Oregon State University

R2I at CCI: Oregon State University

CCI Phase I: Center for Green Materials Chemistry

The Center for Green Materials Chemistry will develop a fundamentally new chemistry-based platform for synthesizing environmentally benign, functional inorganic films. Three key research areas include (1) develop new nanocluster chemistries using abundant, environmentally benign metals;(2) use these chemistries to produce previously unrealized nanostructured laminates and composites; (3) apply these chemistries to the fabrication of vertical transport transistors.

Aqueous-based processing of functional inorganic films can reduce the costs of electronics manufacturing and enable the use of large-area substrates while simultaneously reducing chemical hazards and waste. The Center has strong industry partnerships. The Center Education Plan will promote early entry and short time to degree, broadened perspectives, and collaborative mentorships. The Outreach Plan includes the production of captivating imagery and videos to illustrate technically demanding material and the human element of science.

Oregon State Center page.

Jennifer Villalobos - Oregon State University

Jennifer Villalobos graduated from Oregon State University in 2009 with a Bachelors of Science in Business Administration with concentrations in International Business and Marketing and a Bachelors of Science in Education with a focus in Adult Workplace Training. She also received a minor in Spanish spending a term studying abroad in Santander, Spain. During her time at OSU, she served as President of OSU Students In Free Enterprise helping develop programs around entrepreneurship, financial literacy, business success skills, and business ethics for communities, local and abroad; recently named a top 20 team in the nation out of over 600 teams. As an instrumental leader of the Austin Entrepreneurship Program at OSU, she has coordinated events, served as a mentor to fellow AEP members and students, and held the role as a teaching assistant for freshman Introduction to Entrepreneurship classes.

She is currently working on a Masters in Business Administration at Oregon State University. She plans to pursue a Ph.D in Business to become a university professor focusing on project management and entrepreneurship.

Jennifer's vision

I live, eat, sleep, and breathe everything that is entrepreneurship at OSU. Through my extensive networks within my university, and with the community at large, I plan to strengthen our current programs that I have been actively involved with for more than 5 years and create new opportunities for student inventors, innovators, and entrepreneurs to advance towards their goals and dreams.  Through increased collaboration, the ideas of tomorrow can become the realities of today.

Weatherford E-Team Workshop and Seed Fund

Oregon State University, 2005 - $32,000

Oregon State University's Austin Entrepreneurship Program, launched in 2004, includes an entrepreneurship minor for non-business majors and a residential program at Weatherford Hall. OSU faculty are now developing an E-Team a workshop and seed fund to introduce students to the concepts of innovation and problem-solving and encourage them to convert their ideas into viable business concepts. Beginning in fall 2005, OSU will offer eight free evening workshops, facilitated by an OSU business professor and open to any enrolled student. Students in the workshops will learn how to work as a team to develop a startup idea in several business areas. They will be taught and mentored by industry professionals, who, together with OSU faculty, will guide the students through the process of creating a business plan and applying for seed funding. Through a competitive process successful E-Teams will be awarded seed funds averaging $2,000 each, and will use the funds to advance their early-stage business ideas through market research, prototype development, and patent filing.

Ocean Wave Energy Buoy

Oregon State University, 2005 - $11,000

This E-Team developed a novel, contactless, magnet-based buoy to capture the ocean's wave energy and convert it into electrical energy. By "contactless" the team means that previous buoy designs have used hydraulic or pneumatic approaches, which create physical contact between the piston and cylinder, leading to system damage during rough storms as well as decreased efficiency, while their design employs magnets for contactless mechanical energy transmission. The magnets are configured in a piston, producing radial magnetic flux that transmits a generator load to the cylinder; the motion of the piston is transformed to rotation using a ball screw to drive the permanent magnet rotary generator. Thick cables attached to the bottom of the buoy connect it to an electrical grid on the mainland.

The team created a proof-of-concept prototype that showed an overall system efficiency of 70-80%. The goal of this grant was not so much to commercialize a product immediately, but to further prototype and test their design to enable commercial-scale devices in the future.

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