
- OREGON WOOD INNOVATION CENTER
- SUN GRANT WESTERN REGIONAL CENTER
- SURVEY RESEARCH CENTER
- UNIVERSITY CORPORATION FOR ATMOSPHERIC RESEARCH (UCAR)
These additional research units are organized under OSU's colleges.
AGRICULTURAL EXPERIMENT STATION
Daniel J. Arp, Director
William G. Boggess, Executive Associate Director
W. Daniel Edge, Associate Director
Joyce Loper, Associate Director
John R. Talbott, Assistant Director
Jack Breen, Agricultural Sciences and Marine Sciences Business Center Manager
The Oregon Agricultural Experiment Station is a statewide research network of Oregon State University scientists working on the Corvallis campus and at 11 branch stations in the major crop, climate, and marketing areas of Oregon. These diverse locations ensure that the station’s research program is close to the people and the needs of Oregon’s agricultural and natural resources. Founded July 1, 1888, in accordance with the federal Hatch Act of 1887, the mission of the Oregon Agricultural Experiment Station is to conduct research and demonstrations in the agricultural, biological, social, and environmental sciences that contribute to the economic, environmental, and social welfare of Oregon. We are committed to:
- Helping build a sustainable economy by fostering economic growth and sustainability;
- Addressing ecological concerns by generating knowledge and information to improve and protect Oregon’s natural resources; and
- Expanding fundamental knowledge by advancing fundamental science relating to the environment, agriculture, and natural resources;
- Partnering with and enabling people and their communities to address a variety of issues including urban-rural economic dependencies, community food systems, land use, food security, poverty, and others
Current research emphases in the station are in five signature program areas that sustain and build on the College of Agricultural Sciences’ traditional strengths and link to stakeholder needs, but also look to key future opportunities. These signature areas also address contemporary and emerging forces or drivers facing Oregon’s people and landscape. Overarching contemporary drivers comprise water, energy, climate change, health, and demographics. The signature program areas are:
- Sustainable food and agricultural systems;
- Environmental and human well-being;
- Plant sciences and systems biology;
- Natural resources stewardship;
- Bioproducts, biomaterials, and bioenergy for a sustainable bioeconomy.
The station conducts research in 12 academic departments (Applied Economics (formerly Agricultural and Resource Economics), Animal and Rangeland Sciences, Biological and Ecological Engineering, Botany and Plant Pathology, Chemistry, Crop and Soil Science, Environmental and Molecular Toxicology, Fisheries and Wildlife, Food Science and Technology, Horticulture, Microbiology, and Statistics), and colleges of Forestry, Public Health and Human Sciences, Science, and Veterinary Medicine. Research is supported in other units such as the Center for Genome Research and Biocomputing, Linus Pauling Institute, the Environmental Health Sciences Center, Agricultural Education and Agricultural Sciences, and Extension and Experiment Station Communications.
Branch stations provide opportunities for basic and applied field research programs at the following locations:
- Central Oregon Agricultural Research Center (Madras and Powell Butte)
- Columbia Basin Agricultural Research Center (Pendleton and Moro)
- Eastern Oregon Agricultural Research Center (Burns and Union)
- Food Innovation Center Experiment Station (Portland)
- Hermiston Agricultural Research and Extension Center (Hermiston)
- Klamath Basin Research and Extension Center (Klamath Falls)
- Malheur Experiment Station (Ontario)
- Mid-Columbia Agricultural Research and Extension Center (Hood River)
- North Willamette Research and Extension Center (Aurora)
- Southern Oregon Research and Extension Center (Medford)
- Coastal Oregon Marine Experiment Station (Newport and the Seafood Laboratory at Astoria)
The station collaborates with the OSU Extension Service, instructional programs within Oregon State University, Oregon state agencies, federal departments of Agriculture, Commerce, Energy, Interior, and Transportation, and other federal and state agencies on research programs of interest to the state, the Pacific Northwest, the nation, and other countries.
COLLEGE OF ENGINEERING RESEARCH AND ECONOMIC DEVELOPMENT OFFICE
Irem Y. Tumer, Associate Dean for Research and Economic Development
The Office of Research and Economic Development (RED) at the College of Engineering was established to promote and support research programs and faculty. The overall mission of the RED office is to build new bridges between faculty, external stakeholders and collaborators, help faculty find and apply for funding opportunities, boost the college’s reputation for research, and grow industry funding. We specifically aim to foster high-impact research initiatives among our faculty, and develop strong relationships with our academic, industry, and government partners. This includes not only connecting faculty teams with funding opportunities and matching industry needs with Oregon State expertise, but also assembling teams that can build new programs in emerging areas that are responsive to global challenges.
Research is conducted by faculty and students from the following schools and departments:
- School of Chemical, Biological and Environmental Engineering
- School of Civil and Construction Engineering
- School of Electrical Engineering and Computer Science
- School of Mechanical, Industrial and Manufacturing Engineering
- School of Nuclear Science and Engineering
- Department of Biological and Ecological Engineering
Graduate students can complete their degrees in one of 14 graduate programs are offered through the CoE schools:
- Biological and Ecological Engineering
- Chemical Engineering
- Civil Engineering
- Computer Science
- Electrical and Computer Engineering
- Engineering Management Graduate Option
- Environmental Engineering
- Industrial Engineering
- Materials Science
- Mechanical Engineering
- Medical Physics (in partnership with OHSU)
- Nuclear Engineering
- Radiation Health Physics
The schools under the OSU College of Engineering collaborate with signature research centers, institutes, and facilities that bring together industry, academia, the investment community, and other key partners. These platforms of cooperation serve as a catalyst for new research and revenue streams that transform ideas into solutions.
- Center for Applied Systems and Software
- Center for Design of Analog-digital Integrated Circuits
- Center for e-Design
- Center for Sustainable Materials Chemistry
- Eco-Informatics Summer Institute
- End Users Shaping Effective Software
- Energy Efficiency Center
- Kiewit Center for Infrastructure & Transportation
- MaSC: Materials Synthesis and Characterization Facility
- Microproducts Breakthrough Institute
- Northwest Alliance for Computational Science and Engineering
- Northwest National Marine Renewable Energy Center
- O.H. Hinsdale Wave Research Laboratory
- Radiation Center
- Wallace Energy Systems & Renewables Facility
AQUACULTURE COLLABORATIVE RESEARCH UNIT
Hillary S. Egna, Director
Website: http://aquafishcrsp.oregonstate.edu/ and http://pdacrsp.oregonstate.edu/
The Aquaculture Collaborative Research Support Program (CRSP), or Aquaculture Unit, a center within the College of Agricultural Sciences since 1999, has served as the home for international aquaculture programs such as the Feed the Future Innovation Lab for Collaborative Research on Aquaculture & Fisheries (formerly AquaFish CRSP), the Aquaculture Best Management Practices for Strategic Investment in Rapid Technology Dissemination project, the Aquatic Resource Use and Conservation for Sustainable Freshwater Aquaculture and Fisheries Project (USAID Mali/Bamako Mission), a USAID Cairo Mission Aquaculture Project, the Aquaculture CRSP, the Pond Dynamics/Aquaculture (PD/A) CRSP, and other projects. These diverse international aquaculture programs have been knitted together under independent grants, and have shared a common goal to reduce poverty in developing countries by improving access by the poor to fish and water resources.
The mission of the Unit is to enrich livelihoods and promote health by cultivating international multidisciplinary partnerships that advance science, research, education, and outreach in aquaculture and fisheries.The Unit's research and outreach work focuses on developing comprehensive, sustainable, and economically viable aquaculture and fisheries management systems that contribute to food safety and food security in poorer countries. Challenges poorer countries face include pressures from global trade, environmental degradation, climate change, water use conflicts, and the mal-distribution of benefits. The Aquaculture Unit maintains a global experiment database of geo-referenced data on tropical aquaculture, and a repository of over 550 peer-review publications emanating from its research programs. The Unit has worked with nearly 600 U.S. and host country universities, government, private companies, and non-governmental organizations to support research, development, and outreach activities in 34 countries including Bangladesh, Belize, Brazil, Bolivia, Burma, Cambodia, China, Colombia, Costa Rica, Ecuador, Egypt, El Salvador, Ghana, Guatemala, Guyana, Honduras, Indonesia, Kenya, Laos PDR, Malawi, Mali, Mexico, Nepal, Nicaragua, Panama, Peru, Philippines, Rwanda, South Africa, Tanzania, Thailand, Uganda, U.S.A., and Vietnam.
FOREST RESEARCH LABORATORY–INSTITUTE FOR WORKING FOREST LANDSCAPES
Thomas Maness, Director
Anthony S. Davis, Associate Director
Roger D. Admiral, Associate Director
Research in the College of Forestry (CoF) is conducted under the broad umbrella of the Forest Research Laboratory (FRL), which was established by the Oregon Legislature in 1941. The FRL is partially funded by the Legislature as one of three Statewide Public Service Units (see Oregon Revised Statute 526.225). Faculty, staff, and students from the College of Forestry’s Departments of Forest Engineering, Resources, and Management; Forest Ecosystems and Society; and Wood Science and Engineering contribute to a diverse portfolio of fundamental and applied research and outreach activities.
In November 2013, the college launched the Institute for Working Forest Landscapes (IWFL) to focus FRL research programs on innovative approaches for managing landscapes that will enhance people’s lives and improve the health of communities, businesses and vital ecosystems. The IWFL’s program is organized under four broad thematic areas: Healthy People and Communities, Resilient Ecosystems, Intensively Managed Forests, and Competitive and Innovative Products. Initial efforts focus on the following opportunities:
- Improving the Health of Rural Communities and Citizens
- Increasing the Competitiveness of Oregon’s Private Landowners and Businesses
- Enhancing Ecosystem Health with a Landscape Approach
- Increasing Public Trust in Active Management of Public and Private Lands
In addressing these themes and opportunities, faculty are providing leadership in addressing many of society’s challenges at scales ranging from molecules to the globe, including topics such as:
- Determining the impacts of climate change on forests and how forests can lessen the severity of change
- Protecting the sustainability of forests and the ecosystem services they provide, including water, wildlife habitat, recreation, and wood
- Facilitating development and use of renewable "green" materials and energy
- Fostering operations and manufacturing processes that are environmentally and socially acceptable, and economically feasible
- Expanding the understanding and value of forests to society, especially in urban environments
Research provides information that supports scientifically informed decisions about the management, conservation, and use of Oregon’s public and private forest resources, and that enhances the competitiveness of Oregon’s forest-resource-based industries and businesses. Communication of results to science peers, land managers, policy makers, and the public is a high priority.
Activities benefit from collaboration with many other departments and colleges at Oregon State and elsewhere. The FRL, the Corvallis Forestry Sciences Laboratory of the U.S. Forest Service, the Corvallis-based Forest and Rangelands Ecosystem Science Center of the U.S. Geological Service, and related research conducted elsewhere on campus combine to form one of the largest concentrations of forest sciences research capacity in North America.
INTEGRATED PLANT PROTECTION CENTER
Paul Jepson, Director
The Integrated Plant Protection Center (IPPC) was established in 1991, to expand upon the range of activities of the International Plant Protection Center, that was chartered by Oregon State University in 1969 (see http://www.ipmnet.org/). The IPPC is partially supported by the Agricultural Experiment Station, and the Cooperative Extension Service. The IPPC focuses upon research, education and outreach activities associated with the adoption of sustainable integrated pest management (IPM) practices in agriculture. It is the home for a number United States Department of Agriculture (USDA)-funded programs associated with pest control and pesticide management, including the state IPM program, the Regional Pest Management Center program, the Pesticide and Environmental Stewardship program, and the Farm Safety program.
The IPPC provides leadership, coordination and support for scientists at OSU, in the Pacific Northwest region, and internationally, in the field of IPM. Its activities encompass pest, disease and weed management, and the rational management and use of pesticides. It also provides news and facilitates communications between university, state, and federal agencies through a number of media, including an electronic news alert system, and a newsletter (see http://oregonipm.ippc.orst.edu/).
IPPC activities include the provision of electronic tools that assist growers and their advisors in making pest management decisions within their crops. This includes online weather data and degree-day models, which forecast the developmental stages and epidemiology of a number of important crops pests and diseases (see http://pnwpest.org/wea/). In addition, the IPPC works collaboratively with scientists throughout the state, to manage online pest alerts to growers. These can be accessed via the IPPC home page (see http://www.ipmnet.org/).
The IPPC maintains a large and important collection of documents, monographs and books on IPM, much of which is searchable via the OSU Valley library online database. It also supports a unique service in international outreach, IPMnet, which includes, among a number of other resources, IPMnet NEWS, a monthly electronic newsletter that is distributed to scientists in 127 countries (see http://www.ipmnet.org/). IPMnet NEWS is supported by the Consortium for International Crop Protection (CICP) and a grant from the USDA.
The IPPC is expanding its activities in four areas at present, (1) biological control/biologically-based pest management, (2) enhanced diagnostic and forecasting tools, (3) pesticide management, rational use, risk mitigation and (4) information delivery, decision support and outreach. For further details please contact the director.
INTER-UNIVERSITY CONSORTIUM FOR POLITICAL AND SOCIAL RESEARCH (ICPSR)
Valery King, Official Representative (OSU Libraries)
Through funding provided by OSU Libraries, Oregon State University is a member of ICPSR, the Inter-University Consortium for Political and Social Research. A unit within the Institute for Social Research at the University of Michigan, ICPSR was established in 1962 and maintains and provides access to a vast archive of social science data for research and instruction. OSU students, faculty and staff may access these data at no charge and may also deposit their own data into the collection.
ICPSR offers members reduced fees to attend the Summer Training Program in Quantitative Methods of Social Research, a comprehensive curriculum of intensive courses in research design, statistics, data analysis, and social methodology. Additionally ICPSR leads several initiatives that encourage use of data in teaching, particularly for undergraduate instruction, and offers user support to assist researchers in identifying relevant data for analysis and in conducting their research projects.
KIEWIT CENTER FOR INFRASTRUCTURE AND TRANSPORTATION
The Kiewit Center for Infrastructure and Transportation was initially established in 1962 as the Transportation Research Institute. The Kiewit Center serves as the umbrella organization for all research within the School of Civil and Construction Engineering. The center is a key component in the College of Engineering's drive to become a top 25 engineering program, coordinating multi- and interdisciplinary research projects.
For the last 150 years, civil engineers have built the infrastructure upon which American prosperity rests. Roads, bridges, airfields, 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.
Geotechnical Testing Laboratory
- Testing in support of both practice-oriented investigations and state-of-the-art research
- Advanced geo-mechanical modeling of soil-structure interaction
- Full scale, well-instrumented testing of field geo-systems
Highway Materials Laboratory
- Investigation of innovative highway construction materials
- Service life modeling and long term durability assessment
- Evaluation of recycled materials for use in construction
O.H. Hinsdale Wave Research Laboratory
- Impact of tsunamis and storm waves on coastal infrastructure
- Nearshore processes related to coastal erosion
- Tsunami and coastal hazard mitigation
Large Scale Structural Strong-Floor Facility
- Structural evaluation of full-size beams and columns
- Development of earthquake-resistant structural systems
National Center for Accessible Transportation
- Investigation of advanced technologies for accessible transportation systems
MARINE MAMMAL INSTITUTE
Bruce Mate, Director
The OSU Marine Mammal Institute is a multi-disciplinary faculty incorporating the work of academics from engineering, genetics, fisheries and wildlife (agriculture), aquatics, ecology, veterinary medicine, biology, and communications.
Whale Telemetry Group (WTG)
Using satellite-monitored radio tags to determine the distribution and critical habitats of endangered whales.
Cetacean Conservation and Genomics Laboratory (CCGL)
Exploring the genomes of whales and dolphins to understand the past, assess the present, and conserve the future.
Pinniped Ecology Applied Research Laboratory (PEARL)
Ecology, behavioral physiology, and conservation biology of pinnipeds.
Geospatial Ecology of Marine Megafauna (GEMM) Laboratory
Spatial and behavioral studies of marine megafauna to generate an improved understanding of species ecology and distribution patterns.
Bio-Telemetry and Behavioral Ecology Laboratory
Using telemetry and bio-logging tools to study the behavioral ecology of marine mammals.
Oregon Marine Mammal Stranding Network (OMMSN)
Documenting occurrences and investigating the causes of marine mammal strandings in Oregon.
MICROPRODUCTS BREAKTHROUGH INSTITUTE
The MBI is a 45,000 square foot facility located on the Hewlett-Packard Corvallis campus containing offices, laboratories, fabrication facilities and laydown space for the research, development and commercialization of arrayed microfluidic systems and related nanomanufacturing technology. This facility is focused on accelerating the discovery, development and commercial deployment of new nano- and micro-scale phenomena and their technology embodiments.
The MBI is collaboration between the Pacific Northwest National Laboratory (PNNL) and Oregon State University (OSU). The MBI is one of three shared-user facilities within the Oregon Nanoscience and Microtechnologies Institute (ONAMI, http://onami.us/).
PNNL and OSU are leaders in the science, engineering, and technology development of nano- and micro-scale processes and systems. Collaboratively they conduct research and development projects ranging from fundamental science and technology investigations to assistance with commercial development and production. Areas of current research and development include photovoltaic manufacturing, hydrogen storage, nanomaterials synthesis, biofuel processing, miniature heat pumps and artificial kidneys among others.
Both PNNL and OSU are well established in arrayed microfluidic systems development. PNNL’s thrust is Micro Chemical and Thermal Systems (MICROCATS) while OSU concentrates on Micro Energy and Chemical Systems (MECS). Together, OSU and PNNL seek to model, through the MBI, the way in which technology can be developed and commercialized through the collaboration of federal laboratories and universities.
The MBI is performing research and development in arrayed microfluidics and nanomanufacturing for:
- U.S. Department of Energy (DOE)
- National Institute of Health (NIH)
- Defense Advanced Research Projects Agency (DARPA)
- U.S. Army
- National Aeronautics and Space Administration (NASA)
- National Science Foundation (NSF)
- Private companies and corporations
O.H. HINSDALE WAVE RESEARCH LABORATORY
The O.H. Hinsdale Wave Research Laboratory provides outstanding research and testing at the largest nearshore experimental facility at an academic institution in the US. The 6,100 ft2 (570 m2) building is situated on the main campus and houses the Large Wave Flume (LWF), Directional Wave Basin (DWB), and 3,000 ft2 (300 m2) of office space for staff, graduate students, visiting researchers, and clients.
The laboratory conducts research on coastal and nearshore processes involving:
- Wave-structure interaction
- Nearshore hydrodynamics and sediment transport
- Marine renewable energy
- Tsunami and coastal hazards
- Fixed and floating structures
Through our work we deliver research, testing, and education and outreach opportunities to improve the resilience and sustainability of coastal areas, and to develop innovative solutions to the design of coastal infrastructure.
From January 2016, the HWRL is partially supported by the Natural Hazards Engineering Research Infrastructure (NHERI) program of the National Science Foundation.
OREGON CLIMATE CHANGE RESEARCH INSTITUTE (OCCRI)
Philip W. Mote, Director
Kathie Dello, Associate Director
The Oregon State Legislature established the Oregon Climate Change Research Institute (OCCRI) within the Department of Higher Education in 2007. OCCRI is a network of over 150 researchers at Oregon State University (OSU), the University of Oregon, Portland State University, Southern Oregon University, and affiliated federal and state labs. OCCRI is administered by OSU and has a staff of about 15.
OCCRI is tasked with:
- facilitating research by faculty at Oregon's public universities on climate change and its effects on natural and human systems in Oregon
- serving as a clearinghouse for climate change information
- providing climate change information to the public in integrated and accessible formats
- supporting the Oregon Global Warming Commission in developing strategies to prepare for and to mitigate the effects of climate change on natural and human systems, and
- providing technical assistance to local governments to assist them in developing climate change policies, practices, and programs.
At least every two years, the institute will also develop an assessment of climate change science as it relates to Oregon and the likely effects of climate change on the state. OCCRI helps Oregonians, government agencies, and the private sector understand the potential impacts of climate variability and change on the state. The institute also helps individuals, agencies, and companies develop new strategies to prepare for climate change.
In September of 2010, OCCRI was named as the anchor institution for two federally funded regional climate science centers. The Department of the Interior's (DOI) Pacific Northwest Climate Science Center (CSC) is one of eight CSC's. The CSC serves as a resource for DOI agencies and other partners in providing necessary science in advising policy decisions. The National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration’s (NOAA) Pacific Northwest Climate Impacts Research Consortium (CIRC) is one of 11 Regional Integrated Sciences and Assessments (RISA) projects. The CIRC is engaging a broad number of stakeholders, including municipalities, utilities, emergency management organizations, irrigators, agricultural and Sea Grant extension, and state and federal agencies. In support of these stakeholders, CIRC is working on developing regional downscaled climate scenarios using integrated climate, hydrological, and vegetation models; PNW region and basin scale climate impacts assessments; social science and network analysis; coastal climate hazard, risk and vulnerability assessments; decision scenario visualization and planning tools; climate extension; public health risk management guidance; and community level adaptation approaches.
Other major 5-year OCCRI projects include Regional Approaches to Climate Change for PNW Agriculture (https://www.reacchpna.org/), Forest Mortality and Climate (http://terraweb.forestry.oregonstate.edu/FMEC.htm), and Willamette Water 2100 (http://water.oregonstate.edu/).
OREGON WOOD INNOVATION CENTER
Scott Leavengood, Director
Chris Knowles, Assistant Director
The Oregon Wood Innovation Center (OWIC) is a joint initiative of Oregon State University’s College of Forestry and Extension Service. OWIC’s mission is to improve the competitiveness of Oregon’s wood products industry by fostering innovation in products, processes, and business systems. A key function of the center is to serve as the primary link between university research and needs and opportunities in the forest industry.
Why an Innovation Center?
The forest products industry has undergone dramatic changes in recent years. The industry responded to reductions in raw material supply and the forces of globalization by consolidating, retooling production systems, and by focusing on improving efficiencies in manufacturing processes. However, it is clear that focusing solely on process innovation will be insufficient to maintain future competitive advantage. Firms must also focus on product and business systems innovation. OWIC helps foster such innovation by serving as a ‘clearinghouse’ to connect manufacturers to the research community, to other organizations that provide assistance to businesses, and to facilitate networking within the industry.
Facilities and Services
OWIC is housed within OSU’s Department of Wood Science and Engineering, a department with established capabilities in research, outreach, and technology transfer in a broad array of disciplines. Disciplines and accompanying laboratories and services include:
- Anatomy and Quality of Renewable Materials—laboratories for wood fiber characterization and wood identification; equipment including microscopes and an X-ray densitometer.
- Biodeterioration, Protection and Durability of Renewable Materials—pressure cylinder for impregnating materials with preservatives; equipment for assessing insect and decay resistance.
- Biomass and Biofuels—equipment for analyzing the physical characteristics and energy value (e.g., particle size distribution, ash content and composition, and calorimetric heating values) of biomass feed stocks; a ½-meter diameter dryer for biomass.
- Chemistry—adhesives development, testing, and troubleshooting; research and testing of plant materials for value-added chemical products.
- Nanotechnology—research in nanocomposites for advanced textiles, barrier films, membranes, coatings and sensors
- Composite Materials—development and testing of wood and wood/non-wood composites; equipment including presses (hot and cold), glue spreader, refiner, digester, blender, former, and wood-plastic extruder.
- Wood Drying—a 100 BF kiln for measuring volatile organic compound (VOC) emissions and 2,000 BF dry kiln for research in lumber drying.
- Timber Engineering and Structural Design—equipment for assessing strength properties of wood-based materials; scale varies from small specimens up to large members such as beams and full-scale wall systems.
- Green Building Materials Laboratory—a 5,000 sq. ft. shared resource laboratory of Oregon Built Environment and Sustainable Technologies Center (Oregon BEST). Equipment for characterizing, developing and testing high performance sustainable materials for a wide variety of applications including buildings and transportation infrastructure. A multi-chamber modular environment conditioning (MCMEC) system was added in 2014. The MCMEC is designed for durability testing of full-scale building assemblies. One test configuration allows exterior and interior conditions (temperature range –30 degrees to 40 degrees C, humidity range 10% to 95%) to be imposed simultaneously, including sunlight simulation and water spray.
- Forest Products Business and Marketing—research and outreach on innovation in the forest industry and assessment of market potential for new products.
- Environmental Impacts of Renewable Materials—research on the environmental impacts of renewable materials from ‘cradle to grave’ (life cycle inventory and analysis).
- Other facilities include environmental conditioning chambers (hot-dry, hot-wet, cold room, standards room), accelerated weathering chambers (Q-Lab QUV and an automatic boil test device for ASTM D3434 test of exterior wet use adhesives), as well as state-of-the-art classrooms for onsite or distance education programs.
SUN GRANT WESTERN REGIONAL CENTER
The mission of the Sun Grant Initiative is to:
- Enhance national energy security through development, distribution and implementation of biobased energy technologies;
- Promote diversification in and the environmental sustainability of, agricultural production in the United States through biobased energy and products technologies;
- Promote economic diversification in rural areas of the United States through biobased energy and product technologies; and
- Enhance the efficiency of bioenergy and biomass research and development programs through improved coordination and collaboration among the Department of Agriculture, the Department of Energy, and the land grant colleges and universities.
A network of five land grant universities serve as regional Sun Grant Centers. These universities include Oregon State University (Western Region), South Dakota State University (North-Central), Oklahoma State University (South-Central), the University of Tennessee-Knoxville (Southeastern), and Pennsylvania State University (Northeastern). The centers facilitate federally funded research, extension, and education programs in their respective regions.
The Sun Grant Western Regional Center, located at Oregon State University in Corvallis, is the administrative unit for the region composed of the states of Alaska, Arizona, California, Hawaii, Idaho, Nevada, Oregon, Utah, and Washington, and the Pacific Territories and associated Pacific island nations, including American Samoa, Commonwealth of the Northern Marianas Islands, Guam, Federated States of Micronesia, the Republic of Palau, and the Republic of the Marshall Islands.
The current program area priorities for the Western region include biomass production, conversion and processing technologies, the development and enhancement of bio-based products, and evaluation of the bioproduct supply chain and life cycle analyses.
Important aims for the center include distributed energy production, diversity of feedstocks and processing approaches, crop suitability assessment, co-product and local human capital development, and system approaches.
SURVEY RESEARCH CENTER
Virginia Lesser, Director
Established in 1973, the Oregon State University Survey Research Center (OSU-SRC) provides comprehensive survey services including proposal development, questionnaire design and layout, survey administration and data collection, survey analysis and professional report writing. Our staff offers customized options, working with our clients to determine the best approach to collect survey data based on the study objectives, population of interest, and budgetary concerns. Our past and current clients include federal, state, and local agencies, national non-profit organizations, and OSU-affiliated entities. The OSU-SRC maintains several contracts with clients to provide our services on a recurrent basis, from monthly, annually, to ever few years.
Operating as a center for research in survey methodology, the OSU-SRC routinely conducts experiments using self-administered surveys with an aim to contribute to survey methodology research. The OSU-SRC subsequently publishes related material in scientific journals and presents experimental findings at professional meetings. The OSU-SRC provides expertise using survey best practices to maximize response rates and reduce non-response bias. Various sampling plans are examined for each survey to minimize total survey error. The OSU-SRC also offers consulting for OSU community members on research-based survey design and analysis.
UNIVERSITY CORPORATION FOR ATMOSPHERIC RESEARCH (UCAR)
Jeffrey R. Barnes, OSU Member Representatives
Through its membership in this national research consortium, Oregon State University has access to extensive facilities and services in support of its research in atmospheric, oceanic, and related sciences. Chief among these is the National Center for Atmospheric Research (NCAR) in Boulder, Colorado. Under the support of the National Science Foundation, this national laboratory conducts significant programs of atmospheric, oceanographic, and solar research in cooperation with member universities, and operates a state-of-the-art super computer facility, which is accessible to member institutions. UCAR also operates facilities for scientific ballooning, and through NCAR, maintains instrumented research aircraft and an extensive research and data library.
In addition to using these facilities, OSU faculty and graduate students participate in numerous seminars, workshops, and scientific meetings and conferences that are held at NCAR throughout the year. Through the corporation, Oregon State also cooperates in various national and international initiatives for research, service, and training in the atmospheric and related sciences.