Dahl earns engineering honor

Cindy Dahl, vice president of operations at the Oregon Nanoscience and Microtechnologies Institute (ONAMI), has earned a Fellow Grade Honor from the Society of Women Engineers.

Dahl, honored for her continuous service to the advancement of women in the engineering profession, received the award Nov. 8 at the SWE’s annual conference in Anaheim.

Specifically, the SWE said, Dahl was recognized “for personifying leadership by example; for longstanding STEM advocacy, especially for the young; and for elevating public perception of women in engineering at every stage of her career.”

Dahl has been vice president of operations at ONAMI since 2006. ONAMI assists in company formation and the commercialization of technology in Oregon, and Dahl works with entrepreneurs and investors and with faculty at Oregon State and Oregon’s three other research universities.

She also manages the ONAMI internship program, which places students and recent graduates in ONAMI portfolio startups.

Previously, Dahl had a 25-year career as a consulting engineer, including 18 years with CH2M HILL in Corvallis, where her field of expertise was industrial and hazardous waste remediation and regulatory strategy.

She was a project and program manager for projects across the U.S., as well as a group leader and regional environmental staffing manager and the first woman to serve as a Corvallis area manager. In these roles, Dahl mentored many early-career engineers, often including young women on the project teams.

Dahl joined the Society of Women Engineers as a student at the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign, where she earned a B.S. in civil engineering and M.S. in environmental engineering.


Law named Highly Cited Researcher

Beverly Law, professor of forest ecosystems and society in the College of Forestry, has been honored as a Highly Cited Researcher by citation database curator Web of Science.

According to Web of Science, “the list of Highly Cited Researchers for 2019 identifies scientists and social scientists who have demonstrated significant influence through publication of multiple highly cited papers during the last decade. Researchers are selected for their exceptional performance in one or more of 21 fields or across several fields, demonstrated by production of multiple highly cited papers that rank in the top 1% by citations for field and year.”

This is the third consecutive year Law, the author of 205 publications, has been honored.

In 2019, fewer than 6,300, or 0.1%, of the world's researchers earned the Highly Cited Researcher distinction. 


Army ROTC wins ranger challenge competition

The Army Reserve Officer Training Corps (ROTC) at Oregon State University took first place in the annual Task Force West Ranger Challenge Competition, which took place Nov. 2-3 at Camp Rilea in Oregon. This is the first time Oregon State has won the competition.

During the two-day challenge, 10 university teams from Oregon, Washington, Alaska, Hawaii and Guam competed in various events across a 12-mile timed course consisting of challenges include marksmanship, an obstacle course, night time land navigation and more.

As winners, the OSU ROTC team will go on to compete in the 8th Brigade Ranger Challenge Competition in January at Joint Base Lewis-McChord, Washington. The overall winner of the January event will move onto the Sandhurst Competition at West Point Military Academy in New York, the world’s premier international academy military skills competition. This year’s competition is a two-day course with 13 day and night events that are individual, squad skill mastery and leader focused. 


Gross receives Fulbright

The U.S. Department of State and the J. William Fulbright Foreign Scholarship Board has announced that Joan Gross of Oregon State University has received a Fulbright U.S. Scholar Program award to Belgium in Anthropology.  Gross (sponsored by the University of Liège and the Museum of Walloon Life) will conduct ethnographic research in Liège, comparing it to research she conducted in the 1980s to further investigate how puppeteers adapt their performances to lived reality in contemporary Europe.

Gross is one of over 800 U.S. citizens who will teach, conduct research, and/or provide expertise abroad for the 2019-2020 academic year through the Fulbright U.S. Scholar Program.  Recipients of Fulbright awards are selected on the basis of academic and professional achievement, as well as record of service and demonstrated leadership in their respective fields.