Researchers at Oregon State University are looking to fill positions for four graduate students in mechanical and humanitarian engineering for a $2.5M project funded by the US Department of Energy. This project will involve incorporating jets of forced air into the combustion chamber of cordwood heating stoves used primarily in rural and underserved communities. Additional information on the project is available here https://today.oregonstate.edu/news/oregon-state-receives-25-million-grant-create-wood-stoves-burn-more-cleanly and here https://www.energy.gov/sites/default/files/2021-09/2396-1520_Oregon_State_University_Summary.pdf

Flow path diagram for project
 
Available positions include:
  • Student to earn a dual MS in mechanical engineering + applied anthropology focused on needs assessment and field testing in target communities
    • Bachelor’s degree in mechanical engineering is required
    • Interest in working directly with underserved communities in the Pacific Northwest while collecting and analyzing sensor and survey data is required
    • Previous training or experience in social science methods (e.g. survey, interview, or needs assessment) or collaboration with underserved communities preferred
  • Student to earn a PhD in mechanical engineering focused on combustion modeling
    • Master’s degree in mechanical engineering is highly desired.  A Bachelor’s degree in mechanical or chemical engineering is required.
    • Experience with computer simulations is required.  Experience with running simulations using combustion chemistry is desired.
    • Interest in modelling of reacting flows is needed.
  • Student to earn a PhD in mechanical engineering focused on experimental combustion diagnostics
    • Master’s degree in mechanical engineering is highly desired.  A Bachelor’s degree in mechanical or chemical engineering is required.
    • Experience with thermal fluid measurements is required.  
    • Interest in emissions measurements from biomass combustion, especially fine/ultrafine particles, is required.
  • Student to earn a PhD (or MS) in mechanical engineering focused on sensors and controls
    • Master’s degree in mechanical engineering is highly desired.  A Bachelor’s degree in mechanical or chemical engineering is required.
    • Experience with control system theory and practice.  Preferred: experience with dynamic modeling and control of thermal fluid systems, especially combustion.  Experience with multivariable control systems and/or digital twins is desirable.
    • Interest in the social, environmental, and practical mission of the wood stoves project is required.  Interest in artificial intelligence and machine learning is desired.
 

Positions may begin in June or September, 2022. For more information and to let us know of your interest, please contact Nordica.MacCarty@oregonstate.edu. Priority graduate application deadline at OSU is December 31st, 2021. The OSU College of Engineering is committed to being recognized as a national model of inclusivity and collaboration. We strive to develop a community of faculty, students, and staff that is inclusive, collaborative, diverse, and centered on student success. As such, we seek applicants who will broaden our capacity to advance student success across individual identities, racial/ethnic categories and socioeconomic backgrounds.