Rakesh Bobba, assistant professor of electrical and computer engineering
Rakesh Bobba is an assistant professor of electrical and computer engineering at OSU. Dr. Bobba specializes in security for distributed and networked systems. His research interests include access control models and mechanisms, key management, cryptographic protocols, and applied cryptography among others. His current research focus is on the security for critical cyber-physical infrastructures such as smart grids, cloud computing infrastructures and real-time systems. Prior to joining Oregon State, he was at the University of Illinois, Urbana-Champaign (UIUC) as a research scientist at the Information Trust Institute (ITI) from 2010 to 2011, and as a research assistant professor in the College of Engineering from 2012 to 2014 with appointments in ITI and ECE departments. His research is funded by NSF, DOE, ONR and AFOSR/AFRL. Dr. Bobba received his bachelor’s degree from Birla Institute of Technology and Science in India, and received his master’s and doctorate in electrical and computer engineering at University of Maryland at College Park.
Nordica MacCarty, assistant professor of mechancal engineering
Nordica MacCarty is an assistant professor of mechanical engineering at Oregon State University where she is an active contributor to the growing humanitarian engineering program. Her research is focused on the design and evaluation of clean water and energy projects with particular attention to user issues including usability and sensor-based monitoring. Many of her graduate students are earning dual degrees in mechanical engineering and applied anthropology, and are also working to commercialize technologies researched or developed in her lab. She serves as Associate Editor for the journal Energy for Sustainable Development and was recently recognized with the Elevating Impact Award for social entrepreneurship from the Lemelson Foundation. Her work is funded by the National Science Foundation, VentureWell program, and other private foundations. She is faculty co-advisor for OSU’s Engineers Without Borders chapter and has developed an interdisciplinary faculty-led study abroad course entitled “Household Energy in Guatemala”. Prior to joining the OSU faculty in 2015, she spent nearly 10 years as an international consultant building capacity at projects and universities in developing countries for the design and testing of renewable household energy systems, and was a National Science Foundation Graduate Research Fellow. Dr. MacCarty received all her degrees in mechanical engineering from Iowa State University, graduating with her doctorate in 2015, and has been at OSU since 2015.
Ben Mason, associate professor of civil and construction engineering
Ben Mason is an associate professor of civil and construction engineering at OSU. He received his bachelor’s degree in civil and environmental engineering from the Georgia Institute of Technology, and earned his advanced degrees in civil & environmental engineering from the University of California at Berkeley, graduating in 2011. Ben’s primary field of research interest is natural hazards engineering. Within this broad field, he has interests in geotechnical earthquake engineering, including soil-structure interaction and residual soil liquefaction as well as coastal geotechnical engineering, including fluid-soil-structure interaction, momentary soil liquefaction, and tsunami-induced scour. He has a particular interest in how a combined earthquake and tsunami event affects coastal soil instability and ultimately the stability of coastal buildings and infrastructure. He uses physical modeling techniques coupled with numerical and analytical modeling to investigate his aforementioned research interests. He is also interested in the fields of sustainable geotechnical engineering and geotechnical engineering education. He participates in post-earthquake reconnaissance events to motivate and strengthen his research and teaching interests.
Camille Palmer, associate professor of nuclear engineering
Camille Palmer is an associate professor of nuclear engineering at OSU. Her professional interests emphasize international nuclear security and nonproliferation, where she closely collaborates with the Oregon State School of Public Policy. Since 2015, she has served as the faculty advisor for the Oregon State student chapter of the Institute for Nuclear Material Management (INMM). Her current research includes investigating robotic applications for nuclear safeguards, introducing new analytical techniques for nuclear forensics, and nuclear forensic signature development.
Palmer began her career performing nuclear weapons effects simulations to quantify test parameters to comply with Air Force nuclear survivability requirements (Northrop Grumman Mission Systems, 2003-2006). This position subsequently led her to Los Alamos National Lab where she has served two different stints. In 2006-2007 she was a Technical Staff Member in the Thermonuclear Applications Group (X-2) supporting the Air Force Team’s predictive capabilities for weapon design. As a part of the Stockpile Stewardship effort, she contributed to weapon code validation and verification simulating the secondary stage of the W-78. Returning in 2011, Dr. Palmer used her experience in the National Technical Nuclear Forensics team (XTD-4) analyzing post-detonation signatures of foreign and improvised nuclear devices. In her time in X-Division she was mentored by physicists with experience performing nuclear weapons tests, and was trained as a student of the Theoretical Institute for Thermonuclear and Nuclear Studies (TITANS). She is a current member of the Institute of Nuclear Materials Management (INMM), the American Nuclear Society (ANS) and the Center for Strategic & International Studies, Project on Nuclear Issues (PONI).
She received her bachelor’s degree in radiation health physics from OSU, her master’s in health physics from the University of Cincinnati, and earned her doctorate in nuclear and radiological engineering from the University of Cincinnati. Dr. Palmer has been at OSU intermittently over the years, but regularly since 2014.
Lewis Semprini, distinguished professor of environmental engineering
Lewis Semprini is a distinguished professor of environmental engineering at OSU, and director of the College of Engineering Clean and Sustainable Water Technology Initiative. Dr. Lewis Semprini's research focuses on biological processes for the treatment of hazardous wastes, and on the fate and transport of organic contaminants in the environment. He specializes in field, laboratory, and modeling studies of aerobic and anaerobic processes for treating chlorinated solvents. His research efforts aim at integrating the results of field, laboratory, and modeling studies in order to effectively apply the technology in the field. He also performs research on biofilms and interactions with nanoparticles.
Dr. Semprini received his bachelor’s degree in chemical engineering from the University of California at Berkeley, his master’s in environmental engineering from Stanford University, and his doctorate in civil engineering from Stanford.
Jim Sweeney, professor of bioengineering
Jim Sweeney is a professor of Bioengineering at Oregon State University, where he currently serves as a special assistant to the Dean of Engineering with a focus on strategic initiatives. He is also the James and Shirley Kuse Endowed Chair in Chemical Engineering, and from December of 2014 to July of 2018 served as Head of the School of Chemical, Biological & Environmental Engineering. Prior to coming to OSU in 2014, he was Chair of the Department of Bioengineering & Software Engineering at Florida Gulf Coast University (FGCU). He also served as Interim Dean of the U.A. Whitaker College of Engineering at FGCU in 2012. Before joining FGCU in August of 2006, he was a tenured Associate Professor, Department Associate Chair, and Director of the Flinn Interdisciplinary Graduate Training Program in the Harrington Department of Bioengineering at Arizona State University, where he holds Emeritus Faculty status.
Dr. Sweeney is a Fellow of the American Institute for Medical and Biological Engineering (AIMBE), a Senior Member of the Institute of Electrical and Electronics Engineers (IEEE), and a member of the American Institute of Chemical Engineers (AIChE), the American Society of Mechanical Engineers (ASME), and the American Society for Engineering Education (ASEE). He was the 2009-10 Program Chair and 2010-11 Division Chair for the Biomedical Engineering Division of the ASEE. He was recognized in June 2018 at the annual ASEE conference in Salt Lake City with the Theo C. Pilkington Outstanding Educator Award.
Dr. Sweeney’s research, educational and conference efforts as PI or Co-Investigator have been funded by the NSF, NIH, NIST, the Department of Defense, Office of Naval Research, the Whitaker Foundation, the Flinn Foundation, National Instruments, the Global Public Service Academies, the Oregon Talent Council, and the American Heart Association. His research interests are in engineering education, bio- and environmental sensors, bioelectricity, and neuromuscular stimulation. Dr. Sweeney is an author on over 80 journal articles, book chapters, conference proceedings papers and patents.